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Our Current Club Events Calendar

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July 14
Solar Observing for Fermilab Family Fun Fair at Lederman Science Center @ 1:00pm - 4:00pm

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Astronomy Fundamentals Meeting @ 7:30pm

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Member's Dark Site Night at RR/CF

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Naperville Riverwalk Outreach [near the Dandelion Fountain on Jackson Ave] @ 8:30pm

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"Solar Saturday", Public Sun Viewing at Naperville Riverwalk @ 9:00am - 12:00pm

Youth Groups at AEC @ 8:30pm

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Rain Date for Maintenance Work Session at AEC @ 9:00am - 5:00pm

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NAA Regular Meeting @ 7:30pm

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Members' Night / Library Night at AEC @ 8:30pm
[Entry from Naperville Water Reclaimation Center Main Gate]

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NAA Board Meeting

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Member's Dark Site Night at RR/CF

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Member's Dark Site Night at RR/CF

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Astronomy Fundamentals Meeting @ 7:30pm

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Naperville Riverwalk Outreach [near the Dandelion Fountain on Jackson Ave] @ 8:30pm

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Astronomy Outreach at Trantina Farm, Homer Glen @ 9:00pm

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Public Night at AEC @ 8:30pm
[Entry from Naperville Water Reclaimation Center Main Gate]

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August 1
"Solar Saturday", Public Sun Viewing at Naperville Riverwalk @ 9:00am - 12:00pm

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Our Next Monthly Meeting:

Date: Tuesday, July 7th, 2015
Location: Naperville Municipal Center, downstairs meeting rooms Room B & C (see Map page for directions)
Time: 7:30P.M.
Program: Perpetual Twilight: Light pollution and the future of stargazing
Presenter: Drew Carhart, Board Member, Illinois Coalition for Responsible Outdoor Lighting

Each year, the night sky over many areas in the United States and around the world gets brighter, flooded with increasing amounts of manmade light which is wastefully spilling upwards. The strong majority of people now live in areas where few stars can be found in the clear nighttime sky; whole generations are growing up, never knowing what stars really look like fully missing the visual connection to the universe they live in.

But this isnt just a problem related to stargazing, or realizing one's place in the Universe. The light in the sky represents a huge waste of energy; it speaks to lighting which fills the nights with glare, rather than effective illumination; it illustrates a huge ecological nightmare, where nocturnal ecosystems are being turned on their heads by turning night into day.

In his presentation, Drew Carhart, who is a founding member of both the NAA and the Illinois Coalition for Responsible Outdoor Lighting, will delve into these topics, and look at what must be done to turn this tide, conserve the natural night, and bring back the stars to the skies.

Drew Carhart is former President and founding member of Naperville Astronomical Assoication. Currently, he is an Independent Museums and Institutions Professional

The public is welcome to attend, free of charge.


 

Our Next Astronomy Fundamentals Program:

Date: Tuesday, July 21st, 2015
Location: Naperville Municipal Center, downstairs meeting rooms Room B & C (see Map page for directions)
Time: 7:30P.M.
Program: Telescopes: How We Do Public Outreach
Presenter: Jim Erwin, Vice President, NAA

If light pollution diminishes public understanding of the night sky, our club offers many outreach events, where we take our telescopes and our enthusiasm out into the community. We also host group events at our Astronomy Education Center observatories.

At our July Astronomy Fundamentals Meeting, club vice-president Jim Erwin will explain how we do public outreach. Jim will discuss the different kinds of outreach we do, like Riverwalk events, solar Saturdays, events at the AEC, and remote events at a school or park. He will touch on how we interact with the public and things we offer, like the photon scopes and tours of the AEC. And there will be tips on things people should bring, like bug spray, or sunscreen, or a stool for the shorter kids.

Even if you are not a member, come along and learn more about telescopes, and of course, about our club. free of charge.


   

The next meeting of the NAA Executive Board will be:
Tuesday, July 14th at the Culver's Restaurant 60504, Naperville (Rt. 59 & 75th St.). Starting time 7:30pm; all N.A.A. members are welcome to attend.



 
 

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