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NAA Calendar of Events

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April 30

May 1

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NAA Regular Meeting @ 7:30pm

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Public Stargazing @ Naperville Riverwalk, dusk
volunteers needed

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science night @ Heartland Elementary School Geneva, 8pm
volunteers needed

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Public Night at our Astronomy Education Center @ 8:30pm- 11:00pm
volunteers needed

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NAA Board Meeting

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Public Sun Viewing @ 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 @ 8:30pm- 11:00pm
volunteers needed

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Members' dark sites night

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Members Only Night at AEC @ 8:00pm

Members' dark sites night

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June 1
Public Stargazing @ Naperville Riverwalk, dusk
volunteers needed

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Public Night at our Astronomy Education Center @ 8:30pm- 11:00pm
volunteers needed

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NAA Regular Meeting @ 7:30pm

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Public Sun Viewing @ Naperville Riverwalk, 9:00am-Noon
volunteers needed

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NAA Board Meeting

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Public Night at our Astronomy Education Center @ 9:00pm- 11:00pm
volunteers needed

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Astronomy Fundamentals Program @ 7:30pm

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Members' dark sites night

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Members Only Night at AEC @ 8:30pm

Members' dark sites night

      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 May 2017 monthly meeting


Preparing to do Astrophysics in the Age of the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope


Presenter: Prof. Matt Wiesner, Benedictine University
Date: Tuesday, May 2nd, 2017
Location: Naperville Municipal Center, downstairs meeting room B (see map for directions)
Time: 7:30 pm.

The Large Synoptic Survey Telescope (LSST) is one of the largest astrophysics projects currently being developed. It will fundamentally change the amount of astronomical data available due to its 3.2 gigapixel camera, its rapid observing cadence and its unprecedented observing depth. The centerpiece of the project is an 8.4-meter telescope that is being constructed in northern Chile. For our May program, Prof. Wiesner will describe the timeline for this project, its basic components and its diverse science goals. He will also discuss the large effort underway to be ready to do science with LSST when it begins taking data early in the next decade.

The public is welcome to attend, free of charge.




 

Next NAA Board Meeting:

The next meeting of the NAA Executive Board will be May 9th at the Culver's Restaurant, Naperville (Rt. 59 & 75th St.) Starting time 7:30 pm, all N.A.A. members are welcome to attend.
 



 

Our May Astronomy Fundamentals Program


"We're Here To Help" Workshop


Presenter: NAA members
Date: Tuesday, May 16th, 2017
Location: Naperville Municipal Center, downstairs meeting room B (see map for directions)
Time: 7:30 pm.

People getting into the amateur astronomy hobby frequently run into issues where they could use some one-on-one help figuring something out. Perhaps there is the new telescope or other piece of equipment that they can't quite get going right, or perhaps there is some concept that they just can't get their head around. So, we periodically devote a whole Astronomy Fundamentals evening to delivering this sort of help.

For our May Fundamentals night, instead of a presentation, we'll have one of these sessions. Everyone is encouraged to bring a problem (or multiple things!) that they'd like a hand with; bring that troublesome telescope or other equipment in, or that issue you'd like to submit to another member's experience & expertise, and we'll try to match you up with a member or two who may have the answers.

The public is welcome to attend (& participate), free of charge.



 

The Presentation for our June 2017 monthly meeting


Spheres of Influence


Presenter: James Holstein, The Field Museum of Natural History
Date: Tuesday, June 6th, 2017
Location: Naperville Municipal Center, downstairs meeting room B (see map for directions)
Time: 7:30 pm.

In this era of rapid discovery of planets around other stars, the subjects of planetary formation, planetary geology, and exobiology are hot topics. In his presentation, Mr. Holstein -- the Collections Manager for Meteorites and Physical Geology at the Field Museum -- will discuss the planetary system that we know the most about: our own Earth's. He will explain how the planet's surface rocks -- its lithosphere -- have interacted with its living layer -- the biosphere -- and with the solar system environment to shape the world we know.


The public is welcome to attend, free of charge.



 

Our June Astronomy Fundamentals Program


To Be Announced


Presenter: TBA
Date: Tuesday, June 20th, 2017
Location: Naperville Municipal Center, downstairs meeting room B (see map for directions)
Time: 7:30 pm.

We'll post the details on this program when they are all worked out.

The public is welcome to attend, free of charge.

 


 
 

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