|Public Astronomy Night Dates in 2017|
|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.|
|January 26, 7pm||Planet 9 from outer space!||Dr. Bruce Twarog|
|February 23, 7pm|
|March 23, 7pm|
|April 27, 7pm||The 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|
|July 27, 7pm||Larry McHenry||E.E. Barnard and His Dark Nebula||See Larry McHenry's Bio Below|
|August 24, 7pm|
|September 28, 7pm|
|October 26, 7pm|
|November 16, 7pm|
|December 3, 5:30-7:00pm||Holiday Party||Snyder's Cabin, Gage Park|
|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 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: http://www.stellar-journeys.org/
|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, KS||link|
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 House 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'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.
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 (Eric Dose) or President(Russell Valentine).