CALENDAR OF EVENTS

The Chicago Astronomical Society is a proud member of the
The Astronomical League, a national organization of over 240 Societies.

For more information, go to the Astronomical League website here.
Upcoming AL convention Casper, WY,  August 16-19, 2017
2018 AL convention, Minneapolis/St. Paul, July 11-14, 2018

The regional NCRAL convention for 2018 will be in Door County, WI.


CAS-Sponsored Public Observing Sessions, 2017
(The indoor portion of these meetings is Rain or Shine; stargazing with telescopes is weather permitting.)

Join us for a FREE evening under the stars at our next Public Observing Session.  If you have a telescope or a pair of binoculars, feel free to bring them along, and participate in the observing with us.
*If you need some help or instructions on setting up your telescope, bring it to one of our sessions below and we will try to help you as time permits.
Observing "DOs & DONT'S"
* NO WHITE LIGHT! Please use a RED LED FLASHLIGHT or cover your flashlight with RED CELLOPHANE.
* Flash photography is NOT permitted while we are observing.
* If you bring your young family members with, please be sure they are adequately supervised.  No running or horseplay is permitted.  Our astronomers have expensive and delicate equipment.
*Please use the trash-cans in the parks (let's leave the parks as clean as we found it, or better!).
*We are NOT allowed to walk down park trails at night. Please stay in the observing areas only!
(Protocols courtesy Jeff Benuzzi)

  1. Cernan Earth and Space Center
         
      Saturday Skywatch events at Triton College, 2000 Fifth Ave., River Grove; Dates and topics are subject to change.
            Please call the Cernan Center at (708) 456-0300, Ext. 3372 for more information.

    Unless otherwise noted all Cernan monthly Skywatch events except June/July start with an indoor program at 7:30 (admission fee) followed by free observing outside if clear enough. June/July events start at 8:00 pm.
     

    Date Featured Telescope Targets
    April 29, 2017 Moon, Jupiter
    June 3, 2017 Moon, Jupiter
    July 1, 2017 Moon, Jupiter, Saturn
    July 29, 2017 Moon, Jupiter, Saturn
    September 30, 2017  Moon, Saturn, Andromeda Galaxy 
    October 28, 2017 Moon, Andromeda Galaxy
    December 9, 2017 Pleiades, Orion Nebula

    Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore
    Stargazing at Kemil Beach
    Join members of the Chicago Astronomical Society with their telescopes to introduce the night skies to visitors at the Kemil Beach access area. In celebration of the National Park Service centennial birthday and the fiftieth birthday of the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, every third Saturday of the month through November of 2017, telescopes of epic proportions will be on hand to view our night skies.

    The Kemil Beach access area is located one mile north and three miles east of the Indiana Dunes visitor center. The visitor center is located at the intersection of US Hwy 20 and US Hwy. 49 north of Chesterton, Indiana. For more information on this or other programs at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, call 219-395-1882 or check the park’s website at www.nps.gov/indu.

    The Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore is one of 408 units of the National Park System ranging from Yellowstone to the Statue of Liberty. Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore includes 15 miles of the southern shoreline of Lake Michigan and 15,000 acres of beach, woods, marshes, and prairie in the northwest corner of Indiana. More than 2 million visitors come to this national park each year. Check our Facebook page at induquestions@gmail.com

    Little Red School House
     9800 South 104 Ave., Willow Springs.

    Join us for a FREE evening under the stars at our next Public Observing & Lecture Session.
    If you have a telescope or a pair of binoculars, feel free to bring them along, and participate in the observing with us!
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    If you need some help or instruction on setting up your telescope, bring it to one of our sessions below and we will try to help you as time permits.

    Viewing the Night Sky with Binoculars

    May 6, 2017 – 7:30 PM -10:30 PM
    Evening Highlights: The stars Alcor & Mizar, the moon, and the planet Jupiter.
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    International Space Station & Satellites

    June 3, 2017 - 8:00 PM - 11:00 PM
    Evening Highlights: The planet Jupiter is very close to the moon.
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    Constellation Mythology

    July 8, 2017 -  8:00 PM - 11:00 PM
    Evening Highlights: The planets Jupiter & Saturn, the Hercules Cluster, and the Ring Nebula.
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    Solar Eclipse

    August 5, 2017 - 7:30 PM - 10:30 PM
    Evening Highlights: The Hercules Cluster, Ring Nebula, Saturn, and the Cub Scout Star (Albireo).
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    Astrology vs. Astronomy
    September 9, 2017 - 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM
    Evening Highlights: The Ring Nebula, the planet Saturn, Cub Scout star, and the Andromeda Galaxy.
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    Phases of the Moon

    October 7, 2017 - 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM
    Evening Highlights: The Ring Nebula, Cub Scout star, ET Cluster, and the Andromeda Galaxy.

    Little Red School House Public Observing *DOs & DON'Ts *
    * NO WHITE LIGHT! Please use a Red LED flashlight or cover your flashlight with Red Cellophane.
    * Flash photography is NOT permitted while we are observing.
    * If you bring your young family members with, please be sure that they are adequately supervised. No running or horseplay is permitted; our astronomers have expensive and delicate equipment.
    * Please use the trash-cans in the park (let's leave the park as clean as we found it, or better!)
    * We are NOT allowed to walk down any of the trails at night,
    please stay in the observing area only!

    Spring Valley Nature Center
    1111 E. Schaumburg Rd. (between Plum Grove Rd. and Meachem Rd.), Schaumberg, IL, 847-985-2100
    Spring Valley is outdoor if OK but indoor if not.

    Enjoy a star-studded party celebrating the beautiful summer sky and the Perseid Meteor shower. Several telescopes will be set up around the Nature Center to view the summer constellations. Lots of additional star-related activities will take place inside. You’re guaranteed to have a great time!

    The CAS is among the sponsors for these free telescope observing sessions at various sites. Everyone is welcome to attend.  This is a wonderful opportunity for boy and girl scout groups or school groups.  If you ever wanted to view the night sky through a telescope then pick a date from above.

    Other CAS Outreach Events:

  2. Astrofest
  3. Other Events of Interest:

    TBA