2017 Banquet with Kelly Beatty

Pluto flyby new horizons art

Open to Public

Type: Banquet

Keywords: Kelly Beatty Pluto

Held on: Jan 28, 2017 (Sat) at 05:00 PM to Jan 28, 2017 (Sat) at 08:00 PM

Speaker: J. Kelly Beatty

Location: Swedish Club, 1920 Dexter Avenue N, Seattle WA 98109

Event Coordinator: Christopher Laurel

Please reserve your seats here.  In order to pay member's price, please sign-in first.

Pluto's Amazing Story

In July 2015, NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft flew past Pluto after a 9½-year-flight. But really this historic encounter was 85 years in the making, ever since 24-year-old Clyde Tombaugh discovered this enigmatic body at the edge of our planetary system. Today we realize that Pluto is among the largest objects in the Kuiper Belt, even though initially it was believed to be a body perhaps as massive as Earth. Join veteran space-science reporter Kelly Beatty as he traces the history of Pluto — from predictions of its existence to the discovery of its moons to its “demotion” to dwarf-planet status. 


Latitude 47.6364659, Longitude -122.3422045

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Please remember to pay for your reservations before the event before seats are sold-out.  In order to pay SAS-member prices, please remember to sign-in.


Kelly Beatty

J. Kelly Beatty

Kelly Beatty has been explaining the science and wonder of astronomy to the public since 1974. An award-winning writer and communicator, he specializes in planetary science and space exploration as Senior Editor for Sky & Telescope magazine. Beatty enjoys sharing his passion for astronomy with a wide spectrum of audiences, from children to professional astronomers, and you'll occasionally hear his interviews and guest commentaries on National Public Radio and The Weather Channel. He also serves on the Board of Directors for the International Dark-Sky Association.



We will be having this year's banquet at The Swedish Club in the Svea Room located on the main floor.


FREE parking is available on the backside of the Swedish Club.


  • 5PM – Happy Hour
  • 6PM – Buffet
    • Boeuf Bourignon
    • Salmon
    • Pasta Fettucini
  • 7PM – Talk by Kelly Beatty


Please note, the dinner is a buffet and includes:

  • Main
    • Boeuf Bourignon
    • Salmon
    • Pasta Fettucini
  • Sides
    • Mashed Potatoes
    • Mixed Assorted Vegetables
    • Salad
    • Bread
  • Dessert
    • Ice Cream or Sherbet
  • Coffee and Tea


over 4 years ago


If you are attending the banquet from the East side of the lake, please be aware that the 520 bridge is closed all weekend. Allow a bit of extra time to take a different route.

over 4 years ago


This is just a friendly reminder that the 2017 Banquet with Kelly Beatty (banquet event) is scheduled for Jan 28, 2017, 05:00 PM. If you still need tickets, email Stephanie at president@seattleastro.org.

Hope to see you there!