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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  • Eduardo 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:­

    June 29, 2013

  • Sotirios (Sam) K.

    Won't be able to attend. Last minute plumbing catastrophe in the basement. So Home Depot is where I'll be spending my afternoon. Really bummed about missing this !

    June 29, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Umm...does anyone have details for the questions being asked about this event?

    June 27, 2013

    • Lorena M.

      from what i know you need to RSVP here and that is it!

      June 27, 2013

    • Eduardo S.

      Yes, just RSVP. That's it!
      Also, you can show up any time after 2pm since the talks will repeat more than once

      June 27, 2013

  • Joe G.

    Has the agenda been drawn up yet?

    June 24, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Do we need to register anywhere other than saying we're going on here, or just show up?

    June 9, 2013

  • Bill S.

    Who is giving the astronomy presentation?

    June 8, 2013

  • Kerry P.

    Hi. I am not a scientist, but am fascinated with astronomy! Would love to learn more, and need more people "in the know" to explain it to me!

    May 20, 2013

    • Sotirios (Sam) K.

      Hi Kerry, this short seminar promises to be a great "view from 30,000 ft" of the field so you'll get a feel for many different aspects of astronomy and how it all ties together.

      You'll find many people at these events who know a lot about the subject and are eager to share their knowledge and enthusiasm. Also if you're interested on Thursday June 27th professor Joe Mayer will have a presentation on asteroids. The focus is on discovering objects that could pose an impact threat to earth and ways to mitigate it.

      Here's the link:­

      May 20, 2013

  • Sotirios (Sam) K.

    A five hour seminar on astronomy. And it's all free ! How cool is that folks ?

    2 · May 17, 2013

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