Featured Events

 


4M Mini-Messier

Mini-Messier Marathon

September 27, 2019
Cherry Grove Observatory

Similar to the Messier Marathon in the spring, the ”Mini Messier Marathon (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).

As with all Cherry Grove events, the marathon is held only if the skies are clear and will be CANCELLED IF CLOUDY. See the MAS home page or the MAS Forum topic HERE for the latest information regarding the star party status.

For information on the Cherry Grove including directions, visit the Cherry Grove Observatory webpage HERE

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

Additional information and finder charts can be found on the MAS Mini Messier Marathon webpage.

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Monthly Meeting

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MAS General Meeting

October 3, 2019
Fairview
Community Center

Speaker: Prof. Tom Jones                       (Minnesota Institute of Astrophysics)

Topic: Active Galactic Nuclei in the 21st Century

“The fact that the nuclei of some galaxies can outshine the entire remaining galaxy and expel huge amounts of kinetic energy has been recognized since the 1960s; That the engines for these behaviors are “supermassive black holes”, sometimes exceeding a billion times the mass of our sun, has been recognized since the 1970s. How these massive monsters get fed and exactly what makes them behave the way they do remains a serious challenge to understand even towards the end of the second decade of the 21st Century. In this talk I will outline the basic picture as we understand it and touch on some of the key still-unsolved puzzles.”

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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Fall Astronomy Day

Fall A-Day

October 5, 2019
Eagle Lake Observatory

The Minnesota Astronomical Society would like to invite you to attend the Astronomical League’s Fall Astronomy Day activities at the Eagle Lake Observatory in Baylor Regional Park.

Speakers are scheduled throughout the day and will give talks on astronomy and what there is to see. Door prize drawing will be held Saturday evening and include MAS merchandise, astronomy books and telescopes. 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 Astronomy Day including speakers scheduled, visit the Fall Astronomy Day webpage.

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Upcoming Featured Events

Sep
27
Fri
CGO Star Party – Mini Messier Marathon @ Cherry Grove Observatory
Sep 27 @ 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.

Sep
28
Sat
CGO Star Party – Mini Messier Marathon (Alt) @ Cherry Grove Observatory
Sep 28 @ 6:00 pm
CGO Star Party - Mini Messier Marathon (Alt) @ Cherry Grove Observatory

Cherry Grove Fall Mini-Messier Marathon Star Party (Alt)

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.

Oct
3
Thu
Monthly meeting @ Fairview Community Center
Oct 3 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

 

Speaker: Prof. Tom Jones (Minnesota Institute of Astrophysics)

Topic: Active Galactic Nuclei in the 21st Century

“The fact that the nuclei of some galaxies can outshine the entire remaining galaxy and expel huge amounts of kinetic energy has been recognized since the 1960s; That the engines for these behaviors are “supermassive black holes”, sometimes exceeding a billion times the mass of our sun, has been recognized since the 1970s. How these massive monsters get fed and exactly what makes them behave the way they do remains a serious challenge to understand even towards the end of the second decade of the 21st Century. In this talk I will outline the basic picture as we understand it and touch on some of the key still-unsolved puzzles.”

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.

Oct
5
Sat
2019 Public Star Party – Fall A-Day @ Eagle Lake Observatory
Oct 5 @ 2:00 pm – 10:00 pm
2019 Public Star Party - Fall A-Day @ 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.
Additional information as well as directions can be found on the Eagle Lake Observatory web page.

 

All Weather Event (1st qtr. moon)

Oct
12
Sat
October B-SIG Star Party @ Metcalf Field
Oct 12 @ 6:00 pm
October B-SIG Star Party @ Metcalf Field

This months BSIG will be on Saturday October 12, 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 at 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.

Suresh

Oct
26
Sat
MAS Member Orientation meeting @ Maplewood Ramsey County Library
Oct 26 @ 10:30 am – 12:30 pm


MAS Member Orientation Meeting

New members, anyone thinking of joining the MAS or current members wishing for a refresher are all invited to the MAS Member Orientation meeting.

Location: Maplewood Ramsey County Library
Maplewood Community Program Room

Date: Saturday, October 26, 2019
Time: 10:30 AM to 12:30 PM

We will provide an overview of the organization and leadership of the MAS, provide an introduction to all of the observing sites, and review the benefits available to MAS members.  We will cover star parties, public observing nights, meetings and more.

We look forward to seeing you there!

 



All Public Star Parties

Sep
21
Sat
2019 Public Star Party @ Eagle Lake Observatory
Sep 21 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
2019 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.
Additional information as well as directions can be found on the Eagle Lake Observatory web page.

 

All Weather Event (1st qtr. moon)

Oct
5
Sat
2019 Public Star Party – Fall A-Day @ Eagle Lake Observatory
Oct 5 @ 2:00 pm – 10:00 pm
2019 Public Star Party - Fall A-Day @ 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.
Additional information as well as directions can be found on the Eagle Lake Observatory web page.

 

All Weather Event (1st qtr. moon)

Oct
19
Sat
2019 Public Star Party @ Eagle Lake Observatory
Oct 19 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
2019 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.
Additional information as well as directions can be found on the Eagle Lake Observatory web page.

 

All Weather Event (1st qtr. moon)

Nov
2
Sat
2019 Public Star Party @ Eagle Lake Observatory
Nov 2 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
2019 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.
Additional information as well as directions can be found on the Eagle Lake Observatory web page.

 

All Weather Event (1st qtr. moon)

Nov
11
Mon
2019 Special Event – Transit of Mercury @ Eagle Lake Observatory
Nov 11 @ 8:00 am – 12:00 pm
2019 Special Event - Transit of Mercury @ Eagle Lake Observatory | Norwood Young America | Minnesota | United States

On Monday November 11th, 2019 we will be having a special event for viewing the transit of Mercury across the Sun.  The observatory opens at 8:00 am with the transit beginning before sunrise.  By 8:00 am the sun should have risen enough for viewing to begin.  There will be plenty of time to view the transit as Mercury makes its way across the sun.  The transit ends at 1:39 pm.

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.

The next Mercury transit visible from Minnesota will not be until May 2049

Nov
16
Sat
2019 Public Star Party @ Eagle Lake Observatory
Nov 16 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
2019 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.
Additional information as well as directions can be found on the Eagle Lake Observatory web page.

 

All Weather Event (1st qtr. moon)