Archive for 'Event Summaries'

Salem Science Night

About 500 students and parents came to Salem’s Science night at the Nathaniel Bowditch School in Salem. NSAAC’s participation was organized by Dick Luecke, with Brewster providing the spectrometer hands on materials, and John Gall setting up outside the door with a scope pointed at the moon (it was still daylight).    

Bancroft Elementary Star Party

After an unsuccessful attempt in the fall, about 50 4th grade students along with their parent and Bancroft Elementary school staff, were treated to a night of clear skies. After a short presentation by Brewster LaMacchia on craters, and what we can learn from them and the moons of Jupiter, students headed outside to observe […]

Essex Heritage Trails and Sails Event hosted by NSAAC

Telescope Viewing  27th Setup at 7PM, Observing when dark/ 7:30 – 9PM Event is on as scheduled. Click for more details and event status ; please check this before coming to the site as it needs to be cloud free, something that only happens in New England about once in three days.    

Little Neck Ipswich Star Party report

A star party was held near the beach in Little Neck on Monday July 15th, 2013.  About 80+ parents and children of all ages attended (from ages 3 to probably 80).  Despite clouds taking out parts of the sky at various times, we had a great star party. Ted Blank, John Hobbs, John Gall, and […]

Danvers Stary Party at Holten Richmond Middle School

Apr 30, 2013. The star party was attended by about 60 Danvers 6th graders and family.  After a presentation,  views of Saturn and Jupiter were available with scopes from John Gall, Bryan Stone, Leor Zolman, Kevin Ackert, and Ted Blank. Unfortunately lights from the baseball field at the school prevented views of deep sky objects.  […]

Goldthwait Reservation Marblehead Star Party

The reservation recently held a small star party (their first) to increase awareness of the reservation.  NSAAC was represented by Dr. Eric Reines. Approximately ten people attended, including young children and older adults. Jim Keating (former Marblehead science teacher) delighted us with his introductions to the rising pink moon and the surprise (that he prepared […]

Haverhill Star Party report: April 9 2013

A group of about 30 Pentucket Elementary 1st to 4th grade students, parents, and staff attended a star party. Following Brewster LaMacchia’s presentation, the group headed outside to observe (and encountered a wait while the lights were being shut off as well as several cars with bright headlights to leave. Unfortunately the clouds had other […]

Methuen scouts visit observatory at Merrimack

Fred Sammartino hosted a very nice and smart group of scouts from Methuen Monday (Apr 8th, 2013) night  at the Merrimack College observatory – a total of 24 including scouts, siblings and guardians. We qualified them for an astronomy belt loop. We were able to dodge the clouds enough for a beautiful view of Io […]

Marblehead Charter star party

A star party for 6th, 7th, and 8th graders, organized by school science teacher John Hodsdon took place on Thursday night, April 4th, 2013. About 60 students and parents attended a presentation by Brewster LaMacchia that engaged the audience in a discussion about craters and what it might tell us about Jupiter’s moons Io and […]

Scout troop doesn’t get fooled on April 1st

NSAAC member Fred Sammartino hosted a group of cub scouts from  Merrimac, MA at Merrimack College (no connection), 22 in all including scouts and guardians. We qualified them for the Astronomy belt loop. We were treated to a very nice view of Callisto directly over Jupiter’s North pole, plus a bright Iridium flare to finish […]

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