Northwest Suburban Astronomers
Harper College Department of Physical Sciences
Saturday, April 21, 2018
Explore the wonders of the universe... see the moon, planets, stars, and galaxies.
On Saturday, April 21st. - RAIN or SHINE - we will host an informative and entertaining celebration of astronomy beginning at 5:30 pm.
If the skies are clear, telescopes will be available for viewing a variety of celestial objects.
NSA members will be on hand to answer any questions and conduct general tours of the night sky.
But don’t stay away even if it’s cloudy. Inside the school will be a wide variety of shows, demonstrations, and exhibits.
Email us here for more information.
|Every 15 minutes||Z128||Craft Projects for Children||Suzy Weber||Make a Solar Eclipse model that will demonstrate a solar eclipse, lunar eclipse, and the phases of the moon.|
|6:00 and 7:00||Z130||Astro Bingo||Harper College Astronomy Club||Play a game of Bingo while learning about astronomy!|
|6:00 PM||Z102||New Exoplanet Discoveries||Kelly Page||Learn about recent discoveries of planets orbiting other star systems. How they were found and what they may look like.|
|6:00 PM||Z117||The Antikythera Mechanism||Dale Dellutri||Skokie Valley Astronomers Club member Dale Dellutri will talk about the ancient astronomical device found in 1900 by sponge divers off the coast of the island Antikythera, near Greece.|
|6:00 PM||Z119||Things That Go Boom||Joe Kabbes||The story of the birth and death of stars as told with images from the Hubble Space Telescope.|
|6:00 PM||Z123||Eclipse Mania: Observing the 2017 Total Solar Eclipse||Tom Auchter||Learn about solar eclipses, why they occur, the different types and what is like to see one. Images and experiences will be shared from the 2010 total solar eclipse on Easter Island. Information about the 2017 total solar eclipse in the United States will be presented.|
|7:00 PM||Z102||Rosetta End of Mission||Kevin Cole||The Rosetta mission to Comet 67/P, including the orbiter and lander. The physical nature of the comet – why it looks like it does and what its properties tell us about where it was formed.|
|7:00 PM||Z117||Unusual Stars||Roger Kolman||Examples will be given of strange stars in the heavens, why they are considered strange and how to resolve the question.|
|7:00 PM||Z119||Cosmic Time: The Heavenly Origins of the World's Calendars||Bhasker Moorthey||Imagine you lived 5000 years ago. How would you have used the Sun, Moon, and stars to tell time? What is a day, exactly? How about the month and the year? Why are there seven days in a week? Discover the astronomy behind the calendar we use.|
|7:00 PM||Z123||4 Decades of Martian Exploration||Dean Mikolajczyk||A survey of our successes, and failures, at the red planet, Mars.|
|8:00 PM||Z102||Mysteries of the Cosmos – The Possibility of Life on the Moons of Jupiter and Saturn||Jim Kovac||We are either alone in the Universe or we are not; either possibility is overwhelming! Join the exploration of the fundamental question about the pervasiveness of life -- is it common or rare? The focus of this presentation will be the unique environments of the planet-sized moons of the Gas Giants and their potential as abodes for life.|
|8:00 PM||Z117||Satellite Views of Earth||Jim Plaxco||Satellite imagery of the Earth. How images are created and processed to reveal hidden details of our planet.|