General Meeting - Saturday, April 25, 2015 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 - Moving Picture Show
ASKC member Alan Lehman is the featured speaker at the April General Meeting. Alan will present a 30-minute introduction to
astro-videography followed by hands-on experience at the Warko Observatory on the roof of Royall Hall (weather permitting).
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". The next three general meetings will be May 23, June 27 (board of directors election night) and July 25.
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.
The night sky offers thousands of potential observing targets. Galaxies, nebulae, open and globular clusters, double stars and planets await. Two catalogs alone could keep one occupied for a lifetime. Th e New General Catalog (NGC) lists over 7,800 objects. Charles Messier’s smaller list has a still formidable 110 targets. Given so many possibilities, how do you choose targets for a single night?
One common practice is to pre-plan your night. Even a half hour of preparation can assist you in seeing more during your time at the eyepiece. We’ll look at creating observing target lists during the April Astro 101 session. Please join us for another session of Astro 101 April 25th at 6:00 p.m. in UMKC’s Royall Hall, room 104. We hope to see you there!