Announcements

 

Public Events

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

DateTimeLocationEvent
2016
January 97:00 pmHemlock CrossingThe Winter Sky
January 147:00 pmWest Ottawa PlanetariumClub Meeting
February 117:00 pmWest Ottawa PlanetariumClub Meeting
February 137:00 pmHemlock CrossingThe Moon Cancelled
March 107:00 pmWest Ottawa PlanetariumClub Meeting
March 127:00 pmHemlock CrossingThe Spring Sky
April 97:00 pmHemlock CrossingWhat’s the Latest News from
Unmanned Spacecraft?
April 147:00 pmWest Ottawa PlanetariumClub Meeting
May 910am – 1:30pmWest Ottawa High SchoolSolar Observing Mercury Transit
May 127:00 pmWest Ottawa PlanetariumClub Meeting
May 147:00 pmHemlock CrossingObserving Programs for Amateur
Astronomers at All Levels
May 28dusk – 12 amHemlock CrossingMembers only star gazing
June 27:00 pmWest Ottawa PlanetariumClub Meeting / Resthaven Sky Tour
June 7NoonHolland MuseumPresenting the Summer Night Sky
June 18dusk – 12 amHemlock CrossingPublic Star Gazing
June 25dusk – 12 amHemlock CrossingMembers only star gazing
July 8dusk – 12 amHolland State ParkMuseum Under the Stars
July 16dusk – 12 amHemlock CrossingPublic Star Gazing
July 30dusk – 12 amHemlock CrossingMembers only star gazing
August 128 pm – 11 pmHolland State ParkMeteors & S’mores
August 20dusk – 12 amHemlock CrossingPublic Star Gazing
August 27dusk – 12 amHemlock CrossingMembers only star gazing
September 87:00 pmWest Ottawa PlanetariumClub Meeting
September 107:00 pmHemlock CrossingThe Fall Sky
October 87:00 pmHemlock CrossingNOAA Space Weather Predictions
October 137:00 pmWest Ottawa PlanetariumClub Meeting
November 107:00 pmWest Ottawa PlanetariumClub Meeting
November 127:00 pmHemlock CrossingTelescopes & Binoculars
December 87:00 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
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.

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Is there a super-Earth in the Solar System out beyond Neptune?

By Ethan Siegel When the advent of large telescopes brought us the discoveries of Uranus and then Neptune, they also brought the great hope of a Solar System even richer in terms of large, massive worlds. While the asteroid belt and the Kuiper belt were each found to possess a large number of substantial icy-and-rocky …

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NOAA’s Joint Polar Satellite System (JPSS) to revolutionize Earth-watching

By Ethan Siegel If you want to collect data with a variety of instruments over an entire planet as quickly as possible, there are two trade-offs you have to consider: how far away you are from the world in question, and what orientation and direction you choose to orbit it. For a single satellite, the …

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