The AAAA and the Story County Conservation Board host monthly educational programs for the public from January to November. Meetings are on the 3rd Saturday of each month, except December, at 7:30 PM. Visitors are encouraged to join us. A list of the programs for this year can be found below.

All programs will be held at the Story County Conservation Center at McFarland Park unless noted otherwise in the program for that month. Presentations are subject to change.  Afterwards, weather and and sunset permitting, we will move to the club's Observatory located just East of the Story County Conservation Center for astronomical observing. Telescopes and binoculars will be available for your viewing pleasure.

At each of our meetings we include a short description of a few of the astronomical sights that can be seen during the coming month.

       
Jan 19 Reasons for the Seasons Julie Swanson will be presenting on the reasons for the seasons. The presentation will present a discussion of why there are seasons, why the constellations change from season to season and phases of the moon. Why don't we see the Milky Way as brightly in winter as we do in the summer? Why don't we have an eclipse every month? Why is it that even though the earth's orbit brings us physically closer to the sun in winter, it isn't warmer, but instead it is freezing?  
Feb 16 Stars in Human Culture Varadaraja V. Raman who is an Emeritus Professor, Physics and Humanities, at the Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester, NY will be speaking to us.  He holds a Ph.D. intheoretical Physics from the University of Paris.  He has published widely on the historical and philosophical aspects of physics, as well as on Hindu culture.

Stars have been  studied with meticulous care and attention since time immemorial. Astronomers generally think of them in terms of their motions and composition, but  stars have also played subtle roles in many aspects of human culture. This lecture will discuss the variety of ways in which this has happened.

 
Mar16 Celebrating Creation Sam Wormley will be the presenter. "We have left the age of miracles behind, but not, we trust, our sense of wonder. We are pilgrim scientists, perched on the edge of eternity, curious and attentive. A scientific skeptic encounters the numinous in a seventh-century chapel in the west of Ireland"  
Apr 20 The Secrets of Starlight Ed Engle will be presenting What does 'Red Shift' mean?  What are all those lines in the spectrum and what do they tell us about what is in other stars?  Why are there colors? What do you mean light is a wave and a particle at the same time.  
May 18 Late Winter/Early spring nebulae & galaxies Jim Bonser will be presenting a tour of some of the lesser known but beautiful Late Winter/Early Spring nebulae and galaxies.  Orion's Sword? Chess piece in the sky? Island universes? If you can't stand the cold, get out of the observatory! But if you can, there are some fantastic objects to see in the cold, dark winter/spring skies!  
June 15 Robots in Space part III Our Exploration of Mars from Viking to Curiosity and Beyond Tomorrow".  This year's installment of the Robots in Space series is a journey of robotic exploration on our nearest planetary neighbor.  Join us as Evan Zerby lays out the history and future of our fascinating exploration of the red planet.


 
July 20 StarBque This month we will be having our annual Star-B-Q potluck/picnic.  Picnic will start about 5:30.  Hamburgers and hotdogs/brauts will be provided by the club – Please bring sides such as baked beans, chips etc.  Solar filtered telescopes will be available to view the sun, weather permitting.  After the feast, we will move into the conservation center  where we will enjoy presentations by members about various professional observatories and their important contributions to our understanding of the cosmos, beginning at our regular meeting time of 7:30.
 
Aug 17 Robots in Space part III (Rescheduled from July) Our Exploration of Mars from Viking to Curiosity and Beyond Tomorrow".  this year's installment of the Robots in Space series is a journey of robotic exploration on our nearest planetary meighbor.  Join us as Evan Zerby lays out the history and future of our fascinating exploration of the red planet.  
Sept 21 Rocks that Fall From the Sky Chicken Little may have been wrong about the sky falling, but sometimes rocks DO fall from the sky! Our own Paul Martsching will give us a closer look at these interesting extraterrestrial rocks.  
Oct  19 Story County Conservation Halloween Hike No regular meeting this month, instead wei will open the observatory for Halloween walkers to stop and have a look through a telescope.  Halloween costumes for members manning scopes and giving observatory tours are optional.  
Nov 16 NASA Lunabotics Program The Lunabotics Mining Competition is a university-level competition designed to engage and retain students in science, technolog, engineering and mathematics (STEM).  The overall winners of this year's competition are bringing their robot and will explain how they built it and demonstrate it in action.  
Dec 21 Christmas Party This is a party time for members.  
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