About Stargazers

Stargazers is Truman State University’s organization for all students who are interested in astronomy. There are no requirements for membership other than an interest in the night sky; all are welcome. We meet regularly to discuss astronomy, host several open houses at TSU’s observatory each semester, and also do various astronomy-related activities throughout the year.

At our open houses, we set up several telescopes including the “big one” under the dome, point them all at interesting night sky objects, and allow anyone from the student body or the Kirksville community to come out and have a look. It’s a great opportunity to expose newcomers to the wonders of the night sky, and even on cold nights, we all have a great time. In addition to general open houses, we also host private open houses. For more information, including directions and dates of open house nights, click here.


Other activities we have done in the past include participating in Science on Saturday and setting up a solar telescope on the mall.


  • President: Tatsuya Akiba
  • Vice President: Charlie Ortmann
  • Secretary: Rebecca Niemeier
  • Treasurer: Jon Marple
  • Webmaster:┬áPujita Ravichandar
  • Risk Manager: Mridul Bhattarai
  • Public Relations Director: Pujita Ravichandar
  • Director of Outreach: Patrick Morgan
  • Associate Directors of Outreach: Rebecca Niemeier and Samantha Carroll

Academic Advisor: Vayujeet Gokhale