Eagle  Lake  Observatory  Special  Events

This page highlights the special events we are opening the observatory for. These events are generally ”Cancelled if Cloudy” events and happen during the work week or on weekends not on the regular public star party schedule.

For any changes to the observing schedule, check the Public Star Party schedule and/or the MAS homepage for the latest updates. For directions and additional information on the Eagle Lake Observatory, visit the Eagle Lake Observatory website.


Location: Eagle Lake Observatory at Baylor Regional Park
Address: 10775 County Rd 33, Norwood-Young America, MN



Opposition of Mars

Dual Star Parties October 9 & 10, 2020

Address: 10775 County Rd 33, Norwood-Young America, MN


See Mars at it’s best!! The weekend of October 10, Mars will be the closest to earth resulting in the best views of the red planet for the next 15 years. Join us for the weekends special star parties to observe Mars.

We’ll be holding back to back public star parties Friday and Saturday nights.

The Mars Opposition star parties are ”cancelled if cloudy” events.  .

Jupiter / Saturn conjunction

December 19, 2020 – 4:00 pm

Address: 10775 County Rd 33, Norwood-Young America, MN

Jupiter and Saturn have a conjunction about every 20 years. On Saturday December 19, 2020, (beginning at 4:00 pm) we will be having a star party to observe this rare telescopic alignment. Jupiter and Saturn will be separated by only 13 arc minutes and well within the field of view of our telescopes.

The pair of planets will not be this close again until 2080. This event will be cancelled if cloudy so check the MAS web page if skies look questionable.

Be sure to check the MAS home page and/or the MAS Discussion Forum for the latest updates.


Additional information on the conjunction and why this year is so rare is in the MAS newsletter, Gemini, supplemental article in the December 2020 issue.

To register for the event, follow the link HERE to the MAS discussion forum.