Schedule of Events

Free and open to the public except private events.  See event calendar for details.

DateStart TimeLocationEvent
January 127:00 pmWest Ottawa PlanetariumClub Meeting
January 287:00 pmHemlock CrossingThe Winter Sky
February 97:00 pmWest Ottawa PlanetariumClub Meeting
February 257:00 pmHemlock CrossingThe Moon
March 97:00 pmWest Ottawa PlanetariumClub Meeting
March 257:00 pmHemlock CrossingThe Spring Sky
April 126:30 – 7:30 pmWest Ottawa PlanetariumCub Scout Pack 3041 (Private Event)
April 137:00 pmWest Ottawa PlanetariumClub Meeting
April 193:30 pm, 6:30 pmWest Ottawa PlanetariumFreedom Village (Private Event)
April 227:00 pmHemlock CrossingAstronomy in Art
April 294 pm – 11 pmCurtis Center ParkAstronomy Day
May 117:00 pmWest Ottawa PlanetariumClub Meeting
May 277:00 pmHemlock CrossingThe August 21 Total Solar Eclipse
June 16:30 – 7:30 pmWest Ottawa PlanetariumParks & Recreation (Private Event)
June 2SunsetHolland State ParkLunar Observing
June 86:30 – 7:30 pmWest Ottawa PlanetariumParks & Recreation (Private Event)
June 87:30 pmWest Ottawa PlanetariumClub Meeting
June 24SunsetHemlock CrossingPublic Sky Viewing
July 159:45 pmHolland State ParkMuseum Under The Stars
July 22SunsetHemlock CrossingPublic Sky Viewing
August 129:00 pmHolland State ParkMeteors & S’mores
August 157:00 pmGary Byker Library – HudsonvilleThe August 21 Total Solar Eclipse
August 183:00-4:00 pmHerrick Library – HollandPreparing for the Great American Solar Eclipse
August 2112:57-3:43 pmHemlock CrossingView the Solar Eclipse (max at 2:21 pm)
August 26SunsetHemlock CrossingPublic Sky Viewing
September 147:00 pmWest Ottawa High SchoolClub Meeting
September 237:00 pmHemlock CrossingThe Autumn Sky
September 304:00 – 11:00 pmCurtis Center ParkAstronomy Day
October 126:30 – 7:30 pmWest Ottawa PlanetariumParks & Recreation (Private Event)
October 127:30 pmWest Ottawa PlanetariumClub Meeting
October 287:00 pmHemlock CrossingFree Planetarium Software Explained
November 97:00 pmWest Ottawa PlanetariumClub Meeting
November 187:00 pmHemlock CrossingExoplanets Update
December 147:00 pmWest Ottawa PlanetariumClub Meeting

No club meetings in July or August
Curtis Center Park is located downtown Holland on the corner of 8th Street and College Ave next to JP’s Coffee and Espresso Bar
Hemlock Crossing is an Ottawa County park located at 8115 West Olive Road, in Port Sheldon Township.  Programs are held in the Nature Education Center building and public sky viewing is in the parking lot.
West Ottawa Planetarium is at Macatawa Bay Middle School at 3700 140th Avenue in Holland


Meeting Schedule

SAAA club meetings occur throughout the school year, starting in September and ending in June.  Meeting time is 7pm on the second Thursday of the month.  The location is Macatawa Bay School in the planetarium.  Our meetings are open to the public.  See event calendar for details.


Looking for New Members

Wanted – astronomy enthusiasts.  The SAAA wants to grow the astronomy community in West Michigan.  If you have an interest in astronomy, telescopes or just curious about the cosmos, we’d like to hear from you.

What’s Up in the Sky

What’s Up in the Sky – August, 2017 THIS IS IT! In June I wrote about the wonders of witnessing a total solar eclipse like the one coming up on Monday, August 21, and encouraged readers to do some web searches for “information on locations and methods of safe viewing.”  Now, for those traveling to …

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What’s Up in the Sky

What’s Up in the Sky – July, 2017 Observe Three Planets This Month July can be a great month for sky watching in spite of certain drawbacks.  First and foremost is the fact that the Sun sets after 9:00 p.m. all month, which means it doesn’t get dark enough for viewing until after ten.   …

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