Southern Colorado Astronomical Society
April 2018
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SCAS Board Meeting at
Village Inn, See below
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Solar Gaze at
NDWS, See
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Details
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SCAS Monthly Meeting:
Light Pollution in
Southern Colorado
See Below for Details
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April 2018
CURRENT MOON
Saturday April 14th from 1pm to 3pm at the Nature and Wildlife Discovery
Center

How old is the light that comes from the Sun?  How much fuel is the sun burning per second?  What would happen
if the Sun simply disappeared?  Have you ever seen a solar flare or sun spot in a Solar Safe telescope?  Saturday
April 14th from 1pm to 3pm the Southern Colorado Astronomical Society and Nature and Wildlife Discovery Center
(formerly known as Nature and Raptor Center of Pueblo) will hold a Solar Gaze next to the Coyote Grill and
everyone is invited!

Our Sun is a massive nuclear fusion engine, providing warmth and light, sustaining life on Earth.  So powerful it
creates weather in space. Join SCAS as we explore our local star with specialized telescopes built to allow safe
and direct viewing of the Sun.  See the very “surface” of the sun churn; observe flares, loops, sun spots and
prominences, some several times larger than the Earth.  SCAS will have information on hand for visitors to take
home with them from NASA to continue learning and exploring once the event has ended.  All ages are welcome to
enjoy this amazing opportunity.     
Light Pollution in Southern Colorado is increasing almost daily yet it is subtle to the point we hardly notice...until we look up and find we
can no longer see the stars.

The Colorado Plateau is in danger of losing its pristine dark skies.  How can we roll back this trend, or more appropriately should we.  
What are the effects of light pollution on humans, wildlife, our environment?  Thursday April 19th SCAS will look at this growing
problem, identify the effects of this over abundance of light in the night sky and offer solutions that are safe, economically friendly and
productive to maintaining a beautiful night sky.

This monthly meeting of the Southern Colorado Astronomical Society is open to all and free to attend.  The meeting begins at 7pm,
CSU-P campus, the Mathematics and Physics Building, Rm 103.  Liquid refreshments will be on hand at no cost.  All ages are welcome.

We will be introducing a new Citizen Scientist program that everyone can participate in to help gather data in the Southern Colorado
area.  Please join us at the meeting to find out how you can become involved.

Questions, email aknight@sca
spueblo.com for details.