Upcoming Events


Join us Saturday, October 14th to View the Partial Solar Eclipse

An Annular Solar Eclipse on Saturday, October 14
will produce a partial eclipse over West Michigan.

The observatory will be open to the public to
view the solar eclipse through a solar filter. 


Partial Eclipse    ( Max Eclipse: 38.5% )
     Start: 11:40 am
     Max:  12:59 pm
     End:  2:21 pm


Hemlock Crossing Public Observatory

The observatory is open to the public on Friday evenings throughout the year whenever viewing conditions allow.  Dress appropriately as the temperature inside the observatory will match the outside ambient temperature.  Night sky tour includes: visible planets, the Moon, galaxies, star clusters and planetary nebulae.  When viewing conditions call for overcast skies, chance of rain or snow, the viewing session will be canceled.


Club Meetings

Club meetings are open to the public.  They occur at 7pm on the second Thursday of the month throughout the school year (September – May). Meetings are held in the planetarium at Macatawa Bay School 3700 140th Avenue, Holland, Michigan.  There are no club meetings in the summer months (June – July – August).

Click here for directions to Macatawa Bay School.


Lectures at Hemlock Crossing

SAAA presents informational and educational lectures at Hemlock Crossing inside the Nature Education Center on the second Saturday of the month.  Programs are followed by public observatory sessions accompanied by member’s telescopes.  The goal is to have fun while learning.

2023 Lecture Schedule

Jan 147 pm Lecture:  Women in AstronomyPeter Burkey
Feb 117 pmLecture:  Artemis I – Mission UpdateMike Long
Mar 117 pmLecture:  Spring SkyFrank Roldan
Apr 88 pmLecture:  James Webb Space TelescopeMike Cortright
May 138 pmLecture:  Summer SkyFrank Roldan
Jun 10duskPublic Observatory NightSAAA Members
Jul 8duskPublic Observatory NightSAAA Members
Aug 12duskPublic Observatory NightSAAA Members
Sep 98 pmLecture:  Ring of Fire / Annular Solar Eclipse Jim Reier
Oct 147 pmLecture:  Fall SkyMike Long
Nov 117 pmLecture:  Telescope BasicsFrank Roldan


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