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Presentation by Jeff MacLeod "Orbital Maneuvers: How Apollo Got To The Moon"
Saturday, March 4, 2017 7:00PM

Tonight, Jeff MacLeod of the Warren Astronomical Society will be giving a presentation "Orbital Maneuvers: How Apollo Got To The Moon". Navigating to the Moon is no easy task, it is a careful orchestration of maneuvers. Jeff will be our flight director through a nominal mission to the Moon. There will probably be a demonstration of parabolic trajectories. Time permitting, he will cover other maneuvers like docking with International Space Station. Jeff will also have an  "added entertaining addition" to his talk. Come see what it is.
Don't forget to bring your warm clothes, as we hopefully will be observing after Jeff's presentation.

"Ford Club Annual Astronomy Conference &Swap Meet"
Saturday, March 11, 2017 9:00am - 3:00pm

The Ford Amateur Astronomy Club's annual asronomy conference and swap meet will be held at a new location this year. It will be on the Eastern Michigan University Campus in Ypsilanti, Michigan, 3rd floor of Strong Hall. There will be general astronomy presentations, technical talks for amateur astronomers, a swap meet, observatory tours, and planetarium shows. Here is the link to the flyer with all the details, including maps, etc. 

Star Party at D-Bar-A Scout Ranch in Metamora, Michigan
Saturday, April 1, 2017 4:00PM
       *** CANCELLED ***

Seven Ponds Astronomy Club will again be participating in the D-Bar-A Scout Ranch star party near Metamora, Mi. There will be solar observing in the late afternoon, then various presentations in the main lodge, and then to cap off the days activities, there will be telescope observing in the evening.  As of this listing, plans are still being formulated as far as activities, presentation titles, etc. Keep checking this website as details become known.

Presentation by Bob MacFarland "Cloudy Days"
Saturday, April 1, 2017 7:00PM

Tonights meeting is a newly scheduled event as our original activity at D-Bar-A Scout Ranch for this date has been cancelled. Bob MacFarland will be presenting "Cloudy Days" - very appropriate for here in Michigan!! Bob was originally scheduled to give his talk at our February Chili Night, but the power outage we experienced at that meeting prevented him from doing this.
Don't forget to bring your warm clothes, as we hopefully will be observing after Bob's presentation.


National Astronomy Day in Downtown Oxford
Saturday, May 6, 2017  Noon-4:00PM

Saturday, May 16, from noon until 4:00pm, the astronomy club will celebrating National Astronomy Day in downtown Oxford, Michigan at Centennial Park. We will have telescopes available for viewing the Sun - safely. We will have dedicated solar scopes and regular telescopes fitted with special solar filters to safely view the Sun.

Solar Scopes at Longway Planetarium in Flint, Michigan
Saturday, May 6, 2017  Noon-4:00PM

This activity replaces our original activity scheduled for downtown Oxford, Michigan.
The club will be helping Longway Planetarium in Flint with solar scopes for an afternoon activity.
Their website is: 
We will set up scopes on the sidewalk immediately in front of the entrance to the planetarium. The planetarium will be having planetarium shows during the afternoon so we should be quite busy as people will have to pass by us on the way in and on the way out. If you have a scope and a safe solar filter, please join us.
The address is: 1310 East Kearsley Street, Flint, Michigan 48503    Phone: 810-237-3400.

If you have any questions relating to astronomy, please contact me at 248-969-2790, or via e-mail at
John Lines


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