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NAA Calendar of Events

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September 1
Public Night at the Naperville Riverwalk
@ Dusk - 10:30pm

volunteers needed

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Members Only Dark Site Night

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Members Only Dark Site Night

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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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youth group night at Astronomy Education Center @ 8:00pm
volunteers needed

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Public Night our Astronomy Education Center @ 8:30pm- 10:30pm
volunteers needed

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NAA Board Meeting

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

volunteers needed

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observing for Family Night @ Waubonsie Valley H.S. Planetarium 7:30pm
-event info-
volunteers needed

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

volunteers needed

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Solar Sunday 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 the Naperville Riverwalk
@ Dusk - 10:30pm

volunteers needed

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Public Night our Astronomy Education Center @ 8:00pm- 10:30pm
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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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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Naperville Boy Scouts star party
volunteers needed

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

volunteers needed

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Astronomy Fundamentals Program @ 7:30pm

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

      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 September monthly meeting


Playback from Pluto: Recent News from NASA's New Horizons Spacecraft


Presenter: Bill Higgins
Date: Tuesday, September 6th, 2016
Location: Naperville Municipal Center, downstairs meeting room B (see map for directions)
Time: 7:30 pm.

There's a treasure at the edge of the Solar System. It's a data recorder, aboard the New Horizons spacecraft, slowly sending to Earth several gigabytes acquired during last summer's flyby of Pluto. That information is still coming down. At the mission's home base in Maryland, Bill Higgins witnessed the excitement during the encounter. Now he reviews results, downlinked in recent months, that are illuminating the mysteries of Pluto, its five moons, and its neighborhood.

Bill Higgins, a long-time member of the Naperville Astronomical Association, speaks and writes about spaceflight, astronomy, and other topics in science and technology. He works as a radiation safety physicist at Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory, where he is involved in the transport of high-energy particle beams. He's a volunteer speaker in NASA's Solar System Ambassador program and a science writer for the Vatican Observatory Foundation.

The public is welcome to attend, free of charge.




 

Our September Astronomy Fundamentals Program


The Basics of Binoculars


Presenter: NAA Members John Abrahamian and Tom Mesich
Date: Tuesday, September 20th, 2016
Location: Naperville Municipal Center, downstairs meeting room B (see map for directions)
Time: 7:30 pm.

There are many advantages to owning and using a good pair of binoculars: they're generally affordable and don't require expensive accessories; they're portable (no heavy lifting and no set-up other than affixing to a small and sturdy tripod) and versatile (can be used for birding, sports events, concerts, and other pursuits); they provide a wide field of view; they give the viewer a correctly oriented picture of their target (objects are right-side up); they're comfortable to use; they can rival some refractors for image quality;, and you get to use both your eyes!

At our September Fundamentals meeting, NAA members John Abrahamian and Tom Mesich will cover Binocular Basics including aperture, magnification and field size; coatings; prisms; exit pupils; focusing; (and why you don't need expensive image stabilizing binos); and selecting and buying a good pair of binos. Bring your questions and binos, if you have them.

The public is welcome to attend, free of charge.



   

Next NAA Board Meeting:

The next meeting of the NAA Executive Board will be September 13th 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 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.




 
 

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