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 23, 2014 at 7:00 PM in Room 104 - Royall Hall - UMKC

6:00 - 7:30 Atro 101

6:30 - 7:00 Meet and Greet*

7:00 - No Careers in Astronomy? ---
Yeah, right!

The August general meeting of the Astronomical Society of Kansas
City will feature Melanie Melton Knocke, Planetarium Director,
Columbia, Mo., Public Schools.

She holds an M.S. Astronomy from James Cook University, Australia, and a B.A. in Physics with a minor in mathematics from University of Missouri-Kansas City. Her presentation is titled “No Careers in Astronomy? — Yeah, Right!”

Melanie began her astronomy journey with her first class at UMKC. Here she met ASKC member Nancy Vaught who helped her to become a volunteer at the Kansas City Museum’s planetarium. This developed into a part-time and then a full-time job. From there she continued pursuing her astronomy passion taking a position in Wichita, Kan., at Lake Afton Public Observatory. With some experience and education, Melanie worked her way to Mt. Wilson Observatory in California and then to Lowell Observatory in Arizona.

Melanie then accepted a position with Meade Instruments Corp. and worked to develop software programming for computer-controlled telescopes. After some time there she accepted a position with the Planetary Society in California, then moved back to the Midwest, settling in Columbia, Mo.

She is an observational astronomer and has completed the Messier
Marathon. She has had the pleasure of observing and photographing double stars with the same telescope used by Clyde Tombaugh to discover Pluto and has observed Jupiter with the 100-inch Hooker Telescope.

Melanie has authored four books:
Observing for the Fun of It, Will Black Holes Devour the Universe?, From Blue Moons to Black Holes: A Basic Guide to Astronomy,
Outer Space and Space Exploration and Little Giant Book of Astronomy


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.



Denise Moser, ASKC Membership Secretary, will present “Astrophotography without a telescope: Simpler, cheaper, but still astrophotography.” What astronomical objects can you photograph without a telescope? A total Lunar eclipse for one! Try it for the eclipse coming up on October 8th.

August’s Astro 101 will cover planning, basic settings and helpful tips and techniques that you should do with a camera and tripod. You may not get the beautiful pictures you would get with a specialized camera through a refracting scope on an equatorial mount with a drive or by guiding, coupled with skillful post-processing. But if your goal is decent, faithful representation of what you have actually just observed, you might be surprised. The trio of lunar eclipses Oct. 8, 2014, April 4, 2015, and Sept. 28, 2015, will give you a chance to refine your technique, if it doesn’t work out on your first try.

Astro 101 is held in room 104 of Royall Hall at UMKC at 6:00 p.m. just before the General Meeting


ASKC August 2014 Calendar

10-10 Calendar


Map to Royall Hall, UMKC


General Meeting

Monthly Calendar