Summer Under the Stars

Summer Under the Stars

Out of this world learning for the whole family!

Northern Illinois University's Summer Under the Stars is a series of free community programs presented by NIU STEM Outreach and the Davis Hall Observatory throughout the summer. Our programs help amateur star gazers and armchair astronomers learn more about all things space. All programs are family friendly and open to the public.

Summer 2013 Events

Bob KaplowSuper Moon with Bob Kaplow!
Sunday, June 23, at 8 PM
NIU's LaTourette Hall Room 200 

NASA Ambassador Bob Kaplow will discuss the history of space flight and lunar exploration. After the talk, all are welcome to visit the observatory to view the super moon, a full moon that will appear larger than usual in the night sky because it is the closest full moon of the year.


Calling All Comets
Friday, July 19, at 7 PM
NIU's LaTourette Hall Room 200

This year, two bright comets will pass by the Earth: Pan_Starrs and ISON. Prepare for these spectacular celestial events by joining astronomy experts for a fiery discussion on the history of comets and their properties.  After the presentation, all are welcome to visit the Davis Hall Observatory for a closer look at the wonders of the night sky.


Star Gazing
Sunday, August 11, 7:30 PM
Acquaviva Winery, 47W614 Rt. 38, Maple Park

From small shooting stars to giant Russian meteors, space has been giving us a lot of good reasons to keep our eyes on the sky. Join astronomy experts to discuss star gazing and telescopes and then adjourn to the Acquaviva patio to watch the annual Perseid meteor shower. These fast, bright meteors radiate from the Perseus constellation and appear throughout the sky.


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