[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, March 4 @ 7:00 pm | Kalamazoo Area Math & Science Center


Since their discovery ~60 years ago Quasars have been a cosmic mystery. But beginning with a discovery made 8 days before my birth 53 years ago, these most luminous objects in the universe have slowly yielded up their secrets, from what they are and how they work, to what their place is in the evolution of the cosmos.  And yet, a great deal remains to be understood.

About the Speaker:
Dr. Kirk Korista is a Professor of Astronomy at Western Michigan University and the current chair of the Department of Physics. He received a bachelors degree in astronomy from the University of Illinois in 1985 and a PhD in astronomy from The Ohio State University in 1990. Kirk performed doctoral work at the Carnegie Observatories (1990 - 1992), Space Telescope Science Institute (1992 - 1994), and the University of Kentucky (1994 - 1997). Kirk's primary research interests are spectroscopic analysis of active galaxies and Quasars and the interpretation of these spectra through numerical (computer) simulations.






Member-Only Observing Session
Saturday, March 6 @ 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.






Full Moon Theater
Saturday, March 26 @ 7:00 pm | Kalamazoo Area Math & Science Center

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!


When astronauts blast off from the planet Mars, they leave behind Mark Watney (Matt Damon), presumed dead after a fierce storm. With only a meager amount of supplies, the stranded visitor must utilize his wits and spirit to find a way to survive on the hostile planet. Meanwhile, back on Earth, members of NASA and a team of international scientists work tirelessly to bring him home, while his crew mates hatch their own plan for a daring rescue mission.





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


On August 21, 2017, a total eclipse of the Sun will be visible from the contiguous United States for the first time since 1979. The track of the Moon's shadow cuts diagonally across the nation from Oregon to South Carolina. Inside the 68-mile-wide path of totality, the Moon will completely cover the Sun as the landscape is plunged into an eerie twilight, and the Sun's glorious corona is revealed for over 2 minutes.

Espenak will present a detailed preview of this exciting event with maps, photos and weather prospects along the eclipse path based on his recent book on the same subject. He will also share some some of his eclipse experiences with us through photos and video. Find out what it's like to stand in the Moon's shadow and get ready for 2017!

About the Speaker:
Fred Espenak is a retired NASA astrophysicist from NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center where he worked with infrared spectrometers to probe the atmospheres of the planets. He is also known as "Mr. Eclipse" because of his work on predicting and observing solar eclipses. He has written over a dozen books on eclipses including his most recent Eclipse Bulletin: Total Solar Eclipse of 2017 August 21. Espenak also runs 3 websites on eclipse prediction (EclipseWise), eclipse photography (Mr. Eclipse) and astrophotography (Astro Pixels). Over the past 45 years he has witnessed 26 total eclipses of the Sun. In 2003, the International Astronomical Union honored Espenak by naming asteroid 14120 after him. Espenak now lives in Portal, Arizona where he operates Bifrost Astronomical Observatory. Last but not least, Dr. Espenak is also an honorary member of the Kalamazoo Astronomical Society!






Public Observing Session
Saturday, April 9 @ 8:00 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 are Jupiter 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 6:00 pm on the day of the session. Please contact us if you have any additional questions.






Public Observing Session
Saturday, April 30 @ 8:00 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 are Jupiter & its four Galilean Moons and the Galaxies of Spring.

Sessions will be canceled if the sky is mostly cloudy or overcast. For cancellation information, please check this website starting at 6:00 pm on the day of the session. Please contact us if you have any additional questions.





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

Details coming soon...






Public Observing Session
Saturday, May 14 @ 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 are the Moon and Jupiter.

Sessions will be canceled if the sky is mostly cloudy or overcast. For cancellation information, please check this website starting at 6:00 pm on the day of the session. Please contact us if you have any additional questions.






Public Observing Session
Saturday, May 28 @ 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 are red planet Mars, giant Jupiter & ringed Saturn.

Sessions will be canceled if the sky is mostly cloudy or overcast. For cancellation information, please check this website starting at 6:00 pm on the day of the session. Please contact us if you have any additional questions.





General Meeting
Friday, June 3 @ 7:00 pm | Kalamazoo Nature Center

Details coming soon...






Public Observing Session
Saturday, June 11 @ 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 are the Moon, red planet Mars, giant Jupiter & ringed Saturn.

Sessions will be canceled if the sky is mostly cloudy or overcast. For cancellation information, please check this website starting at 6:00 pm on the day of the session. Please contact us if you have any additional questions.






Public Observing Session
Saturday, June 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 are Mars, Jupiter, Saturn & Grand Globular Clusters.

Sessions will be canceled if the sky is mostly cloudy or overcast. For cancellation information, please check this website starting at 6:00 pm on the day of the session. Please contact us if you have any additional questions.





General Meeting
Friday, July 8 @ 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 9 @ 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 are Mars, Jupiter, Saturn & Super Summer Nebulae.

Sessions will be canceled if the sky is mostly cloudy or overcast. For cancellation information, please check this website starting at 6:00 pm on the day of the session. Please contact us if you have any additional questions.






Public Observing Session
Saturday, July 23 @ 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 are Mars, Jupiter, Saturn & deep sky objects inside The Summer Triangle; an asterism make up of 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 6:00 pm on the day of the session. Please contact us if you have any additional questions.






General Meeting
Saturday, August 6 @ 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 (weather permitting). 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:  The picnic is for KAS members and invited guests only. If you'd like to attend then JOIN the KAS today!  The observing session following the picnic is open to the public.






Public Observing Session
Saturday, August 6 @ 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 are Jupiter, Saturn & Pleasant Planetary Nebulae.

Sessions will be canceled if the sky is mostly cloudy or overcast. For cancellation information, please check this website starting at 6:00 pm on the day of the session. Please contact us if you have any additional questions.






Public Observing Session
Saturday, August 13 @ 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 are The Moon, Mars & Saturn.

Sessions will be canceled if the sky is mostly cloudy or overcast. For cancellation information, please check this website starting at 6:00 pm on the day of the session. Please contact us if you have any additional questions.





General Meeting
Friday, September 9 @ 7:00 pm | Kalamazoo Area Math & Science Center



Alan takes you on a photographic tour of the most amazing sights the sky has to offer...

The sky provides us with an endless show filled with beautiful sights and wondrous objects, many visible with just unaided eyes or binoculars. Alan tours us through our amazing sky using images and time-lapse movies he has taken, both from home in Canada and from far-off lands in pursuit of foreign skies and spectacular eclipses.

About the Speaker:
Alan Dyer is one of Canada’s best-known astronomy authors and astrophotographers. He currently serves as associate editor of SkyNews magazine, and as a contributing editor to Sky & Telescope. He has co-authored several best selling guidebooks for amateur astronomers, including The Backyard Astronomer’s Guide, and most recently the ebook How to Photograph and Process Nightscapes and Time-Lapses, available through the Apple iBookstore. He recently retired from 40 years of producing programs for planetariums, most recently for the Digital Dome at the TELUS Spark science centre in Calgary. As an amateur astronomer Alan takes the opportunity as often as possible to visit southern latitudes in pursue of fabulous southern skies. His other obsession, eclipse chasing, has taken him to every continent, chalking up 15 total solar eclipses. Asteroid 78434 is named for him.






Public Observing Session
Saturday, September 10 @ 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 Moon, Uranus & Neptune.

Sessions will be canceled if the sky is mostly cloudy or overcast. For cancellation information, please check this website starting at 6:00 pm on the day of the session. Please contact us if you have any additional questions.






Public Observing Session
Saturday, September 24 @ 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 & Overwhelming Open Clusters.

Sessions will be canceled if the sky is mostly cloudy or overcast. For cancellation information, please check this website starting at 6:00 pm on the day of the session. Please contact us if you have any additional questions.





General Meeting
Friday, October 7 @ 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 8 @ 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 & 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 6:00 pm on the day of the session. Please contact us if you have any additional questions.






Public Observing Session
Saturday, October 22 @ 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 Galaxies of Autumn.

Sessions will be canceled if the sky is mostly cloudy or overcast. For cancellation information, please check this website starting at 6:00 pm on the day of the session. Please contact us if you have any additional questions.





General Meeting
Friday, November 4 @ 7:00 pm | Kalamazoo Area Math & Science Center

Details coming soon...





Annual Meeting
Friday, December 2 @ 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 2nd.  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 2017 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 2017, 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!