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, April 26, 2014 at 6:30 PM in Royall Hall - UMKC

6:30 - 7:00 Meet and Greet*


Professor David M. Kuehn, Ph.D.
Interim Chair, Department of Physics Pittsburg State University


2013–present Interim Chair, Department of Physics, Pittsburg State University
2009 –present University Professor of Physics, PSU
1996–present Supervisor, PSU/Greenbush Astrophysical Observatory
2010–2013 Asst. Chair, Departments of Mathematics and Physics
2002–2009 Professor of Physics, PSU
1995–2002 Associate Professor of Physics, PSU
1995–2000 Adjunct Professor of Astronomy, New Mexico State University
1990–1995 Assistant Professor of Physics, PSU

1990 Ph.D. in Astronomy, New Mexico State University, Las Cruces, N.M.
1985 B.S. in Physics, Pittsburg State University, Pittsburg, Kan.

I am currently involved in a project with Dr. Nancy Chanover (NMSU Astronomy) and Dr. David Voelz (NMSU Electrical Engineering). We are using both visible-near IR and mid-IR acousto-optic tunable filters along with appropriate imaging arrays to map the atmospheres of Jupiter and Saturn. Recently, we finished integrating an AOTF spectrometer with a time-of-flight mass spectrometer at Goddard Spaceflight Center. I developed the control software for the spectrometer. The whole system is designed to analyze rock minerals, with the hope of further funding to land on the surface of Mars. Currently, we are testing and calibrating the instrument with standard rock samples in the laboratory at GSFC.

Using telescopes at the PSU/Greenbush Astrophysical Observatory, undergraduate physics students are helping me find and track recently discovered asteroids for follow-up observations. These observations include both astrometric and photometric information.

I have constructed two low-light intensity, all-weather video cameras combined with tracking software that obtains videos of meteors. The cameras are placed to obtained height information and hopefully will be used for science as well as science education.


Meetings of the ASKC take place on the fourth Saturday of the month except December. The next three meetings will be March 22, April 26 and May 24.



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 (probably) 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.



ASTRO 101 won't be held at the April General Meeting. Check back next month to see what is scheduled for May!


ASKC April 2014 Calendar

10-10 Calendar


Map to Royall Hall, UMKC


General Meeting

Monthly Calendar