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Wednesday, May 14th, 2014, 7:00pm,
at the Seminole State College Planetarium.

Board Meeting
Wednesday, May 7th, 2014, 7:00pm,
Perkins Restaurant at 6425 University Blvd, Winter Park FL 32792.

Information on and directions to our meetings.

Presentations and programs for our 2014 general meetings.

Seminole State College Planetarium evening shows Friday and Saturday Evenings at 8:30 p.m.

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RocketStem

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Inspiration for the next generations of Explorers 

RocketSTEM is a nonprofit foundation producing a free bimonthly digital magazine devoted to fostering STEM education and promoting space exploration.

 Go to:  http://www.rocketstem.org/

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"World Science U"

Want to Learn about Things like Special Relativity from a renowned Physicist?

Now You Can! Brian Greene's "World Science U" offers online courses for everyone. And They're FREE.

Go to http://www.worldscienceu.com/

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Astrolog Vol39 Quarter 1 now Published

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Astrolog Vol 39 Quarter 1 now Published .  Click on this link: :  http://www.cfas.org/filemgmt/visit.php?lid=201

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COSMOS Starts Again

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COSMOS: A SPACETIME ODYSSEY, set to premiere Sunday, March 9 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX and Monday, March 10 (10:00-11:00 PM ET/PT) on National Geographic Channel, continues the adventure of Carl Sagan's Emmy® Award-winning series "Cosmos: A Personal Voyage."  In the 34 years since the first "Cosmos" television series debuted, light pollution has increased to levels that deprive eight out of ten children in the United States and two-thirds of the world population the experience of viewing the Milky Way. 

 

About COSMOS: A SPACETIME ODYSSEY COSMOS: A SPACETIME ODYSSEY is produced by Cosmos Studios, the Ithaca, NY-based company Ann Druyan co-founded in 2000, and Fuzzy Door Productions. Druyan and Steven Soter are the series' writers. Druyan, Seth MacFarlane, Cosmos Studios president Mitchell Cannold and Brannon Braga (the "Star Trek" franchise, "24") executive-produce the series. Braga directs the series along with Bill Pope ("Spider-Man 2," "Spider-Man 3," the "The Matrix" franchise) and Druyan.   "Like" COSMOS: A SPACETIME ODYSSEY on Facebook at facebook.com/COSMOSonTV. Follow the series on Twitter @COSMOSonTV and join the discussion using #cosmos. See photos and videos on Instagram by following @cosmosontv.    

. In celebration of the upcoming event television series COSMOS: A SPACETIME ODYSSEY, airing on FOX and National Geographic Channel, Celestron is introducing the COSMOS™ 60AZ Telescope and partnering with IDA to help save endangered starry skies for generations to come.  In support of IDA's mission, Celestron is donating a portion of the newly released COSMOS 60AZ Telescope proceeds to IDA. 

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Orion's Whats in the Sky in february

ORION's What's in the Sky - February

 

Clear February nights present some great stargazing opportunities. Be sure to bundle up and keep warm while you get outside for some stargazing fun!

Here are a few of Orion's top picks for February stargazing:

 

9th magnitude Hubble's Variable Nebula

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John Dobson Dead at age 98

General News

 

 

John Dobson inventor of the Dobsonian telescope died on  January 14, 2014.   Learn more about this incredible amateur astronomer and his life at this website: http://www.universetoday.com/108150/john-dobson-inventor-of-the-popular-dobsonian-telescope-dead-at-98/

 

 

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New Caldwell Observing certificate

Observing News

Information for the CFAS Observing Certificate program for Caldwell objects has been downloaded on our web site.   Click on the "Downloads tab" and then go to  CFAS Caldwell Certificate to obtain information and forms for this new certificate.

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Free e-Book from The One Minute Astronomer

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Extraordinary Sights: What You Can See in the Night Sky - See more at: http://oneminuteastronomer.com/extraordinary-sights-night-sky/#sthash.emiXfyAV.dpuf
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Extraordinary Sights: What You Can See in the Night Sky

 

" In this free guide, you will discover

  • Features visible on the major planets with binoculars or a small telescope
  • The best meteor showers of the year and how to observe them
  • The two easiest craters on the Moon to see with a pair of binoculars
  • Three celestial objects even new stargazers can see that are linked to the birth, life, and death of stars
  • The critical difference between the two main types of star clusters and how it affects what to look for when you observe them
  • The layout of the Milky Way and the main types of galaxies visible in a small telescope
  • Plus you’ll come to understand the sometimes confusing systems astronomers use to name stars and other deep-sky objects

As you read this guide, you will come to understand a little about the science behind star clusters, comets, nebulae, and galaxies… sights you can see for yourself from your own backyard.  This knowledge will be a huge help as you become a stargazer.  That’s because understanding the celestial objects you see in your binoculars or telescope is sometimes as much fun as seeing them.  The faint textured smudge you see in your eyepiece is far more interesting when you know it’s the combined light of a trillion stars, for example, or the birthplace of a cluster of new stars in our own galaxy.

 

You can download this free 38-page e-book(in PDF)

 

Clear Skies!

 

Gordon

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Best Astronomy Pictures of 2013

Observing News

Check out this link to see some spectacular photos of our universe: http://www.wired.com/wiredscience/2014/01/best-space-photos-2013/?viewall=true 

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11 Must-See Skywatching Events in 2014

Observing News

As 2013 draws to a close, it's time to look forward to the stargazing highlights of the coming year.

Here are 11 of the most noteworthy skywatching events that will take place in 2014. SPACE.com's Night Sky column will provide more extensive coverage of these events as they draw closer. 

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