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 observatory is now in operational. The ribbon cutting was held on Saturday, August 22, 2915. The observatory is equipped with a Celestron 14-inch SCT telescope and a computerized German Equatorial mounting on a motorized pier.
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 9 Meeting (7:30 p.m.)
Laura Smith-Velazquez is one of 50 women selected to be an astronaut for a proposed human colony located on Mars. Mars One, a nonprofit organization based in the Netherlands, has proposed to land the first humans on Mars and establish the colony as a permanent human presence there by 2027. When the call went out seeking astronaut volunteers for the one-way mission, 202,586 applications were received from around the world. After three rounds, the number was reduced to 100 — 50 men and 50 women were selected. Ms. Smith-Velazquez will discuss the proposed mission at the September regular WASI meeting. Her husband Matthew was also an applicant but not one of the 100 semifinalists. Both Laura and Matthew will be present at the meeting.