ASKC General Meetings are held at the UMKC Volker Campus in Royall Hall, Room 111, on the fourth Saturday of each month — except September and December, when we hold our members-only picnic and holiday party.
The night begins with Astro 101, a small-classroom educational series on foundational astronomy topics, followed by a meet and greet with light refreshments served. The meeting includes club announcements followed by our featured speaker(s). All are free and open to ASKC members and the public. Check the Event Calendar for details.
- 6:00 pm Astro 101
- 6:30 pm Meet and Greet
- 7:00 pm General Meeting
This Month's General Meeting Details
- Date: October 28, 2017
- Location: Royall Hall, UMKC
Dr. Bharat Ratra
Kansas State University Distinguished Professor of Physics
Dr. Ratra received his Ph.D. at Stanford University and has published numerous articles on cosmology and dark energy. He will present on:
The Accelerating Expanding Universe: Dark Matter, Dark Energy, and Einstein's Cosmological Constant
Dark energy is the leading candidate for the mechanism that is responsible for causing the cosmological expansion to accelerate. Dr. Ratra will describe the astronomical data which persuade cosmologists that (as yet undetected) dark energy and dark matter are by far the main components of the energy budget of the universe at the present time. He will review how these observations have led to the development of a quantitative “standard” model of cosmology that describes the evolution of the universe from an early epoch of inflation to the complex hierarchy of structure seen today. He will also discuss the basic physics, and the history of ideas, on which this model is based.