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Our next monthly meeting will be Thursday, August 6th, 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! 

August Meeting Program Information

The program this month is about the current missions to Pluto, Ceres and the Rosetta Comet mission.

 

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

See new photos from Chuck Pavlick added to the library  under “Club Activities” TAB

 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!

http://www.space.com/17791-milky-way-galaxy-quiz-trivia.html

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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.