[General Meetings]

The KAS meets on the first Friday of almost every month at 7:00 pm in the presentation center of the Kalamazoo Area Mathematics and Science Center (KAMSC), located on the fourth floor of Old Central High School. Our general meetings are open to the public and admission is always FREE.

Parking is available in the main lot or along Dutton Street. You may enter Old Central through the Dutton Street entrance. Please arrive before 7:10 pm, otherwise you may get locked out. Elevator access is available. Meeting days, times and locations may vary, please check the Schedule of Events page before attending a meeting.

The first hour is generally the entertainment portion of the meeting with the business portion of the meeting in the second hour after a snack break. The program topics vary from month to month. Some of the programs are:
  • Video Presentations
  • Lectures on Robotic and Manned Space Exploration
  • Lectures on Amateur and Professional Astronomy

Sometimes our meetings have a special theme to them. In July members bring their special creations that help enhance the observing experience. This is called "Gadget Night". In August we have our annual "Perseid Potluck Picnic." The October meeting is "Astrophotography Night." Members show off their best (and sometimes worst) astrophotographs.  In December we hold our Annual Meeting and Holiday Party with lots of treats and surprises.

We have had a wide variety of guest speakers over the years. Some of the topics have ranged from telescope construction to the evolution of galaxies in the early universe.

Many of our excellent guest speakers have come from the surrounding colleges and universities. Some of these institutions includes:
  • Albion College
  • Central Michigan University
  • Eastern Michigan University
  • Grand Rapids Community College
  • Kalamazoo College
  • Loyola University (Chicago)
  • Michigan State University
  • Michigan Technological University
  • Northwest Michigan College
  • University of Michigan
  • University of Notre Dame
  • Western Michigan University
Please visit the Schedule of Events page for the latest information on upcoming meetings.

You can view images from past meetings in the General Meeting Gallery.

2018 General Meeting Schedule:
Date/Time/Location Topic
January 12
7:00 pm @ KAMSC
Astronomy Open House
KAS members will give brief presentations on a variety of topics.
February 2
7:00 pm @ KAMSC
Trouble in Paradise: Astro Problem Solving 101
presented by Joe Comiskey
March 2
7:00 pm @ KAMSC
Goodbye Cassini:
What the Probe Taught Over the Past 20 Years

presented by Shannon Schmoll, Abrams Planetarium Director
April 6
7:00 pm @ KAMSC
The King of Spring
presented by Richard Bell, KAS President
May 4
7:00 pm @ KAMSC
Dawn of Multi-Messenger Gravitational Wave Astronomy
presented by Professor Keith Riles, University of Michigan
June 1
7:00 pmKAMSC
14 Billion Years of Nuclei
presented by Dr. Zachary Constan, Michigan State University
July 13
7:00 pmNature Center
Gadget Night
KAS members share their custom creations.
August 11
6:00 pmNature Center
Perseid Potluck Picnic
Our annual summer celebration
September 7
7:00 pm @ KAMSC
James Webb Telescope:
The World's Most Magnificent Time Machine

presented by Autumn Cain
October 5
7:00 pm @ KAMSC
Astrophotography Night
KAS shutterbugs show off their wares.
November 2
7:00 pm @ KAMSC
Topic TBA
presented by Professor Bill Davis, Western Michigan University
December 7
7:00 pm @ KAMSC
Annual Meeting & Holiday Party
Food, fun, prizes, and more - KAS members only

Download the Schedule & Map to KAMSC
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