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 Early Convention Info

Dates Friday, June 3-Sunday June 5

Location: UM-Columbia Physics Department 

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

Online/mail registration will open when we get all the parameters for menus, costs, etc set.  We will likely have it ready to go around the end of January.

StarBQ: Friday evening from around 5:00 pm-?  The StarBQ will be held on campus near the UMC Observatory with an open house at the Observatory afterwards.

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

Speakers/talks/workshops:  Speakers will take place from 9am-5pm Saturday and 9am-12pm on Sunday

Banquet:  The banquet will take place Saturday evening from 6pm-? (most likely 10 or 11pm)  It will be held on the campus of UMC.

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

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


Jim Small, MSRAL co-chair


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.