Skokie Valley Astronomers meet at 8 PM on the second Friday of every month at the Welcome Center of Ryerson Woods (also known as the Edward L. Ryerson Conservation Area) in Deerfield, IL. All of our meetings are open to the public. You're invited!
Our meetings usually start with a presentation on some aspect of astronomy, and then we move outside for viewing the sky if the weather permits. Many of our members bring telescopes to each meeting, and they love to let everyone have a look. If you're interested in amateur astronomy, or even if you're just curious, please come to one of our meetings.
Click here to find out if a meeting has been cancelled. The notice will be updated before 3 PM on the day of the meeting.
|December 8||Planet Earth As Art: The View From Space||Jim Plaxco||104°W – Last Quarter|
|Chicago Society for Space Studies President and Digital Artist Jim Plaxco will show satellite images of the Earth, and discuss how these images are created and processed to reveal the hidden beauty of our planet.|
|January 12||The Skies of 2018||Terry Witt||42°W – New Moon|
|Club member Terry Witt will discuss all the observing opportunities in the skies in 2018.|
|February 9||TBD||TBD||62°W – Last Quarter|
|March 9||The Voyager Expedition||Andy Kurz||82°W – Last Quarter|
|April 13||TLC For a Big Telescope||Michelle Nichols||25°W – New Moon|
|Michelle Nichols, Master Educator at Adler Planetarium, will talk about how the Adler Planetarium teamed with experts from the Fox Valley Astronomical Society to bring the 20 inch Doane telescope back to life (and hear how a bathroom hair dryer played a part!).|
|May 11||TBD||TBD||44°W – New Moon|
|June 8||TBD||TBD||62°W – Last Quarter|
|July 13||Gravitational Waves||Dr Andrew Rivers||14°E – New Moon|
|Dr Andrew Rivers, Distinguished Senior Lecturer at Northwestern University, will talk about gravitational waves.|
|August 10||Tabby's Star and Other Discoveries||Jim Kovac||4°W – New Moon|
|Jim Kovac, NASA Solar System Ambassador, will talk about the latest discoveries concerning Tabby's Star.|