Saturday September 19, 2015
Eagle Lake Observatory at Baylor Regional Park
Address: 10775 County Rd 33, Norwood Young America, MN


The Minnesota Astronomical Society would like to invite you to attend the Astronomical League’s Fall Astronomy Day activities at the MAS 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 drawings will be held Saturday evening and include MAS merchandise, astronomy books and videos. Weather permitting, the evening will conclude with tours of the night sky and of course stargazing.
Schedule of Events (Subject to change)

Saturday September 19, 2015 – Daytime activities begin at noon

12:00 pm: Solar observing, daytime viewing of  Venus, Mercury and maybe Mars. Tour the observatory, Activities and crafts for kids also.



Dave Falkner – NASA/JPL Solar System Ambassador 

TOPIC: “The New Horizons Mission” – Discussion about this record-breaking mission and the latest images from the July 14th flyby.


Jake Hairrell – MAS Member

TOPIC: “The Moon” – Today is also International Observe the Moon day and Jake will be talking about our closest celestial neighbor.


Kris Millner – MAS Member

TOPIC: “Motions of the Sun” – Kris will talk about observing the Sun, the Sun’s magnetic field and the sunspot cycle.


Dinner Break


Dave Falkner – MAS Member and Eagle Lake Observatory Program Director

TOPIC: “Stars in the Universe” – Dave will talk about the sizes, distances and numbers of stars and galaxies in the universe.


Door Prize Drawing


Nancy Rauchenberg – MAS Member

TOPIC: “What’s Up! Fall 2015” – Nancy will talk about some of the objects in tonight’s sky as well as preview some of the astronomical events during the Fall of 2015.

Evening Activities

The evening will continue with viewing through our array of telescopes. Evening highlights include Mercury, Saturn, Ceres, and the moon, as well as a comet or two. Neptune and Uranus will also be in prime viewing locations for the evening. Bid farewell to the best summer constellations, nebula and clusters and enjoy the arrival of some of the fall and winters best while the Minnesota temperatures are still “balmy”.

MAS Observing site pictures

Eagle Lake Observatory
The MAS Eagle Lake Observatory, consisting of the Onan Observatory, the Sylvia A. Casby Observatory and the HotSpot Classroom, is the regions premier all-volunteer public observing facility.

  • More than a dozen telescopes to view through, are among the finest amateur telescopes available.
  • Real-time video viewing capabilities for lunar, planetary and deep-sky viewing.
  • Solar filters allow safe viewing of the Sun’s surface, sunspots and solar prominences.
  • Mounted 15×80 binoculars for the ultimate “wide-field” stargazing experience.
  • A heated classroom to take the chill out of the cool spring nights.
  • Electrical outlets on the outside of the building for those who bring their own scopes.
  • Paved handicap parking adjacent to the wheelchair accessible observatory.
Baylor Regional Park is roughly 25 miles southwest of the Eden Prairie, MN and just north of Norwood-Young America. It is easily reached either by Minnesota Highway 5 or U.S. Highway 212. Select the “Directions” link in the left hand column or click HERE for interactive map.

Astronomy Day
The theme of Astronomy Day is “Bringing Astronomy to the People”. This worldwide event invites astronomical societies, planetariums, museums, and observatories to sponsor public viewing sessions, presentations, workshops, and other activities to increase public awareness about astronomy and our wonderful universe.Astronomy Day was born in California in 1973. Doug Berger, then president of the Astronomical Association of Northern California, decided that rather than try to entice people to travel long distances to visit observatory open houses, they would set up telescopes closer to where the people were – busy locations – urban locations like street corners, shopping malls, parks, etc.His strategy paid off. Not only did Astronomy Day go over with a bang, not only did the public find out about the astronomy club, they found out about future observatory open houses. Since the public got a chance to look through a portable telescope, they were hooked. They then wanted to see what went on at the bigger telescopes, so they turned out in droves at the next observatory open house.