[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.

2017 General Meeting Schedule:
Date/Time/Location Topic
January 13
7:00 pm @ KAMSC
Great American Eclipse Seminar
What are your plans for August 21st? Share some ideas.
February 3
7:00 pm @ KAMSC
WMU Accessing Space through CubeSat Technology
presented by Dr. Kristina Lemmer, WMU
March 3
7:00 pm @ KAMSC
Supernova 1987A and the Densest Matter in the Universe
presented by Dr. Ed Brown, Michigan State University
April 7
7:00 pm @ KAMSC
Aurora Expedition to the Churchill Northern Studies Center
presented by Eric Schreur
May 5
7:00 pm @ KAMSC
New Worlds Beyond Neptune and the Hunt for Planet Nine
presented by Dr. David Gerdes, University of Michigan
June 2
7:00 pmKAMSC
Proof of Concept: Science on a High-Altitude Balloon
presented by Students of KAMSC
July 29
6:00 pmNature Center
Perseid Potluck Picnic (featuring Gadget Night)
Our annual summer celebration - KAS members only
No Meeting - On Hiatus for the Great American Eclipse!
September 8
7:00 pm @ KAMSC
Great American Eclipse Stories - Part 1
KAS Members Tell Their Takes from the Historic Solar Eclipse
October 6
7:00 pm @ KAMSC
Great American Eclipse Stories - Part 2
KAS Members Tell Their Tales from the Historic Solar Eclipse
November 3
7:00 pm @ KAMSC
The Farthest - Voyager in Space
Celebrating the 40th anniversary of the launch of Voyager 1 & 2.
December 1
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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