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NAA Calendar of Events

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September 25
Solar Sunday at the Naperville Riverwalk
@ 9:00am - Noon

volunteers needed

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Members Only Dark Site Night

Members Only Night at AEC @ 7:30pm

October 1
Members Only Dark Site Night

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Astronomy Education Center maintenance day
volunteers needed

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NAA Regular Meeting @ 7:30pm

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Public Night at the Naperville Riverwalk
@ Dusk - 10:30pm

volunteers needed

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NAA Board Meeting

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McClure J.H. School science night, 7pm
volunteers needed

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Naperville Boy Scouts star party
volunteers needed

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Solar Saturday at the Naperville Riverwalk
@ 9:00am - Noon

volunteers needed

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Astronomy Fundamentals Program @ 7:30pm

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Public Night at our Astronomy Education Center @ 7:30pm- 10:30pm
volunteers needed

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Members Only Dark Site Night

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Members Only Dark Site Night

Members Only Night at AEC @ 7:00pm

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November 1
NAA Regular Meeting @ 7:30pm at Fermilab

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Members Only Dark Site Night

Members Only Night at AEC @ 7:00pm

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Public Night at our Astronomy Education Center @ 7:30pm- 10:30pm
volunteers needed

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NAA Board Meeting

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Solar Saturday at the Naperville Riverwalk
@ 9:00am - Noon

volunteers needed

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Astronomy Fundamentals Program @ 7:30pm

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      Green entries indicate events which are open to the public (come join us!)
      Purple entries are events being run by other organizations; we provide an outside link for more information, if one is available.
      Black entries are events for club members only. Click here to find out how to join the club.
      volunteers needed indicates an event which member volunteers will be staffing; NAA members are encouraged to respond to announcements asking for volunteers.


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The Presentation for our October 2016 monthly meeting


LIGO and the discovery of gravity waves


Presenter: Shane Larson, Northwestern University & Adler Planetarium
Date: Tuesday, October 4th, 2016
Location: Naperville Municipal Center, downstairs meeting room B (see map for directions)
Time: 7:30 pm.

The past year has seen the confirmed detection of gravity waves by the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO); a milestone achievement in astrophysics. Dr. Larson, a member of the LIGO Scientific Collaboration (LSC), will give us an insider's view of the research project, and explain the monumental nature of the discovery.

The public is welcome to attend, free of charge.




 

Our October Astronomy Fundamentals Program


Planetarium Software: The Basics


Presenters: a panel of NAA Members
Date: Tuesday, Tuesday, October 18th, 2016
Location: Naperville Municipal Center, downstairs meeting room B (see map for directions)
Time: 7:30 pm.

Many amateurs use star atlases in the field, and these are useful and easy to flip through. But for planning sessions, and even for use in the field, it is nice to know what is up there exactly where and when one is looking. For this a planetarium software program is indispensable. This software (some of it free) can also describe objects that you point to. Most are available for Mac and PC. And many of these can even drive a telescope, as you point to an object and command the scope with your computer or tablet. A tablet program, SkySafari, will be used, in fact, to drive our new Riley Observatory telescope. This month's October 18 Fundamentals Program will introduce members to some of these programs, like Stellarium, SkySafari, and TheSkyX. Experienced club members will hold a seminar and discussion of the various options and demonstrate the software's use.

The public is welcome to attend, free of charge.



   

Next NAA Board Meeting:

The next meeting of the NAA Executive Board will be October 11th at the Culver's Restaurant, Naperville (Rt. 59 & 75th St.). Starting time 7:30 pm, all N.A.A. members are welcome to attend.



 

The Presentation for our November 2016 monthly meeting


Neutrinos: Messengers from a Violent Universe


Presenter: Alex Himmel, Fermilab
Date: Tuesday, November 1st, 2016
Location: One West conference room, Wilson Hall, Fermilab, Batavia Illinois
Time: 7:30 pm.

The neutrino is a type of subatomic particle. They are produced in copious quantities -- trillions of neutrinos from the Sun will pass through your body while you read this sentence -- but they interact so rarely that only a handful will strike you during your entire life. In order to detect these elusive particles we build enormous detectors deep underground, from tanks full of liquefied argon gas in an old gold mine to a cubic kilometer of Antarctic ice. However, these benign little particles can also tell us about some of the most energetic processes in the universe. Join us as we work our way outward and upward from our Sun, to galactic Supernovae, to the possible extragalactic sources of the highest-energy neutrinos ever observed.
Alex Himmel is an experimental particle physicist at the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory. He studies an elusive subatomic particle, the neutrino, with detectors the size of jumbo jets as part of the international collaborations NOvA and DUNE. After growing up in Chicago, he attended undergrad at Harvey Mudd college, graduate school at Caltech, and spent several years working at Duke University collaborating on Japanese neutrino experiments Super-Kamiokande and T2K.

The public is welcome to attend, free of charge.




 

Our November Astronomy Fundamentals Program


A Visit to the W.V.H.S. Planetarium


Presenter: Stephanie Rybka, Planetarium Director, Waubonsie Valley High School
Date: Tuesday, November 15th, 2016
Location: WVHS Planetarium, 2590 Ogden Avenue, Aurora, Ill. (click for map)
Time: 7:30 pm.

We'll make our annual pilgrimage to the WVHS Planetarium for our Astronomy Fundamentals program in November. Program topic TBA. Remember that for planetarium shows, the entrance doors close at 7:30, so you have to be in your seat before then!

The public is welcome to attend, free of charge.




 
 

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