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Great Lakes Star Gaze
September 6 - 9, 2018 near Gladwin, Michigan

This annual event will again be held at River Valley Campground and RV Park near Gladwin, Michigan. The gathering is growing each year. This is a serious observing event for amateur astronomers throughout Michigan and neighboring states. The skies are very dark with nice horizons. There will be programs during the afternoons, with observing in the evenings. For more detailed information, see their website at:

Astronomy at the Beach

Friday and Saturday, September 14-15, 2018 6:00PM - Midnight
Rain or shine!
The 22nd annual “Astronomy at the Beach” will be held at Island Lake Recreation Area, located near Brighton, Michigan on Friday and Saturday, September 14 & 15. This two day yearly event is the largest gathering of amateur astronomers and their telescopes, for the public in the midwest. Times for both Friday and Saturday are 6:00 PM to Midnight - rain or shine. The agenda includes presentations, basic equipment talk, comet talk/making demonstration, evening viewing through all the telescopes, plus much more. This is a great event, which draws thousands of visitors each year. The event is sponsored by GLAAC – Great Lakes Association of Astronomy Clubs. Seven Ponds Astronomy Club is one of those sponsoring clubs. The event is free, but the park requires a daily entry permit. Mark this on your calendar as a “must do” event.
NOTE: Island Lake Recreation Area is just south across I-96 from Kensington Metropark.
(For more info click here)

Annual Cookout and Presentation - "Deep Sky Wonders" by Tony Licata
October 13, 2018 6:00PM

We have a great meeting lined up tonight. Not only is it our annual cookout, but Tony Licata of the Ford club will give us a talk about Deep Sky Wonders. Tony is one of the foremost imagers in Michigan. He has created some spectacular images and will be sharing some of those with us. You won't want to miss this!
For our cookout, we will begin earlier than usual at 6:00PM. We will have a grill. Bring your items for the grill, a dish to pass, and your drinks.

Presentation - "What is Science" by Buddy Stark of Longway Planetarium
November 10, 2018 7:00PM

Tonight, Buddy Stark from Longway Planetarium will be speaking on "What is Science". We are pleased to have Buddy back again. He gave an inspiring talk on the life of Albert Einstein at our January meeting. Here is a short trailer about the talk:

The term science is used by a lot of different people to mean a lot of different things. Throughout history our approach to "science" has changed dramatically more than once. This talk looks not at biology, astronomy,chemistry, physics, or any other branch of "science", but rather at how we define what constitutes a certain area as a science. Looking at an area known as the nature of scientific thought, we will discuss how surprisingly elusive it can be to nail down a proper definition of science as we know it.

Brin along your warm clothes as we plan on observing afterwards if the weather cooperates.

If you have any questions relating to astronomy, please contact me at 248-969-2790, or via e-mail at
John Lines




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