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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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  • Ross

    Very informative and interesting...and not difficult to understand. I attended the quantum physics lecture.

    1 · June 30, 2013

  • danny

    yes, sounds good, but I need parking info

    June 26, 2013

    • Jose E.

      street metered parking is available all over

      June 30, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    IS there a cost?

    June 28, 2013

    • Jose E. is free....donations are not turned down though!

      June 30, 2013

  • Ross

    If it's known what time Dr. Ivan Phillips will present, please let me know. Thanks.

    June 29, 2013

    • Ed S.

      3pm and 6pm. Check my latest post. Thanks!

      June 29, 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:

    June 29, 2013

  • Bryan M.

    I am curious about this, but don't know if it is still happening, since there is no location listed, less than a week out.

    April 17, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I hope I can make this :-)

    April 7, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I love astronomy

    March 9, 2013

  • the m.

    Is there a website for this event?

    December 18, 2012

    • Ed S.

      Not yet

      December 18, 2012

  • the m.

    tentative yes

    December 18, 2012

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