ASKC General Meetings are held at the UMKC Volker Campus in Royall Hall, Room 111, on the fourth Saturday of each month — except September and December, when we hold our members-only picnic and holiday party.
The night begins with Astro 101, a small-classroom educational series on foundational astronomy topics, followed by a meet and greet with light refreshments served. The meeting includes club announcements followed by our featured speaker(s). All are free and open to ASKC members and the public. Check the Event Calendar for details.
- 6:00 pm Astro 101
- 6:30 pm Meet and Greet
- 7:00 pm General Meeting
This Month's General Meeting Details
- June 23, 2018
- Location: Royall Hall, UMKC
"The European Space Agency's Gaia Space Observatory"
The featured speaker for the June general meeting will be Dr. Bruce Twarog, of the University of Kansas. He has been with KU since 1987 and is assistant professor of physics and astronomy. He holds a Ph.D. from Yale University.
The ESA Gaia mission has the goal of constructing the largest and most precise 3D space catalogue ever made. It is measuring the positions, distances, space motions and many physical characteristics of some one billion stars in our galaxy and beyond. Gaia will provide unprecedented positional and radial velocity measurements with the accuracies needed to produce a stereoscopic and kinematic census of about one billion stars in our Galaxy and throughout the Local Group. This amounts to about 1 per cent of the Galactic stellar population.