MAS Featured Events


 

Camping with the Stars

Camping with the Stars

August 17, 18 & 19, 2018
Eagle Lake Observatory

The Minnesota Astronomical Society invites you to the 11th annual Camping with the Stars taking place at the Eagle Lake Observatory in Baylor Regional Park.

Events begin Friday evening August 17 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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Northern Nights Star Fest

Long Lake

September 5-9, 2018
Long Lake Conservation Center
Palisade, MN

9th Northern Nights
Star Fest!

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

MAS Monthly Meeting

September 6, 2018
Fairview
Community Center

Topic: TBD

Speaker: 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

Aug
19
Sun
2018 Camping with the Stars @ Eagle Lake Observatory
Aug 19 @ 8:00 am – 2:00 pm
2018 Camping with the Stars @ Eagle Lake Observatory

The Minnesota Astronomical Society invites you to our 11th annual Camping with the Stars Event taking place at the Eagle Lake Observatory, located within Carver County Baylor Regional Park, about 45 minutes Southwest of Minneapolis and 3 miles north of Norwood-Young America.

 

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.

Objects of interest include: The Sun, Venus, Mercury and daytime stars

Additional information about this years CWTS can be found HERE. 

All Weather Event (1st qtr. moon)

Sep
5
Wed
2018 Northern Nights Star Fest @ Long Lake Conservation Center
Sep 5 all-day
2018 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
6
Thu
2018 Northern Nights Star Fest @ Long Lake Conservation Center
Sep 6 all-day
2018 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

Monthly meeting @ Fairview Community Center
Sep 6 @ 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
7
Fri
2018 Northern Nights Star Fest @ Long Lake Conservation Center
Sep 7 all-day
2018 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

CGO Star Party – Mini Messier Marathon @ Cherry Grove Observatory
Sep 7 @ 6:00 pm
CGO Star Party - Mini Messier Marathon @ 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.

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.