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Tuesday, June 10, 2014 7:00 p.m. Wehr Nature Center
Gravity Wave Research
David Kaplan, assistant professor at UW-Milwaukee, will talk on his Gravity Wave research.

Who We Are

The Wehr Astronomical Society is a group of amateur astronomers organized to promote the study of astronomy and further public and members' interest in astronomy. We have been serving the Milwaukee area since 1981 and welcome the public to our meetings.

Programs generally are geared to the beginner in astronomy, although programs are presented for all ages and levels of interest and knowledge. Instruction is kept basic and is intended to encourage enthusiasm for further study. Our aim is to give guidance and information to those who want help in the pursuit of stargazing.

We are a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. We gladly accept donations which we will use for our educational outreach programs.

Regular Meetings

The regular meetings are held on the second Tuesday of every month. They are usually held at the Wehr Nature Center, 9701 West College Avenue, Franklin, WI 53132, Tel : 414-425-8550. The Wehr Nature Center Home Page provides a map on how to get there.

All regular meetings are free and open to the public.

Click here for the regular meeting schedule.

Observatory Sessions

WAS observatory   Northern Lights
W.A.S. Observatory
at Froemming Park
  Northern Lights above W.A.S. Observatory
(October 10, 1997)
(If you have true color capabilities, you can click on the Northern Lights picture to see an enlarged and full color image)

Observatory sessions are held about every other Friday throughout the year at Froemming Park (On 51st Street between Ryan Rd. and Puetz Rd.). Park in the parking lot on the west side of 51st Street and then walk west for 400 feet to the observatory.

We show you the REAL sky. Presentations will consist of a general overview of the sky and telescopic observations. The session will be cancelled if we have totally overcast skies, high winds or a wind chill below 10 degrees at the start time of the session, so check out the weather before setting out to the park. Note for the winter and spring, if there is snow on the ground or the ground around the observatory is mushy, we will set up in the parking lot. Starting times vary as to when it gets dark throughout the year.

These sessions are free and the public is encouraged to attend. Come on down and see what some of the objects in the night sky really look like through a telescope. If you have binoculars or a telescope, why not bring them along? Having problems with your telescope or are new to the hobby, we are here to help. Learn about stars, constellations and the planets. Discussions of deep sky objects (galaxies, nebulae and star clusters) and the moon alternate each meeting depending when the moon is observable.

Observatory schedule

Click here for the observatory schedule in PDF format.

Also check out our page of dark sites near the Milwaukee area. Want to know when we will be out to one of these sites? Checkout our message board to see if someone is going out observing. Generally, we go out to a dark site around new moon, which is only once a month, on a Friday or Saturday.

Membership Info

Membership Requirements

To become a member of the Wehr Astronomical Society, an interest in astronomy is all that is needed. Ownership of a telescope is NOT required.

Benefits

  1. Access to the Society's astronomical resources:
  2. Club discounts to Astronomy Magazine and/or Sky & Telescope.
  3. Membership in the Astronomical League, with its quarterly newsletter, The Reflector, mailed to your home address.
  4. Quarterly newsletter and other special notices mailed to your home address or available on the W.A.S. website.
  5. Annual membership list (to contact others for carpooling to outings or to notify others for new comet, meteor or aurora sightings, etc.)
  6. Voting privileges in the Society's general elections and changes to the bylaws.
  7. The opportunity to proudly use official W.A.S. merchandise! (T-shirts, polo shirts, sweatshirts, hats, etc., are available for sale.)

Membership Form

We have provided the
Membership Application online in Adobe Acrobat format. Just select the Membership Application link and print out the page. Fill out the form and mail it in with your check.

If you don't have Adobe Acrobat Reader, please download it using the links provided. Get Acrobat Reader

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