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NAA Calendar of Events

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July 23

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Public Stargazing @ Naperville Riverwalk, dusk
volunteers needed

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Villa Park Library Star Party, 8:30pm
volunteers needed
Public Night at our Astronomy Education Center @ 9:00pm- 11:00pm
volunteers needed

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August 1
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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Youth group night @ Astronomy Education Center, 8:00pm
volunteers needed

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Perseid Meteor Shower
@ Cantigny Park, Winfield
@ Afton Preserve
volunteers needed

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Astronomy Fundamentals Program @ 7:30pm

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Members' dark sites night

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Members' dark sites night

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Total Solar Eclipse

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

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Public Stargazing @ Naperville Riverwalk, dusk
volunteers needed

September 1

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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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Members' dark sites night

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Members Only Night at AEC @ 7:00pm

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 August 2017 monthly meeting


Annual Auction


Date: Tuesday, August 1st, 2017
Location: Naperville Municipal Center, downstairs meeting room B (see map for directions)
Time: 7:30 pm.

Our August meeting will feature our annual fundraising auction. Members are encouraged to donate their spare astronomical paraphernalia, and everyone (public, too) is encouraged to come and bid! Our normal assortment includes items of all sorts and all values, from small accessories to entire telescopes. There are often great bargains to be had!


The public is welcome to attend, free of charge.



 

Next NAA Board Meeting:

The next meeting of the NAA Executive Board will be Tuesday, August 8th at the Culver's Restaurant, Naperville (Rt. 59 & 75th St.) Starting time 7:30 pm, all N.A.A. members are welcome to attend.
 



 

Special Public Event


"Dark Site" observing for the Perseid Meteor Shower


Date: Saturday, August 12

The Perseid Meteor Shower generally provides the best display of "shooting stars" visible during the warmer months of the year. But many of the meteors are relatively faint, and might not be visible in the light-polluted skies of suburbia. This year, besides taking part in the public stargazing event at Cantigny Park, Winfield on the night of the 12th, we are also offering our public friends the option to join us under darker skies, out in DeKalb County at Afton Forest Preserve.
Here are the details:
- This session is focused on watching for "shooting stars"; we won't be providing telescopes for other viewing. (You don't see many meteors while looking down into a telescope.)
- Please come early. The sun will set around 8:00pm, and it will be dark enough to be seeing meteors pretty well by 9:00pm. Please try to arrive during the 8-8:30 twilight window, so we don't have headlights and coming & going disturbing the session.
- We'll be setting up on the lawn area to the west of the main parking lot (MAP). If you might be leaving early (before midnight), please park with your headlights facing away from the observing field, so your exiting headlights don't disturb fellow observers.
- Bring what you'll need to be able to lie back comfortably and stare upward. (That'a all meteor observing requires!) A blanket, air mattress, or reclining chair can serve well.
- Bring mosquito repellent, and you might also be more comfortable with long pants and sleeves (rather than T-shirt & shorts).
- There are restroom facilities at the Preserve, but bringing something to drink is a good idea. (No alcohol is allowed in the Preserve).
- Bring warmer clothes to layer on. Even a hot summer day can morph into a cool night.
- Families are more than welcome, but please keep kids close to you in the dark.
- Using lights (flashights, lanterns, video screens, etc.) is discouraged. If you need to bring a light, red is the best color (try putting a red baloon over a flashlight), and keep it pointed down to the ground. We want to get (and keep) our eyes "dark adapted"!
 



 

Our August Astronomy Fundamentals Program


Solar Eclipse Observing


Presenter: Rick Gering, NAA
Date: Tuesday, August 15th, 2017
Location: Naperville Municipal Center, downstairs meeting room B (see map for directions)
Time: 7:30 pm.

While total solar eclipses happen somewhere on Earth every year or two, it is rare to have one happen near to any particular spot, like the one that will pass across Illinois on Monday the 21st. Veteran total eclipse observer Rick will fill us in on the practical info of how to prepare for the eclipse, how to observe and enjoy it, and what to look for during the event. It is really worth preparing in advance, to get the most out of the few minutes of totality; come learn from an expert on how to get that way!

The public is welcome to attend, free of charge.



 

The Presentation for our September 2017 monthly meeting


The South Pole Telescope


Donna Kubik, Fermilab Center for Particle Astrophysics
Date: Tuesday, September 5th, 2017
Location: Naperville Municipal Center, downstairs meeting room B (see map for directions)
Time: 7:30 pm.

The South Pole Telescope, a 10 meter diameter microwave and submillimeter-wave instrument, was built in 2006 and 2007, and began operation in 2007. Since then, it has undergone several upgrades. It makes use of the polar region's optimal conditions for observing in millimeter wavelengths, and has been employed in a number of research projects, including studying the cosmic microwave background and searching for extremely distant galaxies. Donna will fill us in on some of the exciting discoveries that this little-known instrument has played a part in!

The public is welcome to attend, free of charge.




 
 

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