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NEKAAL's Scheduled Events for 2020

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, general meetings and public observing sessions are cancelled until further notice.

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 2020 at Farpoint Observatory
Date Start Time
August 11 9:00pm Perseids Meteor Shower at Farpoint
August 22 8:30pm
September 12 8:00pm
October 10 7:30pm
November 7 7:30pm No board meeting
General Meetings
January 22, 7pm Beginning Astronomy At Perkins
February 26, 7pm Betelgeuse AND “best astrophotos of 2019” Note: This one is a Wednesday
June 25, 7pm
July 23, 7pm
August 27, 7pm
September 24, 7pm
October 22, 7pm
November 19, 7pm
Board Meetings
DateTime/alt Location
January 12 1:30pm/Topeka Library
February 9 1:30pm/Topeka Library
March 14 5:30pm
April 25 6:30pm
May 16 7:00pm
June 13 7:00pm
July 12 1:30pm/Topeka Library
August 22 6:30pm
September 12 6:00pm
October 10 5:30pm
November 8 1:30pm/Topeka Library

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 Farpoint 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).