[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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General Meeting
Friday, May 1 @ 7:00 pm | Kalamazoo Area Math & Science Center


Every winter I observe the Crab Nebula; every day I see the Sun. What would I see in a trillion years? In a trillion years, the sky will be dark. The Sun and the Crab Nebula will emit a very feeble light. Worse yet, dark energy moves most of our beautiful universe too far to see.

About the Speaker:
Dr. Edwin Loh is a professor in the Physics and Astronomy Department at Michigan State University. He receivied a B.S.degree at Caltech and my PhD at Princeton University. Dr. Loh was a junior faculty at Princeton before coming to MSU. He built the Spartan Infrared Camera for the SOAR Telescope. With the Spartan Camera, he and his colleagues discovered many knots of molecular hydrogen in the Crab Nebula. He has been trying to understand this new “window” on the nebula.






Introduction to Amateur Astronomy
Saturday, May 2 @ 2:00 pm | Portage District Library

The Kalamazoo Astronomical Society is happy to present a five-part lecture series that will help you become a star-hopping skymaster!



Sooner or later, every amateur astronomer faces the decision of purchasing a first telescope. There are literally hundreds of choices today! What's the difference between a refractor and reflector? Which telescope is the right one for you? To make this daunting task easier, we'll compare several of the top telescopes available today and tell you which ones to avoid. We'll also look at the countless array of accessories available for your telescope. If you already have a telescope but need help then bring it along.

Please Note: Admission is FREE, but we ask that all participants register for the lecture series to ensure we have enough materials for everyone!






Public Observing Session
Saturday, May 9 @ 9:00 pm | Kalamazoo Nature Center

In the fading light of a spring 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 include brilliant Venus, ringed-world Saturn, and giant Jupiter with its Galilean moons.

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.






Introduction to Amateur Astronomy
Saturday, May 16 @ 2:00 pm | Portage District Library

The Kalamazoo Astronomical Society is happy to present a five-part lecture series that will help you become a star-hopping skymaster!



Astrophotography is the art of photographing the night sky. In the past few years that art has undergone a revolution as digital cameras have overtaken their film counterparts. In some ways this has made the field more technical, but in many ways shooting the sky is easier than ever! We’ll start with the basics like using a stationary photographic tripod and work our way up to imaging with sophisticated CCD cameras. Constellation patterns, the Milky Way, the night-to-night motion of the planets, bright comets, northern lights, and perhaps a meteor all await you.

Please Note: Admission is FREE, but we ask that all participants register for the lecture series to ensure we have enough materials for everyone!






Public Observing Session
Saturday, May 23 @ 9:00 pm | Kalamazoo Nature Center

In the fading light of a spring 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 include the crescent Moon near Jupiter, Venus, Saturn, and the Galaxies of the Virgo Cluster.

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, June 5 @ 7:00 pm | Kalamazoo Nature Center



The European Space Agency's Rosetta mission launched in 2004 and finally arrived at comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko last August. The journey included flybys of Earth and Mars, two close encounters with asteroids and an over 1 year-long hibernation phase where the spacecraft was basically shut down completely. The biggest surprises came from the comet itself though, starting with its strange shape, unusual outgassing properties, and relatively high temperature, to name just a few. In this talk Dr. Bieler will give a broad overview of the Rosetta mission and comets in general, then talk about the latest findings of this exciting project.

About the Speaker:
Dr. Andre Bieler is a research fellow in the Department of Atmospheric Oceanic and Space Science at the University of Michigan. He received his PhD in Switzerland in 2012 and currently works on data analysis for one of the Rosetta spacecraft's science instruments.






Public Observing Session
Saturday, June 13 @ 9:30 pm | Kalamazoo Nature Center

In the fading light of a spring 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 include brilliant Venus, giant Jupiter, ringed Saturn, and some Grand Globular Clusters.

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, June 27 @ 9:30 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 include craters and mountains on the Moon, brilliant Venus, giant Jupiter, and ringed Saturn.

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, July 10 @ 7:00 pm | Kalamazoo Nature Center



Today the astronomical marketplace is flooded with telescopes and accessories of all shapes, sizes, and price ranges. However, even with the wealth of goods now available, there are some gadgets that can only be hand crafted. It just goes to show that necessity really is the mother of invention and thankfully amateur astronomers are an ingenious lot.

For our next meeting we invite KAS members to trot out the results of their latest brainstorming. Please feel free to bring along any interesting astronomically themed doodads, doohickeys, and devices you’ve purchased as well. You won't want to miss this fun and entertaining evening.






Public Observing Session
Saturday, July 11 @ 9:30 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 include Venus and Jupiter together in the western sky, the ringed planet Saturn, and some Super Summer Nebulae.

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, July 25 @ 9:30 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 include craters and mountains on the Moon, ringed Saturn, and delightful double stars of summer.

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
Saturday, August 8 @ 6:00 pm | Kalamazoo Nature Center


Mark your calendar. Pray for good weather. It's time for the big social event of the summer for the KAS. So get ready to party!  Here are the details:
 
The KAS will provide the hot dogs, hamburgers, and veggie burgers (by order). You will be required to bring your own beverages, table service, lawn chairs, bug spray, and a dish to pass. Condiments will be provided by the KAS.

While dinner is cooking we will have solar observing available through the 12" LX200 in Owl Observatory and other KAS member telescopes. Feel free to bring any type of outdoor games or toys to pass the time while we wait for dinner.
 
Stargazers should be prepared to observe the deep sky delights of the summer Milky Way and maybe even a few early Perseid meteors. This gathering will take place rain or shine, so be prepared for whatever Mother Nature throws our way!

Please Note:  This activity is for KAS Members and invited guests only.  If you'd like to attend then JOIN the KAS today!






Public Observing Session
Saturday, August 8 @ 9:00 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 include ringed planet Saturn and deep sky delights around The Summer Triangle; an asterism made from the bright stars Vega, Deneb, and Altair.

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, August 22 @ 9:00 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 include the Moon and Saturn grouped together in the southwestern sky and Overwhelming Open Clusters of summer.

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, September 11 @ 7:00 pm | Kalamazoo Area Math & Science Center

Details coming soon...





Public Observing Session
Saturday, September 12 @ 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 include distant planets Uranus and Neptune, plus some Pleasant Planetary Nebulae.

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 19 @ 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 include the crescent Moon, plus 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.





General Meeting
Friday, October 2 @ 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!






Public Observing Session
Saturday, October 3 @ 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 include distant planets Uranus and Neptune, plus deep sky objects around 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
Saturday, October 17 @ 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 include the Galaxies of Autumn  - including the Great Galaxy in Andromeda (M31).

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, November 6 @ 7:00 pm | Kalamazoo Area Math & Science Center

The forty year period from 1890 to 1930 was one of the most scientifically productive in history.  Giant mountaintop telescopes provided opportunities for new findings about the nature of stars, structure of the Milky Way Galaxy, and conclusive proof that it is but one of countless galaxies.  Hubble and Einstein are familiar names from this period, but others less well known, such as Slipher, Shapley, Keeler and Curtis contributed significantly to this amazing "Golden Age of Discovery."

About the Speaker:
Dave DeBruyn was Chief Curator of the Roger B. Chaffee Planetarium of the Grand Rapids Public Museum for close to forty years, and in retirement works on special projects for the Planetarium as Curator Emeritus. He also continues to write a longstanding astronomy column for the Grand Rapids Press entitled West Michigan Skies., and teaches astronomy classes for the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute of Aquinas College.  For the past five years, he has been president of the Grand Rapids Amateur Astronomical Association. He holds a B.S. in science education and a M.S. in astronomy from the University of Michigan.





Annual Meeting
Friday, December 4 @ 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 4th.  We are planning on starting at 6:30 pm, one half hour earlier than usual. The evening will begin with the party featuring several rousing rounds of BINGO with exciting prizes. Then there will be a short business meeting featuring the election of the 2016 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 2016, 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!





Member-Only Observing Session
Sunday, December 13 @ 8:00 pm | Kalamazoo Nature Center



Most meteor showers occur when Earth passes through a stream of particles left behind by a rouge comet, but the Geminids are different. This is the only major shower known to be associated with an asteroid (3200 Phaethon). An observer may see 80 meteors/hour under moonless, rural skies. Dress warm, grab your reclining lawn chair, and join your fellow members if skies are clear.

Please Note:  This event is for KAS Members and invited guests only.  If you'd like to attend then JOIN the KAS today!