Schedule of Events

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

DateStart TimeLocationEvent
January 106:30 pmPark Township ProgramThe Winter Sky (Private)
January 107:30 pmWest Ottawa PlanetariumClub Meeting
January 127 pmHemlock CrossingMars: Earth’s Little Brother
February 97 pmHemlock CrossingThe Universe in a Nutshell
February 147 pmWest Ottawa PlanetariumClub Meeting
March 97 pmHemlock CrossingNew Horizons Mission Update
March 146:30 pmPark Township ProgramThe Spring Sky (Private)
March 147:30 pmWest Ottawa PlanetariumClub Meeting
April 117 pmWest Ottawa PlanetariumClub Meeting
April 138 pmHemlock CrossingParker Solar Probe
May 97 pmWest Ottawa PlanetariumClub Meeting
May 118 pmHemlock CrossingThe Summer Sky
June 8After SunsetHemlock CrossingPublic Star Gazing
June 119 pmHolland State ParkLunar Observing
July 13After SunsetHemlock CrossingPublic Star Gazing
July 199 pmHolland State ParkMuseum Under The Stars
August 10After SunsetHemlock CrossingPublic Star Gazing
August 139 pmHolland State ParkMeteors and S’mores
September 127 pmWest Ottawa PlanetariumClub Meeting
September 148 pmHemlock CrossingThe Fall Sky
October 5canceledCurtis Center ParkAstronomy Day
October 106:30 pmPark Township ProgramPlanetarium Tour (Private)
October 107:30 pmWest Ottawa PlanetariumClub Meeting
October 127 pmHemlock CrossingThe Life Cycle of Stars
November 97 pmHemlock CrossingTelescope Basics
November 147pmWest Ottawa PlanetariumClub Meeting
December 127 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
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 – December, 2019 A Look Back at History and Up at the Planets Nineteen sixty eight was both a very bad and a very good year. The Smithsonian Magazine devoted an entire issue to 1968 as several historical events occurred that year, not all of them very uplifting, to say …

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What’s Up in the Sky

What’s Up in the Sky – November, 2019 A Variety of Sights Make Up November’s Nights With few bright stars to the south, fall and winter constellations still rising in the east, and summer constellations fading in the west, it’s a good thing the Moon and several planets will add to the sights worth viewing …

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