Westminster Astronomical Society serves as the Astronomical Resource for Carroll County, Maryland. We have public star parties all around Carroll and the surrounding counties as well as other community service work to further educate the citizens of Carroll County about the great overhead nightly resource, our Milky Way. Astronomy is looking up!

Observatory Project at Bear Branch

Training classes will be starting soon for members who are interested in learning to operate the observatory and its equipment.  Training includes opening the building, dome, operation of the telescope, and proper logging.  More information will be given at the March 11 meeting.


7:30 p.m. on the 2nd Wednesday of every month at Westminster’s Bear Branch Nature Center. The only exception is December when the regular meeting night is used for the annual WAS Holiday Banquet for members.

The meetings are free and open to the public. Anyone who wishes may bring a telescope and observe after the meetings.

March 11 Meeting (7:30 p.m.)

Skip Bird (WASI) had the honor of spending an all-expenses-paid week in Chicago recently at the invitation of NASA’s Heliophysics Science Mission Directorate Forum team. The attention grabbing title of Skip’s talk is “Aliens found in the Sun.”

The Heliophysics Educator Ambassador (HEA) for Informal Educators program focuses on in-depth, learning experiences around Earth, Space, and Physical Science topics for informal educators in museum or science center settings that work with K-12 teacher professional development. The HEA program provides the opportunity and materials for participants to develop the capacities needed to use NASA science, data, and educational resources as an educational ambassador for NASA Heliophysics science concepts, using the same materials and resources gained in the workshop with K-12 educators and direct audiences.

We will also be presenting a couple of Astronomical League observing club certificates at the March meeting.  Bob Clark has completed the Lunar II program and Slava Murygin has completed the Messier program — honorary version — for observing all objects in the Messier catalog.

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