Gemini ( current issue), the bi-monthly newsletter for the members and friends of the Minnesota Astronomical Society. A typical issue contains information about the organization and its activities as well as articles and columns by members of the Society. Gemini depends on its readers for content. Anyone is invited and encouraged to submit material for publication in Gemini. Strong writing skills are not required – the editor will help with the mechanics of getting it printed – so don’t be shy!
Submitting an item or idea is easy. Just click on the ”Submit Story” button in the left hand column to e-mail the editor. (You can also send e-mail directly to email@example.com.) Include your item with the e-mail, or describe your idea for the editor who will gladly work with you to get it published. Thank you for contributing to the Gemini newsletter!!
An electronic version of Gemini is available to everyone. If you would prefer a printed copy mailed to you, contact the MAS Membership Coordinator or subscribe using PayPal. The printed version is available for $9.00 per year and covers the cost of publishing and postage.
A Little Gemini History
February 19, 1975 – The Twin City Astronomy Club (TCAC) Executive Board and Editorial Board met to finalize plans for the club’s publication, to be called “GEMINI the publication of the Twin City Astronomy Club”. This was later changed to “a publication of…”, on the assumption the TCAC had other publications.
April 1976 – Gemini Volume 1, No. 1 appeared. A ten page edition with major articles by Hubert “Hub” Brueckner and William “Bill” Larson. The first editor of Gemini was Andrew “Andy” Fraser. The other members of the Editorial Board were Hubert Brueckner, Alan Ominsky and Carl Harstad.
Editor’s Note by Carl Harstad: Microcomputers would arrive 5 years later. My first was a 1981 model Morrow Designs MD-1, with 64 KB of memory and 180 KB diskettes. The first and subsequent issues of Gemini were typed by yours truly (and sometimes re-typed and re-typed) on an IBM correcting Selectric typewriter. January 1980 – Gemini Volume 5, No. 1, the first publication of the Minnesota Astronomical Society.
An archive of past issues is available below. Select the appropriate link from the table. All issues are in Portable Document File (PDF) format.
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NOTE: If you have any old issues we can use to complete the online archive, contact the editor of Gemini or the MAS Board. For the story behind the archive and the missing issues, follow the link HERE. Thank you.
Dates in RED indicate missing issues. Dates in BLUE indicate issues missing pictures and / or text and could be replaced. Dates in BLACK with the ? indicate issues that may be missing, but may also have never been published.