Southern Maine Astronomers
Brunswick, ME 04011United States
Southern Maine Astronomers, SMA, is a non-profit, 501 (c) (3) organization, dedicated to public outreach and education in the science of astronomy. SMA is also a community of interested professional and amateur astronomers, exchanging ideas and information at meetings, through googleGroups.com and the Night Sky Network. As a member of the International Dark Sky Association, SMA is actively involved in fighting light pollution and preserving our dark Maine skies. Club members of SMA provide advanced astronomical equipment and mentorship to members, students and the general public interested in astronomy. We also plan for star parties where naked eye, binocular and telescopic viewing take place with the support of trained volunteers. SMA’s monthly meetings feature occasional lectures by experts in astronomy, "what's up" this month, discussions among members and member presentations. SMA has partnered with "Cornerstones of Science" and the Library Telescope Program, recently changed to the STAR Program; Sharing Telescopes And Resources. We modify telescopes, provide assistance, Hands-on training and mentoring for the staff at participating Libraries. SMA meets at 7PM, the first Thursday of the month, unless otherwise noted, at the Southworth Planetarium, USM Campus, Falmouth Street, Portland, ME. However, due to COVID 19, all meetings are via Zoom until further notice.