Skokie Valley Astronomers meet at 8 PM on the second Friday of every month at the Welcome Center of Ryerson Woods (also known as the Edward L. Ryerson Conservation Area) in Deerfield, IL. All of our meetings are open to the public. You're invited!
Our meetings usually start with a presentation on some aspect of astronomy, and then we move outside for viewing the sky if the weather permits. Many of our members bring telescopes to each meeting, and they love to let everyone have a look. If you're interested in amateur astronomy, or even if you're just curious, please come to one of our meetings.
Click here to find out if a meeting has been cancelled. The notice will be updated before 3 PM on the day of the meeting.
|June 9||Ghost Galaxies||Jeff Schmitz||173°W – Full Moon|
|Club member Jeff Schmitz challenges you, if you dare, to consider whether ghost galaxies might be composed of mysterious dark matter.|
|July 14||How To Think Like a Scientist—The Virtue Of Doubt In a Certain World||Andrew Rivers||111°W – Last Quarter|
|Andrew Rivers, Associate Professor at Northwestern University, will talk about the nature of science and the scientific method and how we decide our relative certainty and degrees of doubt in different discoveries and ideas.|
|August 11||An Update on Neutrino Research||Gretchen Patti||127°W – Last Quarter|
|Club member Gretchen Patti says that it's hard to study something that's very nearly nothing! Come hear about the latest attempts to capture and measure that almost-nothing particle: the Neutrino.|
|September 8||Planet Earth As Art: The View From Space||Jim Plaxco||144°W – Full Moon|
|Chicago Society for Space Studies President and Digital Artist Jim Plaxco will show satellite images of the Earth, and discuss how these images are created and processed to reveal the hidden beauty of our planet.|
|October 13||Native American Star Stories||Penni Isaacson||69°W – Last Quarter|