[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, 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

As part of what is turning out to be a second "Golden Age of Discovery" in astronomy,  exo-planets have been turning up in increasing profusion since the first was unambiguously identified in 1995.  Sophisticated detection techniques tell astronomers that a growing number have characteristics in common with Earth.  Could some of those faraway worlds hold intelligent civilizations and is it possible for us to one day communicate with them, or them with us?  I used to think that I would not live to see the day when extra-terrestrial intelligence is confirmed, but I am not so sure anymore.

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!