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Our next monthly meeting will be Thursday, December 1st, at 7:30 P.M.

December 1st Meeting – Dr. Ken Watanabe from FGCU

On Thursday, December 1st, 2016, Dr. Ken Watanabe, will once again present to the South West Florida Astronomical Society.  Dr. Watanabe will discuss some of his experiences working at the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center and his present research on Terrestrial Gamma-ray Flashes.  Dr. Watanabe, and his FGCU students, have observed over 600 Sprites using optical cameras installed on the roof of the FGCU library.  Studying the possible correlations between these Sprites and TGFs will enhance  the understanding of  the physics behind the Terrestrial Gamma-ray Flashes.  Potential ways that the SWFAS can join and contribute to this project will be discussed as well.



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!

Plan ahead to attend future Meetings!

January 2017:

– On Thursday January 5th. 2017 Luke Gommermann of the National Park Service/Big Cypress National Preserve will be our speaker.  Big Cypress just earned official Dark Sky Park status.

 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!


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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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