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Who We Are
The Kern Astronomical Society (KAS) was founded in 1956 with a charter to “foster interest in astronomy among members, amateur astronomers, and the general public”. We are a club of amateur astronomers that include individuals and families. Anyone interested in astronomy is welcome. The Kern Astronomical Society (KAS) would like to invite you to discover the “Wonders of the Universe.”

Why We Are Here
KAS intends to “bring the joys of astronomy” to the general public. We attend schools, scout groups, and a variety of other community events with telescopes and a lot of enthusiasm. We enjoy showing people everything from the rings of Saturn, to Jupiter’s moons, to the craters of the Moon, and more. See the star party coordinator below for more information.

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To learn more about the club, come to a KAS meeting! Our meetings are free, open to the public and family friendly.  We meet 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 Lengthwise Brewing Company (7700 District Blvd) in Bakersfield.

Annual membership is $25 and our memberships are "family" memberships. Members of KAS also get membership in the Astronomical League. New members get first crack at borrowing one of the club telescopes for a month!

To download the registration form please click on the link below:
KAS Membership form 2024​​​

Upcoming Events

No Meeting05 Jul 2024
Bonnie Buretti - JPL Europa Clipper02 Aug 20247700 District Boulevard, Bakersfield, CA, USA
Officer Election13 Sep 20247700 District Boulevard, Bakersfield, CA, USA

Past Events

Linda Spilker – Voyager Mission07 Jun 20247700 District Boulevard, Bakersfield, CA, USA
KAS Picnic18 May 2024400 Montclair St, Bakersfield, CA, USA
Omer Blaes – Gravitation Waving03 May 20247700 District Boulevard, Bakersfield, CA, USA
Share your eclipse experience12 Apr 20247700 District Boulevard
Solar Eclipse Photography – Darren Bly01 Mar 20247700 District Boulevard, Bakersfield, CA, USA
Meteorites – Rod Guice02 Feb 20247700 District Boulevard, Bakersfield, CA, USA
Astrophotography – John Hester05 Jan 20244200 Gosford Road, Bakersfield, CA, USA

Star Parties

We have two club star parties every month on the Saturday evenings of third quarter Moon and new Moon (weather permitting).

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Club Officers

Click here for current officer's contact information. New officers are elected every September.

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"For my part I know nothing with any certainty, but the sight of the stars makes me dream."

Vincent Van Gogh

  • General Meeting Site (first Friday each month): Round Table Pizza, 4200 Gosford Road # 101
  • Bakersfield, CA 93389