MAS Featured Events


Monthly Meeting

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MAS General Meeting

May 5, 2016
Fairview
Community Center

Speaker: Michael Kauper

Topic: Mauna Kea, Hawaii


Michael will conclude his presentation on his trip to Mauna Kea he took earlier this year.

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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Virgo Venture

Virgo Venture

May 6, 2016
Cherry Grove Observatory

The MAS ”Virgo Venture” is a star party dedicated to observing many of the brighter galaxies in the Virgo Cluster.

The event is cancelled if cloudy with Friday being the primary date with Saturday the alternate.

Additional information and finder charts can be found on the MAS Virgo Venture website.

Also visit the Virgo Venture Discussion forum for the latest information regarding the star party status.

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Mercury Transit

2016 Transit of Mercury

May 9, 2016 
Eagle Lake Observatory

On Monday May 9th, 2016 we will be having a special event for viewing the transit of Mercury across the Sun. The observatory opens at 6:00 am with the transit beginning at 6:13 am. There will be plenty of time to view the transit as Mercury takes more than 7 1/2 hours to make its way across the sun. The transit ends at 1:39 pm.

This star party is a ”Cancelled if Cloudy” event. Be sure to check the MAS home page and/or the MAS Discussion Forums for the latest updates if the sky looks questionable for viewing.

The next Mercury transit will be November 11, 2019, after that there will not be another one visible from Minnesota until May 2049

For additional information on this VERY rare event, visit the MAS Special Events webpage HERE

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Upcoming Featured Events

May
5
Thu
Monthly meeting @ Fairview Community Center
May 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 and/or recorded message at 952-467-2426 for the latest information regarding the meeting.

May
6
Fri
2016 Virgo Venture @ Cherry Grove Observatory
May 6 @ 6:00 pm
2016 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

 

The event is cancelled if cloudy with Friday being the primary date with Saturday the alternate.

May
7
Sat
2016 Virgo Venture (Alt.) @ Cherry Grove Observatory
May 7 @ 6:00 pm
2016 Virgo Venture (Alt.) @ Cherry Grove Observatory

Cherry Grove Virgo Venture Star Party (Alternate)

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

 

The event is cancelled if cloudy with Friday being the primary date with Saturday the alternate.

May
9
Mon
2016 Special Event – Transit of Mercury @ Eagle Lake Observatory
May 9 @ 6:00 am – 2:00 pm
2016 Special Event - Transit of Mercury @ Eagle Lake Observatory | Norwood Young America | Minnesota | United States

On Monday May 9th, 2016 we will be having a special event for viewing the transit of Mercury across the Sun.  The observatory opens at 6:00 am with the transit beginning at 6:13 am.   However, the sun will be less than 3 degrees above the horizon and will not be visible until it reaches a higher altitude.  By 7:30 or 8:00 am the sun should have risen enough for viewing to begin.  There will be plenty of time to view the transit as Mercury makes its way across the sun.  The transit ends at 1:39 pm.

This star party is a ”Cancelled if Cloudy” event. Be sure to check the MAS home page and/or the MAS Discussion Forums for the latest updates if the sky looks questionable for viewing.

The next Mercury transit will be November 11, 2019, after that there will not be another one visible from Minnesota until May 2049

May
14
Sat
2016 Astronomy Day @ Eagle Lake Observatory
May 14 all-day
2016 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: Jupiter, the Moon and comet Ikeya-Murakami. Mars rises at 8:20 and Saturn about 9:00

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

All Weather Event (1st qtr. moon)

May
27
Fri
2016 Public Star Party – Mars Opposition @ Eagle Lake Observatory
May 27 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
2016 Public Star Party - Mars Opposition @ Eagle Lake Observatory

Public Star Party at the MAS Eagle Lake Observatory.

Opposition of Mars!!! See Mars at its best.

The weekend of May 28, Mars will be the closest to earth since 2005 resulting in the best views of the red planet in the past 11 years. Join us for the weekends special star parties to observe Mars as well as great views of Jupiter and Saturn.

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 (3rd qtr. moon)