Saturday, May 10, 2014 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
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.
This year our special keynote speaker will be Michael Bakich
, a life-long amateur astronomer and a Senior Editor at Astronomy
(the world's best-selling astronomy magazine). In honor of Mr. Bakich's
visit the theme of Astronomy Day 2014 is our greatest natural
resource, The Night Sky
starry sky has filled us with awe and wonder for centuries. The Moon
goes through a stately set of monthly phases, while the planets appear
to wander among the
stars. Meteors shoot across the sky and northern lights dance above
the horizon. Bright comets can appear at any time, while eclipses can
be predicted far into the future. The night sky is predictable yet
all at the same time.
We are pleased to welcome the Portage District Library as
a co-sponsor. The library will host our daytime
activities from 10am - 4pm. These include safe observations of the
Sun, hands-on activities for children, educational displays, our Ask
the Astronomer booth, and special presentations on The Night Sky by KAS members
activities will be held at the Kalamazoo Nature Center beginning at
7:00 pm. Michael Bakich will deliver the keynote presentation, 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, Jupiter, and Saturn.
Gates open at
Below is the schedule of events to take place on May 10th
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!