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The Astronomical Society of Southern New England is a non-profit association of amateur astronomers who serve Rhode Island and Southeastern Massachusetts with educational outreach programs at schools and local venues as well as public viewing, including Waterfire Providence and operating the observatory at UMass Dartmouth for public nights.


Saturday, April 25, 2015 1:00PM to 9:30PM

Barrington Town Hall Lawn

283 County Road, Barrington RI 02806

The Barrington Recreation Department and The Astronomical Society of Southern New England (ASSNE) are co-hosting a FREE day of family fun, education and amazement on Saturday, April 25, 2015, weather permitting.

At 1:00PM until 6:00 PM, about a dozen telescopes specially filtered to allow views of our own star—The Sun—will be set up on the Barrington Town Hall Lawn that borders County Road (RI Route 114). Children accompanied by their parents are welcome to safely view the sun, observing sunspots as well as solar flares and prominences that can extend half a million miles into space.  The Moon with amazing craters, mountains and lava basins, will be also be viewed throughout the afternoon and well into the evening. Daylight viewing of the planet Venus will be attempted by some of the telescopes. 

Later, at about 7:30PM, as night falls, more than twenty large telescopes will permit public viewing; Venus will be visible for evening viewingont> in the western sky. The moon will also be prime for viewing.  Jupiter, with its cloud bands and its moons will also be visible overhead from the Town Hall lawn


Our Next Public Viewing Night at UMass Dartmouth: May 2 at 8:00 PM

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We are a group of amateur astronomers from in and around the south coastal Massachusetts/ Rhode Island area. Our membership represents a wide range of astronomical interests.

We have people dedicated to visual observing, and people engaged in advanced astrophotography. We have people passionate about comet hunting, and people who love to practice binocular astronomy. We have people tracking asteroids, and people who enjoy examining the moon. We’ve got planet lovers and sun enthusiasts, telescope builders and observatory owners.

Above all, we have one thing in common; a passion for amateur astronomy. Our club motto is to educate and inspire, and we do just that on a continual basis. We teach each other and we learn from each other. We share our adventures and triumphs, and we inspire others to try new things. We work with schools and the general public, spreading knowledge and passion for all things astronomy. Most of all, we’re there for each other. The bond of common interest runs deep, and support for fellow members is abundant as we strive to learn and grow.

To find out what we’re all about, just come to a meeting. You don’t have to be a dues-paying member to attend our meetings, so come on down, introduce yourself, and see what we’ve got to offer. The door’s open!

Group Observing Sessions Library Outreach Event Star Party Annual Club Cookout
Group Observing Sessions Public Outreach Events Stellafane Annual Club Cookout

Monthly Meetings and Observing Sessions The Next Meeting is on:
Meetings are on the Second Saturday of Every Month May 9, 2015
Open to the Public, Free Admissionionn Topic:
At the Mr. Joe Cote talks about High Altitude Balloon projects

Club Officers for 2014 - 2016:
Bruce DiDuccaa - President Tom Hannigan - Vice President Spence Blakely - Secretary George Huftalen - Treasurer

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