Calendar of Events

 April Regular Meeting

Friday, Apr 25th, 7:30pm - 11:30pm
Volo Bog - Map It!

*Please note this is the 4th Friday due to Easter weekend on the 3rd Friday.
Speaker: Dr. Melville Ulmer / Professor / Northwestern University

Subject: The Growth of The Largest Scale Structures in the Universe — Clusters of Galaxies

Clusters of galaxies are the largest gravitationally-bound systems in the Universe. How they formed and continued to evolve is an ongoing area of astrophysical research. These structures play a major role in understanding the nature of the “Dark Universe” which is made up of "Dark Energy" and "Dark Matter.” Their environments also affect how galaxies evolve. I will use my own research on these topics as a framework for describing how astrophysicists wrestle with the big questions — "Where did we come from?" and "Where are we going?".


Normal Meeting Schedule
7:30-8:30 Business Meeting
8:30-9:45 Free Program
9:45-10:30 Outside Observing (weather permitting)
Meeting agenda subject to change to accomodate special events.


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 Club Observing Night

Saturday, Apr 26th, 7:00pm - 11:59pm

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 Telescopes & Coffee Cups

Saturday, May 3rd, 9:00am - 11:00am
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Telescopes and Coffee Cups events are generally intended for club members and their invited guests.

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 Moon Over Wheeling (Indian Trails)

Monday, May 5th, 7:00pm - 9:00pm
355 S. Schoenbeck Rd. Wheeling, IL 60090 - Map It!

Rain Date - May 6th

Moon Over Wheeling (Indian Trails) is a free, all-ages event presented by the Lake County Astronomical Society in cooperation with local libraries. LCAS volunteers will bring sophisticated telescopes to allow the public to view the Moon and other objects in the sky. Visitors are welcome to view at any time during the scheduled hours, and stay as long as they want. No registration is required. Groups are welcome. Event is 'Weather Permitting'.

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 Moon Over Mundelein (Fremont)

Wednesday, May 7th, 7:00pm - 9:00pm
1170 North Midlothian Road, Mundelein, IL 60060 - Map It!

Rain Date - May 8th

Moon Over Mundelein (Fremont) is a free, all-ages event presented by the Lake County Astronomical Society in cooperation with local libraries. LCAS volunteers will bring sophisticated telescopes to allow the public to view the Moon and other objects in the sky. Visitors are welcome to view at any time during the scheduled hours, and stay as long as they want. No registration is required. Groups are welcome. Event is 'Weather Permitting'.

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 Astronomy Day 2014

Saturday, May 10th, 12:00am - Saturday, May 10th
19351 W Washington St Grayslake‎ IL‎ 60030 - Map It!

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 May Regular Meeting

Friday, May 16th, 7:30pm - 11:30pm
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Speaker: Dr. Richard Kron / Professor / University of Chicago

Program Title: "How Galaxies Evolve with Cosmic Time"

Program Description:
Galaxies are systems of stars, along with gas and dust between the stars that can condense to form new generations of stars. A galaxy such as the Milky Way is a dynamic place: as time progresses, the galaxy changes for a number of interesting reasons. This kind of study is an excellent example of where observational astronomers and theoretical astronomers can compare their results to advance the field. By studying galaxies that are billions of light-years away, we are seeing them when they were much younger. In effect we are using large telescopes as time machines. The extreme version of this idea is to be able to probe distances that are so large that we witness the origin of galaxies, less than a billion years after the Big Bang. This goal is now just within our reach. The next generation of telescopes such as the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) and the Giant Magellan Telescope (GMT) will solve the problems we are working on now, but they will inevitably raise new ones in the decade of 2020. When launched, JWST will be a large space telescope with extraordinary ability to sense faint infrared light. Star-forming regions in galaxies, especially galaxies in the distant universe, are best probed at these wavelengths. GMT is an even larger ground-based telescope that has the capability of seeing exquisite detail, even for the most distant galaxies, which will give us complementary information about the first galaxy-building events.


Normal Meeting Schedule
7:30-8:30 Business Meeting
8:30-9:45 Free Program
9:45-10:30 Outside Observing (weather permitting)
Meeting agenda subject to change to accomodate special events.


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 Club Observing Night

Saturday, May 31st, 7:00pm - 11:59pm

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 Moon Over Wauconda

Monday, Jun 2nd, 7:30pm - 9:00pm
801 North Main Street, Wauconda, IL - Map It!

Rain Date - June 3rd

Moon Over Wauconda is a free, all-ages event presented by the Lake County Astronomical Society in cooperation with local libraries. LCAS volunteers will bring sophisticated telescopes to allow the public to view the Moon and other objects in the sky. Visitors are welcome to view at any time during the scheduled hours, and stay as long as they want. No registration is required. Groups are welcome. Event is 'Weather Permitting'.

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 Moon Over Barrington

Wednesday, Jun 4th, 7:30pm - 9:00pm
505 N Northwest Hwy, Barrington, IL 60010 - Map It!

Rain Date - June 5th

Moon Over Barrington is a free, all-ages event presented by the Lake County Astronomical Society in cooperation with local libraries. LCAS volunteers will bring sophisticated telescopes to allow the public to view the Moon and other objects in the sky. Visitors are welcome to view at any time during the scheduled hours, and stay as long as they want. No registration is required. Groups are welcome. Event is 'Weather Permitting'.

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 Telescopes & Coffee Cups

Saturday, Jun 7th, 9:00am - 11:00am
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 Moon Over Round Lake

Monday, Jun 9th, 7:30pm - 9:00pm
906 Hart Rd. Round Lake, IL 60073 - Map It!

Rain Date - June 10th

Moon Over Round Lake is a free, all-ages event presented by the Lake County Astronomical Society in cooperation with local libraries. LCAS volunteers will bring sophisticated telescopes to allow the public to view the Moon and other objects in the sky. Visitors are welcome to view at any time during the scheduled hours, and stay as long as they want. No registration is required. Groups are welcome. Event is 'Weather Permitting'.

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 June Regular Meeting

Friday, Jun 20th, 7:30pm - 11:30pm
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Program: "The New Space Frontier"
Jim Plaxco - President of the Chicago Society for Space Studies

"Learn about the history of private space development and who the major players are in today's commercial space and suborbital marketplace. Learn about the positive and negative aspects of government's role in the commercial space economy and what it means for the future."


Normal Meeting Schedule
7:30-8:30 Business Meeting
8:30-9:45 Free Program
9:45-10:30 Outside Observing (weather permitting)
Meeting agenda subject to change to accomodate special events.


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 Club Observing Night

Saturday, Jun 28th, 8:00pm - 11:59pm

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 July Regular Meeting

Friday, Jul 18th, 7:30pm - 11:30pm
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Normal Meeting Schedule
7:30-8:30 Business Meeting
8:30-9:45 Free Program
9:45-10:30 Outside Observing (weather permitting)
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 Club Observing Night

Saturday, Jul 26th, 8:00pm - 11:59pm

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 Annual Picnic

Saturday, Aug 16th, 11:00am - 2:00pm
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 Club Observing Night

Saturday, Aug 23rd, 8:00pm - 11:59pm

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 September Regular Meeting

Friday, Sep 19th, 7:30pm - 11:30pm
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Normal Meeting Schedule
7:30-8:30 Business Meeting
8:30-9:45 Free Program
9:45-10:30 Outside Observing (weather permitting)
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 Club Observing Night

Saturday, Sep 27th, 7:00pm - 11:59pm

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 October Regular Meeting

Friday, Oct 17th, 7:30pm - 11:30pm
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Normal Meeting Schedule
7:30-8:30 Business Meeting
8:30-9:45 Free Program
9:45-10:30 Outside Observing (weather permitting)
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 November Regular Meeting

Friday, Nov 21st, 7:30pm - 11:30pm
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Normal Meeting Schedule
7:30-8:30 Business Meeting
8:30-9:45 Free Program
9:45-10:30 Outside Observing (weather permitting)
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 Club Observing Night

Saturday, Nov 22nd, 6:00pm - 11:59pm

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 Club Observing Night

Monday, Dec 1st, 7:00pm - 11:59pm

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 Club Holiday Party

Friday, Dec 19th, 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Dockers Restaurant, 33 W Grand Ave. Fox Lake, IL - Map It!

The Club Holiday Party is for current LCAS members and their guests only.


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 Club Observing Night

Saturday, Dec 20th, 6:00pm - 11:59pm

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Astro Programs
Monthly meeting at Volo Bog Visitor's Center

Volo Bog
Volo Bog Visitor's Center

Dobbie in Use
Dobbie, the "kid powered" telescope in action at a local outreach event.