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, May 28, 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 - Eclipsing Binary Stars
and the O'Connell Effect

The Astronomical Society of Kansas City’s May General Meeting on May 28, 2016, will feature Vayujeet Gokhale, an assistant professor of physics at Truman State University in Kirksville, Mo. He holds a BSc. in physics and MSc. in nuclear physics from the University of Bombay and a PhD in astronomy from Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge.

Dr. Gokhale works on eclipsing binary stars, light pollution awareness and research and on habitability on tidally locked planets around
low-mass stars. His presentation will be on eclipsing binary stars and the O’Connell Effect which affects the asymmetry in the heights of the
out-of-eclipse maxima in the light curve of Eclipsing Binary stars. He will talk about the research projects undertaken at Truman State University to quantify and analyze the OC Effect and its origin and discuss some of the results and what they tell us about EB stars
and the OC Eff ect. He will explain how interested amateur astronomers can contribute to this work using traditional astronomical instrumentation such as telescopes and CCD cameras, as well as new opportunities presented by the advances in DSLR camera technology. He will touch on the role of survey missions like the Kepler mission in
studying variable stars in general, and EB stars in particular


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.



You read the practical Sky and Telescope and Astronomy magazine with the beautiful pictures and you have practiced with the planisphere, red light at the ready. But are youready to go into theb cybersphere and start using (are you ready) … computer software? Whether you will use it to peruse on the fly what you might want to take a gander at during an evening out, to pass the time on a cloudy night, to seriously plan future observing sessions or even take with you to the observing field, free computer software is available. At the May Astro 101 we will look at one of the most popular, Stellarium.

Join us for Astro 101 before the May general meeting for a demonstration of the highlights Stellarium. This is downloadable for free at It comes in many platforms. If you have a laptop, feel free to download and install the program and bring it to the meeting to follow along. (Don’t forget to charge up your laptop — we won’t be using extension cords or troubleshooting your installation).

We will show you the basic set-up, run through the main functions which are mouse-friendly (with keyboard equivalents) and introduce you to a few of the "plug-ins” you might like to try at home. If we have time, we will talk a bit about other similar programs available.

Join us at 6:00 p.m., Saturday May 28 in Room 104, Royall Hall for this informative session.



ASKC May 2016 Calendar

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Map to Royall Hall, UMKC


General Meeting

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