[Schedule of Events]

The KAS is one of the most active organizations in West Michigan. We hold a wide variety of entertaining and educational events throughout the community. Below is a schedule of all of our upcoming activities. This page is updated regularly, so please visit often. Unless noted otherwise, all KAS activities are open to the general public.


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General Meeting
Friday, September 11 @ 7:00 pm | Kalamazoo Area Math & Science Center



After the autumnal equinox on September 23rd the Sun drifts further south of the celestial equator.  The air becomes crisper and nights grow longer.  The summer Milky Way may be receding, but the autumn sky has variety of deep sky objects to enjoy with binoculars or a telescope.  Many of the constellations of this season tell one of the greatest stories in Greek mythology.  Please join us as Richard Bell tells the tale using images from the 1981 cult classic film Clash of the Titans.  Richard will also reveal of the real clash of titans due to occur in 3 billion years!  Please join us for this colorfully illustrated celestial tour.  Maps will be provided.

 

About the Speaker:
Richard Bell got bit by the astronomy bug at a very early age. He enjoyed looking at pictures of the planets as early as age 4 and got his first telescope at age 8. Richard has had just about every astronomy-related job one can have in Kalamazoo. He worked at the local planetarium for nine years, sold telescopes at a local hobby shop for six years, and currently teaches introductory astronomy classes at Kalamazoo Valley Community College. Richard is an avid observer; having completed several of the Astronomical Leagues observing programs. He also considers himself a budding astrophotographer. Richard is a lifetime member and current President of the Kalamazoo Astronomical Society.






Public Observing Session
Saturday, September 12 @ 8:00 pm | Kalamazoo Nature Center

In the fading light of a summer evening, we watch the stars appear one by one. Before too long, twilight's window gives way to the starry curtain, signaling the beginning of a night of stargazing. The KAS invites you to a pleasant evening under nature's grandest spectacle - the universe itself.
 
Highlights of the night include distant planets Uranus and Neptune, plus some Pleasant Planetary Nebulae.

Sessions will be canceled if the sky is mostly cloudy or overcast. For cancellation information, please check this website starting at 3:00 pm on the day of the session or call the Nature Center at (269) 381-1574. Please contact us if you have any additional questions.






Public Observing Session
Saturday, September 19 @ 8:00 pm | Kalamazoo Nature Center

In the fading light of a summer evening, we watch the stars appear one by one. Before too long, twilight's window gives way to the starry curtain, signaling the beginning of a night of stargazing. The KAS invites you to a pleasant evening under nature's grandest spectacle - the universe itself.
 
Highlights of the night include the crescent Moon, plus distant planets Uranus and Neptune.

Sessions will be canceled if the sky is mostly cloudy or overcast. For cancellation information, please check this website starting at 3:00 pm on the day of the session or call the Nature Center at (269) 381-1574. Please contact us if you have any additional questions.






Special Observing Event
Sunday, September 27 @ 8:00 pm | Richland Township Park





Attention sky watchers!  On September 27th Earth’s ethereal shadow will steal across the Full Moon, providing our last Total Lunar Eclipse until 2019. In honor of this celestial event the Kalamazoo Astronomical Society will be hosting a Lunar Eclipse Party at Richland Township Park.

We’re planning a fun-filled evening under the Full Moon.  KAS members will share views through their telescopes while we wait for the eclipse to begin. Highlights include ringed Saturn, colorful double stars, and delightful deep sky objects.

The event will be canceled if the sky is mostly cloudy or overcast.  For cancellation information, please check our website after 3:00 pm on eclipse day. Please contact us if you have any additional questions.





General Meeting
Friday, October 2 @ 7:00 pm | Kalamazoo Area Math & Science Center


The tradition continues!  Every October the general meeting of the Kalamazoo Astronomical Society is devoted to astrophotography, the art of photographing the night sky. Over the years, KAS shutterbugs have traveled to exotic places, ascended to dizzying heights, or just hung out at the Kalamazoo Nature Center and other locales, working the graveyard shift with their impressive array of camera gear. Now they are ready to show their artistic wares. So come on out for what always proves to be one of our best meetings of the year!






Public Observing Session
Saturday, October 3 @ 7:00 pm | Kalamazoo Nature Center

In the fading light of an autumn evening, we watch the stars appear one by one. Before too long, twilight's window gives way to the starry curtain, signaling the beginning of a night of stargazing. The KAS invites you to a pleasant evening under nature's grandest spectacle - the universe itself.
 
Highlights of the night include distant planets Uranus and Neptune, plus deep sky objects around The Great Square; an asterism made from stars in the constellations Pegasus and Andromeda.

Sessions will be canceled if the sky is mostly cloudy or overcast. For cancellation information, please check this website starting at 3:00 pm on the day of the session or call the Nature Center at (269) 381-1574. Please contact us if you have any additional questions.






Public Observing Session
Saturday, October 17 @ 7:00 pm | Kalamazoo Nature Center

In the fading light of an autumn evening, we watch the stars appear one by one. Before too long, twilight's window gives way to the starry curtain, signaling the beginning of a night of stargazing. The KAS invites you to a pleasant evening under nature's grandest spectacle - the universe itself.
 
Highlights of the night include the Galaxies of Autumn  - including the Great Galaxy in Andromeda (M31).

Sessions will be canceled if the sky is mostly cloudy or overcast. For cancellation information, please check this website starting at 3:00 pm on the day of the session or call the Nature Center at (269) 381-1574. Please contact us if you have any additional questions.





General Meeting
Friday, November 6 @ 7:00 pm | Kalamazoo Area Math & Science Center

The forty year period from 1890 to 1930 was one of the most scientifically productive in history.  Giant mountaintop telescopes provided opportunities for new findings about the nature of stars, structure of the Milky Way Galaxy, and conclusive proof that it is but one of countless galaxies.  Hubble and Einstein are familiar names from this period, but others less well known, such as Slipher, Shapley, Keeler and Curtis contributed significantly to this amazing "Golden Age of Discovery."

About the Speaker:
Dave DeBruyn was Chief Curator of the Roger B. Chaffee Planetarium of the Grand Rapids Public Museum for close to forty years, and in retirement works on special projects for the Planetarium as Curator Emeritus. He also continues to write a longstanding astronomy column for the Grand Rapids Press entitled West Michigan Skies., and teaches astronomy classes for the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute of Aquinas College.  For the past five years, he has been president of the Grand Rapids Amateur Astronomical Association. He holds a B.S. in science education and a M.S. in astronomy from the University of Michigan.





Annual Meeting
Friday, December 4 @ 6:30 pm | Kalamazoo Area Math & Science Center





It's time for the annual KAS Holiday Party!  As usual we will be celebrating at our annual meeting on December 4th.  We are planning on starting at 6:30 pm, one half hour earlier than usual. The evening will begin with the party featuring several rousing rounds of BINGO with exciting prizes. Then there will be a short business meeting featuring the election of the 2016 KAS officers and at-large board members.

As in past years, we will have a potluck hors d'oeuvre and dessert extravaganza. The KAS will provide beverages consisting of soft drinks and hot wassail. So, bring your favorite goodie to share and join your fellow KAS members for an evening of friendship and fun. If you are a new member this will be a wonderful opportunity to meet other club members, get acquainted with this year's KAS board, help elect the new officers and board for 2016, and find out what the KAS is all about. Hope to see you there!

Please Note:  This event is for KAS Members and invited guests only.  If you'd like to attend then JOIN the KAS today!





Member-Only Observing Session
Sunday, December 13 @ 8:00 pm | Kalamazoo Nature Center



Most meteor showers occur when Earth passes through a stream of particles left behind by a rouge comet, but the Geminids are different. This is the only major shower known to be associated with an asteroid (3200 Phaethon). An observer may see 80 meteors/hour under moonless, rural skies. Dress warm, grab your reclining lawn chair, and join your fellow members if skies are clear.

Please Note:  This event is for KAS Members and invited guests only.  If you'd like to attend then JOIN the KAS today!