NOTICE

All MAS public events have been CANCELLED by the MAS Board due to the heightened risk of COVID-19 virus. Public events are cancelled through April 2020. The MAS Executive Board will reassess the situation in April. Please check the MAS web site before attending any MAS event. For additional information, visit the Discussion Forum post HERE

Featured Events



Monthly Meeting 
April 2, 2020 7:00pm

Online Only – Using Google Meet

We are going to try and hold a Monthly Meeting online using Google Meet. We are starting with the April Monthly Meeting. If you would like to join us you will need use the following URL:

Meeting ID
meet.google.com/kne-pndm-rji

You can probably hear best with a headset but your computer’s speaker and microphone will also work.

You can also join be phone but you will miss the visuals:
Phone Number
(‪US‬) ‪+1 513-757-0044‬
PIN: ‪640 908 756#‬

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

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Astronomy Day

Astronomy Day

May 2, 2020
Eagle Lake Observatory

The Minnesota Astronomical Society would like to invite you to attend the Astronomical League’s 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 Astronomy Day webpage.

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Monthly Meeting

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MAS General Meeting

May 7, 2020
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 Eventshttp://www.mnastro.org/event/m

Apr
11
Sat
B-SIG – April Star Party (CANCELLED) @ Eagle Lake Observatory
Apr 11 @ 6:00 pm
B-SIG - April Star Party (CANCELLED) @ Eagle Lake Observatory

Event CANCELLED

Weather permitting

May
2
Sat
2020 Astronomy Day – Public Star Party @ Eagle Lake Observatory
May 2 @ 1:00 pm – 10:00 pm
2020 Astronomy Day - Public Star Party @ Eagle Lake Observatory

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.

 

All Weather Event (1st qtr. moon)

May
7
Thu
Monthly meeting @ Fairview Community Center
May 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.

May
22
Fri
Virgo Venture – Star Party @ Cherry Grove Observatory
May 22 @ 6:00 pm
Virgo Venture - Star Party @ Cherry Grove Observatory

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

This schedule is subject to change. Please check the MAS website at www.mnastro.org under the “Events” tab for the latest Star Party calendar and schedules.

Note: Visitors who have limited experience attending a star party in a “dark-sky” location like Cherry Grove should review the MAS Star Party Guidelines.

Those who seek more detailed advice or answers to their questions may be more comfortable attending public viewing nights at our Eagle Lake Observatory at Baylor Regional Park. The observatory is always open on its scheduled public nights and staffed with volunteers ready and willing to help. Visit the Eagle Lake Observatory website for public event schedule and directions to the observatory.

May
23
Sat
Virgo Venture – Star Party (alt) @ Cherry Grove Observatory
May 23 @ 6:00 pm
Virgo Venture - Star Party (alt) @ Cherry Grove Observatory

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

This schedule is subject to change. Please check the MAS website at www.mnastro.org under the “Events” tab for the latest Star Party calendar and schedules.

Note: Visitors who have limited experience attending a star party in a “dark-sky” location like Cherry Grove should review the MAS Star Party Guidelines.

Those who seek more detailed advice or answers to their questions may be more comfortable attending public viewing nights at our Eagle Lake Observatory at Baylor Regional Park. The observatory is always open on its scheduled public nights and staffed with volunteers ready and willing to help. Visit the Eagle Lake Observatory website for public event schedule and directions to the observatory.

Jun
4
Thu
Monthly meeting @ Fairview Community Center
Jun 4 @ 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

Apr
11
Sat
2020 Public Star Party (CANCELLED) @ Eagle Lake Observatory
Apr 11 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
2020 Public Star Party (CANCELLED) @ 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 (3rd qtr. moon)

Eagle Lake Observatory
44.8103
-93.9397

Merle Hiltner onaninfo@mnastro.org

Apr
25
Sat
2020 Public Star Party (CANCELLED) @ Eagle Lake Observatory
Apr 25 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
2020 Public Star Party (CANCELLED) @ 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

May
2
Sat
2020 Astronomy Day – Public Star Party @ Eagle Lake Observatory
May 2 @ 1:00 pm – 10:00 pm
2020 Astronomy Day - Public Star Party @ Eagle Lake Observatory

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.

 

All Weather Event (1st qtr. moon)

May
16
Sat
2020 Public Star Party @ Eagle Lake Observatory
May 16 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
2020 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 (3rd qtr. moon)

Eagle Lake Observatory
44.8103 -93.9397

Merle Hiltner onaninfo@mnastro.org

May
30
Sat
2020 Public Star Party @ Eagle Lake Observatory
May 30 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
2020 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

Jun
13
Sat
2020 Public Star Party @ Eagle Lake Observatory
Jun 13 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
2020 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 (3rd qtr. moon)

Eagle Lake Observatory
44.8103 -93.9397

Merle Hiltner onaninfo@mnastro.org