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Something Astral

Online course offers astronomy lessons

Do you ever look into the night sky and ask, “Just what is it that I am seeing?” The Kalamazoo Astronomical Society can help you find the answer through its 12-week online course on the basics of astronomy.

Introduction to Astronomy will take place from 6-7:40 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, beginning Jan. 12, via Zoom. The class, taught by diehard amateur astronomer and KAS President Richard S. Bell, will touch on almost all topics related to the cosmos, from the history of astronomy and telescopes to planets, stars, galaxies and other celestial entities.

The class is recommended for ages 15 and older, and the cost is $150. To register, send an email to