Mission: The Astronomical Society of Southern New England (ASSNE) is a non-profit association of amateur astronomers, founded in 1995. Our mission is "to educate and inspire," and to spread the joy of astronomy. Our members donate countless volunteer hours through observing nights and educational/outreach programs for schools, libraries, non-profit organizations, and our communities. We participate in monthly outreach events at Moose Hill Wildlife Sanctuary (Mass Audubon) and the University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth and host an annual Astronomy Day event in Barrington, RI. Ten meetings a year feature speakers, demonstrations and outdoor observing and are open to the public as well.
Results: Since 1995, ASSNE volunteers have hosted hundreds of community events to teach people about astronomy and to give them the opportunity to experience it firsthand.
Target demographics: Everyone learn more about astronomy and promote STEM education
Direct beneficiaries per year: 1200-1500 community members
Geographic areas served: Southeastern Massachusetts and Rhode Island
Programs: Programs for local communities, libraries, schools, and other non-profits, including stargazing nights, lectures, workshops, and classes
The group has a range from newcomer to experienced amater astronomer, but all have the interest in the cosmos and the passion to share those experiences to any who will listen. Their most recent event was on August 21,the day of the Great American Eclipse. The membership was scattered all over south eastern Massachusetts and northern Rhode Island, showing the public one of nature's most spectacular displays. Club members handed out free solar glasses, plus views through the members personal telescopes that had "Sun funnels" , a device attached to the telescope's optical system that projects the image onto a viewing screen. They were the hit of the day, and so were the members of the club. Jerry Trahan
A great place to learn more about amateur astronomy, whether you are just getting into the hobby or an advanced observer. You can be involved with public outreach, group trips to NE star parties, and share knowledge with other members!