Pilot Mountain Public Observation November 15, 2014

Join FAS for an evening of viewing the sky above.

Where: Pilot Mountain State Park, North Carolina 

When: November 15, 2014

Time: sunset is at 5:13 PM

FAS members will be gathering before Sunset, setting up their telescopes and other equipment. The public is welcome to join in and view the night sky. 


Weather permitting some members may setup for solar viewing during the afternoon.

This event is weather dependent, if the sky is cloudy we will try again November 22nd. Keep a eye on this site and SciWorks for weather updates.


Hi FAS folks:

Our Fall public observation at Pilot Mountain is scheduled for this Saturday, November 15. Currently, the weather forecast is favorable, but I will send out a weather update on Friday afternoon. If we have to cancel due to rain (or snow), we will try for the next Saturday, November 22.

There is cold weather coming in this week, and remember that it is always much colder (and windy) up at the top of the mountain, so please dress accordingly.

Steve C.

Sunset 5:15 PM
Astronomical twilight: 6:40


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Club Observation Tonight (members only)

Hi FAS folks:

All week, the forecast for our club observation at Bullington tonight has been mediocre. But this morning, it has improved significantly, at least for early in the evening (there is a rain system coming in late tonight, which makes the overall forecast a bit tricky). So, for now, the observation is on. I will be checking the forecast update at noon, and if it deteriorates, I’ll send out another notice.


There is other good news. Sean Wood, our intrepid reporter on the endless bridge repairs on Highway 52, reports that the bridge at the the town of Pilot Mountain exit on Hwy 52 is now open. He also reports that gas is quite cheap as you come off of 52.


I have just updated my email list with some new members, so for some of you, this may be your first notice of a club observation at Bullington. If you don’t know where Bullington is, you can find directions on the members-only section of the FAS web site. If you have any trouble accessing that section, please let me know.

Steve C.

Sunset: 5:09 PM
Astronomical twilight: 6:40

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Rosetta Comet Landing Nov 12


RosettaLogo1Rosetta launched in 2004 and arrived at Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko on 6 August 2014. It is the first mission in history to rendezvous with a comet, escort it as it orbits the Sun, and deploy a lander to its surface. Rosetta is an ESA mission with contributions from its member states and NASA. Rosetta’s Philae lander is provided by a consortium led by DLR, MPS, CNES and ASI.

Follow the Rosetta Mission << Click << the live Webcast starts on 11 November and will continue non-stop through landing on 12 November.

One of the biggest gambles in space history comes to a climax on Wednesday when Europe attempts to make the first-ever landing on a comet – this one is named 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko.
A 220-pound space probe called Philae will detach from its mothership Rosetta and head for a deep-space minuscule landing site on the treacherous surface of an object darker than coal that is 300 million miles from home.
NASA will provide TV coverage for an all-day-long experience that will never be forgotten.

Thanks Art Gormley for the reminder

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The Young Astronomers Newsletter November 2014

The Young Astronomers Newsletter


The Young Astronomers Newsletter Volume 22 Number 12 November 2014

By Art Gormley

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One week, one giant sunspot, six massive solar flares

Check out this report –

One week, one giant sunspot, six massive solar flares with more information at Space Weather.


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October 28, 2014 Club Meeting

Join Forsyth Astronomical Society (FAS) for our monthly meeting 7:30PM, October 28, 2014 at SciWork in Winston-Salem NC.


Paul Jones will give a talk on planetary imaging and should have a good deal of information about this exciting art form of Astronomy.



There will be a short business meeting after the talk.

Upcoming Events –

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North Carolina Milky Way

This was take by John Leyendecker sent at Doughton Park on 10-24-14.
Nice night!


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Partial Solar Eclipse Report – Oct 23, 2014

Forsyth Astronomical Society held a public outreach at Pilot Mt. State Park, NC to view the partial solar eclipse on October 23, 2014. About 250 people traveled to the parking lot at the top of the knob to view one of the wonders of our solar system.

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Ten club members setup six solar observing scopes, handed out solar glasses, and provided other cool devices so all could enjoy a great view. There were people from four countries and all over the North Carolina Triad.

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The Winston-Salem Journal’s Lauren Carroll was there taking great pictures check them out or here.

Club member Sean took a group of pictures and posted them to Facebook.

Below are pictures by Chip

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Nice picture by Bruce T.



Please email us any other pictures or links anyone would care to post to fas@fas37.org

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Watch Earth roll by live in HD, streamed from the ISS

Click to watch


“The High Definition Earth Viewing (HDEV) experiment places four commercially available HD cameras on the exterior of the space station and uses them to stream live video of Earth for viewing online.  The cameras are enclosed in a temperature specific housing and are exposed to the harsh radiation of space.  Analysis of the effect of space on the video quality, over the time HDEV is operational, may help engineers decide which cameras are the best types to use on future missions. High school students helped design some of the cameras’ components, through the High Schools United with NASA to Create Hardware (HUNCH) program, and student teams operate the experiment.”

CNET article about it:


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Club Observation (Members Only)

Hi FAS folks:

This is not a formal club observation weekend, but the forecast is promising, so I’m planning to head up to Bullington tomorrow night {Saturday, 18 Oct.} If the forecast changes, I’ll let you know.

Steve C.

sunset: 6:40 PM
astronomical twilight: 8:05
moonrise: 2:30 AM

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