As a young Girl Scout, I remember laying out in the empty field across from a co-scout’s house, and looking up at the stars, learning the various Kansas City astronomy constellations for a badge. Years later, when I attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison, I loved how different the night sky looked there.
While I still appreciate the beauty of the night sky, I must admit I don’t know much more than those Girl Scout beginner basics. The Astronomical Society of Kansas City could probably teach me a thing or two. Read on to learn more about this 80+-year-old group and events.
What is the name of your organization?
Astronomical Society of Kansas City (ASKC)
What is your name and what is your role in the group?
Rick Henderson – President
What is your organization’s mission?
Educational outreach and personal education in Kansas City astronomy and related sciences.
When was the group founded?
How long have you been a member, and what made you want to join the group?
15 years – I have been actively interested in astronomy since childhood and liked what I learned about the ASKC.
How big is the group?
How often, and where do you meet?
Monthly, in Room 101 in Royall Hall on the UMKC Campus
What do you do at meetings/events?
Announce club related news and feature a guest speaker on an astronomical topic.
What do you love about the group? What makes it unique?
Personal astronomical observing, astrophotography, educational outreach events at school, libraries, museum, etc., and meeting new friends.
Tell us about a particularly memorable moment in the group.
When the famous comet hunter, David Levy, gave a presentation to our group.
What future plans lay ahead for the organization?
Expanded activities and moving our Powell Observatory to a new and better location.
What’s something you love about Kansas City?
Friendly people, a big city that still has a lot of small town charm, lots of different opportunities ranging from education, science, art, music, sports, etc.
Where can someone find more information about your Kansas City astronomy organization?
- Website: http://askc.org
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AstronomyKC/
- Twitter: https://twitter.com/AstronomyKC
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/astronomicalsocietyofkc/ and #askc
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