On Thursday, Nov. 15, a new club will be starting in Pagosa Springs.
It will be an astronomy organization and will become part of The Astronomical League which includes groups around the U.S. studying astronomy and educating others - groups that keep in contact and support each other in the pursuit of an astronomy hobby.
Although the club will be based in Pagosa Springs, it will be open to members from the region. There will be several members coming from Durango and we may meet there sometimes, depending on membership. It will be a fun group for learning and teaching others.
Supporting the astronomy programs at Chimney Rock may be a focus for the club, but there also will be astronomy programs presented to the people of Pagosa Springs at local parks. We might provide educational articles to the paper so people will be more aware of what is happening in the night sky. There are so many possibilities for things we can do. It will be a very interesting and educational group.
Because of the Chimney Rock ruins, we know people in this area have been interested in the sky for centuries and we are continuing the line of people who realize the importance of the night sky. We might decide to include archeo-astronomy in the group to emphasize that connection and to be more unique, but that will be a club decision, along with many others to be made at the first meetings.
We will gather at the Chamber of Commerce conference room on Hot Springs Blvd. at 6:30 p.m. on Nov. 15 for after-dinner coffee and cookies, with the meeting starting at 7.