What we're about

"Amateur" is not an insult.

An amateur astronomer is anybody who learns the skies. Anybody who may learn how to observe or photograph the incomprehensibly distant and huge objects out there. Anybody who may learn about spaceflight, or space in popular culture, or scientific history, or cosmology. Especially anybody who shares this knowledge with others - not because it's a paid occupation, not for recognition or praise, but because they love it.

The Warren Astronomical Society ( http://www.warrenastro.org ) meets twice monthly indoors to share presentations about astronomy: observations, science, culture, and history.

Of course, we also get together underneath the stars: one to two public open houses per month and many informal members-only observing nights at our observatory, Stargate. Whether you're an experienced stargazer or need help learning your telescope, you're sure to find somebody to talk to.

Members have the opportunity to check out telescopes and other equipment with a minimal deposit. If you're interested in getting into astronomy but don't know what sort of telescope you'd like, a risk-free trial can be a great help. Attend an event and find out just how much a committed amateur can do.

Upcoming events (5)

VIRTUAL Mtg&Talks

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We are holding a VIRTUAL meeting this month due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Schedule: 6:30 PM: Board meeting (Webex only) 7:30 PM: YouTube goes live / Introductions 7:35 PM: In the News, In the Sky 7:50 PM: Officers' reports, Special Interest Groups 8:00 PM: Observing Reports, Ask an Astronomy Question 8:15 PM: Short talk 8:30 PM: Informal discussion 8:45 PM: Feature talk If you'd like to join the Webex session to speak and share your video if you wish, please email [masked]. If you're just joining the YouTube stream, go to https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC12jUX4Gmweg6fTtUuqa8CQ/live In order to comment on the YouTube stream, you must have a Google Account and a YouTube channel. Here are guides to setting both up: Google Account: https://support.google.com/youtube/answer/161805 YouTube Channel: https://support.google.com/youtube/answer/1646861 Main Talk: We will be taking a look at some celestial objects that have ghostly appearances. These space ghosts reside in our solar system (comets), in our Milky Way Galaxy (nebulae, star clusters) and beyond our home galaxy (galaxies). We'll learn where stars come from and our connection to the cosmos. Jenny Pon has shared the wonders of the night sky for over 30 years under both the night sky and planetarium domes in East Lansing, Pittsburgh and Detroit. She did a night sky tour under the dark skies at the 2016 Grand Canyon Star Party. She has been involved with the Amateur Astronomers Association of Pittsburgh and the Farmington Community Stargazers. W.A.S. Annual Election of Officers --- If you would like to present either a short talk (10-15 minutes) or a full-length talk (45-60 minutes) at a future meeting, please email Dale Partin at [masked]. --- The views expressed in presentations are those of the speakers and do not necessarily represent, and should not be attributed to, the Warren Astronomical Society.

VIRTUAL Mtg & Talk

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We are holding a VIRTUAL "Macomb" meeting this month due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Schedule: 7 PM: Tech check and warmup (Webex only) 7:30 PM: YouTube goes live / Introductions 7:35 PM: In the News, In the Sky 7:50 PM: Officers' reports, Special Interest Groups 8:00 PM: Observing Reports, Ask an Astronomy Question 8:15 PM: Break, informal discussion 8:30 PM: Feature talk: Unsung Historical Observatories You've heard of Harvard and Yerkes and Lick and Mt. Wilson... but there are some other observatories in the US and Canada whose historical achievements never garnered them cultural immortality. Some are long gone, while others face demolition in the present day. Here are a few of their stories. Diane Hall is the past and current president of the Warren Astronomical Society. Moon Shot Enthusiast, binocular astronomer, chronic Space Pirate, and frequent astronomy tourist. Has a woolen blanket featuring the entire fleet of US Space Shuttles on the bed and a matryoshka of famous cosmonauts close at home in the office. Still eats freeze-dried ice cream for fun. If you'd like to join the Webex session to speak and share your video if you wish, please email [masked]. If you're just joining the YouTube stream, go to https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC12jUX4Gmweg6fTtUuqa8CQ/live In order to comment on the YouTube stream, you must have a Google Account and a YouTube channel. Here are guides to setting both up: Google Account: https://support.google.com/youtube/answer/161805 YouTube Channel: https://support.google.com/youtube/answer/1646861 --- If you would like to present a short talk (5-15 minutes) or a long talk (40-60 minutes) at a future meeting, please email Dale Partin at [masked]. --- The views expressed in presentations are those of the speakers and do not necessarily represent, and should not be attributed to, the Warren Astronomical Society.

VIRTUAL Stargate Observatory Open House

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Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we are not going to have an in-person Stargate observing session. If the skies are clear, we will do live observing from the Northern Cross Observatory, hosted by Doug Bock. If they're cloudy, we'll have a discussion group and maybe practice processing images. Since there is no formal program, we're doing this on Webex only. Email us at [masked] for a link to the Webex event. Please do not go to Stargate in person until further notice.

VIRTUAL Mtg&Talks

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At the Warren Astronomical Society's Cranbrook meetings, we spend the first hour or so of the meeting on club business and observing reports, then have two presentations, one short and one full-length. Main Talk: to be announced soon! Short Talk: to be announced soon too! --- Immediately after each Cranbrook meeting of the Warren Astronomical Society, a number of Club members go to the Redcoat Tavern (31542 Woodward Ave., Royal Oak, MI 48073) for food and/or drink and informal chat. Guests are also invited to join us there. Directions: Head south on Woodward. The Redcoat will be on your left, on the east side of Woodward, two blocks north of 13 Mile and just north of Burger King. Make a Michigan left and find parking either in front or the large back lot. --- If you would like to present either a short talk (10-15 minutes) or a full-length talk (45-60 minutes) at a future meeting, please email Dale Partin at [masked]. --- The views expressed in presentations are those of the speakers and do not necessarily represent, and should not be attributed to, the Warren Astronomical Society.

Past events (566)

VIRTUAL Mtg & Talk: "Modeling the Galilean Orbits"

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