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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 & Science Center (KAMSC), located on the fourth floor of Old Central High School (600 West Vine Street). 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 to the fourth floor is available. Meeting days, times and locations may vary, please check the Schedule of Events page before attending a meeting.

[General 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. In July members bring their special creations that help enhance the observing experience. This is called "Gadget Night" and is one of our oldest traditions (dating back to at least 1954). In August we have our annual "Perseid Potluck Picnic." The October meeting is "Astrophotography Night." Members show off their best images of the cosmos.  In December we hold our Annual Meeting and Holiday Party with lots of treats and surprises.

Gadget Night Astrophotography Night Holiday Party

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.

Date/Time/Location Topic

January 11
7:00 pm @ KAMSC

Astronomy Open House
KAS members will give brief presentations on a variety of topics.

February 8
7:00 pm @ KAMSC

Infinite Worlds: Searching for Extrasolar Planets
presented by Richard S. Bell, KAS President
March 1
7:00 pm @ KAMSC

The Great Debate:
Harlow Shapley, Heber Curtis, and the Size of the Universe
presented by Mike Sinclair, Kalamazoo Area Math & Science Center

April 12
7:00 pm @ KAMSC

Unlocking the Sun: Spectroscopy in the 1800s
presented by Dr. Lauren Woolsey, Grand Rapids Community College

May 3
7:00 pm @ KAMSC

InSight into Mars
presented by Dr. James Ashley, Jet Propulsion Laboratory
June 7
7:00 pm @ KAMSC

Re-envisioning the Invisible:
A New Perspective on the Dark-Matter Puzzle
presented by Professor Brooks Thomas, Lafayette College

July 12
7:00 pm @ KNC

Shoot the Moon: History of the Space Race
presented by John French, Abrams Planetarium

August 10
6:00 pm @ KNC

Perseid Potluck Picnic (Featuring Gadget Night)
Our annual summer celebration - KAS members only

September 13
7:00 pm @ KAMSC

New Evidence of a Water Plume on Europa
presented by Professor Xianzhe Jia, University of Michigan

October 4
7:00 pm @ KAMSC

Astrophotography Night
KAS shutterbugs show off their wares.
November 1
7:00 pm @ KAMSC

Year of the Periodic Table:
The Synthesis of the Elements in the Stars and in the Lab
presented by Professor Artemis Spyrou, Michigan State University

December 6
6:30 pm @ KAMSC

Annual Meeting & Holiday Party
Food, fun, prizes, and more - KAS members only

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