NOTICE


2020 DONATION MATCH

Finally, some good news as once again we have been fortunate enough to have our anonymous benefactor offer a matching donation to the MAS. From now until the end of December, any donations made to the MAS will be matched up to $10,000.

This is an incredible way to help the MAS in our ongoing mission of science and astronomy education and outreach. Among the usual expenses of “paying the bills”, electric, insurance, phone, etc., the added donations have allowed us to upgrade and improve the facilities throughout the MAS. Information on making a donation to the MAS can be found at the MAS Discussion Forum or go directly to the Donate to the MAS webpage.

Thank You for your continued support!!




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


Pending the completion of the Onan Observatory roof re-construction, we are hoping to be up and running in time for the Dec 19 “Super Conjunction” of Jupiter and Saturn. Be sure to watch for details to be posted here when we get closer to the event.

 

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


Featured Events


 

 

Monthly Meeting

November 5, 2020 – 7:00pm

Online –  Google Meet

At the November meeting, nominations for the three MAS Board positions up for election must be finalized. Seats this year include President, Secretary and one of the Board Members at Large.


Speaker: Daniel Mounsey

Topic: Takeaways from Mount Wilson Visit

  1. Observing location, temperatures. Mt Pinos, Charlton Flats, Mt Wilson, USA.
  2. Seeing conditions, altitude, mountains, inversion layers, rain and transparency, moisture, water vapor, Pickering scale.
  3. Ups and downs of light pollution and their myths. Twilight factor, sunset.
  4. The physiological effects of light pollution, scotopic vision (rods) photopic vision (cones), color perception, sharpness, irradiation.
  5. Refractor vs Reflector myths of cool-down. Schlieren effects, mirror thickness.
  6. How to put stars on a diet and star color perception, airy disk, Pickering scale.
  7. Planetary, lunar, variable stars, carbon stars, double star observing, binocular observing, wide field observing, eyepieces.
  8. Books and references.

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:

https://meet.google.com/ubz-ktpi-aeb

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:

(US) +1 401-830-3143
(PIN: 307941964)

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

Monthly Meeting

December 3, 2020 – 7:00pm

Online –  Google Meet

At the December meeting is the election of three MAS Board positions. This years election is for President, Secretary and one of the Board Members at Large.


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 and Link To Be Provided

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
To be provided

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

Super Conjunction

Jupiter – Saturn

December 19, 2020
Eagle Lake Observatory

On December 19th, we are planning a special event for viewing the very close approach of Jupiter and Saturn as they near conjunction. The observatory opens at 4:00 pm. The two planets will be about 13 arc minutes from one another allowing both to be viewed through our telescopes together.

While a conjunction of Jupiter and Saturn happens at 20 year intervals, one where the two planets are this close together will not occur until the year 2080.

This event will be by reservation only. Information on reserving a spot will be posted on December 1st on the MAS discussion forums. A link to the reservation page will be posted here when it becomes available.

 

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. There will be the possibility of moving the star party as well. If the 19th is forecast to be cloudy, we may move it to an earlier date that is more favorable. Again, check the MAS home page and/or the MAS Discussion Forums for the latest updates.

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

read more…



Upcoming Featured Events

Dec
3
Thu
Monthly meeting @ via Google Meet
Dec 3 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Joining info
Join with Google Meet
meet.google.com/ubz-ktpi-aeb
Join by phone
(US) +1 401-830-3143 (PIN: 307941964)
More phone numbers

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
19
Sat
2020 Jupiter / Saturn “Super Conjunction” @ Eagle Lake Observatory
Dec 19 @ 4:00 pm – 9:00 pm
2020 Jupiter / Saturn "Super Conjunction" @ Eagle Lake Observatory

Public Star Party at the MAS Eagle Lake Observatory.

Jupiter and Saturn have a conjunction about every 20 years. On Saturday December 19, 2020, (beginning at 4:00 pm) we will be having a star party to observe this rare telescopic alignment. Jupiter and Saturn will be separated by only 13 arc minutes and well within the field of view of our telescopes. This rare event will not happen again for another 80 years. This event will be cancelled if cloudy so check the MAS web page if skies look questionable.

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

Jan
7
Thu
Monthly meeting @ Fairview Community Center
Jan 7 @ 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

Dec
19
Sat
2020 Jupiter / Saturn “Super Conjunction” @ Eagle Lake Observatory
Dec 19 @ 4:00 pm – 9:00 pm
2020 Jupiter / Saturn "Super Conjunction" @ Eagle Lake Observatory

Public Star Party at the MAS Eagle Lake Observatory.

Jupiter and Saturn have a conjunction about every 20 years. On Saturday December 19, 2020, (beginning at 4:00 pm) we will be having a star party to observe this rare telescopic alignment. Jupiter and Saturn will be separated by only 13 arc minutes and well within the field of view of our telescopes. This rare event will not happen again for another 80 years. This event will be cancelled if cloudy so check the MAS web page if skies look questionable.

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

Mar
20
Sat
First 2021 Public Star Party @ Eagle Lake Observatory
Mar 20 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
First 2021 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