Fort Worth Astronomical Society

From the 1920's through the 1950's, a woman named Charlie Mary Noble taught math at Paschal High School, celestial navigation to US Navy pilots during WWII at TCU, and astronomy to children at the Fort Worth Children's Museum (now the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History.) She built a dome and basic planetarium in her backyard and showed the marvels of the night sky to countless young people in Fort Worth. Today, the museum's planetarium is named in her honor.

In 1947 she formed the Junior Astronomy Club, one of the first amateur astronomy clubs in the United States. So many parents came with their children to these meetings, that in 1949 an adult society was organized and the Fort Worth Astronomical Society (FWAS) was born.

This members-only E-Group compliments the FWAS website at

FY2022 June,2021 - May,2022
President: Michelle Theisen
Vice President: Robert Sirkis
Secretary: Zach Smith
Treasurer: John Giromini

Board of Directors:
FY2021 - 2022
Tom Roth, Si Simonson
FY2022 - 2023
John Baker, Phil Stage

Outreach Chairman: 
Outreach Coordinators: Patrick McMahon
ALCor: John Giromini
Young Astronomer Facilitators:
Noble Planetarium Liaison: 
Newsletter Editor-'Prime Focus': George C. Lutch
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Website/Social Media Administrator: Shawn Kirchdorfer

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