Friday, November 4 @ 7:00 pm
| Kalamazoo Area Math & Science
About the Speaker:
part of the Kalamazoo Astronomical Society’s 80th anniversary
celebration J. Kelly Beatty, a long-time Senior Editor at Sky &
magazine, invites you to a
discussion about the most serious threat to our greatest natural resource, the night sky.
pollution, simply put, is any unnecessary or excessive outdoor
illumination. Sadly, it’s become a pervasive and ugly consequence of
modern 24/7 society. Light pollution robs us of the night sky’s beauty,
negatively affects the ecosystem, and creates an in-your-face waste of
energy. But a new mindset and new technology are poised to slow — and
perhaps reverse — this bane of modern life.
Beatty has been explaining the science and wonder of astronomy to the
public since 1974. An award-winning writer and communicator, he
specializes in planetary science and space exploration as a Senior
Editor for Sky & Telescope
magazine. Beatty also spent six years on the astronomy faculty at the
Clay Center Observatory in Brookline, Massachusetts. He holds a
Bachelors degree from the California Institute of Technology and a
Master's degree in science journalism from Boston University.
Kelly has been active in efforts to reduce light pollution for more than 20 years. He chairs the New England Light Pollution Advisory Group
and is on the Board of Directors for the International Dark-sky Association
Saturday, November 5 @ TBA
| Abrams Planetarium & MSU Obsevatory
On November 5th, KAS
members and invited guests 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 state-of-the-art
Digistar 5 projector. Weather permitting, we'll also attend the
last MSU Observatory Open House of the year.
KAS Members: Please see the November issue of Prime Focus
for the full itinerary.
other last minute details please attend the general meeting on November
4th. 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