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: Jun 12, 2017

DATETIMEEVENTVENUE
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
Dec 18
Dec 17
Dec 11
Dec 10
Dec 4
Dec 3
1 pm
1 & 5 pm
1 pm
1 pm
1 pm
1 & 5 pm
Now showing at Walker Star Barn:
The Heavens Declare the Birth of a King - The Star of Bethlehem
As in years past, this special showing will run the entire month of December (plus 4 showings in November) due to popular demand.
with time, date, and number
Walker Ranch
Cave Creek, AZ
Map & Phone here
Dec 17
Dec 3
3 pm
3 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
Nov 26
Nov 27
1,3,5 pm
1 pm
Now showing at Walker Star Barn:
The Heavens Declare the Birth of a King - The Star of Bethlehem
with time, date, and number
Walker Ranch
Cave Creek, AZ
Map & Phone here
Nov 235:00 - 7:00 pmDFAC Lecture Series: Astro-Scenic Photography
Presented by Dennis Young
Open to the public at no charge
Doors open at 4:30 pm, arrive early for good seats
No RSVP required, but saved seats for DFAC members who
to Dan Heim by Nov 22
Anthem Civic Building
Anthem, AZ
Map here
Nov 191 & 3 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
Nov 12
Nov 20
1 & 3 pm
1 pm
Now showing at Walker Star Barn:
An Introduction to the Planetarium and the Night Sky
with time, date, and number
Walker Ranch
Cave Creek, AZ
Map & Phone here
Nov 55:00 pm - ?Open observing at Heimhenge
Setup 5:00-5:30 pm (sunset 5:30 pm)
Restroom available
BYO everything else
to Dan Heim by Nov 4
NWS FORECAST: 1 day out, mostly clear, 5-10 mph winds
EVENT STATUS: all systems go
Heimhenge
New River, AZ
Map & Phone here
Oct 231 pmNow showing at Walker Star Barn:
Rambling Through Autumn Skies - Constellations and Their Stories
with time, date, and number
Walker Ranch
Cave Creek, AZ
Map & Phone here
Oct 221 & 3 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
Oct 151 & 3 pmNow showing at Walker Star Barn:
Rambling Through Autumn Skies - Constellations and Their Stories
with time, date, and number
Walker Ranch
Cave Creek, AZ
Map & Phone here
Oct 8
Oct 9
1 & 3 pm
1 pm
Now showing at Walker Star Barn:
An Introduction to the Planetarium and the Night Sky
with time, date, and number
Walker Ranch
Cave Creek, AZ
Map & Phone here
Oct 77:00 - 9:00 pmSpecial Lecture: How I Built My Own Planetarium - The Star Barn Story
Presented by Ron Walker
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 Sep 6
Anthem Civic Building
Anthem, AZ
Map here
Sep 241 & 3 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
Sep 171 & 3 pmNow showing at Walker Star Barn:
Planetarium Intro Show & What's up in the Sky Tonite?
with time, date, and number
Walker Ranch
Cave Creek, AZ
Map & Phone here
Sep 103:00 pmNow showing at Walker Star Barn:
Planetarium Intro Show & What's up in the Sky Tonite?
with time, date, and number
Walker Ranch
Cave Creek, AZ
Map & Phone here
Aug 273:00 pmNow showing at Walker Star Barn:
Our Place in Space
with time, date, and number
Walker Ranch
Cave Creek, AZ
Map & Phone here
Aug 203:00 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
Aug 133:00 pmNow showing at Walker Star Barn:
Intro Show and What's Up in the Sky Tonight
with time, date, and number
Walker Ranch
Cave Creek, AZ
Map & Phone here
Aug 12
Aug 13
8:00 pm - ?Perseid Meteor Watch @ Heimhenge
Bring a comfy recliner, maybe binocs & camera, snacks & drinks for yourself. Scopes not needed. Restroom available.
to Dan Heim by Aug 11
NWS FORECAST: mostly clear, low of 80°, 5-10 mph winds
EVENT STATUS: All systems go
Heimhenge
New River, AZ
Map & Phone here
Jul 233:00 pmNow showing at Walker Star Barn:
Rambling Through Summer Skies, including some Greek & Roman constellation mythology stories
with time, date, and number
Walker Ranch
Cave Creek, AZ
Map & Phone here
Jul 163:00 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
Jul 93:00 pmNow showing at Walker Star Barn:
Introduction To The Planetarium and the Night Sky
with time, date, and number
Walker Ranch
Cave Creek, AZ
Map & Phone here
Jun 253:00 pmNow 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 183:00 pmSpecial presentation at Walker Star Barn:
Light Pollution by Dan Heim, President, DFAC
with time and number
Walker Ranch
Cave Creek, AZ
Map & Phone here
Jun 113:00 pmNow showing at Walker Star Barn:
Intro to the Night Sky and Planetarium
with time, date, and number
Walker Ranch
Cave Creek, AZ
Map & Phone here
Jun 3
Jun 4
7:30 pm
7:30 pm
The Earth - An HD Odyssey
Multimedia spectacular with HD video by NASA and music by the Phoenix Symphony Orchestra
Tickets available here
Email Dan for carpooling info
Symphony Hall
75 N. 2nd Street
Phoenix, AZ 85004
Map here
May 217:00 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 20
NWS FORECAST: 1 day out and looking good for clear skies, but ...
EVENT STATUS: Canceled due to 25 mph wind and dust advisory.
Heimhenge
New River, AZ
Map & Phone here
May 213 pmSpecial presentation at Walker Star Barn:
Deep Impacts (an encore performance)
Major craters on Earth + meteorite samples show & tell & handle by Mike Marron of PAS
with time and number
Walker Ranch
Cave Creek, AZ
Map & Phone here
May 141,3,5 pmNow showing at Walker Star Barn:
Intro to the night sky and planetarium
with time, date, and number
Walker Ranch
Cave Creek, AZ
Map & Phone here
May 137:00 - 9:00 pmSpecial Lecture: Time-lapse Astrophotography
Presented by Tom Polakis of SAC.
Doors open at 6:30 pm, arrive early for good seats.
Open to public. No RSVP required.
Anthem Civic Building
Anthem, AZ
Map here
May 127:30 pmAstrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson speaks in Phoenix
Tickets available here
Email Dan for carpooling info
Comerica Theater
400 West Washington
Phoenix, AZ 85003
Map here
May 99:00-11:45 amSpecial presentation at Walker Star Barn:
Transit of Mercury projected under the dome in real time
with time and number
Walker Ranch
Cave Creek, AZ
Map & Phone here
Apr 23
Apr 24
1,3,5 pm
1 pm
Now showing at Walker Star Barn:
Rambling Through Spring Skies
with time, date, and number
Walker Ranch
Cave Creek, AZ
Map & Phone here
Apr 163 pmSpecial presentation at Walker Star Barn:
8th & final film in the Bell Labs science series
About Time
with time, date, and number
Walker Ranch
Cave Creek, AZ
Map & Phone here
Apr 96:00 pm - ?Open observing at Heimhenge
Setup 6:00-7:00 pm (sunset 7:00 pm)
Restroom available
BYO everything else
to Dan Heim by Mar 31
1-DAY NWS FORECAST: partly cloudy, low 55°, SW wind 5 to 10 mph, 60% chance of rain overnight
EVENT STATUS: CANCELED
Heimhenge
New River, AZ
Map & Phone here
Mar 19
Mar 26
3 pm, 5 pm
3 pm, 5 pm
Now showing at Walker Star Barn:
The Calendar and the Seasons
with time, date, and number
Walker Ranch
Cave Creek, AZ
Map & Phone here
Mar 123 pm, 5 pmSpecial presentation at Walker Star Barn:
7th film in the Bell Labs science series
The Thread of Life
with time, date, and number
Walker Ranch
Cave Creek, AZ
Map & Phone here
Mar 61:00 pmNow showing at Walker Star Barn:
An Introduction to the Planetarium and the Night Sky
with time, date, and number
Walker Ranch
Cave Creek, AZ
Map & Phone here
Mar 53:00 pm - ?10th Anniversary of DFAC celebration at Heimhenge
Food, drink, and special cake on the house
Asteroids Snooker tournament at 4:00 pm
to Dan Heim by Feb 29
Heimhenge
New River, AZ
Map & Phone here
Feb 20
Feb 21
Feb 27
3 pm, 5 pm
1 pm
3 pm, 5 pm
Now showing at Walker Star Barn:
Jewels of the Winter Sky
with time, date, and number
Walker Ranch
Cave Creek, AZ
Map & Phone here
Feb 133 pm, 5 pmSpecial presentation at Walker Star Barn:
6th film in the Bell Labs science series
The Alphabet Conspiracy
with time, date, and number
Walker Ranch
Cave Creek, AZ
Map & Phone here
Feb 6
Feb 7
Feb 28
3 pm, 5 pm
1 pm
1 pm
Now showing at Walker Star Barn:
An Introduction to the Night Sky
with time, date, and number
Walker Ranch
Cave Creek, AZ
Map & Phone here
Feb 66:00 pm - ?Open observing at Heimhenge
Setup 6:00-7:00 pm (sunset 7:00 pm)
Hot cocoa and hand warmer conveniently right inside the shop
BYO everything else
to Dan Heim by Jan 31
NWS FORECAST: 20-25 mph winds, wind chill 30-40° after sunset
EVENT STATUS: CANCELED
Heimhenge
New River, AZ
Map & Phone here
Jan 239:00 am - noonVatican Observatory Foundation presents: Water in the Universe
Brochure here
Registration here (free)
Email Dan for carpooling info
Mt. Claret Retreat Center
4633 N. 54th St.
Phoenix, AZ 85018
Map here
Jan 2
Jan 3
Jan 9
Jan 16
Jan 17
1 pm, 3 pm
1 pm
1 pm, 3 pm
1 pm, 3 pm
1 pm
Now showing at Walker Star Barn:
The Heavens Declare the Birth of a King - The Star of Bethlehem
3 pm shows to be followed by a laserium performance using seasonal music by Mannheim Steamroller (4:15-5:00 pm)
with time, date, and number
Walker Ranch
Cave Creek, AZ
Map & Phone here
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