NEKAAL's Scheduled Events for 2017

Public Astronomy Night Dates in 2017 at Farpoint Observatory
Date Start Time
March 18 8:00 p.m.
April 22 8:30 p.m.
May 20 9:00 p.m.
June 17 9:00 p.m.
June 24 9:00 p.m. (no board meeting)
July 15 9:00 p.m.
July 22 9:00 p.m. (no board meeting)
August 19 8:30 p.m.
September 16 8:30 p.m.
October 21 8:00 p.m.
November 11 7:30 p.m.
General Meetings
January 26, 7pm Planet 9 from outer space! Dr. Bruce Twarog
February 23, 7pm Justin Prochaska
March 23, 7pm Getting ready for the solar eclipse
April 27, 7pmThe Accelerating Expanding Universe: Dark Matter, Dark Energy, and Einstein's Cosmological Constant Dr. Bharat Ratra
May 25, 7pm Gravitational waves Karen Camarda
June 22, 7pm Eclipses David Cromer
July 27, 7pm Larry McHenryE.E. Barnard and His Dark Nebula See Larry McHenry's Bio Below
August 24, 7pm Sharing about the Total Solar Eclipse
September 28, 7pm Cassini
October 26, 7pmRobert Lehnert The Galileo Controversy
November 16, 7pm Graham Bell
December 3, 5:30-7:00pm Holiday Party Snyder's Cabin, Gage Park
Board Meetings
DateTime/alt Location
January 21 3:30 PM/Perkins
February 18 2 PM/Perkins
March 18 6:00 PM
April 22 6:30 PM
May 20 7:00 PM
June 17 7:00 PM
July 15 7:00 PM
Aug. 19 6:30 PM
Sept. 16 6:30 PM
Oct. 21 6:00 PM
Nov. 11 5:30 PM

Larry McHenry

Larry McHenry has been active in amateur astronomy for over 40 years, and is a member of the Kiski Astronomers from Southwestern Pennsylvania, in the Pittsburgh area.

His favorite astronomical activities include solar observing, video astronomy, and studying the mythology of the night sky. Larry is currently working on a project to video-observe all 2482 Herschel Objects. You can learn more about his interests, including his video-survey of the Constellations, and his home observatory, online at his webportal:

Astronomy Related Events

April 11, 4:30pm Fred Espenak The Great Solar Eclipse of 2017 101 Cardwell Hall, K-State, Manhattan, KS link
April 14, 7pm Prof. Daniel H. McIntosh Hubble's Legacy: Reflections on the Past, Present & Future of U.S. Astronomy Kansas Room, Kansas Memorial Union, University of Kansas, Lawrence, KSlink

Public Astronomy Night at Farpoint Observatory

How long has it been since you saw the stars under a really dark sky? When the Milky Way actually looked like milk? And there were more stars than you could count.

Come to a Public Astronomy Night at Farpoint Observatory. NEKAAL members will be there to answer your questions, you'll feast your eyes on amazing sights, and have a great time.

Want to know more? Check out our Star Party page.

Driving instructions to Farpoint are located on our observatory page.

Group tours or observing sessions are scheduled on an individual basis, by contacting the Astronomy Program Director.

If there is cloud cover, a non-formal presentation or video will be shown. If you would like to know the status you can call the observatory phone (785-925-2960).

NEKAAL General Meetings

NEKAAL's General Meetings are the 4th Thursday of each month, with the exceptions of November (3rd Thursday) and December (date announced each year). Guests are always welcome to join us for the General Meetings and/or observing out at Farpoint.

These meetings are always open to the general public, free of charge. The meetings usually include speakers or presentations covering a wide range of topics relevant to astronomy.

General Meetings are held at the Topeka-Shawnee County Public Library, 10th and Washburn, unless otherwise noted

Board Meetings

Board meetings are scheduled for Saturdays. Generally Board meetings begin two hours before the public open house, at Farpoint, except in January and February which have no Open House. To recommend an addition to the agenda, Board Members or NEKAAL members may contact the Board Chair or President (See Who We Are).