[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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Special Observing Event
Thursday, 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 brilliant Sun.

Our 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.





Public Observing Session
Saturday, October 25 @ 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.
 
Highlight of the night is 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 Page | Directions to the Nature Center



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




Dr. 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.


General Meeting Page | Directions to KAMSC



Annual Meeting
Friday, December 5 @ 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 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 rousing round of BINGO with exciting prizes. Then there will be a short 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, 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 2015, 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!