Announcements

 

Public Events

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

DateStart TimeLocationEvent
2017
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 137:00 pmWest Ottawa PlanetariumClub Meeting
April 227:00 pmHemlock CrossingAstronomy in Art
May 117:00 pmWest Ottawa PlanetariumClub Meeting
May 277:00 pmHemlock CrossingThe August 21 Total Solar Eclipse
June 87:00 pmWest Ottawa PlanetariumClub Meeting
June 24SunsetHemlock CrossingPublic Sky Viewing
July 22SunsetHemlock CrossingPublic Sky Viewing
August 26SunsetHemlock CrossingPublic Sky Viewing
September 147:00 pmWest Ottawa PlanetariumClub Meeting
September 237:00 pmHemlock CrossingThe Autumn Sky
October 127:00 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 – January, 2017 2016 – An Historic Year for Astronomy This is a time of year traditionally known for reflection and anticipation and last year was also been a year of milestones for astronomers. It seems appropriate to look back on major events and discoveries that will make 2016 historic. …

Read more

Big Science in Small Packages

By Marcus Woo About 250 miles overhead, a satellite the size of a loaf of bread flies in orbit. It’s one of hundreds of so-called CubeSats—spacecraft that come in relatively inexpensive and compact packages—that have launched over the years. So far, most CubeSats have been commercial satellites, student projects, or technology demonstrations. But this one, dubbed …

Read more