FAS 24 March 2015 Meeting

The March meeting of the Forsyth Astronomical Society
is this Tueday night, March 24th  at 7:30 at SciWorks.
The program is a tour and discussion of Steve Esparsa’s observatory setup.

David Morgan
FAS President

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TriStar – GTCC – March 6&7 2015

Event Schedule:
The schedule is now online at http://www.gtcc.edu/observatory/tristar/schedule.aspx

Saturday Speaker List:
Tom Brown, STScI, On the Trail of the Missing Galaxies: the Oldest Stars in the Neighborhood David Pitonzo, High Point University, Musings on the Likelihood of Extraterrestrial Civilization Chris Richardson, Elon University, The Crab Nebula: Our Local Young Supernova Remnant Maria Temming, Elon University, A Summer at Sky & Telescope

Friday Presentation:
Tom Brown (STScI) will give a public lecture the Friday before TriStar – at 7:00 p.m. in the same auditorium as the TriStar event. Topic: Deepest Hubble Images Expose the Violent History of our Galactic Neighborhood

Updated Directions:
There has been a change in the traffic pattern near GTCC that could impact some of you, depending on how you get here. Updated directions have been posted here:

If we get more bad weather the weekend of TriStar and GTCC closes, the event cannot be held.
In case inclement weather causes the Jamestown Campus of GTCC to be closed on the date of TriStar, please monitor campus status before coming to GTCC.
Weather status information is available at the GTCC web page or by dialing the GTCC switchboard at 336-334-4822. We’ll also post status updates on our Twitter page: https://twitter.com/gtccastro (As is our tradition, the meeting hashtag will be #tristar2015.)

Let me know if you have questions – hope to see you at GTCC on 7 March.

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The Young Astronomers Newsletter March 2015

The Young Astronomers Newsletter


The Young Astronomers Newsletter Volume 23 Number 4 March 2015

By Art Gormley

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Tonight’s FAS meeting is cancelled Feb 24, 2015

Tonight’s meeting of the Forsyth Astronomical Society has been cancelled due to inclement weather.
Temperatures will below or around freezing all day. Road conditions could be icy after sunset even though much of the snow on the roadways has melted. The programs will be rescheduled.

See you next month…

David Morgan
FAS President

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Pilot Mountain Observation Delayed – Cancelled

February 21, 2015 – Cancelled

Hi FAS folks:

Looks like this is not going to be our month for observations at Pilot Mountain. Tomorrow night’s forecast calls for steady cold rain; a good night to stay indoors.

Because daylight savings time will begin shortly, this is our last opportunity for an observation at Pilot Mountain this season. Our next opportunity will be in November when DST ends. Our next public observation at Sci-Works is Saturday, April 25. We do not expect snow and ice then.

Steve C.

Hi FAS friends:

The forecast wind chill at the top of Pilot Mountain tomorrow night (14 Feb) will be below zero. While many of us at FAS are often not too bright, even we are not dumb enough to hold a public observation under those conditions. So we’re going to punt for tomorrow night and hope for better luck up there next Saturday (February 21, 2015) night. I’ll be updating the forecast for that re-scheduled event later next week. In the meantime, happy Valentines Day to you all!

Steve C.


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Pilot Mountain State Park Observation February 14, 2015

Join the Forsyth Astronomical Society at Pilot Mountain State Park for a night of viewing the stars above. Club members will gather in the parking lot at the top of the mountain before sunset. Come on out and take a look at some of the wonders of the night. Please dress warm and the temperature and wind will make it very cold.
Place – Pilot Mountain State Park North Carolina
Sunset is at 6:01PM
Turn dark is at 7:27PM
We will be off the mountain by 10:00PM.
Planets –
Mars and Venus at Sunset
Jupiter later in the evening and it raises above the trees to the east.

Deep Space Objects –
Messier 42 the Orion Nebula, Messier 45 the Pleiades, Messier 1 the Crab Nebula, Messier 31 the Andromeda Galaxy and Many Many More!!

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The Young Astronomers Newsletter February 2015

The Young Astronomers Newsletter


The Young Astronomers Newsletter Volume 23 Number 23 February 2015

By Art Gormley

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27 January 2015 FAS Meeting

The January meeting of the Forsyth Astronomical Society
is this Tuesday night at 7:30 at SciWorks. The program topic
is Neutron Stars and will be presented by Bob Patsiga.

I would like to thank all the members who attended Saturday night’s
public observation at SciWorks. We had 105 visitors.
It was a good event. Highlights included Venus, Jupiter, the moon,
M42, M81-M82, an Iridium satellite pass, and of course Comet Lovejoy.

Please take the time to review the Astronomical League library loaner
program link forwarded below, from our AL coordinator, Sean Wood.


David Morgan
FAS President

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SciWorks Observation Sat Jan 24, 2014

Hi FAS people:

This Saturday, January 24, we will have a public observation at Sci-Works. As usual, this will take place at the Sci-Works parking lot, where they will turn out the lights for us. Jupiter will be rising in the East around 7:00 PM, and Comet Lovejoy may be bright enough to see from this urban location.

The forecast so far looks pretty good. It will be cold but not brutal, with temperatures forecast in the 40’s.

I will send out an update later in the week.

Steve C.

Sunset: 5:40 PM
Astronomical twilight: 7:00

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Visit Town Creek Under the Stars

What to enjoy this weekend under the stars take a road trip to Town Creeek Historical Site

January 17:
Town Creek Under the Stars
Saturday, 6 – 10 pm

Join us for an evening beneath one of the last great dark sky sites in the North Carolina piedmont. Site telescopes will be available, or bring your own, to view Venus, Mercury, Mars, the constellation Taurus, and other heavenly sights. Participants should dress for the cold. Admission is free, but registration is required at 910-439-6802 or towncreek@ncdcr.gov

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