50th Anniversary of Apollo 11 Special Event – part 2

This past Saturday, July 20, 2019, was the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 landing. The event at the Eagle Lake Observatory was a huge success with about 250 visiting during the day and into the night. The unique “exhibit” for this event was our full scale Lunar Module mockup and Apollo 11 landing site recreation on the ball field below the observatory. Everyone I spoke to was very impressed an thankful for our efforts in bringing the lunar site down to earth.

In case you missed it, the Minnesota Astronomical Society is once again hosting a Special Event to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 lunar landing.  I am scheduling an “Impromptu Public Star Party” for this Saturday, July 27th, beginning at 4:00 to set up our Apollo 11 landing site.  You will be able to walk around our simulated lunar landing area to get a sense of how Armstrong and Aldrin worked and where the experiments, some of which are still used today, were deployed. This may be as close as any of us will get to actually walking in the astronauts footsteps. If clear, we will also be observing throughout the afternoon and evening with Jupiter and Saturn being prominent in the evening skies.

Continue to celebrate this historic event with the us at the Eagle Lake Observatory within Baylor Regional Park at 10775 County Rd. 33, Norwood Young America, MN 55397

Further information and updates are posted on the MAS website at www.mnastro.org

Merle Hiltner
Minnesota Astronomical Society
Eagle Lake Observatory Facility Director
Onan Observatory • Sylvia A. Casby Observatory • HotSpot Classroom

 

Featured Events

 

Monthly Meeting

Monthly Meeting

July 11, 2019
Fairview
Community Center

Speaker: Clement Pryke: Minnesota Institute for Astrophysics

Topic: Cosmic Microwave Background & South Pole Radio Observing
Synopsis: A presentation on the Cosmic Microwave Background (CMB), the center piece of todays Cosmology, and the recent observations form the south pole radio observatory.

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 at the Fairview Community Center in Roseville (”Great Room”). Monthly meetings usually 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) and an after-meeting social gathering. Society business is occasionally transacted as needed.

Meeting Location: Fairview Community Center

1910 County Road B West – ”Great Room”
Roseville, MN 55113

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B-SIG Field Trip

Warming house at Metcalf Field

July 13, 2019
Metcalf Field

The Beginners Special Interest Group (B-SIG) will be having a field trip to the MAS’s first observing site, Metcalf Field on Saturday July 13th, 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 Metcalf Field including directions, visit the observatories webpage HERE

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Monthly Meeting

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MAS General Meeting

August 1, 2019
Fairview
Community Center

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 at the Fairview Community Center in Roseville (”Great Room”). Monthly meetings usually 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) and an after-meeting social gathering. Society business is occasionally transacted as needed.

Meeting Location: Fairview Community Center

1910 County Road B West – ”Great Room”
Roseville, MN 55113

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Upcoming Featured Events

Jul
27
Sat
Apollo 11 50th Anniversary – part 2 @ Eagle Lake Observatory
Jul 27 @ 4:00 pm – 10:30 pm
Apollo 11 50th Anniversary - part 2 @ Eagle Lake Observatory

Public Star Party at the MAS Eagle Lake Observatory.

This past Saturday, July 20, 2019, was the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 landing. The event at the Eagle Lake Observatory was a huge success with about 250 visiting during the day and into the night. The unique “exhibit” for this event was our full scale Lunar Module mockup and Apollo 11 landing site recreation on the ball field below the observatory. Everyone I spoke to was very impressed an thankful for our efforts in bringing the lunar site down to earth.

In case you missed it, I am scheduling an “Impromptu Public Star Party” for this Saturday, July 27th, beginning at 4:00 to once again set up our Apollo 11 landing site. Once again, you will be able to walk around our simulated lunar landing area to get a sense of how Armstrong and Aldrin worked and where the experiments, some of which are still used today, were deployed. This may be as close as any of us will get to actually walking in the astronauts footsteps. If clear, we will also be observing throughout the afternoon and evening with Jupiter and Saturn being prominent in the evening skies.

Continue to celebrate this historic event with the us at the Eagle Lake Observatory within Baylor Regional Park at 10775 County Rd. 33, Norwood Young America, MN 55397

Further information and updates are posted on the MAS website at www.mnastro.org

The Eagle Lake Observatory consists of the Onan Observatory, the Sylvia A. Casby Observatory and the HotSpot Classroom.
Additional information as well as directions can be found on the Eagle Lake Observatory web page.

 

All Weather Event (new moon)

Aug
1
Thu
Monthly meeting @ Fairview Community Center
Aug 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 at the Fairview Community Center in Roseville (“Great Room”). 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) and an after-meeting social gathering. Society business is occasionally transacted as needed.

NOTE: Meeting time and / or location sometimes change to take advantage of special program opportunities. Please check the MAS homepage at www.mnastro.org for the latest information regarding the meeting.

Aug
2
Fri
2019 Camping with the Stars @ Eagle Lake Observatory
Aug 2 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
2019 Camping with the Stars @ Eagle Lake Observatory

The Minnesota Astronomical Society invites you to our 12th annual Camping with the Stars Event taking place at the Eagle Lake Observatory, located within Carver County Baylor Regional Park, about 45 minutes Southwest of Minneapolis and 3 miles north of Norwood-Young America.

 

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

Objects of interest include: The Sun, the Moon, Venus, Mercury, Jupiter, Saturn and daytime stars

Additional information about this years CWTS can be found HERE. 

All Weather Event (1st qtr. moon)

Aug
3
Sat
2019 Camping with the Stars @ Eagle Lake Observatory
Aug 3 @ 1:00 pm – 10:00 pm
2019 Camping with the Stars @ Eagle Lake Observatory

The Minnesota Astronomical Society invites you to our 12th annual Camping with the Stars Event taking place at the Eagle Lake Observatory, located within Carver County Baylor Regional Park, about 45 minutes Southwest of Minneapolis and 3 miles north of Norwood-Young America.

 

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

Objects of interest include: The Sun, the Moon, Venus, Mercury, Jupiter, Saturn and daytime stars

Additional information about this years CWTS can be found HERE. 

All Weather Event (1st qtr. moon)

Aug
4
Sun
2019 Camping with the Stars @ Eagle Lake Observatory
Aug 4 @ 8:00 am – 2:00 pm
2019 Camping with the Stars @ Eagle Lake Observatory

The Minnesota Astronomical Society invites you to our 12th annual Camping with the Stars Event taking place at the Eagle Lake Observatory, located within Carver County Baylor Regional Park, about 45 minutes Southwest of Minneapolis and 3 miles north of Norwood-Young America.

 

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

Objects of interest include: The Sun, Venus, Mercury and daytime stars

Additional information about this years CWTS can be found HERE. 

All Weather Event (1st qtr. moon)

Aug
9
Fri
August B-SIG Star Party @ Metcalf Field
Aug 9 @ 8:00 pm
August B-SIG Star Party @ Metcalf Field

This months BSIG will be on Friday August 9, weather permitting, at the Metcalf Nature Center.

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

This event is weather dependent. So please send me an e-mail at sureshks1@msn.com if you are interested in coming out so I can keep you updated… I will plan on making a go/no go decision by 3pm on the day of the event.

Suresh



All Public Star Parties

Jul
27
Sat
Apollo 11 50th Anniversary – part 2 @ Eagle Lake Observatory
Jul 27 @ 4:00 pm – 10:30 pm
Apollo 11 50th Anniversary - part 2 @ Eagle Lake Observatory

Public Star Party at the MAS Eagle Lake Observatory.

This past Saturday, July 20, 2019, was the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 landing. The event at the Eagle Lake Observatory was a huge success with about 250 visiting during the day and into the night. The unique “exhibit” for this event was our full scale Lunar Module mockup and Apollo 11 landing site recreation on the ball field below the observatory. Everyone I spoke to was very impressed an thankful for our efforts in bringing the lunar site down to earth.

In case you missed it, I am scheduling an “Impromptu Public Star Party” for this Saturday, July 27th, beginning at 4:00 to once again set up our Apollo 11 landing site. Once again, you will be able to walk around our simulated lunar landing area to get a sense of how Armstrong and Aldrin worked and where the experiments, some of which are still used today, were deployed. This may be as close as any of us will get to actually walking in the astronauts footsteps. If clear, we will also be observing throughout the afternoon and evening with Jupiter and Saturn being prominent in the evening skies.

Continue to celebrate this historic event with the us at the Eagle Lake Observatory within Baylor Regional Park at 10775 County Rd. 33, Norwood Young America, MN 55397

Further information and updates are posted on the MAS website at www.mnastro.org

The Eagle Lake Observatory consists of the Onan Observatory, the Sylvia A. Casby Observatory and the HotSpot Classroom.
Additional information as well as directions can be found on the Eagle Lake Observatory web page.

 

All Weather Event (new moon)

Aug
2
Fri
2019 Camping with the Stars @ Eagle Lake Observatory
Aug 2 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
2019 Camping with the Stars @ Eagle Lake Observatory

The Minnesota Astronomical Society invites you to our 12th annual Camping with the Stars Event taking place at the Eagle Lake Observatory, located within Carver County Baylor Regional Park, about 45 minutes Southwest of Minneapolis and 3 miles north of Norwood-Young America.

 

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

Objects of interest include: The Sun, the Moon, Venus, Mercury, Jupiter, Saturn and daytime stars

Additional information about this years CWTS can be found HERE. 

All Weather Event (1st qtr. moon)

Aug
3
Sat
2019 Camping with the Stars @ Eagle Lake Observatory
Aug 3 @ 1:00 pm – 10:00 pm
2019 Camping with the Stars @ Eagle Lake Observatory

The Minnesota Astronomical Society invites you to our 12th annual Camping with the Stars Event taking place at the Eagle Lake Observatory, located within Carver County Baylor Regional Park, about 45 minutes Southwest of Minneapolis and 3 miles north of Norwood-Young America.

 

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

Objects of interest include: The Sun, the Moon, Venus, Mercury, Jupiter, Saturn and daytime stars

Additional information about this years CWTS can be found HERE. 

All Weather Event (1st qtr. moon)

Aug
4
Sun
2019 Camping with the Stars @ Eagle Lake Observatory
Aug 4 @ 8:00 am – 2:00 pm
2019 Camping with the Stars @ Eagle Lake Observatory

The Minnesota Astronomical Society invites you to our 12th annual Camping with the Stars Event taking place at the Eagle Lake Observatory, located within Carver County Baylor Regional Park, about 45 minutes Southwest of Minneapolis and 3 miles north of Norwood-Young America.

 

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

Objects of interest include: The Sun, Venus, Mercury and daytime stars

Additional information about this years CWTS can be found HERE. 

All Weather Event (1st qtr. moon)

Aug
17
Sat
2019 Public Star Party @ Eagle Lake Observatory
Aug 17 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
2019 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.
Additional information as well as directions can be found on the Eagle Lake Observatory web page.

 

All Weather Event (1st qtr. moon)

Aug
31
Sat
2019 Public Star Party @ Eagle Lake Observatory
Aug 31 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
2019 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.
Additional information as well as directions can be found on the Eagle Lake Observatory web page.

 

All Weather Event (1st qtr. moon)