The Villages Astronomy Club holds several daytime and nighttime astronomy events each year, in addition to special events for astronomical occurances such as eclipses and conjunctions. We also hold educational events for local children's groups.
- Astronomy Day
Our daytime Astronomy Day activities, normally held twice each year, includes our Solar Walk--a walking tour of the solar system, its planets, the asteroid belt, and a perspective on where we lay relative to nearby stars.
We also show the sun through solar telescopes, which allow for safe viewing of the Sun, sunspots, prominances, and flares.
In some cases, a solar eclipse viewing event will take the place of our Astronomy Day.
- Starry Starry Night
The Villages Astronomy Club shows the wonders of the night sky through members' telescopes and giving tours of the constellations on these nighttime events, typically held twice each year. See planets, bright stars, double stars, star clusters, and if the sky is especially clear we will have views of other galaxies.
The Villages Astronomy Club holds four regularly scheduled meetings each month, a Telescope Workshop, a Space Academy educational session, our general meeting, and our Executive Directors' Meeting.
- First Monday: Telescope Workshop. Time varies, starts 45-60 minutes before sunset, continues after dark. Truman Recreation Center Picnic Pavilion, 2705 Canal Street. Learn how to choose and use a telescope or binoculars. Our astronomers answer your questions and provide tips and tricks on telescope use. We provide views of the sky to interested onlookers as well. Bring your telescope or binoculars and join us!
- First Monday: Space Academy. 6:30pm, Truman Recreation Center, 2705 Canal Street. Videos and discussion on basic astronomy and current events in astronomical research. Learn about the terminology of astronomy, the basics of astrophysics, instrument types and uses, and what you can see in the sky for yourself. Hear the latest news from space research, including discoveries by JWST, LIGO, and the long baseline arrays being used to plumb the depths of the universe.
- Third Tuesday: General Meeting. 6:30pm, Laurel Manor Recreation Center, 1985 Laurel Manor Drive. Join us for club news, information on upcoming events, reports from past events, membership benefits, and a featured presentation on astronomy or space exploration.
- First Friday: Executive Directors' Meeting. 11:00am, Fishhawk Recreation Center, 2318 Buttonwood Run. All members are welcome to join us as we plan future events, speakers, meetings, and work out the logistics of club activities.