MAS Featured Events


Virgo Venture

Virgo Venture

Friday May 26, 2017
Cherry Grove Observatory

The MAS ”Virgo Venture” is an 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, May 27,  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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Public Star Party

Star Wars 40th Anniversary

May 27, 2017 @ 2:00 pm
Eagle Lake Observatory

STAR WARS 40th Anniversary

The Minnesota Astronomical Society would like to invite you to attend the public star party Celebrating the 40th Anniversary of the original movie release of STAR WARS. Come as one of your favorite characters or come as you are.

This is a rain or shine event starting at 2:00 at the Eagle Lake Observatory in Baylor Regional Park. We will also have a special door prize drawing in the evening featuring Star Wars prizes.

Visit the MAS “Special Events” web page for more information on this event.

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

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Monthly Meeting

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MAS General Meeting

June 1, 2017 @ 7:00 pm
Fairview
Community Center

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 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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Upcoming Featured Events

May
26
Fri
CGO Star Party – Virgo Venture @ Cherry Grove Observatory
May 26 @ 6:00 pm
CGO Star Party - 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

Cherry Grove Star Parties are held on Friday nights, with Saturday reserved as the backup night if Friday is cloudy.

Star parties are no longer called “on” or “off”. Those planning on attending are to make their best judgement as to sky conditions and whether to attend or not. Generally however, star parties are cancelled if cloudy.

Be sure to check the MAS Discussion Forums if conditions are questionable to see if others are planning on attending.

May
27
Sat
2017 Public Star Party – Star Wars 40th Anniversary @ Eagle Lake Observatory
May 27 @ 2:00 pm – 10:00 pm
2017 Public Star Party - Star Wars 40th Anniversary @ Eagle Lake Observatory

Public Star Party at the MAS Eagle Lake Observatory.

Star Wars 40th Anniversary Event. Star Wars – A New Hope opened on May 25, 1977. Join us in celebration of one of the most successful movie franchises of all time. Dress for the occasion or come as you are. This VERY special event is an ”All weather” event. Even if its cloudy, we’ll be there with scheduled presentations, give a tour of the observatory, answer your astronomy questions, etc.

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)

CGO Star Party – Virgo Venture (alt) @ Cherry Grove Observatory
May 27 @ 6:00 pm
CGO Star Party - Virgo Venture (alt) @ Cherry Grove Observatory

Cherry Grove Virgo Venture Star Party (Alt)

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

Cherry Grove Star Parties are held on Friday nights, with Saturday reserved as the backup night if Friday is cloudy.

Star parties are no longer called “on” or “off”. Those planning on attending are to make their best judgement as to sky conditions and whether to attend or not. Generally however, star parties are cancelled if cloudy.

Be sure to check the MAS Discussion Forums if conditions are questionable to see if others are planning on attending.

LLCC Star Party @ Long Lake Conservation Center
May 27 @ 6:00 pm
LLCC Star Party @ Long Lake Conservation Center

LLCC 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 agreement between LLCC and the Minnesota Astronomical Society allows MAS members (and their immediate family members) to use LLCC facilities and grounds for astronomical observing on scheduled weekends.

With the exception of the Northern Nights StarFest, held in August, events held at LLCC are not open to the public. Only MAS members and their immediate family members are authorized to attend scheduled events.

For additional information concerning the use of LLCC, visit the MAS website at 

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

Begins at DUSK.    Cancelled if cloudy

Jun
1
Thu
Monthly meeting @ Fairview Community Center
Jun 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.

Jun
3
Sat
June B-SIG Star Party @ Metcalf Field
Jun 3 @ 8:00 pm – 11:30 pm
June B-SIG Star Party @ Metcalf Field

The June BSIG will be on Saturday June 3, weather permitting, at the Metcalf Nature Center.

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

This event is weather dependent. So please send me an e-mail (sureshks1@msn.com) if you are interested in coming out so I can keep you updated… I will plan on making a go/no go decision by 3pm on the day of the event.