MAS Featured Events


Northern Nights
Star Fest

30inObsession

30 inch Obsession

 

August 31 to September 3, 2016

Requires Registration
and Fee

Join us for our 8th annual Minnesota Astronomical Society – Northern Nights Star Fest (NNSF). This event is held under the dark, dark skies in rural Aitkin County, about 125 miles north of Minneapolis/St. Paul. Offered in cooperation with the Long Lake Conservation Center (LLCC).

Space is limited so we encourage you to register early using the Online Registration Form hosted by LLCC  (LLCC NNSF Registration) or call the Long Lake Conservation Center at

 1-800-450-5522

Northern Nights Star Fest ( NNSF)  is a star party designed to meet the needs of serious observers and astrophotographers. Informational lectures and other events are tailored to interest experienced amateur astronomers. Participants bring their own telescopes. All are welcome to register, but should understand that people are paying for and driving hundreds of miles for this event under some of the darkest skies in Minnesota. Avoid anything (lights, equipment or behavior) that detracts from the dark sky experience. Flashlights must be dim and red, laptop or camera screens must be dimmed with a red filter (laptops ideally enclosed in a box or other light shield), and equipment with indicator lights other than dim/red should be covered or subdued.

Can I stop in for a short visit during the NNSF?

To minimize disruptions to the activities of paying attendees, casual visits are discouraged.  Participation in presentations and observing is intended for registered guests. MAS does provide other options and venues including free public nights at the Eagle Lake Observatory.

Who can attend NNSF?

Anyone 18 years old or older can register and attend. MAS Membership is not required.


Monthly Meeting

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MAS General Meeting

Sept 1, 2016
Fairview
Community Center

Speaker:

No Speaker, Viewing Documentary

Topic:

Mars  Curiosity Rover

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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Camping with the Stars

CWTS

August 5, 6 &7, 2016
Eagle Lake Observatory

The Minnesota Astronomical Society invites you to the 9th annual Camping with the Stars taking place at the Eagle Lake Observatory in Baylor Regional Park.

Events begin Friday evening August 5 at 7:00 pm. Speakers are scheduled Friday and Saturday, Door and raffle prize drawings will be held Saturday evening and include MAS merchandise, astronomy books and telescopes, pot luck picnic for MAS members and registered campers and MORE!! 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 Camping with the Stars including speakers scheduled, visit the Camping with the Stars webpage.

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Upcoming Featured Events

Aug
31
Wed
2016 Northern Nights Star Fest @ Long Lake Conservation Center
Aug 31 @ 7:00 pm
2016 Northern Nights Star Fest @ Long Lake Conservation Center

Northern Nights Star Fest

Join us for the Minnesota Astronomical Society – Northern Nights Star Fest, offered in cooperation with the Long Lake Conservation Center (LLCC). MAS Members  and non-members (the Public) may register for this Regional Star Party event held under the very dark skies in rural Aitkin County, about 125 miles north of Minneapolis/St. Paul, offering viewing objects through the MAS’s largest aperture telescopes, the 25” and 30” Obsession telescopes.

For registration information and schedule of events, visit the MAS website HERE

 

All Weather Event

Sep
1
Thu
2016 Northern Nights Star Fest @ Long Lake Conservation Center
Sep 1 all-day
2016 Northern Nights Star Fest @ Long Lake Conservation Center

Northern Nights Star Fest

Join us for the Minnesota Astronomical Society – Northern Nights Star Fest, offered in cooperation with the Long Lake Conservation Center (LLCC). MAS Members  and non-members (the Public) may register for this Regional Star Party event held under the very dark skies in rural Aitkin County, about 125 miles north of Minneapolis/St. Paul, offering viewing objects through the MAS’s largest aperture telescopes, the 25” and 30” Obsession telescopes.

For registration information and schedule of events, visit the MAS website HERE

 

All Weather Event

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

Sep
2
Fri
2016 Northern Nights Star Fest @ Long Lake Conservation Center
Sep 2 all-day
2016 Northern Nights Star Fest @ Long Lake Conservation Center

Northern Nights Star Fest

Join us for the Minnesota Astronomical Society – Northern Nights Star Fest, offered in cooperation with the Long Lake Conservation Center (LLCC). MAS Members  and non-members (the Public) may register for this Regional Star Party event  held under the very dark skies in rural Aitkin County, about 125 miles north of Minneapolis/St. Paul, offering viewing objects through the MAS’s largest aperture telescopes, the 25” and 30” Obsession telescopes.

For registration information and schedule of events, visit the MAS website HERE

 

All Weather Event

Sep
3
Sat
2016 Northern Nights Star Fest @ Long Lake Conservation Center
Sep 3 all-day
2016 Northern Nights Star Fest @ Long Lake Conservation Center

Northern Nights Star Fest

Join us for the Minnesota Astronomical Society – Northern Nights Star Fest, offered in cooperation with the Long Lake Conservation Center (LLCC). MAS Members  and non-members (the Public) are welcome to register for this Regional Star Party event  held under the very dark skies in rural Aitkin County, about 125 miles north of Minneapolis/St. Paul, offering viewing objects through the MAS’s largest aperture telescopes, the 25” and 30” Obsession telescopes.

For registration information and schedule of events, visit the MAS website HERE

 

All Weather Event

Sep
30
Fri
2016 Mini Messier Marathon – 4M @ Cherry Grove Observatory
Sep 30 @ 7:00 pm
2016 Mini Messier Marathon - 4M @ Cherry Grove Observatory

Cherry Grove: Fall Mini-Messier @ Cherry Grove Observatory

Cherry Grove Fall Mini-Messier Marathon Star Party

Similar to the Messier Marathon in the spring, the ”Mini Messier (4M)”, is an attempt to find as many Messier objects as possible during one night. The Messier catalogue was compiled by French astronomer Charles Messier during the late 18th century and consists of 110 relatively bright deep sky objects (galaxies, nebulae, and star clusters).

Additional information and finder charts can be found on the MAS website at http://www.mnastro.org/mini-messier-marathon/

 

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