Name of the organization:

Minnesota Astronomical Society.

[Please use ‘MAS’ for abbreviated references, and refer to the group as ‘the Society’ when referencing other than by name.]

Purpose:

This society is organized exclusively for charitable, educational, and scientific purposes.  It seeks to create camaraderie among all classes of people through mutual interest in astronomy.  It establishes and maintains observational and informational facilities for the benefit of the membership and the community, and seeks to promote membership and community knowledge about and involvement in astronomy through lectures, celestial observing sessions, classes and other appropriate means.

Membership:

As of January 2015 membership is approximately 440.

Tax Status:

The MAS is a 501 (c) (3) tax-exempt corporation.

Address:

The mailing address for the Society is:

Minnesota Astronomical Society
P.O. Box 14931
Minneapolis, MN 55414

Events:

Most MAS events, including star parties, are open to the public.  Please visit the Event Calendar of our site at http://www.mnastro.org/events/calendar/ for a listing of upcoming events.

Summary Descriptions:

Please use one of the  following texts when desiring a summarized description of the MAS:

Option 1:

‘The Minnesota Astronomical Society is one of the nation’s largest and most active organizations dedicated to amateur astronomy.  Membership is open to anyone.  Information is available via the web at www.mnastro.org.  E-mail inquiries may be directed to webteam@lists.mnastro.org. Voice messages can be left at (952) 467-2426.  Written requests for more information may be directed to : Minnesota Astronomical Society P.O. Box 14931 Minneapolis, MN 55414.’

Option 2:

‘Since 1973, the Minnesota Astronomical Society has supported the region’s amateur astronomers by maintaining observing facilities, providing opportunities to learn about astronomy, supporting professional astronomy through research and outreach to the general public.  Membership is open to anyone with an interest in astronomy.  Information regarding the Society is available on the web at www.mnastro.org.  Voice messages may be left at (952) 467-2426.’

Option 3:

‘The Minnesota Astronomical Society is a tax-exempt 501 (c) (3) organization based in the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul.  Membership is open to anyone with an interest in astronomy.  Information is available on the web at www.mnastro.org, or via a voice message request directed to (952) 467-2426.’

Media Relations Contact:

For more information regarding the society or to arrange for expert commentary on astronomical topics, please contact:

Clayton Lindsey MAS President

c/o Minnesota Astronomical Society
P.O. Box 14931
Minneapolis, MN 55414

651-231-5619
info@mnastro.org