Than you for joining Central Coast Astronomical Society!
To get started with your membership, we’ve put together a couple of things you can do right now to start on your interstellar adventure in astronomy:
Stellarium is a free open source planetarium for your computer. It shows a realistic sky in 3D, just like what you see with the naked eye, binoculars or a telescope.Â It is being used in planetarium projectors. Just set your coordinates and go!
Exploring Black Holes When a star runs out of nuclear fuel, it will collapse. If the core, or central region, of the star has a mass that is greater than three Suns, no known nuclear forces can prevent the core from forming a deep gravitational warp in space called a black hole.
What’s Up in the Sky Tonight Our star chart is designed to get you out learning the night sky within a matter of moments. Just set it for your time and location, make a few tweaks if you like for personal taste, and print it out. For stargazing, pick a location that’s as free as possible from bright local lights, and give yourself at least half an hour outdoors so that your vision becomes fully dark-adapted.
Astronomy Guidebook You can start exploring tonight! All you need is a little practical advice and this guide. There’s an infinite universe of celestial wonders to see and discover. You’ll be surprised at how much you can see with just your eyes!
CCAS Monthly Newsletters Monthly club newsletters are available for members to download. Now that you are a member of CCAS, you’ll be able to download these newsletters to your computer. Enjoy!