San Juan Stargazers to consider the scale of the universe


By Joan Mieritz

Special to The PREVIEW

The San Juan Stargazers will meet on Thursday, Dec. 18, at the Pagosa Springs Area Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Center at 7 p.m. Please bring a holiday treat to share with our regular coffee, tea and hot chocolate.

Probably no one has recovered yet from the last meeting’s discussion on black holes, so we will just continue being mind-boggled with a discussion on the scale of the universe.

Lee Howard has a chart that he has kept for many years which he will share as a low-tech model. Then we will switch to the Internet and Jerry Granok will lead the search for high-tech models, but everyone is encouraged to share. It is certain to be an interesting evening.

In January, we will go back to the normal schedule of meeting on the fourth Thursday. At that meeting, on Jan. 22, we will have a guest speaker.

And, start searching for your long underwear because in February we will have our first winter star party with the 20-inch telescope. It should be spectacular. We have a member who will share a camper with a super-heater, so we can have regular “thaw-breaks” with hot chocolate, cider and whatever else we need to make us feel warm.

The San Juan Stargazers are part of the Astronomical League, which includes clubs from all over the U.S. The club has a great website,, as well as an email address,, and a club phone number, 335-8286, to help communicate with the public.

Our activities are open to the public and to anyone interested in learning more about our wondrous universe. Hope to see you soon.