Portage District Library
11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Kalamazoo Nature Center
Beginning at 7:00 pm

On Saturday, May 14, 2016 the Kalamazoo Astronomical Society (KAS) will hold its annual award-winning Astronomy Day, a day-long celebration featuring educational displays, hands-on activities, and special presentations to bring science alive for the entire community. This FREE event, aimed at the general public, especially families with school age children, is intended to widen knowledge and appreciation of science, particularly the field of astronomy.

The theme of Astronomy Day 2016 is Galaxies. Surprisingly, the knowledge that the Milky Way is a spiral galaxy and that there are other galaxies in the universe is less than 100 years old!  Today we know there are over 100 billion galaxies in the observable universe, each containing millions to trillions of stars. This year's special keynote speaker will be Dean Regas an astronomer from the Cincinnati Observatory and co-host of the PBS television series Star Gazers. Mr. Regas will take us on a grand tour of billions of stars and galaxies during his keynote presentation at the Kalamazoo Nature Center.

We are pleased to welcome the Portage District Library as a co-sponsor. The library will host our daytime activities from 11am - 4pm. These include safe observations of the Sun, hands-on activities for children, educational displays, our Ask the Astronomer booth, and special presentations on galaxies and our new robotic telescope in Arizona.

Evening activities will be held at the Kalamazoo Nature Center beginning at 7:00 pm. Mr. Regas' keynote presentation will be followed by a night of observing. Telescopes of all shapes and sizes will be available for viewing around Owl Observatory, located on the grounds of the Kalamazoo Nature Center. The observatory, featuring the KAS 12" Schmidt-Cassegrain Telescope, will also be open to the public. Highlights of the night include the Moon, Mars, and Jupiter. Gates open at 8:00 pm.

Below is the schedule of events to take place on May 14th. More detailed information on all of our activities can be found throughout this special website. Please feel free to contact us if you have any further comments or questions. Thank you and see you on Astronomy Day!

DAYTIME ACTIVITIES - Portage District Library
11:00 am Solar Observing begins (weather permitting)

Greeting Table opens

Freebie Table opens

Hands-on Activities begin:
  • Make a Pinwheel Galaxy Pinwheel
  • Build a Balloon Powered Rover
  • Construct a Straw Rocket
Displays open:
  • KAS Robotic Telescope
  • Galaxies: Island Universes
  • KAS Member Astrophotography
  • Meet the Telescopes
12:00 pm Ask the Astronomer booth opens

Special Presentation:

Galaxies: Island Universes

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2:00 pm Special Presentation:

The KAS Robotic Telescope

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4:00 pm All Astronomy Day activities at the library end.
EVENING ACTIVITIES - Kalamazoo Nature Center
7:00 pmKeynote Presentation:

Tour of the Universe: You Are Here

presented by Dean Regas

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9:00 pm Observing Begins

See the Moon, Mars, Jupiter and much more!

(weather permitting)