Our next monthly meeting will be Thursday, November 2nd , at 7:30 P.M.

Program to be announced.  (Follow us on Facebook)

September Meeting was cancelled due to Hurricane Preparation and program moved to the October meeting.

Jim Passeur, retired USAF Colonel with 27.5 years of active service, will be the guest speaker at the September 7th meeting of the South West Florida Astronomical Society. Jim was selected by the USAF to go to Ohio State University under the Air Force Institute of Technology Program to provide guidance to the Minuteman ICBM Program in surveying their launch sites.  As a result of this assignment Jim earned a Master’s Degree in Geodetic Science and Photogrammetry from OSU in 1974.  After graduation Jim was assigned to Strategic Air Command Headquarters in Omaha, Nebraska where he worked with the group locating and surveying the ICBM unit locations.  He spent 12 years at SAC Headquarters in various targeting roles.  Jim will tell of about his experiences as he worked in the OSU cornfields observing latitude, longitude, and azimuths and his selection of stars used to observe and record the right ascension, declination, and azimuth from a radio tower 5 miles away.

Jim has had an extraordinary career which also involves developing the GPS system while working at the Pentagon and is also an amateur astronomer who built his own six inch reflector including grinding the lens.  This will certainly be a very interesting and informative presentation.  Jim’s presentation will begin at 7:30pm on Thursday, September 7, 2017 at the Calusa Nature Center and Planetarium.  The monthly business meeting of the South West Florida Astronomical Society will be held immediately afterwards. We hope to see you at the planetarium on September 7th.

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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.