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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 […]

Molin Elementary School Star Party

This event was held at the Parker Wildlife Visitor Center on Plum Island in Newburyport.  About 70 fourth grade students and parents attended. Clouds held off until 8PM, and even then the dark skies to the east provided reasonable views for a while longer.  The Orion Nebula and Jupiter were the highlight of the evening; […]

Battis Farm Night 1 for Trails and Sails weekend 2015

Clear skies, a warm night, and a subdued mosquito population made for an excellent star party.  A rough head count put the number of attendees around the 100 mark. NSAAC members Bryan Stone, Kevin Hocker, David Aucoin, Jon Brucker, and Brewster LaMacchia were joined by (hopefully soon to be club members) Paul Ouellette, Tom Manion, […]

Hamilton Wenham Star Party, Aug 27 2015

After having been rained/clouded out for 5 different dates, we finally got our chance. The evening started with a presentation indoors by Brewster LaMacchia called “Planets, Moons, and Craters – a guide to looking for life in the Solar System“. Despite the clouds during setup, the sky cleared by 8:30 so the crowd of 50 […]

Little Neck Ipswich July 2015 Star Party

  About 100 residents of Little Neck joined NSAAC members for views of Venus, Jupiter, Saturn, and several deep space objects and a few satellite passes. It was a great night – pretty much cloud free and a drop in temperature kept a lot of bugs away. Thanks go out to Kevin Hocker, Michael Deneen, […]

Successful Sanborn Star Party

(setup) After multiple cancellations in the fall and again earlier in the week, Sanborn Elementary (Andover) had a star party on Thursday (28-may-15) night.  Earlier thunderstorms and the later start (due to darkness not coming until 9) may have combined to reduce the crowd from prior years to about 80 students and parents. The evening […]

Lawrence Charter Day School Star Party April 7

After 3 previously canceled attempts, Thursday night about 40 students and parents came to the Rolling Ridge Center in North Andover for a star party.  Club members Dick Lueke, Tom Vozzella, Bryan Stone, Kevin Ackert, and David Aucoin along with NSAAC coordinator Brewster LaMacchia provided telescope views of Venus, Jupiter, double stars, clusters, nebula, and […]

Salem Science Night April 9 2015

Several hundred parents and children attended Salem Science Night to see over 40 exhibits by Boston area organizations promoting science and technology learning.  The NSAAC table was next to a gentleman that brought 30 display cases of insects and rock specimens that were nothing short of amazing. In the hallway was a pet area that […]

Trails and Sails star party II September 26, 2014

Another clear Friday night with even better viewing conditions than the first star party the week before led to another great night. Despite a smaller number of sign-ups we had a crowd at least as big, if not bigger than the 60+ people that came the prior week. The age ranged of attendees stretched from […]

Holton Richmond Middle Star Party

Despite the threat of clouds the evening ended up with clear skys for the star party. After a presentation by Brewster LaMacchia on the moon, Jupiter, and Mars, the 100 attendees headed outside to see those objects through telescopes provided by Dave Aucoin, John Hobbs, Kevin Ackert, and Dick Luecke, and Bill Drown assisting. Several […]

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