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NEKAAL's Scheduled Events for 2019

Policy Update notice: All public astronomy nights at Farpiont will be canceled if it is raining or too cloudy. You can check within two hours of the event for status updates.

Public Astronomy Night Dates in 2019 at Farpoint Observatory
Date Start Time
March 30 8:00pm
April 27 8:30pm
May 25 9:00pm (board meeting May 19) CANCELED
June 1 9:00pm (no board meeting)
June 22 9:00pm CANCELED
July 6 9:00pm (no board meeting)
July 27 9:00pm
August 24 8:30pm
September 21 8:00pm CANCELED
October 26 7:30pm (board meeting Oct 20)
November 23 7:30pm
General Meetings
January 24, 7pm
February 28, 7pmTim Edwards How to use a planisphere, identify objects in the sky
March 28, 7pmTim Edwards The Spring Sky
April 25, 7pm Tim Edwards Astronomy News
May 23, 7pm Jan Burgardt The Moon
June 27, 7pmDouglas Goodin Spectroscopic Search for Life on Other Planets
July 25, 7pmRussell Valentine Beginning Astrophotography
August 22, 7pmNight Sky Network Webinar Astrophotography, Coloring the Universe.
September 26, 7pmNight Sky Network Webinar Touring the Universe with Dean Regas, a demonstration of Mitaka
October 24, 7pmEd Woerner
November 21, 7pmDr Daniel Seaton, Senior Solar Physicist, University of Colorado at Boulder “Solar Physics”
Board Meetings
DateTime/alt Location
January 13st 1:30 PM/Topeka Library
February 17th 1:30 PM/Topeka Library
March 30 6:00 PM
April 27 6:30 PM
May 19 1:30 PM/Topeka Library
June 22 7:00 PM
July 27 7:00 PM
Aug. 24 6:30 PM
Sept. 21 6:00 PM
Oct. 201:30 PM/Topeka Librar
Nov. 23 5:30 PM

Astronomy Related Events

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.

All public astronomy nights at Farpiont will be canceled if it is raining or too cloudy. You can check within two hours of the event for status updates.

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 astronomy nights, 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).