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

David Feller will be our guest speaker at the November meeting of the South West Florida  Astronomical Society on Thursday, November 2nd, at 7:30pm.  Dave served on two submarines during a 20 year career in the U. S. Navy.  While on active duty Dave earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from Auburn University, a Master of Science degree in Meteorology and Physical Oceanography from the Naval Postgraduate School, and a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Central Florida.  Dave retired in 2002 and has taught a variety of courses in science, business, and algebra since he began teaching in 2003.  He currently teaches introductory on-line courses in Meteorology, Oceanography, Astronomy, and Ethics at three community colleges in Florida and one in Pennsylvania.

Dave will speak to us about Plate Tectonics and Planetary Evolution.  Surface features on terrestrial planets evolve over time.  Some of these processes are catastrophic and act very quickly, while others are evolutionary and develop more slowly.  Plate tectonics theory explains how heat generated inside a planet causes (usually) slow, evolutionary changes on a planetary surface.

Please join us on Thursday, November 2nd, and learn how events such as volcanic eruptions, earthquakes, and the formation of new ocean basins are driven by plate tectonics here on earth, on what we can learn about the other terrestrial planets in our solar system by applying these concepts.

Dave’s presentation will begin at 7:30pm and will be followed by the regular SWFAS monthly business meeting.

As usual, the meeting will be held at the Calusa Nature Center and Planetarium in Fort Myers.  Hope to see you there.

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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.