MAS Featured Events


Astronomy Day

Astronomy Day

April 29, 2017 @ 1:00 pm
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.

This year we celebrate the 18th year of Astronomy Day activities at the Onan/Eagle Lake Observatory.

Speakers are scheduled throughout the day and will give talks on astronomy and what there is to see. Door prize drawings 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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Monthly Meeting

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MAS General Meeting

May 4, 2017 @ 7:00 pm
Fairview
Community Center

Speaker: Russ Durkee

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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B-SIG Meeting

Metcalf Field – looking south

May 6, 2017 @ 7:00 pm
Metcalf Field

The May BSIG will be on Saturday May 6, weather permitting, at the Metcalf Nature Center, star party begins at 7:00 pm.

The directions to Metcalf are on the Metcalf Field webpage

This event is weather dependent. So please send me an e-mail (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 6th.

For additional information on the MAS Beginners Special Interest Group, visit the B-SIG webpage HERE

For more info about this months meeting, including map & direction, follow the link below.

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Upcoming Featured Events

Apr
29
Sat
2017 Astronomy Day @ Eagle Lake Observatory
Apr 29 @ 1:00 pm – 10:00 pm
2017 Astronomy Day @ Eagle Lake Observatory

Astronomy Day – Public Star Party @ Eagle Lake Observatory, Baylor Regional Park

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: Mars, the Moon, Jupiter, and what looks like a pair of bright comets, comet Johnson (C/2015 V2) and comet Tuttle-Giacobini-Kresak (41P). Saturn rises about midnight.

Additional information can be found on the MAS Astronomy Day web page HERE.

All Weather Event (1st qtr. moon)

May
4
Thu
Monthly meeting @ Fairview Community Center
May 4 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

 

Speaker: Russ Durkee
 
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 and/or recorded message at 952-467-2426 for the latest information regarding the meeting.

May
6
Sat
May B-SIG Star Party @ Metcalf Field
May 6 @ 7:00 pm – 11:30 pm
May B-SIG Star Party @ Metcalf Field

The May BSIG will be on Saturday May 6, 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 (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 6th.

May
26
Fri
CGO Star Party – Virgo Venture @ Cherry Grove Observatory
May 26 @ 6:00 pm
CGO Star Party - Virgo Venture @ Cherry Grove Observatory

Cherry Grove Virgo Venture Star Party

The MAS ”Virgo Venture” is an star party dedicated to observing many of the brighter galaxies in the Virgo Cluster. As with all Cherry Grove events, the Virgo Venture is held only if the skies are clear and will be CANCELLED IF CLOUDY.

Additional information and finder charts can be found on the MAS website at HERE

Cherry Grove Star Parties are held on Friday nights, with Saturday reserved as the backup night if Friday is cloudy.

Star parties are no longer called “on” or “off”. Those planning on attending are to make their best judgement as to sky conditions and whether to attend or not. Generally however, star parties are cancelled if cloudy.

Be sure to check the MAS Discussion Forums if conditions are questionable to see if others are planning on attending.

May
27
Sat
2017 Public Star Party – Star Wars 40th Anniversary @ Eagle Lake Observatory
May 27 @ 2:00 pm – 10:00 pm
2017 Public Star Party - Star Wars 40th Anniversary @ Eagle Lake Observatory

Public Star Party at the MAS Eagle Lake Observatory.

Star Wars 40th Anniversary Event. Star Wars – A New Hope opened on May 25, 1977. Join us in celebration of one of the most successful movie franchises of all time. Dress for the occasion or come as you are. This VERY special event is an ”All weather” event. Even if its cloudy, we’ll be there with scheduled presentations, give a tour of the observatory, answer your astronomy questions, etc.

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)

CGO Star Party – Virgo Venture (alt) @ Cherry Grove Observatory
May 27 @ 6:00 pm
CGO Star Party - Virgo Venture (alt) @ Cherry Grove Observatory

Cherry Grove Virgo Venture Star Party (Alt)

The MAS ”Virgo Venture” is an star party dedicated to observing many of the brighter galaxies in the Virgo Cluster. As with all Cherry Grove events, the Virgo Venture is held only if the skies are clear and will be CANCELLED IF CLOUDY.

Additional information and finder charts can be found on the MAS website at HERE

Cherry Grove Star Parties are held on Friday nights, with Saturday reserved as the backup night if Friday is cloudy.

Star parties are no longer called “on” or “off”. Those planning on attending are to make their best judgement as to sky conditions and whether to attend or not. Generally however, star parties are cancelled if cloudy.

Be sure to check the MAS Discussion Forums if conditions are questionable to see if others are planning on attending.