The Northwest Suburban Astronomers (NSA) is based in the northwestern suburbs of Chicago.  With a wide range of interests, experience, and equipment, our membership is over 150, making us one of the largest astronomy clubs in the mid-west.  Here you can find out about our public meetings, star parties, and the benefits of becoming a member.  Thanks for visiting, and clear skies.


Next NSA Meeting - Open to the Public

 Date: Friday, August 8, 2014, 2014, 7:30 p.m.
 Location: Willow Recreation Center (Hoffman Estates Park District)
3600 Lexington Drive (at Algonquin Road)
Hoffman Estates, IL (we meet in the lower level gym)
 Speaker: Tia Miceli, Ph.D.
Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory
Like a Ghost -The Case Files of the Neutrino and Unsolved Mysteries of Supernovae
Come learn how investigators hope to use the most elusive subatomic particle, the neutrino, to illuminate supernovae.

NSA Star Parties (all are open to the public at no cost)

Saturday, July 26, 2014, 8:00 p.m. - At Wildcat Mountain State Park near Ontario, Wisconsin, in cooperation with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources. Come join the Northwest Suburban Astronomers (NSA) for a night under the stars
searching for galaxies, star clusters and nebulae with their large array of telescopes for public viewing. Our guest speaker, NSA club president
Mel Robinson, will continue the series of talks on observing the night sky. His presentation will show you
the variety of objects that are visible in the night sky and then will describe where those objects can be found.  We will concentrate on the objects that you might see that night through the telescopes.
Be sure to bring warm clothes to keep you
comfortable against the cool night air and insect repellant if needed.  Any flashlights should have their lenses covered by red film so that the night vision of all on the observing field is preserved, enabling all of us to better see the
full beauty of the night sky.

Wildcat Mountain State Park is located on State Route 33 southeast of the Village of Ontario in Vernon County, Wisconsin. The program will begin in the amphitheater at 8:00 p.m. Following the program telescope viewing will be provided by
NSA members in the group campground (weather permitting). In case of rain join the group at the nature center. The program and telescope viewing are free and no registration is required. A vehicle admission sticker is required to enter all
Wisconsin state parks. Information can be found at this
link. You can also camp at Wildcat Mountain. Camping information can be found here or by calling 888-947-2757.

Sunday, August 31, 2014, Noon - 3:00 p.m. - At Stillman Nature Center, 33 West Penny Road, South Barrington, Illinois. Solar Observing on Sunday. Join the Northwest Suburban Astronomers and observe our nearest star with
special telescopes and filters. See sunspots and solar prominences in remarkable detail!
We will have telescopes with solar filters to allow safe observation of the sun in visible light (Solar Photosphere) and Hydrogen-alpha light (Solar Chromosphere).
This will be a fun and safe activity for the entire family.
Remember to call Stillman at (847) 428-OWLS (6957) and let us know if you’re coming. If the weather is iffy, call Stillman for an update before making the trip. If you like, bring a dish
and join us for a potluck picnic.
There is no cost to attend.

Stillman Nature Center is located on the south side of Penny Road between Algonquin Road (Illinois Route 62) and Bartlett Road. Please park in the main parking lot and walk east to where we will be setup (south of the Nature Center on the
north side of the lake).
A site map can be found here.

Saturday, September 13, 2014, 7:30 p.m. - At Afton Forest Preserve near DeKalb, Illinois. The Northwest Suburban Astronomers (NSA), in cooperation with the DeKalb County Forest Preserve District, will be hosting a public star party
on Saturday, September 13th at Afton Forest Preserve (north entrance) in DeKalb County, Illinois. Look at stars, galaxies, nebulae and star clusters with the help of NSA member telescopes. Observing highlights will be the planets
Mars and Saturn (early in the evening), globular clusters M15 and M22, open cluster M11, the Swan Nebula (M17), the Lagoon Nebula (M8) and the Andromeda Galaxy (M31) (late in the evening) among others. A waning gibbous moon will rise
at 10:08 p.m. CDT.

Dress for a chilly evening and bring a flashlight covered with red plastic or cellophane (red light preserves your night vision), also insect repellant if needed. Please arrive around 7:30 p.m. (sunset is at 7:08 p.m. CDT) or come early and picnic
or hike the trails. You are welcome to bring your own telescope or binoculars. In the event of inclement weather the event will be canceled. There is no cost to attend and no registration is required. Afton Forest Preserve is located at
13600 Crego Road, DeKalb, Illinois (approximately 1 mile east of Illinois Route 23 and 1 mile south of Perry Road). A location map can be found here (site K on map). Please park in the main parking lot and walk to the west where we will be set up.

Thursday, October 2, 2014, 7:30 - 9:30 p.m. at Cary Area Public Library, 1606 Three Oaks Road, Cary, Illinois (rear library parking lot) - Astronomy Night. The Northwest Suburban Astronomers return with their incredible high power telescopes
which they will set up in the field behind our library. See for yourself a variety of celestial objects. Take a closer look at Andromeda, the Double Cluster, nebulae and many open clusters along with the first quarter Moon. There is no cost to attend and
registration is not required. All ages welcome; kids under 16 must be accompanied by an adult. Event is weather permitting (must have a clear sky). Call the library if unsure (847 639-4210).

Saturday, October 11, 2014, 7:00 p.m. at Roselle Public Library District, 40 South Park Street, Roselle, Illinois - Stars in the Southern Sky. Have you ever wondered what the stars in the southern hemisphere looked like? What sorts of
constellations and other interesting things do we see from places like Perth, Australia? Michelle Nichols from Adler Planetarium will lead our virtual tour to the southern skies - and we won't even have to leave Illinois! This program is part
of the On The Same Page tri-community read, a month-long celebration of the novel, The Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman. Following the program there will be outdoor telescope viewing of the northern night sky provided by members of the
Northwest Suburban Astronomers (weather permitting). There is no cost to attend. Registration is required for the 7:00 p.m. indoor program (call 630 529-1641 ext.*211). Registration begins on August 18.

Saturday, October 18, 2014 (evening) at Marengo Ridge Conservation Area, Shelter #2 in McHenry County, Illinois in cooperation with the McHenry County Conservation District. More details closer to the event.

Clear Sky Chart

NSA is on Facebook.

NSA is on Yahoo Groups (The NSA Yahoo Group is a resource for current club members).

Northwest Suburban Astronomers is a not-for-profit corporation chartered by the State of Illinois "to cultivate, foster and promote interest and participation in astronomy."