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

October Meeting Program Information:  Special Program – Guest Speaker

The October meeting of the SWFAS promises to be very special.  Dr. Ken Watanabe, formerly of the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center and presently an associate professor of physics at FGCU, will be making a very special presentation.  To commemorate 100 years since the publication of Einstein’s Theory of Relativity, Dr. Watanabe will be discussing this famous theory and how it has influenced our understanding of our universe and present day astronomy.  I encourage you to make the time to attend this  meeting on Thursday, October 1, 2015  at the Calusa Nature Center and Planetarium and prepare yourself for an evening of education and appreciation of our awe-inspiring universe.  As usual, our meeting will begin at 7:30pm.
Michael J. McCauley
Program Coordinator


The November meeting (Nov 5th)  is our Telescope Renaissance Night where people bring in scopes they need help with.  (Learn to use and get help repairing or adjusting your scope).  We also have Chap Percival doing a presentation about the 2017 Solar Eclipse and a book he has written. He will have the book and T-shirts for sale as well. (http://goseetheeclipse.com/) We will not have a business meeting in November.




 Also see SWFAS new Facebook page, search for Southwest Florida Astronomical Society.


 NASA’s “Space Place for Kids”  spaceplace-logo-small_en

NASA’s Space Place educates and entertains kids, parents, and teachers about space

and Earth science and technology.

This month:  Heliophysics

The sun is really, really hot. Every 1.5 millionths of a second, it releases more energy than all humans consume in an entire year. But where does all that energy come from? Space Place’s animated series “Space Place in a Snap” tackles this important question in its latest episode. Even better, it comes with a sweet poster, too! Check it out at: http://spaceplace.nasa.gov/sun-heat.

Rosetta’s Lander Touches Down on a Comet!   November 12th, the NASA and ESA Rosetta mission succeeded in setting down gently on a comet.  This is a first.  You can follow the lander in its quest for information about the comet on http://www.nasa.gov/rosetta/   You can also simulate the mission by playing Comet Quest.  The game is available on line at http://spaceplace.nasa.gov/comet-quest/ and in the Apple apps store for the mobile version at https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/comet-quest/id504786625?mt=8&ls=1

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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