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Eastern Connecticut Girl Scout
Astronomy Club

One of three clubs organized in 2009 in the State of Connecticut, the ECGSAC endeavors to promote the science of Astronomy to girls and their families. We generally meet every second Friday of month throughout the year except in January and February. Weather permitting we set up telescopes and view significant events of the month and such heavenly objects as are available. The GSofCT monthly Eblast contains a brief desciption of the months viewing. If weather does not permit use of the telescopes we have a presentation using the Celestia "planetarium" program.

The club has it's own auto tracking telescope and the owner of MRA brings his own Meade auto-tracking telescope which also has video output capability

The club meets at the Girl Scout camp at Camp Laurel near the infirmary 6:30-8:30 and later depending on weather and daylight.

If you are interested in attending, please bring REDflashlights. Inexpesive red LED headlamps can be obtained through major retailers which are ideal because they free up your hands for other uses. DO NOT use white lights as these will impair your vision for at least 20 minutes and affect everyone else. Be advised that young children may not be suited because of the patience required for telescope set up and viewing. Families, however, are most welcome - even the boys!

Troop leaders: We currently have the following presentations on Celestia available for your Girl Scouts to view. Recommended ages are also listed. We can tailor the presentations somewhat to younger children if you are interested.

Celestia is the program we use for our "planeterium". It is free and open source. We are putting together age appropriate astronomy classes and will add them to our list as time permits.

TopicDescriptionGirl Scouts
Tour of the Solar SystemCovers the 8 major planets and up to their five largest moons. You'll be amazed at what's been discovered!Juniors
Mars - An Oceanic PlanetCovers ancient Mars history and whether water once rained on MarsCadets
Mars II - It's Dead, Jim, But was It AliveIs or was there Life on Mars? The latest information is covered with more evidence to think about.Cadets
The Messier ObjectsTravel at beyond warp speed to discover the beauty of the Universe as only the camera can capture. A photographic delightDaisies

Club Schedule for 2011

Click here for a printable version

Click here for the ECGSAC flyer in pdf form (1.8M)

2011 Meeting schedule for ECGSAC

Meeting Date
Meeting Time
Sunset
Planets Objects Significant Events Alternate
Show
Daises, Brownies,
and Binoculars
November 12, 2010
6:30PM
16:30
Jupiter
Moon
Neptune
Uranus
Saturn?
103P/Hartley Comet
Asteroid Hebe
NGC 884/869 Double Cluster
NGC 7635 Bubble Nebula
M31 Andromeda
M33 Triangulum Galaxy
Moon double crater Boussingault A/K
Leonid meteor showers
Taurid meteor showers
Mars Part I - History of Mars Moon
Aquarius
Cassiopeia
Andromeda
January 14, 2011
CANCELLED
Jupiter
Uranis
Neptune?
Asteroid Iris
Comet Pons-Winnecke
n Cassiopeiae Binary
Schedar Quadrinary
M31 Andromeda Galaxy
Bubble Nebula
The Quadrantid meteor shower occurs on the night of January 3/4 Moon
Cassiopia
February 11, 2011
CANCELLED
Jupiter
Uranis
Asteroids Nysa, Iria
California Nebula
NGC 884/869 Double Cluster
E Persei Double
M34 Open Cluster
Algol Quadrinary
IC 348
NGC 1528
NGC 1245
Moon
Perseus
March 11, 2011
6:30PM
17:50
Moon
Mercury
Jupiter
Neptune
Asteroid June,Massalia
Comet Kopff
NGC 2403 Galaxy
M 81
Build a 2" Refractor Telescope
How Telescopes work
How to operate the GS Telescope
Moon
Camelopardaus
April 8, 2011
7:00PM
18:21
Saturn
Moon
Comet Wolf
Mizar Binary
I Ursa Major Binary
A Ursa Major Binary
X Ursa Major
NGC 2403
NGC 3184 Galaxy
M81
M101
M97 Owl Nebula
Saturn Closest Light pollution and the human eye
Create an Observation List
Ursa Major
May 13, 2011
7:30PM
18:54
Saturn Asteroid Hygiea
Comet Finlay
NGC 2683 Galaxy
NGC 2841 Galaxy
NGC 2768 Galaxy
NGC 2281 Open Cluster
NGC 2859
Navigating the Stars - Learn what Declination, Right Ascension, Altitude, Azimuth are.
Learn about Magnitude
Moon
Lynx
June 10, 2011
7:30PM
19:20
Saturn Comet Brookes 2
Cor Caroli Binary
M3 Globular Cluster
M016 Galaxy
NGC 4631 Galaxy
M94 Galaxy
M63 Sunflower Galaxy
M51 Whirlpool Galaxy
TBD Moon
Canes Venatica
July 8, 2011
7:30PM
19:23
Saturn Asteroid Vesta
Comet Borrelly
Pulcherrima Binary
D Bootes Binary
44 Binary
M3 Globular Cluster
NGC 5466 Globular Cluster
TBD Moon
Bootes
August 12, 2011
7:30PM
18:50
Neptune Asteroid Vesta,Ceres
Comet Giacobini-Zinner
Z Herculis Binary
M Hercules Trinary
Sarin Double
M13 Globular Cluster
M92 Globular Cluster
Neptune Peaks in intensity TBD Moon
Hercules
September 9, 2011
6:30PM
18:06
Jupiter
Uranis
Neptune
Asteroid Vesta, Ceres, Nausikaa
Comet Stephan-Oterma
Vega Trinary
E Vega Double Binary
Sheliak Binary
D Vega Double
RR Vega Pulsating Variables
NGC 6791 Open Cluster
M57 Ring Nebula
M56 Globular Cluster
Uranis peaks in intensity TBD Moon
Lyra
October 14, 2011
6:30PM
17:07
Jupiter
Uranis
Neptune
Asteroid Versta, Ceres, Eunomia
Comet Johnson
D Cygni Binary
Albireo double
M39 Binoculars
NGC 7000 North American Nebula
IC 5070 Pelican Nebula
NGC 7027 Planetary Nebula
61 Double
NGC 6992 Gas Nebula
NGC 6960 Veil Nebula
32 Cygnus Binary
31 Cygnus Group
M29 Open Cluster
Great Cygnus Star Cloud
Jupiter at Opposition TBD Moon
Cygnus
November 11, 2011
6:30PM
16:31
Jupiter
Neptune
Asteroid Vesta, Ceres, Leto
Comet Tsuchinshan
Cocoon Nebula
NGC 7209 Open Cluser
NGC 7243 Open Cluster
NGC 7296 Open Cluster
M31 Andromeda Galaxy
Leonid meteor shower on the 17th TBD Moon
Lacerta

Contact Information

EMail

 Email inquires to: astronomy

 To signup for a scheduled club meeting notify: meeting

Telephone

  860-886-8599

Postal Address

  160 Laurel Hill Ave.
  Norwich, CT 06360

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