The Heart of America Star Party is held at the Astronomical Society of Kansas City's Dark Sky Site. The Dark Sky Site was developed for and by amateur astronomers. Please come and join us for:

  • excellent viewing, located 75 miles south, away from Kansas City lights, which results in nearly 6.7 limiting magnitude (based on SQM-L averages);

  • the comraderie of others with the same passion for the night sky;

  • informational presentations by experts in the field of astronomy;

  • located in a wide area that has plenty of room for tents, trailers, and RVs; electricity for astronomical equipment; toilets and showers on site (please bring your own drinking water). The site is located 15 miles from Butler MO for hotels, restaurants, etc.

  • suggestions for daytime fun activities for the entire family

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HOASP EVENT DETAILS

SATURDAY'S ACTIVITIES INCLUDE:
A TOUR OF AREA CIVIL WAR SITES and a
SWAP AND SHOP - Bring items that you want to sell!

2014 HEART OF AMERICA STAR PARTY TIME LAPSE VIDEO VIEWABLE HERE

This video was created by ASKC member and astrophotographer Tom Martinez and his friend and fellow astrophotographer John Reed. The video is best viewed on a big monitor, full screen, speakers on and at the high resolution of 1080p (click on the little gear icon at the lower right of the video to change the resolution).

 

 

FRIDAY NIGHT

 

 

SATURDAY NIGHT SPEAKER:

PROF. PHILIP BARINGER

DEPARTMENT OF PHYSICS & ASTRONOMY
“THE PHYSICS OF TIME TRAVEL”

Time travel has been used in many works of fantasy and science fiction, ranging from H.G. Wells’ “The Time Machine” to the TV series “Doctor Who.” But is time travel possible? And if it is possible, what are the implications? We will explore these “timely” issues.

Philip Baringer is a Professor of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Kansas and is a Faculty Fellow in KU’s Honors Program. His research area is experimental particle physics. He is a member of a large international collaboration that operates one of the experiments at CERN’s Large Hadron Collider and he uses data from that experiment to study the production of particles such as the top quark and the Higgs boson. He teaches physics at both the introductory and advanced levels and team teaches a course on science and technology with faculty from the Gunn Center for the Study of Science Fiction. This Spring semester he taught an Honors seminar on the topic of time.

 

FRIDAY EVENING OR SATURDAY EVENING
ASTROPHOTOGRAPY WITH DAVID LANE

Our own Astronomical Society of Kansas City member, David Lane, will give a talk on astrophography on either Friday or Saturday. David is becoming internationally famous for his pictures — just do a Google look-up and see! He’s won even more astrophotography awards this past year. David is hosting a special seminar on how YOU can do it, for a fee of $20. This will take place either Friday or Saturday evening, at his site at the star party.

IF YOU ARE INTERESTED, PLEASE EMAIL: hoasp.askc@gmail.org. David will supply much of what you need and will reply to your email with any advance info you need.

 

 

 

 

Here is one of Dave’s great photos, taken nearby the HOASP location

 

Contact:

Email: HOASP.ASKC@GMAIL.COM

Phone: 913-522-8799

HOASP GENERAL MAP

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