[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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Public Observing Session - CANCELED
Saturday, October 14 @ 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 are The Galaxies of Autumn.

Sessions will be canceled if the sky is mostly cloudy or overcast. For cancellation information, please check this website starting at 6:00 pm on the day of the session. Please contact us if you have any additional questions.






Public Observing Session
Saturday, October 28 @ 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 are The Moon, Uranus & Neptune.

Sessions will be canceled if the sky is mostly cloudy or overcast. For cancellation information, please check this website starting at 6:00 pm on the day of the session. Please contact us if you have any additional questions.





General Meeting
Friday, November 3 @ 7:00 pm | Kalamazoo Area Math & Science Center


Launched in 1977, NASA’s epic Voyager mission revolutionized our understanding of Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune and their spectacular moons and rings. In 2012, Voyager 1 pierced the bubble of our solar system and ushered humanity into the interstellar age. Voyager 2 is expected to join it in interstellar space within the next few years. Both Voyager 1 and Voyager 2 continue to function, and send daily updates back to Earth from almost 13 billion miles and almost 11 billion miles away, respectively.  THE FARTHEST features more than 20 original and current Voyager team members, providing never-before-seen insights into one of the greatest feats of exploration our species has ever undertaken.






Field Trip
Saturday, November 4 @ TBA | Abrams Planetarium

KAS members will take another field trip to Abrams Planetarium, located on the campus of Michigan State University in East Lansing. We’ll enjoy a show featuring their new state-of-the-art Digistar 6 projector.  Full details, including an itinerary, will appear in the November issue of Prime Focus.

For last minute details members are encouraged to attend the general meeting on November 3rd.  If you are unable to attend the meeting but would like to go on the field trip then please contact us ASAP.  If the weather is really bad (heavy rain or snow, severe thunderstorms, etc.) we will notify everyone that has signed up of a cancellation.





Annual Meeting
Friday, December 1 @ 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 1st.  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 2018 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 2018, 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!


General Meeting Page | Directions to KAMSC




Member-Only Observing Session
Wednesday, December 13 @ 7:00 pm | TBA


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.

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