The 2021 Heart of America Star Party (HOASP) was a great success!

Over 60 attendees enjoyed several nights of observing under truly dark skies, terrific guest speakers, fun daytime activities and great food.

Check back for details on 2022 HOASP.

 

The Heart of America Star Party is the ASKC’s largest annual event, hosted at our 40-acre Dark Sky Site (DSS), 75 miles South of Kansas City. Join us for:

  • 6.3 limiting magnitude (based on SQM-L averages)
  • Services & motels located in nearby Butler, Mo.
  • Plenty of room for tents, trailers & RVs
  • Power hookups available
  • New shower/toilet facilities & fresh water on tap
  • Nearby Civil War museums & historical sites

 

SCHEDULE

THURSDAY, OCT. 7
12:00 P.M. Gates officially open
12:00 P.M.–2:00 P.M. Registration
6:30 P.M.–7:30 P.M. Registration
6:51 P.M. SUNSET

FRIDAY, OCT. 8
10:00 A.M.–11:00 A.M. BRUNCH Contentinal breakfast, including cold cereals, bagels and cream
cheese, muffins, fruit, coffee, various juices
11:00 A.M.–1:00 P.M. Registration
11:00 A.M. GPS Geocaching Treasure Hunt
12:00 P.M. Solar observing, mirror cleaning, Newtonian telescope collimation
2:00 P.M.–4:00 P.M. Swap Meet
5:30 P.M.–6:00 P.M. Registration
5:00 P.M.–6:00 P.M. DINNER Two Guys and a Grill: hamburgers or grilled chicken, or all beef
hot dogs, regular and BBQ chips, coleslaw, baked beans, water
6:50 P.M. Door prizes
7:00 P.M. SCOTT ROBERTS, Explore Scientific via Zoom “The Power of Stargazing”
6:50 P.M. SUNSET

SATURDAY, OCT. 9
9:30 A.M.–11:00 A.M. BRUNCH Two Guys and a Grill Box Lunch: sliced deli meats on a hoagie roll
with American cheese, lettuce, tomatoes, pickles, chips, pasta
salad, chocolate chip cookie
11:00 A.M.–1:00 P.M. Registration
11:00 A.M. GPS Geocaching Treasure Hunt
12:00 P.M. Solar observing
1:30 P.M.–3:30 P.M. Swap Meet/Civil War historical site tour (Battle of Mine Creek)
4:00 P.M.–5:00 P.M. DAVID MCCALLIE in person “SharpCap Stacking Software”
5:00 P.M.–6:00 P.M. STAR-B-Q BBQ Next Year’s Winner: brisket and pulled pork, baked
beans, coleslaw, salad, bread, dessert, drinks
6:50 P.M. Door prizes
7:00 P.M. MICHAEL BAKICH via Zoom “Solar Eclipses: The Cool, The Bizzare, The Wonderful”
6:48 P.M. SUNSET

SUNDAY, OCT. 10
10:00–11:00 A.M. BRUNCH Refrigerator Roulette, coffee, drinks
6:47 P.M. SUNSET

 

Photos From Recent HOASPs

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Aerial View of the 2017 HOASP

Credit: Jim Ketchum

Aerial View of the 2016 HOASP

Credit: Jim Ketchum