General Meetings

ASKC General Meetings are usually held at the UMKC Volker Campus in Royall Hall, Room 111, on the fourth Saturday of each month — except:

  • September: Members-only picnic (no regular meeting)
  • November: Saturday prior to Thanksgiving
  • December: Annual holiday party (no regular meeting)

The night begins with 30-Minute Astronomy (a short program on an introductory topic), followed by a meet and greet with light refreshments. ASKC's library will be open for browsing and material checkout. The meeting format typically includes welcome and introductions, guest speaker presentation, Q&A, and then general announcements and business items.

Meetings are free and open to the public.


This Month's Meeting

2024 Board of Director's Election

Please be sure to attend in person of via Zoom so that we can meet our minimum attendance to have a quorum. Last year it was very close! If we don't have enough in attendance, the election must be repeated!


This month's featured speaker will be Lou Mayo, Professor of Astronomy, Marymount University, Arlington, Virginia. His presentation will be “Heliophysics Big Year: A Global Celebration of Sun.” He will present via Zoom.

Lou Mayo is a planetary scientist with over 40 years supporting NASA planetary research, space missions, and space science data centers. He was a member of both Voyager IRIS and Cassini CIRS IR Instrument teams, conducting instrument calibration, ground system design, and planetary atmospheres research. He is currently Chief Scientist for GAMA-1 Technologies and Professor of Astronomy at Marymount University.

Lou is also heavily involved in astronomy outreach and public communication. For over 30 years, he has led NASA teams bringing space science mission science and discovery to the country, including both Venus Transits and the 2017 and 2024 solar eclipses across America. For NASA’s Science Mission Directorate, he has spearheaded astronomy education programs for Girl Scouts, Amateur Astronomers, university professors, and K-12 educators. Lou is currently Co-I and Program Manager for NASA’s SolarSTEAM heliophysics education program delivering space science esearch, missions, and discoveries to the nation and he is featured on the live YouTube show, “Space Oddities” which streams Tuesdays at 2:00 p.m. CDT.



Saturday, June 22nd, 2024

  • 6:00 PM: 30-Minute Astronomy by Jerel Williams
  • 6:30 PM: Refreshments, ASKC Library Open
  • 7:00 PM: Program


Upcoming Meetings

The next General Meetings will be at UMKC Royall Hall on July 27, Aug 22. Our annual picnic will be on Sept 28.



Royall Hall, UMKC, 800 East 52nd Street, Kansas City, Missouri

Free parking is available in the garage south of 52nd Street.

Enter Royall Hall via the east doors under the pedestrian bridge.

Virtual option: ASKC members will receive an invitation to participate via Zoom.


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