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NAA Calendar of Events

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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
volunteers needed

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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 @ 8:00pm- 10:30pm
volunteers needed

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Annual Members' Dinner
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Astronomy Fundamentals Program @ 7:30pm

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Members Only Night at AEC @ 7:30pm

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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 Night at our Astronomy Education Center @ 8:00pm- 10:00pm
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 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.




 

Next NAA Board Meeting:

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




 
 

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