[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, January 9 @ 7:00 pm | Kalamazoo Area Math & Science Center


The winter season in Michigan steals more than its allotted three months, providing us with prolonged cold, snow, and cloudy nights.  However, when the sky clears (and it will clear), it behooves us to take full advantage.  The winter night sky is full of celestial treasures that can be captured with telescope, binoculars and even the unaided eye.  This presentation will explore many of these, such as binary star systems, star clusters, nebulae, happenings at Jupiter, and a very close encounter between Mercury and Venus.  Various observing tips, including how to observe comfortably in the frigid cold, will also be discussed.  Please join us and take on the challenge (and the delight) to behold the wonders of the winter night. 






Full Moon Theater
Saturday, January 31 @ 7:00 pm | WMU Rood Hall - Room 1110

Looking for a little free astronomical entertainment? Then join us for the next installment of Full Moon Theater. The KAS will provide the popcorn and soft drinks, but feel free to bring some snacks to share with members and guests.  Just be sure to show up and have a great time!
 
Our feature presentation...
 


This is the intimate and revealing story of Stephen Hawking's life. Told for the first time in Hawking's own words and with unique access to his home and public life, this is a personal journey through Hawking's world. The audience joins him at home, under the care of his nursing team; in San Jose as he "wows" a packed theatre audience; in Silicon Valley as he meets a team of technicians who hope to speed up his communication system; and as he throws a party for family and friends.  HAWKING also carefully tells Hawking's life journey, from boyhood under-achiever to PhD genius, and from a healthy coxswain on the Oxford rowing team to diagnosis of motor neuron disease, given just two years to live - yet surviving several close brushes with death.  The film also highlights his greatest scientific discoveries and plots his rise to fame and superstardom.





General Meeting
Friday, February 13 @ 7:00 pm | Kalamazoo Area Math & Science Center

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Member-Only Observing Session
Saturday, February 21 @ 7:00 pm | Kalamazoo Nature Center





Winter nights can be ideal for observing.  When it's actually clear during a winter night in Michigan, the sky can be unbelievably transparent.  So, why don't amateur astronomers turn out in droves to winter observing sessions?  It's because it gets REALLY, REALLY COLD on a clear winter night! Now comes the time of year when the hardcore members of the KAS brave the frigid temperatures to enjoy the deep sky delights that most people probably miss because of the chilly conditions.


Please Note:  This session is for KAS Members and their guests only.  If you'd like to attend then JOIN the KAS today!  Our regular pubic sessions will resume in April.





General Meeting
Friday, March 6 @ 7:00 pm | Kalamazoo Area Math & Science Center

Details coming soon...





Member-Only Observing Session
Saturday, March 21 @ 7:00 pm | Richland Township Park



The work of comet-hunter and nebulae cataloger Charles Messier comes alive in March of each year as amateur astronomers participate in a one night search for all of the objects in his catalog of nebulae, star clusters and galaxies.  By a quirk of fate, we are fortunate that most of the objects Messier and Mechain took 24 years to discover can be observed in one night around the time of the vernal equinox.  Members are encouraged to bring a good pair of binoculars or a telescope and participate in this one night race across the sky.

 

Please Note:  This session is for KAS Members and invited guests only. If you'd like to attend then JOIN the KAS today!  Our regular pubic sessions will resume in April.




General Meeting
Friday, April 10 @ 7:00 pm | Kalamazoo Area Math & Science Center

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

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

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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.






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!





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

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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!





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

Details coming soon...




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!