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

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!

August 2016 Meeting: Social Media/FaceBook – An Astronomy Resource and how it impacts the hobby we all love and enjoy so much. 

Joe Senich, a new member of the South West Florida Astronomical  Society, will be making a presentation to our club at our August meeting.  Joe is presently an administrator for two Facebook groups.  The first group called Telescope Addicts – Astronomy and  Astrophotography Community has over 26,000 members worldwide including many of the world’s foremost astrophotographers.  The second group called the Amateur Astronomy Selenology Project deals with everything lunar.  Joe will be talking with us about the possibilities of Social Media and how it impacts the hobby we all love and enjoy so much.
Please help welcome Joe to our astronomy club and attend our meeting at the Calusa Nature Center and Planetarium on Thursday, August 4, 2016 at 7:30pm.
Michael J. McCauley
Program Coordinator

June MEETING presentation was –  special showing of a new planetarium program entitled, “Dark Matter Mystery” along with a 7 minute excerpt from “Dark Universe” by Neil de Grasse Tyson.

May MEETING presentation was: – Flying Toasters! The Heating of those “Hot Jupiter” gas giants orbiting other stars. Dr. Derek Buzasi, Whitaker Eminent Scholar in Science at Florida Gulf Coast University and active researcher in this field, will present a summary of what’s known and what’s theorized about these fascinatingly overheated exoplanets. Each month’s astronomy talk is open to the public and is followed by a business meeting for SWFAS.

April MEETING Presentation was:  Ted Wolfe, accomplished astrophotographer and  monthly contributor to the Naples Daily News,  presented to the Southwest Florida Astronomical Society on Thursday, April 7, 2016.  Mr. Wolfe has had many of his images published in Sky and Telescope and Astronomy magazines  and has had an exhibit of his astrophotos on display at the Kennedy Space Center at Cape Canaveral.  Additionally, permanent displays of his astrophotos can be seen at the Center for Space Studies at the University of Florida and in the Logan Science Center at the University of Notre Dame.
Mr. Wolfe will discuss his efforts to establish a remote set-up for operating his telescope in the Atacama Desert in Chile.  Ted’s presentation will describe this 4 year project including the frustrations, complications, and his experience being the only American involved in the adventure.  Included in his presentation will be pictures of the locale, his telescope at the site,  and some of his early test images.  Mr. Wolfe’s  presentation will begin at 7:30pm at the Calusa Nature Center and Planetarium in Fort Myers.


Michael J. McCauley
Program Coordinator


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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.