This page is the new location of the WeSeeStars.org website, starting in February 2012.  The original WeSeeStars.org website was created and managed by Bill All.  A Time for Science has maintained control of the WeSeeStars.org website and we will continue working with the Carolina Skies Astronomy Club in future activities.

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2014 Events

These events (presentations and star parties) are free to attend and open to the public.  For those with further interest, there is a Astronomy Club you can join and become a member.  Just contact Byron Mumaw.  All activities start at the Green Resource Center (Directions) at the designated time, typically around sunset.

January 25 – Starting at 6:30 pm, an indoor presentation will cover the astronomical targets well positioned for viewing in January and February (highlighting Orion and Jupiter).  After the presentation, if the sky is clear, we will observe the night sky.    Also, after the presentation, Byron Mumaw, President of the CSAC, would like to meet with interested members to discuss presentation topics and activity suggestions for the February through May events.

February 22 – The indoor program starting at 6:30 pm be all about NASA’s MAVEN Mission to Mars.  The Mars Atmosphere & Volatile EvolutioN Mission was launched on November 18, 2013.  When it arrives at Mars it will orbit the planet for a year observing the climate and atmosphere in preparation for human occupation.  After the presentation, if it’s a clear night, we will be setting up for observations.

March 22 – Following the big Turtle Run in the morning the astronomy Club will hold its annual Spring Equinox Star Party at 7:00 pm.  Come a little early to watch the sun go down in the west, one of only two time during the year it sets in the west.  Please register by March 21.

April 4 – Statewide Star Party: “Under a Carolina Moon”.  As part of the North Carolina Science Festival ATFS and Carolina Skies Astronomy Club will hold a star party.  A variety of telescopes will be available for viewing and later a guided tour of the spring constellations will be presented.  Starts at 7:30.

May 3 – The indoor program is entitled “Twinkle, twinkle little star, how I wonder what you” which demonstrates how spectroscopic techniques are used to gather information about the heavens above. The presentation will start at 7:00 pm.  Please register by May 2.

June 21 – Join with the Carolina Skies Astronomy Club at A Time for Science for the mid-summer Solstice Star Party.  After the indoor program, explaining the solstices and equinoxes, view the summer skies through the telescopes provided by club members.  The presentation will start at 7:00 pm.

July 26 – Join with the Carolina Skies Astronomy Club at A Time for Science for summer-time sky viewing.  After the indoor program the telescopes provided by club members will be available for all to view.  7:00 – 8:00PM – Indoor Presentation – Subject, “The Search for Exoplanets”  and 8:00 – 10:30PM (or later) Sky Tour and Observation

September 6 – International Observe the Moon Night!  This global event encourages people to observe and learn about the moon.  There will be an indoor presentation starting at 7:00 pm and afterwards telescopes will be made available to view the moon.

October 18 – “Sun-Spots, Solar Flares, Coronal Mass Ejections & Auroras – Oh my!”… Join us in the Resource Center at A Time for Science to learn about these features of the Solar Cycle.  After the indoor presentation starting at 6:30 pm, telescopes will be available to view the autumn sky.

November 22 – The Rosetta Space Mission will be the topic for the indoor program starting at 6:30 pm.  Learn about NASA’s work with this European Space Agency project studying whether comets can provide a key to deciphering the origins of the solar system and/or life on Earth.   After the indoor presentation, telescopes will be available to view the night sky. For more information contact bbmumaw@aol.com.


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