ASKC General Meeting Information
General meetings of the Astronomical Society of Kansas City, are free and open to the public. We meet the fourth Saturday of each month (except December and for the annual picnic), usually in Room 111 of Royall Hall, on the campus of the University of Missouri at Kansas City, located one block west of 52nd and Rockhill Road.
Meeting time starts at 6:30pm with a "Meet and Greet" for guests and new members. The General meeting begins at 7:00 pm and usually ends around 9:00 PM. Come early at 6:00 pm to catch our Astro 101 series. Astro 101 is a source of information about various aspects of astronomy for everyone, and whether you are a novice or an experienced observer.
Meetings consist of some short business notes, our featured speaker and social hour. Plan on arriving early and take advantage of meeting our members, asking questions, and finding out what we are all about!at we are all about!
General Meeting - Saturday, April 23, 2016 at 7:00 PM in Room 104 - Royall Hall - UMKC
6:00 - 6:30 Astro 101
6:30 - 7:00 Meet and Greet*
7:00 - DRIVEWAY ASTRONOMY
The Astronomical Society of Kansas City’s April General Meeting on April 23, 2016, will feature Henry G. Stratmann, MD, FACC, FACP speaking on “Driveway Astronomy.” Dr. Stratmann is a cardiologist, science fiction writer and amateur astronomer. Before entering private practice in Springfield, Mo., in 2002 he was Professor of Medicine at St. Louis University School of Medicine. After retiring from medical practice, he finally had the time to once again pursue his lifelong interest in astronomy. He currently is enrolled at Missouri State University to obtain a BS in physics with a minor in astronomy/astrophysics, is president of MSU’s astronomy club and is on the adjunct faculty in the Department of Physics, Astronomy and Materials Science teaching an astronomy laboratory class. Henry’s written works include being author or coauthor of some seventy
publications in medical journals, over thirty science fiction stories and science fact articles in the magazine Analog Science Fiction and Fact, and the nonfiction book “Using Medicine in Science Fiction: The SF Writer’s Guide to Human Biology.”
Meetings of the Astronomical Society of Kansas City take place at
7:00 p.m. the fourth Saturday of the month except September and December. The September meeting is the annual "members only picnic" and the December meeting is our annual holiday party.
We've added an informal meet-and-greet from 6:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Board members and club members will be available to answer questions, chat about news of the day and in general get to know faces in the light, rather than voices in the dark. Treats will be available for the meet-and-greet before meetings and after meetings. Also after general meetings and weather permitting, you are invited to the roof of Royall Hall to look through some of the instruments inhabiting the Warkoczewski Observatory.
So far in 2016’s in Astro 101 classes, we have chosen a first telescope, looked at the importance of binoculars for observing and previewed the Messier Marathon.
However, a very big barrier to the beginning observer is fi nding things in the sky in the fi rst place. Your telescope may have “Go-To” features, but if your power fails you are left in the dark with no where to go. Binoculars help with a right-side-up view, but are you looking at the right bright star? That sky-wide Messier Marathon map shows treasures all along the sky, but why does it look backwards?
April’s Astro 101 will look at some simple concepts, ideas and basics to do for naked-eye astronomy. Why naked eye? It is how our ancestors enjoyed astronomy long before all the gadgets came along. Wasn’t what you saw just looking up at the night sky what brought you into the hobby? And it is the context you need to feel comfortable in to engage the public at ASKC outreach events. Laser sky tours, anyone? It is the foundation for you to progress on your path to
more advanced observing. Did you know that a number of Astronomical League’s Observing Award Programs have some items on them that require only your naked eye?
We’ll take a glimpse at sky orientation, a glance at star navigation and gaze at seasonal patterns to build a naked eye foundation to your astronomy.
Join us at 6:00 p.m., Saturday April 23 in Room 104, Royall Hall for this informative session.
ASKC April 2016 Calendar