Archive for 'Event Summaries'

Salem Science Night 2017

This town wide event drew good crowds again. Due to clouds/rain/thunderstorms we could not set up outside to observe the moon. Many attendees mentioned that they still remember that from last year. A fair number also talked about their great experience at the Salem State observatory. Kudos to Dennis for all of his work there. […]

Flint Memorial Library Star Party 10/25

In one of those “got lucky” moments the clouds moved out just as the event was getting started and stayed away while the 30 guests enjoyed views through telescopes provided by Michael Deneen, John Gall, Dick Luecke, and Brewster LaMacchia. The crowd was mostly parents and their children. We were also joined by one of […]

Battis event report Nov 1st

At our last public event of the year (other than we hope to get out to Boy Scout park post meeting this week) we had a great time observing.  John Hobbs, Dick Luecke, John Gall, John Brucker, and Michael Deneen (and the post author, Brewster LaMacchia) were there to share views. Due to an apparent […]

10/7/2016 Meeting & Observing

At our monthly meeting Dick Luecke gave an excellent presentation about the Acadia Star Party in Bar Harbor, which had over 50 scopes and 1900 visitors to the main observing event. Details are available from http://www.acadianightskyfestival.com/ Options for assisting with other National Parks were also presented, please contact Dick for details. Afterwards about 15 people […]

Breakhart Reservation Saugus Star Party Oct 4, 2016

Breakhart Reservation in Saugus held their first star party on what turned out to be a pretty clear Tuesday night despite the rather shifting forecasts of clear/clouds over the days leading up to it. A group of about 40 to 50 people came to look through telescopes set up by Michael Deneen and Brewster LaMacchia. […]

Star Party Report – Salisbury Reservation

On Tuesday night, June 14th we held a star party at the boat ramp area at Salisbury Reservation for Newburyport Charter’s 7th grade class. Earlier that day they had kayaked down the Merrimack and were camping over night at the park. About 30 students plus some teachers and chaperones were treated to views of the […]

Salem Science Night

For the past several years NSAAC has had a table at this event, which has about 40 science related exhibits and activities across a wide range of fields.  Several hundred students and parents attend this event. http://patch.com/massachusetts/salem/be-amazed-science-read-family-science-night-0 This year a first quarter moon and clear skies let us set up two telescopes outside. Unfortunately to […]

Dracut scouts earn their Astronomy Badge

Fred Sammartino hosted a group of scouts from Dracut on Tuesday night at Merrimack, and qualified them for their astronomy merit badge.  A presentation was followed by observing in the dome. Fred reported that the pictures, didn’t really capture the fun of the evening.  But it was a good group and we had fun. Among […]

Newbury Library Star Party

On Tuesday April 5th the Newbury Library in Byfield held their first star party. About 25 people came out to listen to a short presentation by Dick Luecke and then observe through telescopes provided by Dick, Brewster LaMacchia, and John Gall. It was finally a clear night, though temperatures were on the chilly side (high […]

Hamilton Wenham Library Star Party

Unfortunately the string of cloudy nights this spring continued through this event on March 31st, so it was limited to indoor activities. It started with a presentation by Brewster LaMacchia on distance and the size of the universe and was then followed by activities for the younger attendees at 4 different tables set up by […]

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