Astronomical Events of Interest

Listed below is a schedule of astronomical events sponsored by AAL or other amateur groups within the region. For AAL-sponsored events, you are encouraged to check our Facebook page for the most recent updates regarding the event. A link to the Clear Sky Chart predictions for Lawrence is supplied below - this allows you to see what the likelihood is for clear skies over the coming few days. We also list below the Sky and Telescope weekly Sky at a Glance to provide some insight into what is visible at night during the coming week.

AAL on Facebook

Clear Sky Chart for Lawrence, KS

Sky and Telescope: This Week's Sky at a Glance

AAL EVENTS & MEETINGS

All of our activities are open to the public, please join us. Check our Facebook page for the latest news and updates

COMET 2022 E3 (ZTF) OBSERVING

THURSDAY,  FEBRUARY 2   at  8 PM
  ROCKHAVEN PARK
 Core of Engineers public area, south of Clinton Lake (see map below)

SUNDAY FEBRUARY 5  at   8PM
 Baker Wetlands Discovery Center

TELESCOPE NIGHT AT KU

Tentative Schedule
TELESCOPES on the LAWN

(see poster below)

THURSDAY, February 09, 2023
~8 PM
OUTSIDE Malott Hall - KU

Telescope Location: https://goo.gl/maps/S1xVuNhV5UzHQkav5
 

PLANETPALOOZA

8 PM - Monday April 03, 2023
Lawrence Public Library
Roof - Parking Garage

 

AAL MONTHLY MEETINGS

Monthly meetings during the school year take place at the Baker Wetlands Discovery Center (BWDC).  Meetings will begin at 7:00 PM. The scheduled meetings for theSPRING 2023 Semester will take place on

SUNDAY FEBRUARY 26
7:00 PM

2022 Critic’s Choice Award-Winning Documentary Film

Good Night Oppy

The film tells the story of Opportunity, a rover that was sent to Mars for a 90-day mission but ended up surviving for 15 years, and the remarkable bond forged between Oppy and her humans millions of miles away

SUNDAY MARCH 26
7:00 PM

Astrophotographer & AAL Member
David Kolb

20 Years of Lucky Imaging

 

SUNDAY APRIL 30
TBD

For all future meetings at BWDC, we will be following the guidelines established by the BWDC.  Currently all people inside the building are required to wear masks, and there is a 25-person maximum on meeting size.  AAL will continue to monitor the BWDC guidelines for changes. Any modification to these guidelines will be posted immediately on our Facebook page.

       PUBLIC OBSERVING SESSIONS

The post-meeting PUBLIC OBSERVING SESSION (POS) will occur as soon as it gets dark after the meeting. The meeting typically ends about 8:00 PM.

SUNDAY FEBRUARY 26

SUNDAY MARCH 26
SUNDAY APRIL 30

SUMMER OBSERVING

During the summer months when school isn't in session, monthly meetings are normally cancelled, but POS still take place. For now, these open sessions are scheduled after the Summer Band Concerts in South Park (after 9 PM), approximately every other week, weather permitting.

Map to Rockhaven Park
Directions to Rockhaven Park
Poster for KU Observing Night
Public Observing on KU
Entrance to Baker Wetlands Discovery Center

Entrance to Baker Wetlands Discovery Center

BWDC 14-inch Dome

Clamshell Dome of 14-inch Celestron at BWDC

Solar Eclipse - Steve Shawl

Celestial Event of Interest - Solar Eclipse 2016