Welcome to the Chester County Astronomical Society







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The Chester County Astronomical Society was formed as a non-profit organization dedicated to the education and enjoyment of astronomy for the general public. The Society holds meetings (with member or guest speakers) and observing sessions once a month. Anyone who is interested in astronomy is welcome to attend meetings and become a member of the Society. In addition to the monthly meetings and observing sessions, the Society also provides a variety of services to the public, including astronomy classes as well as telescopes and expertise for "star parties" for school, scout, and other civic groups.




Upcoming Events

  • Tuesday, February 11, 2020 - CCAS Monthly Meeting, Room 113, Merion Science Center (former Boucher Building), West Chester University. Meet & Greet over coffee and refreshments for members and non-members alike from 7:00 to 7:30 p.m. The meeting starts immediately after at 7:30 p.m. Guest Speaker: Ravi Sheth, PhD, Dept. of Astronomy and Astrophysics, University of Pennsylvania – "Gravity Waves—The Discovery that Shook the Earth."
  • Tuesday, March 10, 2020 - CCAS Monthly Meeting, Room 113, Merion Science Center (former Boucher Building), West Chester University. Meet & Greet over coffee and refreshments for members and non-members alike from 7:00 to 7:30 p.m. The meeting starts immediately after at 7:30 p.m. Guest Speaker: Marco Raveri, PhD, Center for Particle Cosmology, University of Pennsylvania – "The Hubble Constant 'Tension' - Impact on the Physics of Dark Matter and Dark Energy."
  • Friday, March 27, 2020 - CCAS Monthly Observing Session, Myrick Conservancy Center, BRC. The observing session starts at sunset. Resumption of monthly observing sessions through November 2020.
  • Tuesday, April 14, 2020 - CCAS Monthly Meeting, Room 113, Merion Science Center (former Boucher Building), West Chester University. Meet & Greet over coffee and refreshments for members and non-members alike from 7:00 to 7:30 p.m. The meeting starts immediately after at 7:30 p.m. Guest Speaker: Edward Guinan, PhD, Dept of Astronomy and Planetary Science, Villanova University – "Martian Greenhouse Project – Growing Plants in Simulated Martian Regolith and its Implications."
  • Friday, April 24, 2020 - CCAS Monthly Observing Session, Myrick Conservancy Center, BRC. The observing session starts at sunset.
  • Saturday, April 25, 2020 - CCAS Special Observing Session with Atglen Library at Wolf's Hollow County Park, Atglen, PA.

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Astronomy Video of the Month: What's Up for February 2020

Looking for astronomy highlights for February 2020? This month is the best time of the year to try to view Mercury, soon after sunset; Mars disappears behind the Moon on Feb. 18; and the bright red star on Orion’s shoulder, Betelgeuse, has been acting weird. (Or has it?) Additional information about topics covered in this episode of What's Up, along with still images from the video, and the video transcript, are available at https://solarsystem.nasa.gov/whats-up-skywatching-tips-from-nasa.



For star parties and astronomy events near you, visit http://nightsky.jpl.nasa.gov/. Learn about all of NASA's missions at http://www.nasa.gov/.


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Regular Activities


Observing Sessions

The society schedules monthly observing sessions in the Myrick Conservation Center of the Brandywine Red Clay Alliance. The observing sessions, which are planned around the new moon, are open to the public and announced in the Society's newsletter, Observations. Owning a telescope or binoculars is not required; anyone interested in observing the heavens is welcome to show up. If you do have a telescope and need help using it, our observing sessions are a great place to practice and learn from other society members.


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Meetings

The Chester County Astronomical Society's regular monthly meetings include a presentation from an invited speaker or the demonstration of an astronomical project by one of the Society's members. After the presentation, a brief business session is held to review the status of society activities. Meetings typically last 1-1/2 to 2 hours including an informal conversation over refreshments before the start of each meeting.

The Society meets at 7:30 PM the second Tuesday of each month in Room MER112 in the Merion Science Center (former Boucher Building) at West Chester University (corner of South Church Street and Rosedale Avenue, West Chester, Pennsylvania). Click for Directions and Maps.


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Special Events


Star Parties & "Nights Out"

The Chester County Astronomical Society offers "nights out" to interested organizations including local schools, scouting groups, and other civic groups for the purpose of learning more about the heavens. For example, scouting groups often hold them to earn badges for their members. If your organization is interested in hosting a "night out", please contact us.



Upcoming Nights Out

  • Friday, March 27, 2020 - CCAS Monthly Observing Session, Myrick Conservancy Center, BRC. The observing session starts at sunset. Resumption of monthly observing sessions through November 2020.
  • Friday, April 24, 2020 - CCAS Monthly Observing Session, Myrick Conservancy Center, BRC. The observing session starts at sunset.
  • Saturday, April 25, 2020 - CCAS Special Observing Session with Atglen Library at Wolf's Hollow County Park, Atglen, PA.
  • Friday, May 22, 2020 - CCAS Monthly Observing Session, Myrick Conservancy Center, BRC. The observing session starts at sunset.
  • Friday, June 26, 2020 - CCAS Monthly Observing Session, Myrick Conservancy Center, BRC. The observing session starts at sunset.
  • Thursday, July 23, 2020 - CCAS Special Observing Session, Green Valleys / Welkinweir Star Party. The observing session is scheduled from 8:30 to 10:00 p.m.
  • Friday, July 24, 2020 - CCAS Monthly Observing Session, Myrick Conservancy Center, BRC. The observing session starts at sunset.
  • Friday, August 21, 2020 - CCAS Monthly Observing Session, Myrick Conservancy Center, BRC. The observing session starts at sunset.
  • Friday, September 18, 2020 - CCAS Monthly Observing Session, Myrick Conservancy Center, BRC. The observing session starts at sunset.
  • Friday, October 16, 2020 - CCAS Monthly Observing Session, Myrick Conservancy Center, BRC. The observing session starts at sunset.
  • Friday, November 6, 2020 - CCAS Monthly Observing Session, Myrick Conservancy Center, BRC. The observing session starts at sunset.

Star parties are national and regional events similar to "nights out" and open to the public. They are held throughout the year. For a list of upcoming national events in 2020, visit the star parties page.


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Planetarium Shows

The West Chester University Department of Geology & Astronomy hosts a planetarium show open to the general public on the 2nd Friday of each month. The WCU Planetarium is located in the Schmucker Science Center on Church St. To locate the planetarium, view the campus map.


The shows start promptly at 7:00 P.M. ET and run approximately one hour in length. Late arrivals will not be permitted to enter the planetarium. Each show includes an overview of what is visible in the current night sky and a special focus on some aspect of astronomy.

Reservations are required because the planetarium has limited seating. For contact information, visit the WCU Public Planetarium Shows webpage.


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