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

The training classes for the observatory is a single class lasting 2-3 hours held on-site at the observatory.  The first two classes are being held in March, 2015 and have reached full enrollment.  Beyond March, additional classes will be offered for members and qualified volunteers.  Please come back and check for more information later.


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.

April 8 Meeting (7:30 p.m.)

Bill Ellis (WASI) will present a talk on the “geography” of the nearby universe.  We often describe celestial objects in terms of the constellation where they are found, but not by galaxy, group, or supercluster in which they are located.  Cosmography locates objects in three dimensions.

Bill is a retired environmental chemist, with a PhD in organic chemistry.  His interest in astronomy began a year ago when he joined WASI.

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