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Our next monthly meeting will be Thursday, February 4th, at 7:30 P.M.

at the  Calusa Nature Center & Planetarium.   (see Calendar/Event for directions)

Open to the public. Meetings are held in the Planetarium. Formed to educate the public, school children and scouts about the wonders of the night sky! 

February 4th meeting topic:

Celestial Navigation Techniques

On Thursday, February 4, 2016 Ray Wlodyka, assistant education officer for the Cape Coral Power Squadron, will be presenting to the South West Florida Astronomical Society.  Ray’s presentation will begin with a discussion of the navigation techniques used by the ancient mariners including the development of the sextant and learning to determine longitudinal position on the high seas.  He will explain to us the technique of taking and reducing sightings for position determination.   This presentation will take the audience “full circle” as Ray discusses the rise of celestial navigation techniques and the present day demise of this skill as GPS tracking and other more sophisticated techniques replace the need to read the stars.  Ray’s  presentation will begin at 7:30pm, prior to the regular monthly meeting of the South West Florida Astronomical Society.

 

You missed it?  January  2016 meeting:

Jack Berninger made a return visit to the Planetarium and our astronomy club on Thursday, January 7, 2016 to make a special presentation entitled “Understanding Einstein”. 

As we all know, Albert  Einstein forever changed our understanding of the universe.  He produced many Nobel Prize quality papers and his ideas and insights to the cosmos are still being studied and applied today.  Even 100 years after the publication of his Theory of Relativity his discoveries remain the backbone of modern physics, cosmology, and our future understanding of the cosmos.

As a further tribute to Dr. Einstein, Jack Berninger makes a return visit to the Planetarium and our astronomy club on Thursday, January 7, 2016 to make a special presentation entitled “Understanding Einstein”.  I am sure this will be a presentation you will not want to miss and I once again encourage you to bring all interested family members and friends to the Planetarium for a very special evening.  Mr. Berninger’s presentation will begin at 7:30pm to be followed immediately by the regular monthly meeting of the South West Florida Astronomical Society.
Michael J. McCauley
Program Coordinator
SWFAS

 

Did You missed it?: December 3rd Meeting: Special Guest Speaker

Dr. Jeffrey Hutchinson, Assistant Professor at FGCU in the Department of Chemistry and Physics,  his topic was “Dark Matter: The Search, the  Evidence, Our Ideas”.

Thank you Dr. Hutchinson for an amazing presentation of this current topic.

 

 Also see SWFAS new Facebook page, search for Southwest Florida Astronomical Society.

 

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NASA’s Space Place educates and entertains kids, parents, and teachers about space and Earth science and technology.

Test your knowledge about the Milky Way with this fun trivia quiz!

http://www.space.com/17791-milky-way-galaxy-quiz-trivia.html

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We are:  The South West Florida Astronomical Society, Inc.  (SWFAS) P.O. Box 100127, Cape Coral, Florida  33910.

We meet the 1st Thursday of the month (7:30 P.M.):  Calusa Nature Center and Planetarium,  3450 Ortiz Avenue,  Fort Myers, FL 33905-7811.

The Southwest Florida Astronomical Society, Inc. was formed in 1980 by amateur astronomers in Lee County, Florida.  Its many goals include educating the public, school children, and scouts about the wonders of the night sky.  S.W.F.A.S. regularly works with the Calusa Nature Center and Planetarium, as well as Florida Gulf Coast University with public observing events.

 

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