[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
Saturday, August 30 @ 8:30 pm | Kalamazoo Nature Center

In the fading light of a summer 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 Deep Sky Delights along the Milky Way.

Sessions will be canceled if the sky is mostly cloudy or overcast. For cancellation information, please check our Facebook page 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, September 5 @ 7:00 pm | Kalamazoo Area Math & Science Center



Yerkes Observatory, located in southeastern Wisconsin and home to the world’s largest refracting telescope, calls itself the birthplace of modern astrophysics.  Frequent KAS guest speaker Robert Miller presents a historical overview of this venerable observatory. Robert will include brief biographical sketches of some of the most famous astronomers to come from the observatory including George Ellery Hale (the observatory’s founder), Edwin Frost, Otto Struve, and Subrahmanyan Chandrasekhar. Robert will follow Yerkes decline under Frost and rebirth under Struve and others. He’ll describe its ongoing transformation and end with a tour of some facilities not often seen on tours, based upon his recent four-day stay there.

About the Speaker:
Robert Miller graduated from Indiana University in Geology and Michigan State University in Planetarium Science followed by several years of post-graduate work in astronomy and later, computer science. Robert's been a planetarium director, writer and teacher, but much of astronomy has been in observational work at MSU, Kitt Peak, Hawaii and frequently at McDonald Observatory, most recently working on pulsating white dwarf stars. Although he's done a fair bit of observing due to his interests in photometry, he has a strong interest in celestial mechanics and the calculation and determination of orbits.





Public Observing Session
Saturday, September 13 @ 8:00 pm | Kalamazoo Nature Center

In the fading light of a summer 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 distant planets Uranus and Neptune.

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
Saturday, September 27 @ 8:00 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 Uranus, Neptune, and 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 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.





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


The tradition continues!  Every October the general meeting of the Kalamazoo Astronomical Society is devoted to astrophotography, the art of photographing the night sky. Over the years, KAS shutterbugs have traveled to exotic places, ascended to dizzying heights, or just hung out at the Kalamazoo Nature Center and other locales, working the graveyard shift with their impressive array of camera gear. Now they are ready to show their artistic wares. So come on out for what always proves to be one of our best meetings of the year!


General Meeting Page | Directions to KAMSC



Public Observing Session
Saturday, October 4 @ 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, and Neptune.

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



Special Observing Event
Thursday, October 23 @ 5:00 pm | Warren Dunes State Park




Details coming soon...





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

Details coming soon...


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!