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MSRAL 2006 Convention

MSRAL 2016 Convention

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Schedule for speakers will be posted tonight (Wednesday)

Friday, June 3 - Sunday June 5

Hosted by
The St. Louis Astronomical Society
and the
Astronomical Society of Kansas City

University of Missouri Physics Department
Rock Bridge High School


Star B Q at Rock Bridge High School Friday night
catered by Buckingham's Smokehouse

Keynote Speaker and Planetarium Presentation
Melanie Knocke

Tour of Laws Observatory on top of the Physics Building on main campus of MU

Banquet at the Memorial Student Union in the Benton-Bingham Ballroom, 2nd Floor, University of Missouri

Keynote Speaker
Dr. Angela Speck

Tour of Morrison Observatory, Central Methodist College, Fayette, MO
Link for Observatories

Other Speakers

Dr. Linda Godwin, former NASA astronaut
Dr. Mike Reynolds, noted author, meteorite and eclipse expert
Mike Clements, homebuilt 70" reflector
Don Ficken - St. Louis Eclipse Task Force and Library Telescope program



OPT provided a TPO 6" f9 Ritchey Chretien Astrograph
OPT 6' f/9 Ritchey-Chretien Astrograph OTA




Celestron provided a Nextstar 5 Solar System Imager:

NexImage 5 Solar System Imager (5MP)


daystar filters logo

Door prize unknown at this time

Explore Scientific USA

20mm 100 degree field Eyepiece

2 $50 Gift Certificates, 2 $25 Gift Certificates

Astro League Sales will donate a door prize and is attending as a vendor







Full Program for MSRAL

Click the link above to download the pdf program

PDF of Program Schedule (subject to change)

Important Notices

Watch for the orange MSRAL signs to direct you!

Registration at Rock Bridge High School

Park in the South Parking lot. 
Enter at the South Entrance (not the main entrance that faces Providence Road)
Once inside, up to enter the cafeteria

Rock Bridge High School    Google maps link


There is NO CHARGE for most parking on the campus of Mizzou from 5pm Friday - Sunday. This includes all campus parking including staff spaces and metered parking along the street.  Exceptions for enforcement will be posted on signs at the lot.  The most convenient lot is just west of Virginia Avenue.  You may use the open lot or the first three levels of the garage.  Upper levels of the garage are reserved for students.  Links for maps are below.



Location: Right next to the Physics Department about a block away.

  • 29.50 Each for double occupancy
    52.50 Each for single occupancy

  • suite style rooms sharing a bathroom with a neighbor. Includes linens, pillow and a towe

  • Parking available in front of the dorm or in parking garage across the street. PARK IN THE FIRST THREE LEVELS ONLY.  UPPER LEVELS ARE RESERVED FOR STUDENTS. There is a pull up area to unload. NO CHARGE for parking from 5pm Friday - Sunday (register for your room anytime Friday, then park after the StarBQ)

  • You may stay in the dorm before or after the conference as well, such as Thursday or Sunday night

  • Discovery Residence Hall

  • Call 573-882-4440 from 7:30- 4pm

  • Pay with cash or check. Credit Cards are not accepted. You may pay when you get to the dorm.

  • Some handicap rooms are available as are rooms closer to the elevator.  Just ask when you call.

Form for dorm registration

Above is the link for a registration form you may mail in if you do not want to call.  You may also fill out the form electronically and send it directly to Matt at the dorm office at this email:

arnoldmt at missouri.edu


Rock Bridge High School    Google maps link

Campus map, http://mu-cf-map.col.missouri.edu/muparking/

Discovery hall: http://mu-cf-map.col.missouri.edu/muparking/index.html?bld=37038

Parking Garage: http://mu-cf-map.col.missouri.edu/muparking/index.html?lot=296

Physics Building: http://mu-cf-map.col.missouri.edu/muparking/index.html?bld=37078

Morrison Observatory, Fayette, MO google map link for Observatory


  • Star B Q catered by Buckingham Smokehouse

  • Lunch Saturday catered by Jersey Mike's

  • Banquet catered by University Catering

For more information

Contact Jim Small or Cook Feldman at


PDF of Program Schedule (subject to change)


Friday, June 3, 2016

12:00 pm – 9:00 pm Registration, Rock Bridge High School Cafeteria
6:00 pm – 7:30 pm Star-B-Q
~8:00 pm - 9:30 pm Bringing a 44-year-old Planetarium into the 21st century
Melanie Knocke, Director - Columbia Public Schools Planetarium
10:00 pm - ?? Laws Observatory Tour

Saturday, June 4, 2016

7:00 am - noon Registration, Physics Department, Missouri University
7:30 - 8:00 Coffee and Harold's Donuts
8:00 - 9:00 MSRAL Business Meeting
9:00 Welcome
9:00 - 10:00 St. Louis Library Telescope and Eclipse Planning: A Community Collaboration
Don Ficken, St. Louis Astronomical Society
10:00 – 11:00 Space Telescopes, Space Walks, and Living in Microgravity
Dr. Linda Godwin, University of Missouri, NASA
11:00 – 12:00 46 Years of Total Solar Eclipse Chasing
Dr. Mike Reynolds, Florida State College
12:00 – 1:15 Lunch Boxed lunches available.
1:15- 1:30 Group Photo Location to be announced
1:30 – 2:30 How to Build a Really BIG Telescope
Mike Clements, Salt Lake Astronomical Society
2:30 – 3:30 Co-evolution of Extreme Star Formation and Quasar: hints from Herschel and the Sloan Digital Sky Survey
Zhiyuan Ma, Graduate Student, University of Missouri
3:30 – 4:30 The Citizen Continental-America Telescopic Eclipse Experiment (CATE): Observing the Inner Corona During Totality
David Young, Astronomical Society of Kansas City

5:30 Doors Open
6:00 Dinner is served
7:30 Keynote - The Eclipse of a Generation
Dr. Angela Speck, University of Missouri
9:00 Awards
10:00 - ?? Morrison Observatory Tour and Observing (feat. 12" Alvin Clark Refractor)

Sunday, June 5, 2016

8:00 – 9:00 Choosing and Using Eyepieces
Scott Roberts, Explore Scientific
9:00 – 10:00 NGC 2392: Where's the H2?
Sean Baldridge, Graduate Student, University of Missouri
10:00 – 11:00 A Telescope for Disabled Viewing
Tom Nickelson, St. Louis Astronomical Society
11:00 – 12:00 Rocks from Space
Dr. Mike Reynolds, Florida State College
12:00 Conclusion of MSRAL 2016 Convention

Contact numbers:
Jim Small - 314-307-0692 Carroll Iorg - 816-809-4877


For information about Columbia, MO, visit the following website:

For more information:

Contact Jim Small or Carroll Iorg at



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