Public star parties, entire days dedicated to celebrating amateur astronomy, and a Dragon arrives at the Space Station are just some of the exciting things happening this week in space. Most of this week's happenings take place well outside the city, but that is where the best observing opportunities are, and it's definitely worth the drive.
Here's what's happening in space this week.
Dragon Capture, NASA TV, Monday, May 6th, 6 a.m.
Early Monday morning the Dragon cargo spacecraft arrives at the International Space Station where astronaut crews will work to capture and dock the vehicle to the Station. You can watch coverage beginning at 4:30 a.m. on NASA TV.
Naperville Astronomical Association Astronomy Meeting, Naperville, Tuesday, May 7th, 7:30-9:30 p.m.
The public is invited to attend the NAA's monthly club meetings, this month features the lecture, Solitude in the Cosmos: Looking for Friends in the Great Cosmic Dark from Prof. Shane Larson of Northwestern University. More information here: NAA
Public Stargazing Event with NAA, Naperville Riverwalk, Thursday, May 9th, Dusk-10:30 p.m.
Join the Naperville Astronomical Association for a night of public stargazing in downtown Naperville by the Riverwalk. Club members will have telescopes trained on nearby celestial sights and are great at answering questions about the night sky as well as getting started with a telescope of your own. More info here: NAA
Astronomy Day with the Lake County Astronomical Society, Ela Public Library, Saturday, May 11th, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Join the Lake County Astronomical Society for the day and celebrate amateur astronomy! Telescopes will be on display for instruction, observe the sun with club astronomers, and check out a variety of astronomy exhibits. More information here: Astronomy Day
Cernan Monthly Skywatch, Cernan Earth and Space Center, River Grove, IL, Saturday, May 11th, 7 p.m.
Join astronomers from the Cernan Center for a presentation about the latest discoveries and developments in space science and astronomy. This is a ticketed event: Cernan Center
Cernan Public Star Party, Cernan Earth and Space Center, River Grove, IL, Saturday, May 11th, 8:30 p.m.
Join the Chicago Astronomical Society and the Cernan Center staff astronomers for a night observing session. This event is free and weather permitting. Party details here: Cernan Center