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, February 27, 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 - Analysis and Heliomorphic Modeling of Earth's Oldest Fossils:
What Stromatolites May Tell Us About the Dynamics of the Ancient Earth-Moon
The Astronomical Society of Kansas City’s February General Meeting on February 27, 2016, will feature Gregory Ojakangas, Associate Professor of Physics at Drury University, Springfield, Mo. The title of his presentation is “Analysis and Heliomorphic Modeling of Earth’s Oldest Fossils: What Stromatolites May Tell Us
About the Dynamics of the Ancient Earth-Moon System.”
For many years, Dr. Ojakangas has led classes of students in the analysis of some of the world’s oldest fossils, while developing novel new models to explain how their shapes developed on the ancient earth. These peculiar fossils, known as stromatolites, are created as colonies of cyanobacteria grow and photosynthesize in shallow ocean water. They were the primary evidence of life for the first several billion years of life’s history on our planet.
Dr. Ojakangas’ professional research has spanned a wide range of topics. He received his B.S. in physics and geology from the University of Minnesota at Duluth. After graduating from UMD, he went on to obtain his M.S. in geophysics and his Ph.D. both from the California Institute of Technology.
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.
The topic for February had not been chosen at the time of this posting.
ASKC February 2016 Calendar