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NAA Calendar of Events

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March 19
Annual Members' Dinner
5:00pm

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Astronomy Fundamentals Program @ 7:30pm

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Members Only Night at AEC @ 7:30pm

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April 1
Public Night at our Astronomy Education Center @ 8:00pm- 10:00pm
volunteers needed

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NAA Regular Meeting @ 7:30pm

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Public Stargazing @ Naperville Riverwalk, dusk
volunteers needed

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Family Night @ Waubonsie Valley H.S. Planetarium 7:15pm
volunteers needed

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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 @ 8:00pm- 10:00pm
volunteers needed

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Astronomy Fundamentals Program @ 7:30pm

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March For Science Chicago

Members Only Night at AEC @ 7:30pm

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STEM night @ Highlands School Naperville
volunteers needed

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Members' dark sites night

Public Stargazing @ Trantina Farm Homer Glen
volunteers needed

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Members' dark sites night

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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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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

      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 March Astronomy Fundamentals Program


Springtime Objects - Galaxies Far Far Away


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

Jim's presentation will focus on passing along pointers about observing objects in the springtime evening sky -- constellations brimming over with galaxies beyond our own. You might be surprised to find out that, using the proper techniques, one doesn't necessarily need a really big telescope to view some of these amazingly distant objects!

The public is welcome to attend, free of charge.



 

The Presentation for our April 2017 monthly meeting


Experiencing the Northern Lights


Presenter: Josť Francisco Salgado, PhD, KV265.org
Date: Tuesday, April 4th, 2017
Location: Naperville Municipal Center, downstairs meeting room B (see map for directions)
Time: 7:30 pm.

Dr. Salgado will share the results of his latest endeavors to document the amazing sight of the aurora borealis. He will be joined by several NAA members who traveled with him this past autumn to the Northwest Territories to view the spectacle.

The public is welcome to attend, free of charge.



 

Next NAA Board Meeting:

The next meeting of the NAA Executive Board will be April 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.



 

Our April Astronomy Fundamentals Program


Enjoying Stargazing at our "Dark Sites"


Presenter: Rick Gering, NAA
Date: Tuesday, April 18th, 2017
Location: Naperville Municipal Center, downstairs meeting room B (see map for directions)
Time: 7:30 pm.

Members of the NAA can take advantage of our "dark sites"; properties out in the country, somewhat removed from the light pollution of the Chicago area, where one can actually still see some stars in the sky. But there are some tricks to getting the most out of a night of observing at the sites, and to actually keeping them dark, so as to not bother fellow observers. Veteran observer Rick will share many of them with us in his presentation. And, many of the tips will apply to travels to any rural observing sites anywhere.

The public is welcome to attend, free of charge.



 

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.





 
 

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