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, August 22 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

 

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


Additional information on Nancy Atkinson’s online presentation for the September monthly meeting:

Synopsis:
The speaker tells the unique personal stories of over 60 engineers and scientists who worked behind the scenes to make the Apollo program possible. The eight years from President Kennedy’s challenge in 1961 to the first Moon landing in 1969 are filled with stories of the dedication and perseverance it took to overcome the challenges, hurdles and conflicts of doing things that had never been done before. The stories are fun, heart-warming and heart-breaking and they provide a glimpse into the lives of some of the hundreds of thousands of people who made it possible to land humans on the Moon.

As discussed she has several copies available at home to sign and send out, and would charge $30, including postage. Payment through Paypal, a credit card over the phone, or a check is acceptable. Or members can buy the book from Amazon, which currently has the book (unsigned) for $23.49, plus tax and postage. Follow the link HERE

 
 


Featured Events


Monthly Meeting

August 6, 2020 – 7:00pm

Online –  Google Meet


Speaker:
Tom Field, S & T contributing editor

Topic:
“You can almost touch the stars”


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

https://meet.google.com/qgu-qdwj-afh

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
(US) +1 260-230-1233
PIN: 111946365

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

Northern Nights Star Fest

Long Lake

August 18-23, 2020
Long Lake Conservation Center
Palisade, MN

Northern Nights
Star Fest!

The star party is on. One person per room. No food, but fridge and microwave available. Camping is available, tent and RV. Please check the MAS website and discussion forum for the latest information regarding this event.

Join us for our (nearly) annual Minnesota Astronomical Society (MAS) Northern Nights Star Fest. Offered in cooperation with the Long Lake Conservation Center (LLCC)

Register online using the registration form on the LLCC web site or call the Long Lake Conservation Center at
1-800-450-5522

For further information including a schedule of events, visit the NNSF web page at http://www.mnastro.org/northern-nights-star-fest/ and the MAS Discussion Forum.

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Monthly Meeting

September 3, 2020 – 7:00pm

Online –  Google Meet


Speaker: Nancy Atkinson

Topic: Eight Years to the Moon:
The History of the Apollo Missions


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

 

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



Upcoming Featured Events

Aug
18
Tue
NNSF – LLCC Star Party @ LLCC
Aug 18 @ 6:00 pm – Aug 23 @ 12:00 pm
NNSF - LLCC Star Party @ LLCC

LLCC star parties may be called ”on” for both Friday and Saturday evenings, weather permitting.

This schedule is subject to change. Please check the MAS website at www.mnastro.org under the “Events” tab for the latest Star Party calendar and schedules.

Other than the Northern Nights Star Fest, Events held at LLCC are not open to the public. Only MAS members and their immediate family members are authorized to attend scheduled events.

When the LLCC star party for an evening is called ”off”, the site is not available for member observing.

Note: Visitors who have limited experience attending a star party in a “dark-sky” location like LLCC should review the MAS Star Party Guidelines.

Those who seek more detailed advice or answers to their questions may be more comfortable attending public viewing nights at our Eagle Lake Observatory at Baylor Regional Park. The observatory is always open on its scheduled public nights and staffed with volunteers ready and willing to help. Visit the Eagle Lake Observatory website for public event schedule and directions to the observatory.

Sep
3
Thu
Monthly meeting @ Fairview Community Center
Sep 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.

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 @ Fairview Community Center
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



All Public Star Parties

Aug
22
Sat
2020 Public Star Party @ Eagle Lake Observatory
Aug 22 @ 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
5
Sat
2020 Public Star Party @ Eagle Lake Observatory
Sep 5 @ 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

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