NSA Club

Northwest Suburban Astronomers

Club Meetings: The NSA Club meets in the Willow Recreation Center (lower level meeting room at the address above) on the Friday nearest the full moon each month.
Business Correspondence: The club's official mailing address for business correspondence is
PO Box 895, 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.

April NSA Club Meeting

Kevin Cole, of Harper College, will present information about the European Space Agency's Rosetta Mission to Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, , including the orbiter and lander.  The Rosetta space probe was launched in March, 2004, and arrived at its target ten years later, in August, 2014. Rosetta's lander, named Philae, landed on the comet's surface, but was unable to report the expected volume of data due to its being in shadow and thus unable to maintain battery power in its solar cells. The mission provided information, among other things, on the comet's apparent lack of a magnetic field and the difference between water vapor surrounding the comet and that on Earth. The Rosetta orbiter continued to send data until it was deliberately brought down on to Comet 67P on 30 September, 2016.