NOTICE

Due to the heightened risk of COVID-19 virus, all MAS public events have been CANCELLED until further notice. For additional information, visit the Discussion Forum post HERE


UPDATE

We’ll be having another reservation only public star party Saturday, September 5. This event will require registration, which is limited to 25 people. Additional information and registration is on the Discussion Forum HERE




Print the full 2020 Eagle Lake Observatory Star Party schedule.

Also please review the MAS Star Party Guidelines.


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ELO Public Star Parties
Astronomy Day
CWTS
Fall Astronomy Day
ELO Special Events


Unless otherwise noted, all Eagle Lake Observatory public star parties are “all weather” events. Even if it is cloudy, someone will be there to show a video, give a presentation, give a tour of the observatory or answer any astronomy questions you may have. However, there may be a need to cancel due to hazardous weather conditions such as severe thunderstorm, tornados and/or snow storms. If any of these conditions are threatening, please check the MAS website homepage at www.mnastro.org, after 4:00 pm the day of the event for cancellation notices.

Additional information about our Eagle Lake Observatory can be found HERE, including Frequently Asked Questions


All Public Star Parties

Dec
19
Sat
2020 Jupiter / Saturn “Super Conjunction” @ Eagle Lake Observatory
Dec 19 @ 4:00 pm – 9:00 pm
2020 Jupiter / Saturn "Super Conjunction" @ Eagle Lake Observatory

Public Star Party at the MAS Eagle Lake Observatory.

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. This rare event will not happen again for another 80 years. This event will be cancelled if cloudy so check the MAS web page if skies look questionable.

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

Mar
20
Sat
First 2021 Public Star Party @ Eagle Lake Observatory
Mar 20 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
First 2021 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



Astronomy Day



Camping with the Stars



Fall Astronomy Day



Special Events

Special Events are for a specific astronomical event and are generally “Cancelled if Cloudy” Events. Please check the MAS website homepage at www.mnastro.org after 4:00 pm the day of the event for any cancellation notices.

Dec
19
Sat
2020 Jupiter / Saturn “Super Conjunction” @ Eagle Lake Observatory
Dec 19 @ 4:00 pm – 9:00 pm
2020 Jupiter / Saturn "Super Conjunction" @ Eagle Lake Observatory

Public Star Party at the MAS Eagle Lake Observatory.

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. This rare event will not happen again for another 80 years. This event will be cancelled if cloudy so check the MAS web page if skies look questionable.

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