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A letter to you from Ken, our President

Sun, January 01, 2017 4:55 PM | Warren Philpot (Administrator)

To say that 2016 was a banner year for the LAS would be an understatement. Let’s review. 

LAS visits the UofL Observatory

Due to our improved website, in 2016, we came from 80 members to 150 members. We have over 1,000 in our Facebook group. Our core group has expanded.

Our dedicated sidewalk astronomers have brought solar, lunar, planetary and deep sky observation to over 20,000 guests at locations as diverse as the stars themselves with over 14,000 viewing the stars with the B4B volunteers.

Sidewalk astronomy by the LASSpeaking of diversity, meetings in 2016 featured a tour of the Moore Observatory, a talk by JPL Software Engineer Steve Watson, two lectures by Chuck Keeton of Rutgers University, safe solar observation, radio astronomy, astrophotography, telescope instruction and many other subjects

We finished 2016 the year with just under $10,000. in the bank which is a great head start on our projected budget of $6,000. in 2017. $3,500 of our treasury came from new membership, another record.

With 2016 being a record-setting year, where do we go from here? Upwards, of course! With a grant from the Louisville Metro Council, we will have $10,000 worth of new telescopes and accessories..

Kids learning at the UAC

We will be heavily involved in educating students about the Great Solar Eclipse of 2017. Our scouting activities will increase as we have joined the Girl Scouts of Kentuckiana Space Team with four events already scheduled. And, of course, we will break records with our LAS sidewalk astronomy efforts. We are also putting together another great Summer of Science that may top 2016.

So, what can you do to help make 2017 greater than 2016? Get involved! Be a part of the LAS outreach team!

Watch the website for announcements and join us at our events.

Don’t be left behind as we travel - To Infinity and Beyond!

Ken Alderson
LAS president

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