How long has it been since you saw the stars under a really dark sky? When the Milky Way actually looked like milk? And there were more stars than you could count.
Come to a Public Open House at Farpoint Observatory. NEKAAL members will be there to answer your questions, you'll feast your eyes on amazing sights, and have a great time.
Want to know more? Check out our Star Party page.
Driving instructions to Farpoint are located on our observatory page.
|March 22||8:00 p.m.|
|April 26||8:30 p.m.|
|May 17||9:00 p.m.|
|June 21||9:00 p.m.|
|June 28||9:00 p.m. (no board meeting)|
|July 19||9:00 p.m.|
|July 26||9:00 p.m. (no board meeting)|
|August 23||8:30 p.m.|
|September 20||7:30 p.m.|
|October 18||7:00 p.m.|
|November 15||CANCELED for weather|
Group tours or observing sessions are scheduled on an individual basis, by contacting the Astronomy Program Director.
If an Open House is canceled due to cloud cover, a message will be posted on the observatory phone (785-806-2070).
NEKAAL's General Meetings are the 4th Thursday of each month, with the exceptions of November (3rd Thursday) and December (date announced each year). Guests are always welcome to join us for the General Meetings and/or observing out at Farpoint.
These meetings are always open to the general public, free of charge. The meetings usually include speakers or presentations covering a wide range of topics relevant to astronomy.
General Meetings are held at the Topeka-Shawnee County Public Library, 10th and Washburn, unless otherwise noted
|January 23, 7pm||Eric Dose||Overview of Visual Observing|
|February 27, 7pm||Janelle Burgardt, Eric Dose||Public Outreach & Visual Observing II|
|March 27, 7pm||Gary Hug||Tombaugh Upgrade|
|April 24, 7pm||Jason Caudle||Cosmos and Importance of Popular Science|
|May 22, 7pm||Mindy Townsend||Where No One Has Gone Before|
|June 26, 7pm||Karen Camarda||Propagation at the speed of thought: A history of gravitational waves and the prospects for their detection|
|July 24, 7 pm||Ed Woerner||Astronomy in the Arabian Peninsula|
|August 28, 7 pm||Janelle Burgardt||Exoplanets|
|Saturday September 27, 6:00 pm||NEKAAL Potluck Picnic||at Farpoint Observatory||No Topeka Library meeting in September. Bring a dish and lawn chair|
|October 23, 7 pm||Mindy Townsend||Stellar Graveyards: The Spooky Origins of the Universe's Most Bizarre Objects|
|November 20, 7 pm||Sanford Pomerantz, M.D.||MARS A ONE WAY TRIP|
|December 6, 5:30pm||Holiday Party||Synder's Cabin, Gage Park, Topeka||Potluck|
The weekends closest to new moon are reserved for observing by NEKAAL members. Requests to schedule the observatory for another purpose on these dates should be directed to the Astronomy Program Director.
|January 11, 3 pm||Pizza Hut, 500 SW 10th St, Topeka|
|February 15, 3pm||Pizza Hut, 500 SW 10th St, Topeka|
|March 22||6:00 p.m.|
|April 26||3:00 p.m. to accommodate Ad Astra, location in prep|
|May 17||7:00 p.m.|
|June 21||7:00 p.m.|
|July 19||7:00 p.m.|
|August 23||6:30 p.m.|
|September 20||5:30 p.m.|
|October 18||5:00 p.m.|
|November 15||2:00 p.m., at Perkins, Wanamaker just south of 17th|
2014 Board meetings are scheduled for Saturdays. Generally Board meetings begin two hours before the public open house, at Farpoint, except in January and February which have no Open House. To recommend an addition to the agenda, Board Members or NEKAAL members may contact the Board Chair (Janelle Burgardt) or President(Eric Dose).