NSA Club

Northwest Suburban Astronomers

Club Meetings: Meetings are on the Friday nearest the full moon each month.
Check our Events page for each month's meeting location.
Business Correspondence: The club's official mailing address for business correspondence is
PO Box 261, Dundee, IL 60118.

Our club 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.


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May NSA Club Meeting

The James Webb Space Telescope – Its Development and Scientific Goal

- Scott Willoughby, Vice President JWST Program
- Dr. Alberto Conti, Innovation Manager, Space Division, Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems, Redondo Beach, CA

The Hubble Space Telescope has provided splendid service to the scientific community by bringing previously unavailable images loaded with scientific data down to Earth. The beauty and wonder of those images have been a revelation and an inspiration to the general public.

The next step in the exploration of the universe using large, space-based telescopes will begin in October 2018 with the launching of the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST). The JWST will be larger than the Hubble and will be so sensitive that it will be located in deep space beyond the orbit of the moon. This presentation by the developers of the JWST will give an overview of the telescope's development and testing and will also discuss the current planning for the observing program of the instrument.




Earlier Event: May 14
Astronomy Day at Harper College
Later Event: May 21
Public Solar Observing