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NAA Calendar of Events

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Astronomy Fundamentals Program @ 7:30pm

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Public Night at our Astronomy Education Center @ 7:00pm- 10:00pm
volunteers needed

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Members Only Night at AEC @ 6:30pm

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Public Night at our Astronomy Education Center @ 7:00pm- 10:00pm
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NAA Regular Meeting @ 7:30pm

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NAA Board Meeting

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Public Night at our Astronomy Education Center @ 7:00pm- 10:00pm
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Astronomy Fundamentals Program @ 7:30pm

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Members Only Night at AEC @ 6:30pm

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Public Night at our Astronomy Education Center @ 7:00pm- 10:00pm
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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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Our January Astronomy Fundamentals Program


Getting it into view: Practical methods for aiming telescopes at things you can't see with the naked eye.


Presenter: Drew Carhart, NAA
Date: Tuesday, January 17th, 2017
Location: Naperville Municipal Center, downstairs meeting room B (see map for directions)
Time: 7:30 pm.

The clear nighttime sky is filled with objects which you can see with your telescope, but can't detect with your unaided eye. How do you get your telescope's tiny field of view centered on these objects? Drew will draw upon his decades of telescope use to describe and pass along practical pointers on a number of methods which can be used, primarily focusing on telescopes and binoculars mounted on non-GoTo mountings.

The public is welcome to attend, free of charge.




 

The Presentation for our February 2017 monthly meeting


Mysteries of the Cosmos: Ultimate Fate of the Universe


Presenter: Jim Kovac, NASA Solar System Ambassador, Chicago Society for Space Studies
Date: Tuesday, February 7th, 2017
Location: Naperville Municipal Center, downstairs meeting room B (see map for directions)
Time: 7:30 pm.

As scientists train ever more sophisticated instruments toward the heavens as well as on our home world. the observations and theories developed attempt to push back the boundaries of the unknown. Join the exploration of questions that are the subject of research today. We consider the ultimate fate of the Universe and the possibility that our Universe is just one of an infinite number of universes in the Multiverse.

The public is welcome to attend, free of charge.



 

Next NAA Board Meeting:

The next meeting of the NAA Executive Board will be February 14th 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 February Astronomy Fundamentals Program


Observing Double Stars


Presenter: Tyler Hunt, NAA
Date: Tuesday, February 21st, 2017
Location: Naperville Municipal Center, downstairs meeting room B (see map for directions)
Time: 7:30 pm.

The majority of the stars in our galaxy which are larger than the multitudinous, but faint, red dwarfs are members of multiple star systems. For the observer, double and multiple star systems provide a fine variety of interesting viewing opportunities. There are targets that can be seen with whatever size telescope you have -- including binoculars, and even naked eye. There are easy targets, and challenging ones. There are targets that can be observed from areas with bad light pollution. Binaries also are fine observing choices to help one explore the variations among stars -- color differences and brightness differences.
In his presentation, Tyler, a long-time binary star observer, will share practical tips on observing double stars, and encourage more of us to spend some eyepiece time on them!

The public is welcome to attend, free of charge.



 

The Presentation for our March 2017 monthly meeting


Tension in the Universe: Dark Energy, Dark Matter & Different Numbers


Presenter: Dr. Daniel Scolnic, University of Chicago
Date: Tuesday, March 7th, 2017
Location: Naperville Municipal Center, downstairs meeting room B (see map for directions)
Time: 7:30 pm.

Cosmologists still face some great, fundamental unknowns -- including what the nature of the hard to pin down phenomena labeled dark energy and dark matter are. In the end, any real understanding of these things will have to be grounded in actual observation of natural phenomena. Dr. Scolnic, a fellow of the Kavli Institute for Cosmological Physics and the Hubble Postdoctoral Fellowship Program, uses Type Ia Supernovae to measure cosmological parameters including dark energy and the current expansion rate of the universe, and will fill us in on the current state of what the data tells us.

The public is welcome to attend, free of charge.


 
 

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