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, July 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 - STUART RILEY
"All About Working with Fermi Labs and CERN"
The speaker for the July 25, 2015, general meeting of the Astronomical Society of Kansas City will be ASKC member Stuart Riley. His tentative topic is “All About Working with Fermi Labs and CERN.”
Stuart has lived in the Midwest central United States most of his life. He has lived in Kansas, Minnesota, Iowa, Texas, Arkansas and now Missouri. He is a Navy Viet Nam Veteran, having made a short stay overseas from late 1969 through mid-1973, serving on river boats and was stationed in Saigon. After the Navy, he made use of military the education benefits to obtain a BS in Physics in 1976, a BS in Electrical Engineering in 1980, a PhD in Electrical Engineering in 1982 and an MS in Computer Science in 1988. Stuart has attended and participated in many astronomy clubs and has interests in double stars, variable stars, star clusters, solar sciences and planetary nebulae. He was the 2010 recipent of ASKC’s Helen A. Warkoczewski Award for “outstanding contributions to astronomy.”
He is a member of the Astronomy League through the ASKC, having joined in 1997. When he moved from Kansas to Arkansas, he was a part of the Sugar Creek Astronomical Society in northwest Arkansas and participated in community outreach programs, including teaching astronomy, the night skies and exploring our universe as nature and science ambassador. While in Arkansas, he participated with the Pittsburg State College observers, South Central Missouri Astronomers and Northwest Arkansas Star Gazers.
Following his move back to Kansas City, he became a member of the Warkoczewski Observatory staff in at UMKC in mid-town Kansas City. He enjoys outreach and teaching the public and interested students in searching and learning the night skies, how to view with telescopes and some theory on why astronomy, chemistry, physics and nature are highly integrated. More importantly, he enjoys the splendor of spending time under night skies while in the Missouri region.
Join us in July to hear Stuart tell about Fermi and CERN.
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".
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.
At the end of June, observers saw a spectacular conjunction of Venus and Jupiter. Solar system geometry brought Jupiter, an outer planet, and Venus, an inner planet, into close proximity in the western sky, separated by a mere 0.3°. Venus, even when it is not close to the gas giant, is an interesting target for amateur astronomers. Venus shows distinct phases like the Moon, changes apparent size noticeably and shines brightly in the sky, trailing only the Moon or the Sun in magnitude.
Mercury and Mars can be classified among the terrestrial planets along with Earth and Venus. July’s Astro 101 will cover planetary observing, focusing on Earth’s three nearest planetary neighbors. Our July session will also touch on asteroid observing. We will cover techniques, tools and timing to help you make the most of your time at the eyepiece, whether you’re observing terrestrial or minor planets.
Please join us on Saturday, July 27th, 6:00 p.m. in Room 104 of Royall Hall as we begin a two-part series on solar system observing.
ASKC July 2015 Calendar