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. While large group gatherings seem unlikely, we are investigating other ways we might be able to bring astronomy to our members and the public. Public star parties at Eagle Lake Observatory are cancelled until further notice. Please continue to watch this page for information about other activities. – Dave Falkner, MAS President


We’ll be having another reservation only public star party Saturday, September 5 at the Eagle Lake Observatory. This event will require registration, which is limited to 25 people. Additional information and registration is on the Discussion Forum HERE

We are also accepting reservations for the September 19th Public Star Party as well as the Fall Astronomy Day events at the Eagle Lake Observatory. These events require registration, which is limited to 25 people.

 

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


Featured Events


 

Fall Astronomy Day

Fall A-Day

September 26, 2020
Eagle Lake Observatory

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

This year we will be limiting attendance. Please register for the event on the discussion forum HERE.

Registration is full for this event

Speakers are scheduled throughout the afternoon and will give talks on astronomy and what there is to see. Door prize drawing will be held Saturday evening and include astronomy themed prizes and MAS merchandise. 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 Fall Astronomy Day webpage.

read more…

Monthly Meeting

October 1, 2020 – 7:00pm

Online –  Google Meet


Speaker: TBD

Topic: TBD


We are going hold a Monthly Meeting online using Google Meet.  If you would like to join us you will need use the following URL:

Meeting ID
LINK WILL BE POSTED
Click HERE to Join The Meeting

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

You can also join by phone but you will miss the visuals:

Phone Number
WILL BE POSTED

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 Google Meet and wait to be prompted by the moderator.

This will follow our usual meeting format with a couple of speakers from the MAS.

We hope you can join us.
Clear skies!
Dave Falkner

Mars Opposition

October 9 & 10, 2020
Eagle Lake Observatory

The Minnesota Astronomical Society would like to invite you to attend the public Special Event for the opposition of Mars at the Eagle Lake Observatory.

This year we will be limiting attendance. Please register for the event on the discussion forum for either Friday, Oct 9 OR Saturday, Oct 10.

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

For additional information on this years Mars opposition, visit the Special Events webpage.

read more…



Upcoming Featured Events

Sep
26
Sat
2020 Public Star Party – Fall A-Day @ Eagle Lake Observatory
Sep 26 @ 2:00 pm – 10:00 pm
2020 Public Star Party - Fall A-Day @ 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)

Oct
1
Thu
Monthly meeting @ via Google Meet
Oct 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.

Oct
9
Fri
2020 Mars Opposition – Public Star Party @ Eagle Lake Observatory
Oct 9 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
2020 Mars Opposition - 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.

 

All Weather Event (3rd qtr. moon)

Eagle Lake Observatory
44.8103 -93.9397

Merle Hiltner onaninfo@mnastro.org

Oct
10
Sat
2020 Mars Opposition – Public Star Party @ Eagle Lake Observatory
Oct 10 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
2020 Mars Opposition - 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.

 

All Weather Event (3rd qtr. moon)

Eagle Lake Observatory
44.8103 -93.9397

Merle Hiltner onaninfo@mnastro.org

Nov
5
Thu
Monthly meeting @ via Google Meet
Nov 5 @ 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.

Dec
3
Thu
Monthly meeting @ via Google Meet
Dec 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 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.



All Public Star Parties

Sep
19
Sat
2020 Public Star Party @ Eagle Lake Observatory
Sep 19 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
2020 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.

 

All Weather Event (1st qtr. moon)

Eagle Lake Observatory
44.8103 -93.9397

Merle Hiltner onaninfo@mnastro.org

Sep
26
Sat
2020 Public Star Party – Fall A-Day @ Eagle Lake Observatory
Sep 26 @ 2:00 pm – 10:00 pm
2020 Public Star Party - Fall A-Day @ 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)

Oct
9
Fri
2020 Mars Opposition – Public Star Party @ Eagle Lake Observatory
Oct 9 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
2020 Mars Opposition - 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.

 

All Weather Event (3rd qtr. moon)

Eagle Lake Observatory
44.8103 -93.9397

Merle Hiltner onaninfo@mnastro.org

Oct
10
Sat
2020 Mars Opposition – Public Star Party @ Eagle Lake Observatory
Oct 10 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
2020 Mars Opposition - 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.

 

All Weather Event (3rd qtr. moon)

Eagle Lake Observatory
44.8103 -93.9397

Merle Hiltner onaninfo@mnastro.org

Oct
24
Sat
2020 Public Star Party @ Eagle Lake Observatory
Oct 24 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
2020 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.

 

All Weather Event (1st qtr. moon)

Eagle Lake Observatory
44.8103 -93.9397

Merle Hiltner onaninfo@mnastro.org

Nov
7
Sat
2020 Public Star Party @ Eagle Lake Observatory
Nov 7 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
2020 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.

 

All Weather Event (3rd qtr. moon)

Eagle Lake Observatory
44.8103 -93.9397

Merle Hiltner onaninfo@mnastro.org