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International Year of Astronomy The Kern Astronomical Society (K.A.S.) promotes community awareness of current events in astronomy, and provides a forum for sharing of knowledge and experiences among amateur astronomers. The Kern Astronomical Society meets on the first Friday of the month at 6:30 PM for dinner followed by the business meeting and program at 7:30 PM at the Round Table Pizza at the corner of Gosford and White Lane (4200 Gosford Rd, Suite 101) in Bakersfield—see the map below.

We're part of the Night Sky Network. Find our events by using the NSN Search widget at left or check out the Syzygy (our newsletter). The initial search will be all events within 100 miles of the given zip code and it will be sorted by date. You can then sort by club or narrow the search radius.

We are also a member of the Astronomical League and members receive the monthly Reflector Magazine among other benefits.

Astronomy Day, April 12th -- Free Event for the Public!

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Astronomy Links

  1. This week's sky at a glance
  2. Sky almanac (quick overview of what's visible now)
  3. Clear Dark Sky California (forecast of observing conditions)
  4. Kids Astronomy
  5. Astronomy Notes (will answer just about any other astronomy question)
  6. Bakersfield College Planetarium (also has the Bakersfield Night Sky column archive and info on safely observing the Sun during solar eclipses)

What We Do

To learn more about the club, come to a KAS meeting! on the first Friday of the month at 6:30 PM for dinner followed by the business meeting and program at 7:30 PM at the Round Table Pizza at the corner of Gosford and White Lane (4200 Gosford Rd, Suite 101) in Bakersfield—see the map below. Annual membership is $20.00 and $25 for those getting paper copies of the Syzygy (to cover postage). With membership Sky and Telescope and / or Astronomy magazines are available at reduced rates. New members get first crack at borrowing one of the club telescopes for a month!

Usual meeting spot shown below:


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Officers

President: Diane Franco (487-2519) (edit email address after you click the link) Vice President: Cathy Jones (319-4424)
Secretary: Heather Ponek (873-1545) Treasurer: Ken Powers (393-6379)
SYZYGY editor: Florencio Ortiz (204- 1896) (edit email address after you click the link on his name)

Star Party Coordinator: Darren Bly (302-1607) -- contact person for schools and group leaders wanting a star party at their school (edit email address after you click the link.

Astronomy Day Coordinator: Carol Powers (393-6379) Board members (at large): Charlie Brown (833-8175) and Mike Ponek (477-4306)

last updated: February 2, 2014

Webpage contact: Nick Strobel