General Meeting - Saturday, May 23, 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 - To be announced
Unfortunately the scheduled speaker for our May, 2015 General Meeting is not able to attend and we aren't able to provide information about the program that will be presented instead at this time.
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 June 27 (board of directors election night), July 25, and August 22.
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.
Would you tell me, please, which way I ought to go from here?,” asked Alice.
“That depends a good deal on where you want to get to,”
said the Cat. — Lewis Carroll, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland
Unlike Alice, astronomers generally have a specific destination in mind at the end of a starhop. Astronomers, like the heroine of Wonderland, look for guidance on their journeys. The Cheshire Cat may not have given Alice a useful answer, but astronomers can turn to the work of uranographers, the astronomical version of chart makers, when seeking directions. In May, we will cover the wide variety of astronomical charts and how you can use them for planning and at the eyepiece. You will better understand the types, advantages, and weaknesses of paper and computer charts.
We will learn methods for using charts to navigate the celestial realm. Bring your questions and your favorite astronomical charts to the May session.
Astro 101 meets May 23rd at 6:00 p.m. in UMKC’s Royall Hall, room 104.