Public Events

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

January 87:00 pmWest Ottawa PlanetariumClub Meeting — canceled
January 157:00 pmWest Ottawa PlanetariumClub Meeting
January 247:00 pmHemlock CrossingsInternational Dark Sky Association
February 127:00 pmWest Ottawa PlanetariumClub Meeting
February 287:00 pmHemlock CrossingsGround-based Telescopes
March 127:00 pmWest Ottawa PlanetariumClub Meeting
March 287:00 pmHemlock CrossingsStars with Planets
April 167:00 pmWest Ottawa PlanetariumClub Meeting
April 252 – 11 pmCurtis Center ParkAstronomy Day
7:00 pmHemlock CrossingsWomen in Astronomy
May 147:00 pmWest Ottawa PlanetariumPluto Presentation
May 237:00 pmHemlock CrossingsThe Sky Tonight
June 117:00 pmWest Ottawa PlanetariumTelescope Clinic
June 278:00 pmHemlock CrossingsThe Sky Tonight + Star Gazing
July 25dusk – 12 amHemlock CrossingsStar Gazing
August 22dusk – 12 amHemlock CrossingsStar Gazing
September 107:00 pmWest Ottawa PlanetariumClub Meeting / “Go for Launch”
Astronomy Trivia Game
September 267:00 pmHemlock CrossingsComets
October 87:00 pmWest Ottawa PlanetariumGuest: Jim Van Prooyen
Program: Radio Astronomy 
October 247:00 pmHemlock CrossingsDwarf Planets
November 127:00 pmWest Ottawa PlanetariumClub Meeting
November 217:00 pmHemlock CrossingsNew Horizons Spacecraft
December 107:00 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 Crossings is an Ottawa County park located at 8115 West Olive Road, in Port Sheldon Township
West Ottawa Planetarium is at Macatawa Bay Middle School at 3700 140th Avenue in Holland


Meeting Schedule

SAAA meetings occur monthly 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 – July, 2015 More to Come! I hope you were able to witness the close pairing of the planets Venus and Jupiter on June 30. It was certainly a rare event. Seeing two planets – ANY two planets – at the same time in a telescope with a magnification of …

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What’s Up in the Sky

What’s Up in the Sky – June, 2015 Sailing by Light Wouldn’t it be nice if we could travel to other planets on a ship that requires no fuel tanks, no thrusters, no complex motors, pumps, wiring, or tubing? How about a spacecraft that can operate on solar energy alone, and I don’t mean solar …

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