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, August 27, 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 -Death from the Skies?
A Nearby Supernova in Earth's Recent Past

The Astronomical Society of Kansas City’s General Meeting on August 27, 2016, will feature Brian Thomas Professor, Department of Physics and Astronomy at Washburn University in Topeka, Kan. His presentation, titled “Death from the Skies? A nearby supernova in Earth’s recent past” will further inform us on the topic Adrian Mellot from University of Kansas spoke about during the July General Meeting.

Geologists have found that a massive star exploded relatively nearby about 2.5 million years ago. How do they know? What did life here experience then and how might the event have changed the course of history? From geology to radiation biology to climate change, he will tell the story of what is known, how it’s known, and what’s yet to be discovered.

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. Our next regular General meetings are October 22 and November 26.



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.



Going Lunar?

Perhaps the best object for observation by Astro 101 students is the most-studied celestial object before the advent of spaceships and satellites — the Earth’s Moon. People notice the Full Moon more often than any other phase, but the other phases are better for observing. Lunar observing is awesome observing with seas, craters and mountain ranges visible to the naked eye, binoculars and telescopes. The features change hour to hour and night to night every month. No where else will you observe such variety in shades of gray visible.

Join us Aug. 27, at 6:00 P.M. in Royall Hall for a tour of our Moon and an introduction to related Astronomical League Obseving Award programs.



ASKC August 2016 Calendar

10-10 Calendar


Map to Royall Hall, UMKC


General Meeting

Monthly Calendar