The 2016 MSRAL convention, held June 3,4 and 5 and will be hosted by the St. Louis Astronomical Society and the Astronomical Society of Kansas City

MSRAL 2016 Convention

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Dates Friday, June 3-Sunday June 5.

Location: University of Missouri-Columbia Physics Department. 

Registration Form 

Registration packets may be picked up beginning at Noon on Friday June 3. 

StarBQ: Friday evening at 6:00.  The StarBQ will be held at Rock Bridge High School and will include a presentation in their new planetarium.

Business meeting:  The business meeting will take place at 8:00 am on Saturday, June 4.

Speakers/talks/workshops:  We have selected a great variety of speakers for the event, from Eclipse Chaser presentations to other presentations of  current astronomical interest. Presentations will take place from 9am-5pm Saturday and 9am-12pm on Sunday.

Banquet Buffet:  The banquet will take place Saturday evening at 6 pm (most likely 10 or 11pm)  It will be held on the campus in the University Center.

Lodging: Lodging will be available on the MU campus, since this event is being held between school sessions.  Also suggested hotel accommodations will be communicated soon.

Convention Cost
MSRAL Registration: $35.00
Barbeque Registration: $20.00
Luncheon Registration: $11.00
Banquet Registration: $40.00

Once again, we have scheduled the event to make it easy for most people in the region to get to the conference by leaving Friday morning/afternoon and returning Sunday afternoon.  This way, only two nights of lodging are required.

We have not scheduled any tours at this time but if there are suggestions for sites that people may want to visit, either astronomically related or otherwise, please feel free to suggest it to us.  Suggestions may include places such as the Reactor at UMC, etc.

If you have national or other speakers to suggest to us to get for the program, feel free to contact us.

The program will have an eclipse 2017 theme but other speakers/topics are certainly welcome.

If you have suggestions for topics/workshops, we would certainly appreciate those as well.

Please send any suggestions, etc. to

Please spread the word, and let’s have a great turnout for this event, jointly sponsored by the Astronomical Society of Kansas City and the St. Louis Astronomical Society.  Registration will be available very soon.  More specific details will follow.

Thanks so much and we look forward to a great convention!  Don't forget to save the dates!


Jim Small and Carroll Iorg, MSRAL co-chairmen


MSRAL Convention 2014 Group Photo

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Amateur Astronomers of the Year

Amy White and Jim Small receives the Amateur Astronomer of the Year Award from last year's winner, John Johnson.