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Kootenai Stargazers Astronomy Club

About Kootenai Stargazers Astronomy Club

We are a small group of people who enjoy the various aspects of astronomy. The Kootenai (pronounced KOOT'-nee) part of our club name comes from the Kootenai River that runs though Libby, Montana and the Kootenai National Forest that surrounds Libby.

Besides sharing knowledge, trivia and literature, we also enjoy the night skies with occasional star parties.

Where are we?

We are located in Libby, Montana

We meet in member homes in the Libby area. Contact us for directions.

A little bit of history

Kootenai Stargazers Astronomy Club (KSAC) is the first astronomy club officially formed in Libby.

It all began when Kathy Nielsen, with a new telescope, started gazing at the night skies. She then roped a couple of friends into sharing the experience with her and it quickly became a hobby and a chance to share the experience with others.

As others joined in, it was suggested that an astronomy club would be beneficial to the community.

So a plan was developed and KSAC was born on March 31st, 1999 with Kathy as President.

KSAC has covered various topics and interests about our skies and universe over the years and we continue to strive to make the club more involved and active for everyone.

About our monthly meetings

Usually on the third Friday of the month.

Chow and chatter at 6 PM, meeting starts at 7 PM

Meeting agenda usually includes:

  • Astronomy related word of the month
  • List of upcoming meetings and presentations
  • Current events of interest
    • General club business
    • Articles/events on the web.
  • Quiz of the month
    • Astronomy related
    • Usually 10 multiple choice questions
    • All in fun - no one loses and everyone learns something
  • Presentation of the month

Although we have occasional star parties, actual star gazing is not usually part of our monthly meetings.

About our monthly presentations

Our monthly presentations are presented by one of our members.

Giving a presentations is voluntary.

Typically, a member picks a subject that is of interest to them, then researches the subject.

Presentations are usually PowerPoint, based on handouts, or done on a white board.

Some of our past presentations include:

  • Globular Clusters
  • The Planets - Parts 1 - 6
  • God's Tinker Toys
    • About subatomic particles, such as Quarks, Leptons, Gluons and Higgs, and how they work together.
  • Time
    • The evolution of time scales.
    • The evolution of clocks, from early Egyptian sun dials to latest atomic clocks.
  • The discovery of the Higgs Boson and what it means
  • Objects on the Night Sky
  • Mass Extinctions
  • How Far Away is That Star?
  • DVD presentation on "The Wave-Particle Duality of Light"
  • The Eyes, the Brain and Viewing
  • Star Catalogues
  • Parallel Worlds
  • Main Sequence Stars
  • Missing Antimatter
  • Astronomical Archeology