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WNAS Operating Committee meeting Thursday, February 19th at 7:00 p.m.

What's New!

  • Gerald Brandvold has taken on the task of Historian.  He is looking for pictures of the ground-breaking and the Observatory during construction.  If you have any pictures to share, please contact him at mgbrand@charter.net
  • WNAS Members are into astrophotography!  Click here to see some of their work.
  • Free Public Stargazing!!    The Observatory will be open on Saturday evenings for public stargazing from dusk to 10 p.m.   Click here for directions.
  • See what's new with the Mars Exploration Rover Mission -- Spirit and Opportunity!
  • There are three clocks on the wall in the Observatory -- Local Time, Universal Time and Sidereal Time.  Click here for more information about time.
  • The Astronomical Society of Nevada (ASN) is holding its 3rd annual Death Valley Star Party on March 19-21.  If you are interested in attending, please visit the ASN site for the details http://www.astronomynv.org/dvsp/index.htm
  • A draft of the WNAS Bylaws has been uploaded for members to review.
  • New links have been added.  Click here to see the Astronomy Picture of the Day.
  • Do you have a GPS? A geocache was placed along the Walkway of the Planets in December and it already has been found by over a dozen people.  Go to www.geocaching.com and search for the Desert Stars cache.

International Dark-Sky Association

"... To preserve the beauty of the nighttime environment and to restore our heritage of the dark sky through quality outdoor lighting."

We have many new sources of light pollution near us -- the future freeway and the new hospital are just two examples.  Learn more about light pollution at the IDA website www.darksky.org and consider becoming a member.  For more information about local issues, click here for the Northern Nevada IDA Chapter. 

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Welcome to the Western Nevada Astronomical Society website.  We are an observing group affiliated with Western Nevada Community College and the Jack C. Davis Observatory, located in Carson City, Nevada.  The WNAS was established in November, 2001, with the purpose of education, social functions and service to the astronomical community.  To learn more about us, click on Calendar of Events and be our guest at a membership meeting.