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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October 23 @ 5:00 pm
| Warren Dunes State Park
West Michigan will get to enjoy a
partial solar eclipse on October 23rd. The eclipse begins at about
5:37 pm, with greatest eclipse occurring at 6:43 pm.
Approximately 55% of the Sun’s disk will be covered up at this
time. Sunset happens at 6:48 pm. Therefore, the best view will be
somewhere with an unobstructed view
of the western horizon.
The Kalamazoo Astronomical Society (KAS) invites the public to Warren Dunes State Park, located on the shore of Lake Michigan,
to witness this brief, but spectacular event. KAS members will share
their telescopes equipped with safe solar filters for a close-up view.
The KAS will have a very limited
number of eclipse shades available at a cost of $3.00 each. The shades
make it possible for you to stare safely at the Sun's surface. A
#14 or greater welder's glass will also allow safe views of the
event begins at 5:00 pm with a Solar Star Party. We'll observe a wealth
of detail on the Sun's surface before the eclipse begins. These
includes sunspots, faculae, granulation, prominences, and filaments.
Please join us for this rare celestial event!
NOTE: Admission is free to Michigan residents with a Recreation Passport. All others must pay the regular park fee.
October 25 @ 7:00 pm
| Kalamazoo Nature
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.
of the night is The Great Square; an asterism made from stars in the
constellations Pegasus and Andromeda.
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 Page
to the Nature Center
November 7 @ 7:00 pm
| Kalamazoo Area Math & Science
Adrienne Erickcek, Assistant Professor at the University of North
Carolina, will give an online Skype presentation on early-Universe
cosmology (with a "little" discussion of the recent BICEP2 results and
the subsequent dust controversy). Dr. Erickcek is a graduate of Loy
Norrix High School and the Kalamazoo Area Math & Science Center
(and a former student of KAS member Mike Sinclair), earned a
baccalaureate degree at Princeton and her Ph.D. in Physics at the
California Institute of Technology. She completed a post-doc as a joint
fellow at the Perimeter Institute and the University of Toronto before
joining the faculty at UNC.
December 5 @ 6:30 pm
| Kalamazoo Area Math & Science
time for the annual KAS Holiday Party! As usual we will be
celebrating at our annual meeting on December 5th. We are
planning on starting at 6:30 pm, one half hour earlier than
usual. The evening will begin with the party featuring a
round of BINGO with exciting prizes. Then there will be a
business meeting featuring the election of the 2015 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,
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
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
2015, and find out what the KAS is all about. Hope to see you
This event is for KAS Members and invited
guests only. If you'd like to attend then JOIN the KAS