The Wonders of the Cosmos

The Minnesota Astronomical Society has been sharing the joys of amateur astronomy with the public and our dedicated membership since 1972.
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MAS Happenings – May 28 2024

Happenings this Week * ELO Public Star Party * BSIG Observing Session * Observatory Training Schedules & Information Eagle Lake Observatory Public Star Party Saturday, June 1st: 7 pm - 10 pm CDT Speaker: Matt Dunham Topic:  Basics of How Different Telescopes Work Summary: An overview of the most common types of telescope optics and mounts in simple...

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MAS Happenings – May 21 2024

Happenings this Week * MAS New Member Orientation * Observatory Training Schedules MAS New Member Orientation Roseville Public Library Community Program Room Saturday, May 25 - 10:30am to 12:30pm Click the button below for more information. MAS New Member Orientation Observatory Training Calendar Eagle Lake Observatory August 10 -------- Afternoon -...

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MAS Happenings – May 14 2024

Happenings this Week * Astronomy Day * BSIG Observing Session * MAS Orientation May 25th * Observatory Training Schedules & Information Astronomy Day Eagle Lake Observatory Saturday, May 18th - 2:00 to 10:00 PM Come join us at ELO for a day of solar viewing, speakers, a prize drawing, and nighttime viewing. Keyholders please sign up here. For more...

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One of the largest, most-active amateur astronomy organizations in the U.S., the Minnesota Astronomical Society is stronger than ever, with 650+ members, countless events, and five unique observing sites.

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More than 50 years later, we continue to create camaraderie among all people and explore the universe through mutual interest in astronomy. To see more video content from the Minnesota Astronomical Society, visit our YouTube channel.

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Public Star Party at Eagle Lake Observatory

Star Party at Eagle Lake Observatory

Aurora at Eagle Lake Observatory

The Beginner’s Special Interest Group (B-SIG) breaks down everything you need to know, and everyone is welcome – whether you’re just getting started in exploring astronomy or you’ve been observing for years!



Don’t have a telescope? What to understand the details of stargazing in Minnesota? The MAS can help you get started – from purchasing and getting the most out of your equipment to learning the night skies. All you need is an interest in learning more.