telescopes. Observing highlights will include the planets Mars and Jupiter, The Great Orion Nebula (M42), The Double Cluster, Globular Clusters M3, M5 and M13, and other deep sky objects.
Dress for a chilly evening and bring a flashlight covered with red plastic or cellophane (red light preserves your night vision). Please arrive around 7:00 p.m. or come early and 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.
Marengo Ridge Conservation Area is located on the east side of Illinois State Route 23, north of the City of Marengo in McHenry County, Illinois. The site entrance is approximately 1/4 mile north of River Road. A location map can be found here.
Saturday, May 10, 2014, 5:30 - 10 p.m. National Astronomy Day at Harper College, 1200 W. Algonquin Road, Palatine, Illinois in cooperation with the Harper College Physical Sciences Department. There will be telescopes on display, astronomy lectures,
hands on activities for children, astronomy displays and photographs (Building Z) and observing the night sky with the campus observatory and NSA club member telescopes (Building O, Karl G. Henize Observatory). The indoor activities in Building Z are rain or shine.
The outdoor observing will be weather permitting. There is no cost to attend and no registration is required. There is free parking on campus. For activities in Building Z use parking lots 2 or 3. For the Observatory use lots 8 or 9. A campus map can be found here.
More information including the program schedule will be posted here closer to the event. Download our 2014 flyer here.
Saturday, May 31, 2014, 8:30 p.m. at Afton Forest Preserve (north entrance), in DeKalb County, Illinois, in cooperation with the DeKalb County Forest Preserve District. Look at stars, galaxies, nebulae and star clusters with the help of NSA member telescopes. Observing highlights will be a slender crescent Moon and Jupiter (early in evening), the planets Mars and Saturn, globular clusters M3, M13 and M44, the Ring Nebula (M57), the Dumbbell Nebula (M27) and galaxies M81 and M82 among others.
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 8:30 p.m. (sunset is at 8:23 p.m. CDT) or come early and 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). Please park in the main
parking lot and walk to the west where we will be set up. A location map can be found here (site K on map).
Saturday, July 26, 2014 - At Wildcat Mountain State Park near Ontario, Wisconsin, in cooperation with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources. More details closer to the event.