NOTICE

The MAS is evaluating the available options for public and member-only events during the COVID-19 pandemic. We will continue to abide by the governor’s executive orders and guidance from the Minnesota Department of Health.

Click HERE to read the COVID-19 Observatory Site Rules for MAS member use

Click HERE to read the MAS COVID-19 Public Event Rules


Registration is open for Astronomy Day public star party, May 15th.

Click the link HERE and post on the discussion forum.


Featured Events


Astronomy Day

Astronomy Day

May 15, 2021
Eagle Lake Observatory

The Minnesota Astronomical Society would like to invite you to attend the Astronomical League’s Astronomy Day activities at the Eagle Lake Observatory in Baylor Regional Park.

Note that like all MAS events, registration is required and attendance is limited.

Click the link HERE to register for the event

ALSO, follow the link above and review the MAS COVID-19 Public Event Rules.

Speakers are scheduled throughout the day and will give talks on astronomy and what there is to see. Door prize drawing will be held Saturday evening and include MAS merchandise, astronomy books and telescopes. Weather permitting, the evening will conclude with tours of the night sky and of course stargazing.

For information on the Eagle Lake Observatory including directions, visit the ELO webpage HERE

For additional information on this years Astronomy Day including speakers scheduled, visit the Astronomy Day webpage.

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B-SIG Field Trip

May 22, 2021
Metcalf Observing Field

The Beginners Special Interest Group (B-SIG) will be having a star party at the Metcalf Observing Field on May 22nd beginning at 8:00 pm.

Come on out to learn about the night sky and how to find and observe objects. Bring your own telescope or have a look through one of the MAS volunteer scopes.

Visit the B-SIG Discussion Forum for more information and any last minute changes.

The event is cancelled if cloudy.

For information on the Metcalf Field including directions, visit the observatory webpage HERE

NOTICE: Please review the Public Event Rules HERE, before attending any MAS event.

Also note that these rules supersede any existing information you may find elsewhere on our website.

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Monthly Meeting

Thursday June 3, 2021
7:00 pm
Online via Zoom

Featured Speaker: Chick Woodward
U of M Institute of Astrophysics

Topic: Comets – The Building Blocks of Planetary Systems

This meeting will be help online using Zoom. If you would like to join us you will need use the following URL:

LINK TBD

You can probably hear best with a headset but your computer’s speaker and microphone will also work.

Dial-in Phone Number

Meeting ID:   TBD
Passcode:   TBD

+1 312 626 6799 US (Chicago)

In order to ensure the most success we are asking everyone to follow a couple of rules:

1. Don’t turn on your camera – it sucks up bandwidth and we really don’t need to see you.

2. Keep your microphone muted until you are prompted during a question and answer session during the presentation. This will cut down background noise substantially.

3. You can request to ask a question in the chat area of the Meet and wait to be prompted by the moderator.

We hope you can join us.
Clear skies!

Mark Job
MAS President



Upcoming Featured Events

May
15
Sat
2021 Astronomy Day – Public Star Party @ Eagle Lake Observatory
May 15 @ 1:00 pm – 10:00 pm
2021 Astronomy Day - Public Star Party @ Eagle Lake Observatory

NOTICE: Please review the Public Event Rules HERE, before attending any MAS event.

Also note that these rules supersede any existing information you may find elsewhere on our website.

Astronomy Day Public Star Party at the MAS Eagle Lake Observatory.

Join us for Astronomy Day activities at the Eagle Lake Observatory. The observatory opens at 1:00 with speakers scheduled throughout the day covering a variety of astronomical topics. Take a tour of our observatory and do some daytime viewing of the sun and other daytime stars and planets (weather permitting). Door prize drawing will be held Saturday following the evening speaker presentation.

Visit the MAS Astronomy Day web page for information and schedule of events.

Additional information on the observatory as well as directions can be found on the Eagle Lake Observatory web page.

 

CANCELLED IF RAINING Event (1st qtr. moon)

May
22
Sat
May B-SIG Star Party @ Metcalf Observing Field
May 22 @ 8:00 pm
May B-SIG Star Party @ Metcalf Observing Field

B-SIG star party will be on Saturday May 22, weather permitting, at the Metcalf Nature Center. Saturday is the primary night for the event. Friday is the backup night if Saturday is forecast to be cloudy. Visit the MAS B-SIG discussion forum for additional information and schedule changes HERE

The directions to Metcalf are included here: http://www.mnastro.org/facilities/metcalf/

NOTICE: Please review the Public Event Rules HERE, before attending any MAS event.
Also note that these rules supersede any existing information you may find elsewhere on our website.

Jun
3
Thu
Monthly meeting
Jun 3 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

 

Speaker: TBD

Topic: TBD

Monthly meetings are open to all – you needn’t be an MAS member to attend. These meetings normally take place the first Thursday of each month and will continue online during the pandemic. Monthly meetings start at 7:00 p.m. and last about two hours.

Each meeting features Board member introductions, general announcements, “Better Know a Constellation”, normally presented by a member, main speaker (around 45 minutes duration). Society business is occasionally transacted as needed.

Jun
19
Sat
June B-SIG Star Party
Jun 19 @ 8:00 pm
June B-SIG Star Party

B-SIG star party will be on Saturday June 19, weather permitting, at the Metcalf Nature Center. Saturday is the primary night for the event. Friday is the backup night if Saturday is forecast to be cloudy. Visit the MAS B-SIG discussion forum for additional information and schedule changes HERE

The directions to Metcalf are included here: http://www.mnastro.org/facilities/metcalf/

NOTICE: Please review the Public Event Rules HERE, before attending any MAS event.
Also note that these rules supersede any existing information you may find elsewhere on our website.

Jul
1
Thu
Monthly meeting
Jul 1 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

 

Speaker: TBD

Topic: TBD

Monthly meetings are open to all – you needn’t be an MAS member to attend. These meetings normally take place the first Thursday of each month and will continue online during the pandemic. Monthly meetings start at 7:00 p.m. and last about two hours.

Each meeting features Board member introductions, general announcements, “Better Know a Constellation”, normally presented by a member, main speaker (around 45 minutes duration). Society business is occasionally transacted as needed.

Jul
24
Sat
July B-SIG Star Party
Jul 24 @ 8:00 pm
July B-SIG Star Party

B-SIG star party will be on Saturday July 24, weather permitting, at the Metcalf Nature Center. Saturday is the primary night for the event. Friday is the backup night if Saturday is forecast to be cloudy. Visit the MAS B-SIG discussion forum for additional information and schedule changes HERE

The directions to Metcalf are included here: http://www.mnastro.org/facilities/metcalf/

NOTICE: Please review the Public Event Rules HERE, before attending any MAS event.
Also note that these rules supersede any existing information you may find elsewhere on our website.



All Public Star Parties

May
15
Sat
2021 Astronomy Day – Public Star Party @ Eagle Lake Observatory
May 15 @ 1:00 pm – 10:00 pm
2021 Astronomy Day - Public Star Party @ Eagle Lake Observatory

NOTICE: Please review the Public Event Rules HERE, before attending any MAS event.

Also note that these rules supersede any existing information you may find elsewhere on our website.

Astronomy Day Public Star Party at the MAS Eagle Lake Observatory.

Join us for Astronomy Day activities at the Eagle Lake Observatory. The observatory opens at 1:00 with speakers scheduled throughout the day covering a variety of astronomical topics. Take a tour of our observatory and do some daytime viewing of the sun and other daytime stars and planets (weather permitting). Door prize drawing will be held Saturday following the evening speaker presentation.

Visit the MAS Astronomy Day web page for information and schedule of events.

Additional information on the observatory as well as directions can be found on the Eagle Lake Observatory web page.

 

CANCELLED IF RAINING Event (1st qtr. moon)

May
29
Sat
2021 Public Star Party @ Eagle Lake Observatory
May 29 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
2021 Public Star Party @ Eagle Lake Observatory

Public Star Party at the MAS Eagle Lake Observatory.

The Eagle Lake Observatory consists of the Onan Observatory, the Sylvia A. Casby Observatory and the HotSpot Classroom.

Public nights at Eagle Lake are held about every other Saturday night from March till November. Annually, we also host all day events for Astronomy Day, Fall Astronomy Day and our annual Camping with the Stars event. Additionally, we may schedule a “special event” throughout the year for a rare astronomical event such as an eclipse, conjunction, transit or meteor shower.

Public star parties are open to all, but please review the Star Party Guidelines if you have not been to a public event before.

Additional information as well as directions can be found on the Eagle Lake Observatory web page.

 

NOTICE: Please review the Public Event Rules HERE, before attending any MAS event.

Also note that these rules supersede any existing information you may find elsewhere on our website.

Eagle Lake Observatory
44.8103 -93.9397

Merle Hiltner onaninfo@mnastro.org

Jun
12
Sat
2021 Public Star Party @ Eagle Lake Observatory
Jun 12 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
2021 Public Star Party @ Eagle Lake Observatory

Public Star Party at the MAS Eagle Lake Observatory.

The Eagle Lake Observatory consists of the Onan Observatory, the Sylvia A. Casby Observatory and the HotSpot Classroom.

Public nights at Eagle Lake are held about every other Saturday night from March till November. Annually, we also host all day events for Astronomy Day, Fall Astronomy Day and our annual Camping with the Stars event. Additionally, we may schedule a “special event” throughout the year for a rare astronomical event such as an eclipse, conjunction, transit or meteor shower.

Public star parties are open to all, but please review the Star Party Guidelines if you have not been to a public event before.

Additional information as well as directions can be found on the Eagle Lake Observatory web page.

 

NOTICE: Please review the Public Event Rules HERE, before attending any MAS event.

Also note that these rules supersede any existing information you may find elsewhere on our website.

Eagle Lake Observatory
44.8103 -93.9397

Merle Hiltner onaninfo@mnastro.org

Jun
26
Sat
2021 Public Star Party @ Eagle Lake Observatory
Jun 26 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
2021 Public Star Party @ Eagle Lake Observatory

Public Star Party at the MAS Eagle Lake Observatory.

The Eagle Lake Observatory consists of the Onan Observatory, the Sylvia A. Casby Observatory and the HotSpot Classroom.

Public nights at Eagle Lake are held about every other Saturday night from March till November. Annually, we also host all day events for Astronomy Day, Fall Astronomy Day and our annual Camping with the Stars event. Additionally, we may schedule a “special event” throughout the year for a rare astronomical event such as an eclipse, conjunction, transit or meteor shower.

Public star parties are open to all, but please review the Star Party Guidelines if you have not been to a public event before.

Additional information as well as directions can be found on the Eagle Lake Observatory web page.

 

NOTICE: Please review the Public Event Rules HERE, before attending any MAS event.

Also note that these rules supersede any existing information you may find elsewhere on our website.

Eagle Lake Observatory
44.8103 -93.9397

Merle Hiltner onaninfo@mnastro.org

Jul
17
Sat
2021 Public Star Party @ Eagle Lake Observatory
Jul 17 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
2021 Public Star Party @ Eagle Lake Observatory

Public Star Party at the MAS Eagle Lake Observatory.

The Eagle Lake Observatory consists of the Onan Observatory, the Sylvia A. Casby Observatory and the HotSpot Classroom.

Public nights at Eagle Lake are held about every other Saturday night from March till November. Annually, we also host all day events for Astronomy Day, Fall Astronomy Day and our annual Camping with the Stars event. Additionally, we may schedule a “special event” throughout the year for a rare astronomical event such as an eclipse, conjunction, transit or meteor shower.

Public star parties are open to all, but please review the Star Party Guidelines if you have not been to a public event before.

Additional information as well as directions can be found on the Eagle Lake Observatory web page.

 

NOTICE: Please review the Public Event Rules HERE, before attending any MAS event.

Also note that these rules supersede any existing information you may find elsewhere on our website.

Eagle Lake Observatory
44.8103 -93.9397

Merle Hiltner onaninfo@mnastro.org

Jul
31
Sat
2021 Public Star Party @ Eagle Lake Observatory
Jul 31 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
2021 Public Star Party @ Eagle Lake Observatory

Public Star Party at the MAS Eagle Lake Observatory.

The Eagle Lake Observatory consists of the Onan Observatory, the Sylvia A. Casby Observatory and the HotSpot Classroom.

Public nights at Eagle Lake are held about every other Saturday night from March till November. Annually, we also host all day events for Astronomy Day, Fall Astronomy Day and our annual Camping with the Stars event. Additionally, we may schedule a “special event” throughout the year for a rare astronomical event such as an eclipse, conjunction, transit or meteor shower.

Public star parties are open to all, but please review the Star Party Guidelines if you have not been to a public event before.

Additional information as well as directions can be found on the Eagle Lake Observatory web page.

 

NOTICE: Please review the Public Event Rules HERE, before attending any MAS event.

Also note that these rules supersede any existing information you may find elsewhere on our website.

Eagle Lake Observatory
44.8103 -93.9397

Merle Hiltner onaninfo@mnastro.org