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, 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 22, 2015 at 7:00 PM in Room 104 - Royall Hall - UMKC

6:00 - 6:30 Astro 101

6:30 - 7:00 Meet and Greet*

"The Search for Another Solar System"

The speaker for the Saturday, August 22nd general meeting of the Astronomical Society of Kansas City will be former ASKC member Calen Henderson, son of ASKC President Rick Henderson. His tentative talk title is “The Search for Another Solar System.”

Calen got his start in astronomy research while attending Blue Valley
North high school with a project imaging and classifying asteroids at Powell Observatory’s Astro-Imaging Center with Rick and Mitch Glaze. From there he went on to Vanderbilt University, where he double-majored in physics and piano performance. Realizing it was easier to pursue science professionally and play classical piano on the side rather than vice versa, he subsequently attended The Ohio State University, where he received an MS in astronomy in 2013 and his astronomy PhD in June of 2015. After being supported by an NSF fellowship for much of his graduate tenure, Calen has recently accepted a three-year NASA fellowship and will move to Pasadena, Calif., to work jointly at their Jet Propulsion Laboratory and Caltech.

Calen’s work specializes in using gravitational microlensing to
detect and characterize exoplanets. His upcoming position will focus
on using the Spitzer and K2 (the repurposed Kepler) space telescopes
in conjunction with ground-based surveys to search for both gravitationally bound and free-fl oating planets.

He humbly recalls and fondly remembers his roots in the ASKC,
draws inspiration from the Kansas state motto (Ad astra per aspera
“To the stars through difficulty”), and loves his Mum.

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". Then the next two meetings will be October 24 and November 28 at UMKC.



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.



On July 14, 2015, the deep-space satellite New Horizons made its closest approach to Pluto. The early images from three billion miles away revealed many surprises — discoveries sure to keep planetary scientists busy for years to come.

The late summer months of 2015 offer ideal opportunities to observe Pluto and the gas giants — Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune. Jupiter and Saturn are easy naked eye
targets and are spectacular in a telescope. Surprisingly few active astronomers have located and observed Uranus and Neptune, although these two planets are remarkably easy to find. Pluto, on the other hand, takes persistence and precise charts, but identifying its 13th magnitude speck in the field of view is one of amateur astronomy’s most satisfying challenges.

At the August meeting of Astro 101, we will discuss planetary observing, focusing on the gas giants. Our session will also discuss techniques and equipment necessary to
observe Pluto. Please join us on Saturday, August 22nd, 6:00 p.m. in Room 104, UMKC’s Royall Hall as we conclude the two-part series on solar system observing.

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