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.

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

Click HERE to read the MAS COVID-19 Public Event Rules


Featured Events


Monthly Meeting

March 4, 2021 7:00 pm
Online via Zoom

Speaker: Timothy Ferris – Author

Topic:  ‘Regarding “Seeing in the Dark.” ’ 

Timothy Ferris, called “the best popular science writer in the English language” by The Christian Science Monitor, is the author of Coming of Age in the Milky Way, The Mind’s Sky, Galaxies and other best selling books on astronomy, physics, and the history of philosophy of science.

We are going hold a Monthly Meeting online using Zoom. If you would like to join us you will need use the following URL:

https://zoom.us/j/95917619469?pwd=bjZnRTZqeUdZakJtN2UzWDd6SnB3UT09

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:

Dial-in Phone Number

Meeting ID: 959 1761 9469
Passcode: 340331
+1 312 626 6799 US (Chicago)

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 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!
Mark Job – President

Public Star Party

Public Star Party

March 20, 2021 @ 7:00 pm
Eagle Lake Observatory

1st Public Star Party of 2021

The Minnesota Astronomical Society would like to invite you to attend our first public star party of the year at the Eagle Lake Observatory in Baylor Regional Park.

Public star parties start at 7:00 pm and with our covid protocols, will be cancelled if cloudy. Public star parties will have limited attendance and be by reservation only.

Registration instructions will be posted here the first week of March.

If it’s clear we’ll have, of course, stargazing. Mars, the moon, the Andromeda Galaxy, Orion nebula, Crab Nebula are some of the objects we’ll plan to see.

For information on the Eagle Lake Observatory including directions, visit the ELO webpage HERE

read more…

B-SIG Meeting

March 27, 2021 1:00 pm
Online via Zoom

Speaker: Suresh Sreenivasan

Topic: “All About Deep Sky Objects”

We are going hold the meeting online using Google Meet.  If you would like to join us you will need use the following URL:

MEETING LINK TO BE PROVIDED SOON

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:

Additional information and updates are posted on the MAS discussion forum.

Talk Synopsis:

 



Upcoming Featured Events

Mar
4
Thu
Monthly meeting @ online using Zoom
Mar 4 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Speaker: Timothy Ferris – Author

Topic: ‘Regarding “Seeing in the Dark.” ’ 

https://zoom.us/j/95917619469?pwd=bjZnRTZqeUdZakJtN2UzWDd6SnB3UT09

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 and will continue online during the pandemic. 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). Society business is occasionally transacted as needed.

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.

 
 

NOTICE: Please review the Public Event Rules HERE, before attending any MAS event.

Also note that these rules supersede any existing information you may find elsewhere on our website.

Eagle Lake Observatory
44.8103 -93.9397

Merle Hiltner onaninfo@mnastro.org

Mar
27
Sat
B-SIG – Mar 2021 Meeting
Mar 27 @ 12:00 am
B-SIG - Mar 2021 Meeting

B-SIG Presentation  via Google Meet


Speaker: Suresh Sreenivasan

Topic: TBD

Time: TBD


The link to join the event will be posted on the MAS home page at www.mnastro.org

Apr
1
Thu
Monthly meeting
Apr 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 and will continue online during the pandemic. 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). Society business is occasionally transacted as needed.

Apr
17
Sat
B-SIG – Apr 2021 Meeting
Apr 17 @ 12:00 am
B-SIG - Apr 2021 Meeting

B-SIG Presentation  via Google Meet


Speaker: Bob Kerr

Topic: TBD

Time: TBD


The link to join the event will be posted on the MAS home page at www.mnastro.org

Apr
24
Sat
April B-SIG Star Party @ Metcalf Field
Apr 24 @ 8:00 pm
April B-SIG Star Party @ Metcalf Field

B-SIG star party will be on Saturday April 24, weather permitting, at the Metcalf Nature Center. Saturday is the primary night for the event. Friday is the backup night if Saturday is forecast to be cloudy. Visit the MAS B-SIG discussion forum for additional information and schedule changes HERE

The directions to Metcalf are included here: http://www.mnastro.org/facilities/metcalf/

NOTICE: Please review the Public Event Rules HERE, before attending any MAS event.
Also note that these rules supersede any existing information you may find elsewhere on our website.



All Public Star Parties

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.

 
 

NOTICE: Please review the Public Event Rules HERE, before attending any MAS event.

Also note that these rules supersede any existing information you may find elsewhere on our website.

Eagle Lake Observatory
44.8103 -93.9397

Merle Hiltner onaninfo@mnastro.org

Apr
3
Sat
2021 Public Star Party @ Eagle Lake Observatory
Apr 3 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
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.

 

NOTICE: Please review the Public Event Rules HERE, before attending any MAS event.

Also note that these rules supersede any existing information you may find elsewhere on our website.

Eagle Lake Observatory
44.8103 -93.9397

Merle Hiltner onaninfo@mnastro.org

Apr
17
Sat
2021 Public Star Party @ Eagle Lake Observatory
Apr 17 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
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.

 

NOTICE: Please review the Public Event Rules HERE, before attending any MAS event.

Also note that these rules supersede any existing information you may find elsewhere on our website.

Eagle Lake Observatory
44.8103 -93.9397

Merle Hiltner onaninfo@mnastro.org

May
1
Sat
2021 Public Star Party @ Eagle Lake Observatory
May 1 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
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.

 

NOTICE: Please review the Public Event Rules HERE, before attending any MAS event.

Also note that these rules supersede any existing information you may find elsewhere on our website.

Eagle Lake Observatory
44.8103 -93.9397

Merle Hiltner onaninfo@mnastro.org

May
15
Sat
2021 Astronomy Day – Public Star Party @ Eagle Lake Observatory
May 15 @ 1:00 pm – 10:00 pm
2021 Astronomy Day - Public Star Party @ Eagle Lake Observatory

NOTICE: Please review the Public Event Rules HERE, before attending any MAS event.

Also note that these rules supersede any existing information you may find elsewhere on our website.

Astronomy Day Public Star Party at the MAS Eagle Lake Observatory.

Join us for Astronomy Day activities at the Eagle Lake Observatory. The observatory opens at 1:00 with speakers scheduled throughout the day covering a variety of astronomical topics. Take a tour of our observatory and do some daytime viewing of the sun and other daytime stars and planets (weather permitting). Door prize drawing will be held Saturday following the evening speaker presentation.

Visit the MAS Astronomy Day web page for information and schedule of events.

Additional information on the observatory as well as directions can be found on the Eagle Lake Observatory web page.

 

CANCELLED IF RAINING Event (1st qtr. moon)

May
29
Sat
2021 Public Star Party @ Eagle Lake Observatory
May 29 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
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.

 

NOTICE: Please review the Public Event Rules HERE, before attending any MAS event.

Also note that these rules supersede any existing information you may find elsewhere on our website.

Eagle Lake Observatory
44.8103 -93.9397

Merle Hiltner onaninfo@mnastro.org