DFAC EVENTS

These are our currently scheduled club events. Older events remain listed just to show the types of things we’ve been up to. For potential DFAC members, browsing this list of events is a great way to find out if DFAC is the right club for you. You’ll always find this list retroactive by at least one year. Observing events tend to follow a schedule dictated by our (normally) July through September cloudy monsoon season. We have good years and bad years for weather cancellations.

We don’t do much during the Summer monsoon season. We’ve had Summer Socials at members’ homes many times, enjoyed astronomy related movies as a group with casual dining after, and attended scientific conferences and special lectures at other venues. Our Summer season is as variable as the monsoon.

For weather-dependent events, NWS forecast updates and event status will be posted daily starting 5 days prior to the event.

Our most recent events are at the top.

Last updated: November 30, 2017

DATETIMEEVENTVENUE
Jan 206:00 pm - ?Speckle interferometry demo by Richard Harshaw
RSVP to by Jan 12
Brilliant Sky Observatory
Cave Creek, AZ
Map & phone here
Jan 187:00 - 9:00 pmDFAC Lecture Series: CCD Photometry
Presented by: Tom Polakis
Open to the public at no charge
Doors open at 6:30 pm, arrive early for good seats
No RSVP required, but seats saved for DFAC members who
to Dan Heim by Jan 17
Anthem Civic Building
Anthem, AZ
Map here
Jan 106:30 pmAstronomer Brother Guy Consolmagno
Director of the Vatican Observatory
Popular level topic TBA
No admission fee
No RSVP required
St. Thomas More Parish
6180 W. Utopia Rd.
Glendale, AZ
Map here
2018
Dec 30
Dec 17
Dec 9
3 pm
12 pm (noon)
1 pm
Special presentation at Walker Star Barn:
Laserium show featuring music by Mannheim Steamroller
with time, date, and number
Walker Ranch
Cave Creek, AZ
Map & Phone here
Dec 30
Dec 23
Dec 9
Dec 3
Dec 2
1 pm
1 & 3 pm
3 pm
12 pm (noon)
1 & 3 pm
Now showing at Walker Star Barn:
The Heavens Declare the Birth of a King - The Star of Bethlehem
Back by popular demand
with time, date, and number
Walker Ranch
Cave Creek, AZ
Map & Phone here
Nov 115 pm - ?Open observing at Heimhenge
Featuring comet ASASSN1
Setup 5:00-5:30 pm (sunset 5:30 pm)
Restroom available
BYO everything else
to Dan Heim by Nov 10
NWS FORECAST: Partly cloudy, 5-10 mph W wind, low 62°
EVENT STATUS: All systems go!
Heimhenge
New River, AZ
Map & Phone here
Nov 111 pm (Bell)
3 pm (Cosmos)
Double feature at Walker Star Barn:
Bell Science Series: The Strange Case of the Cosmic Rays
Cosmos part 2/13: One Voice in the Cosmic Fugue
Walker Ranch
Cave Creek, AZ
Map & Phone here
Nov 25
Nov 12
Nov 5
Nov 4
1 pm
12 pm (noon)
12 pm (noon)
1 & 3 pm
Now showing at Walker Star Barn:
Introduction to the Planetarium & the Night Sky This Month
with time, date, and number
Walker Ranch
Cave Creek, AZ
Map & Phone here
Oct 29
Oct 28
12 pm (noon)
1 & 3 pm
Now showing at Walker Star Barn:
Around The World In Eighty Seconds
(see the sky from a simulated polar orbit)
with time, date, and number
Walker Ranch
Cave Creek, AZ
Map & Phone here
Oct 247:00 - 9:00 pmDFAC Lecture Series: Big Bang Cosmology, Quantum Cosmology,
and the Philosophical Concept of Creation
Presented by: Jim Renn
Slideshow created by: Fr. Bill Stoeger of the Vatican Observatory
Open to the public at no charge
Doors open at 6:30 pm, arrive early for good seats
No RSVP required, but seats saved for DFAC members who
to Dan Heim by Oct 23
Anthem Civic Building
Anthem, AZ
Map here
Oct 213 pmSpecial presentation at Walker Star Barn:
Part 1/13 of the classic 1980 Cosmos series
The Shores Of The Cosmic Ocean
with time, date, and number
Walker Ranch
Cave Creek, AZ
Map & Phone here
Oct 211 pmSpecial presentation at Walker Star Barn:
From the Bell Labs Science Series (1958)
The Unchained Goddess (weather)
with time, date, and number
Walker Ranch
Cave Creek, AZ
Map & Phone here
Oct 15
Oct 14
12 pm (noon)
1 & 3 pm
Now showing at Walker Star Barn:
Introduction to the Planetarium & the Night Sky This Month
with time, date, and number
Walker Ranch
Cave Creek, AZ
Map & Phone here
Oct 71 & 3 pmSpecial Presentation at Walker Star Barn:
Laser light show featuring Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon
with time, date, and number
Walker Ranch
Cave Creek, AZ
Map & Phone here
Sep 233 pm - ?Equinox Social at Heimhenge
Food & drink provided
Eclipse photo sharing on the big screen
See Heimhenge align at 18:23 MST sunset
to Dan Heim by Sep 15
Heimhenge
New River, AZ
Map & Phone here
Sep 231 pmNow showing at Walker Star Barn:
Introduction to the Planetarium & the Night Sky This Month
with time, date, and number
Walker Ranch
Cave Creek, AZ
Map & Phone here
Sep 17
Sep 16
12 pm (noon)
11 am & 1 pm
Now showing at Walker Star Barn:
Constellations of Summer and Fall
with time, date, and number
Walker Ranch
Cave Creek, AZ
Map & Phone here
Sep 4
Sep 3
Sep 2
11 am & 1 pm
12 pm (noon)
11 am & 1 pm
Now showing at Walker Star Barn:
Introduction to the Planetarium & the Night Sky This Month
with time, date, and number
Walker Ranch
Cave Creek, AZ
Map & Phone here
Aug 123 pm - ?Special Presentation at Walker Star Barn:
Finding Your Way Around the Sky
A tutorial for beginners
Bring your star charts, planispheres, red flashlights, & laser pointers
with number
Walker Ranch
Cave Creek, AZ
Map & Phone here
Aug 13
Aug 12
1 pm
11 am & 1 pm
Special presentation at Walker Star Barn:
Eclipses & How to View Them Safely
with time, date, and number
Walker Ranch
Cave Creek, AZ
Map & Phone here
Aug 128 pm - ?Perseid Watch at Heimhenge
Sunset 7:15
BYO everything (including a comfy recliner)
to Dan Heim by Aug 11
NWS 2-DAY FORECAST: mostly cloudy, 30% chance of rain, NE wind 5-15 mph, low 79°
EVENT STATUS: CANCELED
Heimhenge
New River, AZ
Map & Phone here
Aug 6
Aug 5
1 pm
11 am & 1 pm
Now showing at Walker Star Barn:
Introduction to the Planetarium & the Night Sky This Month
with time, date, and number
Walker Ranch
Cave Creek, AZ
Map & Phone here
Jul 23
Jul 22
1 pm
1 & 3 pm
Special Presentation at Walker Star Barn:
Laser light show featuring Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon
with time, date, and number
Walker Ranch
Cave Creek, AZ
Map & Phone here
Jul 16
Jul 15
1 pm
1 pm
Now showing at Walker Star Barn:
Galaxies, Nebulae, and Star Clusters ... Oh My!
with time, date, and number
Walker Ranch
Cave Creek, AZ
Map & Phone here
Jul 153 pmSpecial presentation at Walker Star Barn:
1st film (of 8) in the Bell Labs Science Series
Our Mr. Sun (1956)
with time, date, and number
Walker Ranch
Cave Creek, AZ
Map & Phone here
Jul 20
Jul 9
Jul 8
July 4
1 pm
1 pm
1 & 3 pm
1 & 3 pm
Now showing at Walker Star Barn:
Introduction to the Planetarium & the Night Sky This Month
with time, date, and number
Walker Ranch
Cave Creek, AZ
Map & Phone here
Jun 25
Jun 24
1 pm
1 & 3 pm
Special Presentation at Walker Star Barn:
Laser light show featuring Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon
with time, date, and number
Walker Ranch
Cave Creek, AZ
Map & Phone here
Jun 17Noon - ?Beer & Brats Social
TBD movie feature
Hosted by the Walkers
BYO self (food & drink provided)
with number attending by noon Jun 15
Walker Ranch
Cave Creek, AZ
Map & Phone here
Jun 11
Jun 10
1 pm
1 & 3 pm
Now showing at Walker Star Barn:
The Story of Bob (Bob is the planetarium projector)
with time, date, and number
Walker Ranch
Cave Creek, AZ
Map & Phone here
Jun 15
Jun 4
Jun 3
1 & 3 pm
1 pm
3 pm
Now showing at Walker Star Barn:
Introduction to the Planetarium & the Night Sky This Month
with time, date, and number
Walker Ranch
Cave Creek, AZ
Map & Phone here
May 291 & 3 pmNow showing at Walker Star Barn:
Introduction to the Planetarium & the Night Sky this Month
with time, date, and number
Walker Ranch
Cave Creek, AZ
Map & Phone here
May 281 pmSpecial Presentation at Walker Star Barn:
Laser light show featuring Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon
with time, date, and number
Walker Ranch
Cave Creek, AZ
Map & Phone here
May 271 & 3 pmSpecial Presentation at Walker Star Barn:
Music Under the Stars, featuring Dvorak's Symphony #9 (New World)
This is an experimental production. Attend, relax, listen.
with time, date, and number
Walker Ranch
Cave Creek, AZ
Map & Phone here
May 201 & 3 pmNow showing at Walker Star Barn:
The Constellations of Spring and the Stories Behind Them
with time, date, and number
Walker Ranch
Cave Creek, AZ
Map & Phone here
May 207:00 pm - ?Open observing at Heimhenge
Setup 7:00-7:30 pm (sunset 7:30 pm)
Restroom available
BYO everything else
to Dan Heim by May 19
NWS 2-DAY FORECAST: mostly clear, overnight low 66°, 10 mph west wind will be blocked by house, conditions stable
EVENT STATUS: All systems go!
Heimhenge
New River, AZ
Map & Phone here
May 131 & 3 pmNow showing at Walker Star Barn:
Introduction to the Planetarium & the Night Sky this Month
with time, date, and number
Walker Ranch
Cave Creek, AZ
Map & Phone here
May 117:00 - 9:00 pmDFAC Lecture Series: Two Deserts, One Sky: Arab Observational Astronomy and Star Lore
Presented by: Danielle Adams from UofA. You can read her bio here
Open to the public at no charge
Doors open at 6:30 pm, arrive early for good seats
No RSVP required, but seats saved for DFAC members who
to Dan Heim by May 10
Anthem Civic Building
Anthem, AZ
Map here
May 97:00 - 7:30 pmSpecial Presentation:
The Basics of Light Pollution
by Dan Heim
Note: This is also the NRDHCA Ice Cream Social
Daisy Mountain Fire Station #141
43814 N. New River Road
New River, AZ 85087
Apr 296:30 pm - ?Open observing at Heimhenge
Setup 6:30-7:00 pm (sunset 7:00 pm)
Restroom available
BYO everything else
to Dan Heim by Apr 28
NWS FORECAST: clear (?), overnight low 54°, 10-20 mph N wind
EVENT STATUS: CANCELED wind an issue again and still 50% overcast at 3 pm
Heimhenge
New River, AZ
Map & Phone here
Apr 81 & 3 pmSpecial Presentation at Walker Star Barn:
Laser light show featuring Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon
with time, date, and number
Walker Ranch
Cave Creek, AZ
Map & Phone here
Apr 23
Apr 22
Apr 2
Apr 1
1 pm
1 & 3 pm
1 pm
1 & 3 pm
Now showing at Walker Star Barn:
Introduction to the Planetarium & the Night Sky this Month
with time, date, and number
Walker Ranch
Cave Creek, AZ
Map & Phone here
Mar 26
Mar 25
1 pm
1 & 3 pm
Now showing at Walker Star Barn:
Vernal Equinox - Seasons and the Calendar
with time, date, and number
Walker Ranch
Cave Creek, AZ
Map & Phone here
Mar 256:00 pm - ?Open observing at Heimhenge
Setup 6:00-6:30 pm (sunset 6:45 pm)
Restroom available
BYO everything else
to Dan Heim by Mar 24
NWS FORECAST: variable clouds, 5-10 mph W winds becoming NE, overnight low=50°
EVENT STATUS: CANCELED
Heimhenge
New River, AZ
Map & Phone here
Mar 19
Mar 14
Mar 11
1 pm
7 pm
1,3,5 pm
Now showing at Walker Star Barn:
Introduction to the Planetarium & the Night Sky this Month
with time, date, and number
Walker Ranch
Cave Creek, AZ
Map & Phone here
Feb 26
Feb 25
1 pm
1 & 3 pm
Now showing at Walker Star Barn:
Images of the Infinite - HST: Its Legacy of Images and Discoveries
with time, date, and number
Walker Ranch
Cave Creek, AZ
Map & Phone here
Feb 217:00 - 9:00 pmDFAC Lecture Series: LIGO's Detection of Gravitational Waves — film premiere presentation by Michele Zanolin and Kai Staats (bios here)
Watch the trailer for a sneak preview here
Read the official press release here
Open to the public at no charge
Doors open at 6:30 pm, arrive early for good seats
No RSVP required, but saved seats for DFAC members who
to Dan Heim by Feb 20
Anthem Civic Building
Anthem, AZ
Map here
Feb 19
Feb 18
1 pm
1 & 3 pm
Now showing at Walker Star Barn:
Jewels of the Winter Sky - A Look at Some Winter Constellations
with time, date, and number
Walker Ranch
Cave Creek, AZ
Map & Phone here
Feb 111 & 3 pmNow showing at Walker Star Barn:
Introduction to the Planetarium & the Night Sky this Month
with time, date, and number
Walker Ranch
Cave Creek, AZ
Map & Phone here
Jan 222 pmBr. Guy Consolmagno SJ
Director of the Vatican Observatory
Presents: Faith and Science
See the poster here
St. Francis Xavier Parish
4715 N. Central Ave.
Phoenix, AZ
Parish Hall D
Map here
Jan 221 pmNow showing at Walker Star Barn:
Introduction to the Planetarium & the Night Sky this Month
with time, date, and number
Walker Ranch
Cave Creek, AZ
Map & Phone here
Jan 211 pmNow showing at Walker Star Barn:
The Heavens Declare the Wonders of Creation
With special guest lecturer Jim Renn, past VP of DFAC and colleague of Fr. Bill Stoeger SJ
with time, date, and number
Walker Ranch
Cave Creek, AZ
Map & Phone here
Jan 15
Jan 14
1 pm
3 & 5 pm
Now showing at Walker Star Barn:
The Heavens Declare the Birth of a King - The Star of Bethlehem
Back by popular demand.
with time, date, and number
Walker Ranch
Cave Creek, AZ
Map & Phone here
Jan 14
Jan 7
1 pm
1 pm
Special presentation at Walker Star Barn:
Laserium show featuring music by Mannheim Steamroller
with time, date, and number
Walker Ranch
Cave Creek, AZ
Map & Phone here
Jan 8
Jan 7
1 pm
3 & 5 pm
Now showing at Walker Star Barn:
The Heavens Declare the Birth of a King - The Star of Bethlehem
Back by popular demand
with time, date, and number
Walker Ranch
Cave Creek, AZ
Map & Phone here
2017