Monthly Meetings

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 (The 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.

Monthly meeting programs cover a wide variety of interests and vary from introductory to advanced in nature. Programs may include talks by professional astronomers from the University of Minnesota, presentations by members on topics of interest to amateurs, videos, slides or planetarium shows.

The latest information about the meeting time, location and featured topic, will be posted on the MAS home page or you can call the Society’s message line at 952-467-2426.

NOTE:  Meeting time and / or location sometimes change to take advantage of special program opportunities Please check the MAS homepage or recorded message for the latest information.

Business and Special Meetings

While the Society’s constitution provides a means for business meetings to be called at any time, it also establishes at timetable for meetings related to elections and adoption of the annual budget, as follows:

  • Election nominations take place at the November regular meeting.
  • Annual elections take place at the December regular meeting
  • Newly elected officers take office at the first monthly meeting of the new year (usually January)
  • The annual budget and dues structure is presented and adopted at the second monthly meeting of the new year (usually February).

Other business meetings may be called as needed, per the process outlined in the Society’s constitution.

Executive Board Meetings

The executive board of the MAS meets monthly to conduct the Society’s business. At a typical meeting, members of the board approve expenditures, review the status of projects, approve new projects and make decisions regarding the operation of the Society.

Executive board meetings are not closed to members, but they are often conducted at the homes of individual board members. Members interested in attending a meeting should contact the board using the email address masboard@mnastro.org to request details regarding upcoming meetings or to submit a topic for consideration. (Individual email addresses for board members are available at http://www.mnastro.org/about-us/leadership/ )

Other Meetings

There are a number of other committee and Special Interest Group (SIG) meetings scheduled each month. Please refer to the MAS events calendar (http://www.mnastro.org/events) or other sections of the web site (http://www.mnastro.org/explore/special-interests/ for example) to learn about them.

The latest meetings and information on our Special Interest Groups can be found on the Special Interest Groups Discussion Forums at:http://www.mnastro.org/forums/viewforum.php?f=35

 

Upcoming Monthly Meetings

Feb
1
Thu
Monthly meeting @ Fairview Community Center
Feb 1 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

 

Speaker: Larry Rudnick, Ph. D.
Minnesota Institute for Astrophysics

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 and/or recorded message at 952-467-2426 for the latest information regarding the meeting.

Mar
1
Thu
Monthly meeting @ Fairview Community Center
Mar 1 @ 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 and/or recorded message at 952-467-2426 for the latest information regarding the meeting.

Apr
5
Thu
Monthly meeting @ Fairview Community Center
Apr 5 @ 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 and/or recorded message at 952-467-2426 for the latest information regarding the meeting.

May
3
Thu
Monthly meeting @ Fairview Community Center
May 3 @ 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 and/or recorded message at 952-467-2426 for the latest information regarding the meeting.

Upcoming B-SIG Meetings

Feb
24
Sat
Feburary B-SIG Meeting @ Edina Public Library
Feb 24 @ 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm
Feburary B-SIG Meeting @ Edina Public Library

BSIG Meeting

Saturday February 24, 2018
1:30 pm – 3:30 pm

Topic: The Nature of Double Stars

Presenter: Bob Kerr

Edina Library

5280 Grandview Square
Edina, MN

 

Mar
24
Sat
March B-SIG Meeting
Mar 24 @ 12:00 am – 2:00 am
March B-SIG Meeting

BSIG Meeting

Saturday March 24, 2018
Time: TBD

Topic: TBD

Presenter: TBD

Location: TBD

 

Apr
28
Sat
April B-SIG Star Party @ Metcalf Field
Apr 28 @ 6:00 pm – Apr 29 @ 12:00 am
April B-SIG Star Party @ Metcalf Field

The April BSIG will be on Saturday April 28th, weather permitting, at the Metcalf Nature Center.

The directions to Metcalf are included here: http://www.mnastro.org/facilities/metcalf/

This event is weather dependent. So please send me an e-mail (sureshks1@msn.com) if you are interested in coming out so I can keep you updated… I will plan on making a go/no go decision by 3pm on the day of the event.

May
18
Fri
May B-SIG Star Party @ Metcalf Field
May 18 @ 7:00 pm – May 19 @ 1:00 am
May B-SIG Star Party @ Metcalf Field

The May BSIG will be on FRIDAY May 18th, weather permitting, at the Metcalf Nature Center.

The directions to Metcalf are included here: http://www.mnastro.org/facilities/metcalf/

This event is weather dependent. So please send me an e-mail (sureshks1@msn.com) if you are interested in coming out so I can keep you updated… I will plan on making a go/no go decision by 3pm on the day of the event.

Jun
30
Sat
June B-SIG Star Party @ Metcalf Field
Jun 30 @ 7:00 pm – Jul 1 @ 1:00 am
June B-SIG Star Party @ Metcalf Field

The June BSIG will be on Saturday June 30th, weather permitting, at the Metcalf Nature Center.

The directions to Metcalf are included here: http://www.mnastro.org/facilities/metcalf/

This event is weather dependent. So please send me an e-mail (sureshks1@msn.com) if you are interested in coming out so I can keep you updated… I will plan on making a go/no go decision by 3pm on the day of the event.

Jul
28
Sat
July B-SIG Star Party @ Metcalf Field
Jul 28 @ 7:00 pm – Jul 29 @ 2:00 am
July B-SIG Star Party @ Metcalf Field

The July BSIG will be on Saturday July 28th, weather permitting, at the Metcalf Nature Center.

The directions to Metcalf are included here: http://www.mnastro.org/facilities/metcalf/

This event is weather dependent. So please send me an e-mail (sureshks1@msn.com) if you are interested in coming out so I can keep you updated… I will plan on making a go/no go decision by 3pm on the day of the event.

Upcoming Member Orientation Meetings

Feb
10
Sat
MAS Member Orientation meeting @ Hopkins Public Library
Feb 10 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

New MAS members (and existing members wishing for a refresher) are invited to the MAS Member Orientation meeting which will be held in the Hopkins Library meeting room at 22 11th Ave N
Hopkins, MN 55343

The meeting will begin at 1:00 PM and run until approximately 3:00.

We will provide an overview of the organization and leadership of the MAS, provide an introduction to all of the observing sites, and review the benefits available to MAS members.  We will cover star parties, public observing nights, meetings and more.

We look forward to seeing you there!