20 years ago, the (unmanned!) Cassini probe was launched on a mission to Saturn. It encountered the amazing ringed giant and orbited outside the rings for 13 years, but now Cassini has begun the final portion of its mission: a series of daring dives in between the rings and the[…]
Back by popular demand, this is a March Madness laser extravaganza… Shows at 7, 8, 9 and 10 pm on each of the evenings listed below. Tickets at the door: $10/adult/show. Matinee kid-laser shows are M 3/20 – F 3/24 at 4 pm (see below). For full show descriptions, see[…]
SWFAS members spend a lot of time in our local parks, looking up at the stars and planets, so it’s natural to wonder about the planet on which we stand — and specifically, our local part of it. Imagine a school of fish swimming in your backyard, a shark hunting[…]
Jan 25th update from (opens in new tab) EarthSky.org: An asteroid designated 2017 BX – found just days ago, on January 20 – passed between the Earth and moon on late Tuesday night according to clocks in the Americas. The asteroid’s closest approach was 11:45 EST on January 24, 2017[…]
Friday, January 13th, 2017 Calusa Nature Center & Planetarium Astronomy News Bulletin: Get in on the Pro-Am Comet Observing Action! Remember, the campaign starts later THIS MONTH: https://astronomynow.com/2016/11/24/worldwide-pro-am-help-sought-for-comet-trio-study/. The actual page with details is at the Planetary Sciences Institute, here: http://www.psi.edu/41P45P46P
News from American Astronomical Society January Meeting: A Pair of Colliding Stars will Change the Night Sky in 2022!
(To see the full image, please click the picture above) Monday, January 9th, 2017 Astronomy News Bulletin: Calvin College professor Larry Molnar and his students along with colleagues from Apache Point Observatory (Karen Kinemuchi) and the University of Wyoming (Henry Kobulnicky) are predicting a change to the night sky that[…]
On Thursday, January 5th. at 7:30 pm in the Planetarium, SW Florida Astronomical Society will host a speaker from the National Park Service/Big Cypress National Preserve. Big Cypress just earned official Dark Sky Park status. Luke Gommermann, who has been spearheading the program, was to speak, but he just got[…]
Registration is still open for Winter 2016 Day Camps — fill your child’s holiday with fun, nature, science, and hands-on creative activities at Calusa Nature Center & Planetarium: ten excellent themed day-camps offer lots of variety! Ages 5-12 (grades K-6; minimum age is 5 years). Calusa’s Winter Day Camp is[…]
Take pictures with Santa! Visit with some of our animals, walk along the holiday lights trail, do holiday crafts, enjoy refreshments, a bonfire and a special seasonally-themed planetarium show!
December 1st 7:30 pm – SW FL Astronomical Society Meeting in the Planetarium – Dr. Ken Watanabe from FGCU
TH Dec 1st Meeting – Terrestrial Gamma-ray Flashes, a talk by Dr. Ken Watanabe from FGCU On Thursday, December 1st, 2016 at 7:30 pm in the planetarium, Dr. Ken Watanabe will once again present to the Southwest Florida Astronomical Society. Dr. Watanabe will discuss some of his experiences working at the NASA[…]
Homeschool Class: 2nd-3rd grade: Our Amazing Solar System (Astronomy) Dec 1 @ 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm Our Grade-Specific Homeschool classes make it easy for you to plan enrichment activities for your homeschool students! Corresponds to 2nd-3rd grade nature of science, physical science and earth science objectives. Please use the[…]
SW Florida Astronomical Society pleased to announce that John Jardine Goss, Astronomical League President will be speaking at our Thursday November 3rd meeting at the Calusa Nature Center Planetarium in Fort Myers at 7:30pm. The meeting is free and open to anyone interested in astronomy. Join us as John presents[…]
Fun preschool class includes a story, learning activities, a craft, and a short planetarium show. Limited class size: reserve your child’s space. Please use the “RSVP Here” tab on our website to make sure your teacher is aware you are coming! www.calusanature.org Included with admission.
August 13th Saturday meteorite unveiling: special planetarium shows about meteorites and meteors, asteroids, and comets! Activities, Talk on meteorites at 1 pm, unveiling at 2, silent auction and raffle, geocaching, and more!
This was shot in late June and early July 2016 by the amazing Tyler Shore… so many of our wonderful volunteers, and there are so many more who make this place special!
Saturday, August 13th, touch a piece of space with the unveiling on our new hands-on big meteorite. The exhibit is made possible by Forida’s own Toomey Foundation for the Natural Sciences.
The monthly meeting of the SW FLorida Astronomical Society at 7:30 pm on Thursday, June 2, 2016 will include a special screening of two complementary “Dark Matter” productions, “Dark Matter Mystery” (which enjoyed its North American premiere here at CNCP in March, 2016) followed by a 7-minute excerpt from “Dark[…]
On Thursday, May 5 at 7:30 pm in the Planetarium, the SW Florida Astronomical Society presents a talk by Prof. Derek Buzasi, the Whitaker Eminent Scholar in Science at Florida Gulf Coast University. Dr. Buzasi will introduce the “hot Jupiter problem” and discuss the ways various science groups have tried[…]
Only Ten Days in May, this is a fundraiser and “trial balloon” — if you like laser shows, definitely let us know! All seats are $10/show. Early evening shows on W, Th, and later shows as well on Fri, Sat. Saturday MIDNIGHT shows! Online seat sales: click here
Ted Wolfe, accomplished astrophotographer and monthly contributor to the Naples Daily News, will be presenting to the Southwest Florida Astronomical Society on Thursday, April 7, 2016. Mr. Wolfe has had many of his images published in Sky and Telescope and Astronomy magazines and has had an exhibit of his astrophotos on display at the Kennedy[…]