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Astronomy 101 - A crash course about the Universe

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Here is a short list of some of the subjects that will be covered at the event by some members of the Chicago Astronomical Society:

Daniel Joyce Mars; the mystery planet

Telescope use & function

Joe Mayer Astrology

Stellar Spectra

Stellar Evolution

James Cuca Cosmic Distance, Part I

Cosmic Distance, Part II

Proper Motion

Mark Kuba Telescope designs (with samples)

Audrey Fischer Light Pollution & health, research effects

Hydrogen alpha Solar viewing

Paul Cristman The Lunar Cycle

Observing the Moon with a Telescope


Dr. Ivan Phillips will present a lightning talk in which he will explain, without the aid of mathematics, what quantum physics tells us about nature. Dr. Phillips will also connect quantum physics with some of the important discoveries in astrophysics.




Astronomy is not a “stand-alone” science. It combines areas from a number of other fields, including mathematics, chemistry, archaeology, geology, quantum mechanics, biology and physics.

Why should we study the Universe? Everything is part of the Universe, and that includes us. You are part of the Universe, everything is.

Amateur astronomers have contributed to many important astronomical discoveries, and astronomy is one of the few sciences where amateurs can still play an active role, especially in the discovery and observation of transient phenomena.

Hopefully, as you learn more about the subject, you’ll appreciate just how much astronomy has affected and continues to affect your life.

We want to give you a quick introduction to the most recent discoveries and advances in general Astronomy.


Schedule now.

Space will be limited!

Thank you


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  • Mary Ann S.

    I used to work with Dr. Ivan Phillips and am interested in attending his next session. Anyone have the date/time of his next session? Thanks!

    1 · January 22, 2014

    • Ed S.

      Mary and Richard.
      I’m organizing the next event between June and July.
      This time it will be better organized. I have the support of the Chicago Astronomical Society, some professors at the University of Chicago and probably the Adler Planetarium.
      I’ll keep you posted!

      1 · January 23, 2014

  • Stasia J.

    Eduardo, thank you so much for this event. It was wonderful. I learned so much from Joe Mayer, Ivan Phillips, and Daniel Joyce....looking forward to more meetups.

    1 · July 2, 2013

  • Ed S.

    For those of you planning to attend some other events and parades, just remember that we will be there until 8pm!
    You can come any time after 1pm. Most of the talks will be repeated more than once.
    For the most current scheduled list of talks and activities, go here:

    1 · June 29, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    This time and day works much better for me.

    June 22, 2013

    • Ed S.

      Great Carmelina. C U there!
      Invite people if you can ;)

      June 22, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I also posted this meetup for my members, since I won't be able to attend if some of them want to check out your group.

    June 3, 2013

    • Ed S.

      Thanks M.O. What other groups do you have?

      June 3, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      One of the groups that I run is a sci-fi/fantasy/horror, etc, group in Lake County. However, since we tend to focus more on science fiction (and science stuff) in that group, I thought some of my members might dig your astronomy group.­

      June 3, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Looking forward to it!

    1 · March 31, 2013

  • lina

    Looking forward to this event.

    2 · March 30, 2013

  • Carmen M.

    I'm out of town that week, hope to make another event

    January 31, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Cool let's do this!!!!

    January 13, 2013

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