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First meeting of astronomy club today

Today, Nov. 15, a new club will be starting in Pagosa Springs.

It will be an astronomy club and will become part of The Astronomical League, which includes groups around the U.S. that keep in contact and support each other in the pursuit of an astronomy hobby and educating others.

Although the club will be based in Pagosa Springs, it will be open to members from the entire 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.

Our main focus is astronomy and, because of the Chimney Rock Ruins, we know people in this area have had that interest for centuries and we are just continuing the line of people who realize the importance of the night sky. We may decide to include archeo-astronomy in the group because of Chimney Rock and to make it unique, but that will be a group decision and there are many other things to be decided by the charter-members. 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 may do educational programs at the schools and write articles for the paper so people will be more aware of what is happening in the night sky. There are so many possibilities of things we can do. It will be a working educational group.

We will be meeting at the Chamber of Commerce conference room in the Visitors Center on Hot Springs Boulevard.

Meet us at 6:30 p.m. today for after-dinner coffee and cookies, with the meeting starting at 7.

Bring your interest, enthusiasm and ideas. You do not need to be an expert, since this is an educational group and all astronomers have more questions than answers.

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