December 7th Meeting:
In lieu of a guest speaker for the December meeting of the South West Florida Astronomical Society we will be showing the planetarium program entitled “Magnetism – Defending our Planet, Defining the Cosmos”. This is a full dome planetarium show that demonstrates how the earth’s magnetic field protects our planet from energetic particles from the sun and galaxy, and how the magnetic field also protects the water in our atmosphere from being swept away by the solar wind. It shows the first aurora seen simultaneously from the ground and the ISS, and tells about the MMS Mission (Magnetic Multiscale) and its quest to understand the magnetic connection between the earth and the sun.
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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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!
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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.