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.
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
Below is the schedule of events to take place on May 14th
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!