Astronomy Education

Astronomy Classes

"Learning the night sky" presentations

David Fuller offers astronomy presentations to libraries and other organizations that offer informal education opportunities. These are programs that teach attendees the basics to get started with night sky understanding:

  • Brief history of important astronomy figures 
  • Magnitudes and Measurements
  • Fun and memorable constellation mythology videos
  • An overview of that season's night sky, and easily found objects within it
  • Information on light pollution

The presentations are suitable for ages 14 and up, and will enable attendees to search for and find the brightest stars and constellations for themselves, easily.  No telescope or previous night sky knowledge is required. These are fun, informative and engaging. Check out what one of the adult services librarians had to say recently:

"Thank you for a terrific program! We learned a lot and I...became aware of the topic of light pollution which was very interesting to me.  The patrons all loved your presentation and you got all 5’s (out of 5) on the evaluation. Most wanted you to come back soon. I agree that you should come back... Thanks too for the information on the telescope."

Other presentations include discussing light pollution (LP-AA) from the standpoint of amateur astronomers, and light pollution for the general public (LP-GP). 

Presentation schedule for 2015

 

Where

City

When

Plum Creek Nature Center
Beecher, IL Jan 28 @7:30 pm
Plum Creek Nature Center
Beecher, IL Feb 28 @7:30 pm
Forked Creek - Butcher Lane Access
Wilmington, IL March 25 @7:30 pm
Eisenhower Public Library
Harwood Heights, IL April 9 @7:00 pm
LaGrange Public Library
LaGrange, IL April 27 @7:00 pm
Woodridge Public Library
Woodridge, IL April 28 @7:30 pm
South Chicagoland Amateur Astronomers
Wilmington, IL August 14 @8:30 pm
Thomas Ford Memorial Library
Western Springs, IL September 16 @7:00 pm
South Chicagoland Amateur Astronomers
Wilmington, IL September 18 @7:30 pm
Eisenhower Public Library
Harwood Heights, IL September 24 @7:00 pm
Peotone High School - Lunar Eclipse
Peotone, IL September 27 @7:00 pm
Plum Creek Nature Center
Beecher, IL October 21 @7:00 pm
Shorewood Troy Public Library
Shorewood, IL November 10 @6:30 pm
Forked Creek - Butcher Lane
Wilmington, IL November 18 @7:00 pm
Plum Creek Nature Center
Beecher, IL December 16 @7:00 pm



Past presentation schedule for 2014

 

Where

City

When

Shorewood Troy Public Library
Shorewoord, IL February 25 RESCHEDULED (see below)
Plum Creek Nature Center  Beecher IL April 8 @ 7:30 pm
Lisle Library District Lisle, IL April 15 @ 7:00 pm
Justice Library Justice, IL May 8 @ 6:30 pm
Michiana Star Party (LP-AA) Vandalia, MI May 31 @ 2:00 pm
Shorewood-Troy Public Library Shorewood, IL June 19 @ 7:00 pm
Fountaindale Library  Bolingbrook, IL July 22 @ 7:00 pm
South Holland Public Library  South Holland, IL July 24 @ 7:00 pm
Prairie Skies Star Party (LP-AA)  Kankakee, IL Sept 20 @ 2:00 pm
Lagrange Public Library LaGrange IL Sept 29 @ 7:00 pm
Plum Creek Nature Center
Beecher IL Sept 30  @ 7:30 pm
Justice Public Library
Justice IL Oct 2 @ 6:30 pm
Wilbur Wright College (LP-GP)
Chicago IL Oct 6 @ 2:30 pm
Forked Creek Forest Preserve 
Wilmington IL Oct 21 @ 7:30 pm 
White Oak Library District  Romeoville, IL Nov 6 @ 6:30 pm
 Forked Creek Forest Preserve Wilmington IL Dec 3 @ 7:30 pm

Past presentation schedule for 2013

 

Where

City

When

 New Lenox Public Library
New Lenox, IL  February 28 @ 6:30 pm
 Bourbonnais Public Library Bourbonnais, IL June 4 @ 7:00 pm
 Acorn Public Library
Oak Forest, IL  June 13 @ 7:00 pm
 Lemont Public Library
Lemont, IL  July 31 @ 7:00 pm
 Shorewood-Troy Library
Shorewood, IL  August 21 @ 7:00 pm
 New Lenox Public Library
New Lenox, IL  Late summer (Date/time TBD)
 Stickney-Forest View Public Library Stickney, IL  September  25 @ 6:30 pm

Past presentations in 2012

 

Where

City

When

 Steger/South Chicago Heights Library South Chicago Heights, IL  July 19, 2012 @ 6:30 pm
 Kankakee Public Library  Kankakee, IL  February 28, 2012
 Willowhaven Interpretive Center  Bourbonnais Park District, Kankakee IL  March 27, 2012
 Prairie Skies Star Party *  Camp Shaw-Waw-Nah-See, Kankakee IL  Sept 15, 2012
 Manhattan-Elwood Public Library *  Manhattan, IL  October 11, 2012
 Steger/South Chicago Heights Library *  South Chicago Heights, IL  October 25, 2012
 Acorn Public Library *  OakForest, IL  November 29, 2012

Past presentations, 2011

Peotone Public Library, October 20, 2011 (free to the public, registration required)

Astrofest Outreach Star Party, Starved Rock State Park, August 29, 2011 (free to the public)





AT RIGHT: Dave Fuller presents "Eyes on learning the sky" presentation to 100+ people at the Kankakee Public Library, Feb 28, 2012




David Fuller is a professional speaker available to talk to most any group or organization about how to learn the night sky. Please contact him for availability and fees by email - use the prefix "dave" then address it to @eyesonthesky.com (helps avoid spammers that way).