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!

Announcement: Observatory Construction is in Full Swing

Construction is progressing on the Blaine Roelke Memorial Observatory at Bear Branch Nature Center.  The interior of the dome has been painted.  The shell of the building and its roof are up (siding is coming later).  The 14″ Schmidt-Cassegrain telescope will sit on an adjustable pier atop a wedge.



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.

September 10 Meeting

In October, Mars has an appointment for a rare encounter with a comet. On October 19, Mars and Comet Siding Spring (C/2013 A1) will pass each other with only 86,000 miles between them! Dr. Carey Lisse (The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory, JHU-APL) will discuss the event, what to expect, and what may be learned, at the upcoming monthly meeting starting at 7:30 p.m.

Dinner with Dr. Lisse at Harry’s Main Street Grille in Westminster begins at 6:00 p.m.  Harry’s is located at 65 W Main Street, in Westminster.

While at the meeting, check out the latest progress in the ongoing construction of the Blaine Roelke Observatory located near the parking lot.


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