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The 2015 May Dinner Meeting Topic & Speaker:

The James Webb Space Telescope (JWST)

by Michael T. Menzel, JWST Mission Systems Engineer 

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The Delaware Astronomical Society's purpose is to encourage interest in and share our passion for astronomy. We do so throughout the year partly through star parties, a monthly on-line newsletter and having interesting guest speakers from various fields of astronomy at our meetings. These are only a few of our offerings to the members of DAS and the public at large. On this site, you will find our calendars, much more club information, items of interest to amateur astronomers, and lots of other information. Membership is not required to attend our meetings. Information on joining DAS is available at How to Join DAS.

Upcoming Events and Activities


May 2, 2015 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm

DAS and the Mount Cuba Astronomical Observatory combine resources with the Delaware Museum of Natural History to Star Party for an evening of astronomy. Click here for more information about pre-registration. $3 for DMNH members, $5 for non-members.


May 8, 2015 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Enjoy farm fresh homemade ice cream under the night sky as MCAO associates and DAS members share telescope views with all. Click here for info. Rain/Cloud Date: Saturday May 9


May 14, 2015 - May 17, 2015

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May 19, 2015 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Guest Speaker: Michael T. Menzel, Mission Systems Engineer for the James Webb Space Telescope from the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
Topic: The James Webb Space Telescope’s science and systems design, its progress and development, including some of the key engineering challenges facing this “first of its kind” mission. Click here for full information for the 2015 Annual Dinner Meeting. Membership not required to attend.


May 23, 2015 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm

Astronomy Night at ChesLen Preserve's Lenfest Center is a free event dedicated to astronomy at the Natural Lands Trust's ChesLen Preserve's Lenfest Center. Several local astronomy clubs, including DAS, are participating in this event hosted by the NLT. Pre-register here. Contact Debbie Beer if any questions, or if you’d like to bring a group to this event – email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or call: 610-353-5587 ext. 266..

For more event information please see the Calendar
DAS Members and guests are welcome to convene at the Sawin Observatory or another site where observing and imaging sessions take place on clear sky nights. Dates will post on the DAS Yahoo Group as weather permits.
Special Interest Groups’ (SIG) gatherings, which include developing the skill-sets for Astrophotography and Telescope Making (ATM), will post advisories to DAS members who join the DAS SIG through email.


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