New to Astronomy?

Welcome to the world of astronomy and stargazing in Minnesota. The Minnesota Astronomical Society is here to help you get started – you don't even need to own a telescope! All you need is an interest to explore the universe.
Request an Outreach EventExplore The Beginners Special Interest Group

Participate in any upcoming public event!


Subscribe to the MAS YouTube Channel

There is a lot of  video content from the Minnesota Astronomical Society on our YouTube channel.  Subscribe for free today!



Read the Gemini Newsletter

The Gemini newsletter of the MAS is a great resource for all to learn about the Society and the activities that our members participate in.

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    Attend a Star Party

    Find out more about Star Parties and what FAQs you need to know when you attend your first!

    There’s a Place for You

    It’s Time to Explore

    Interested in space exploration? Making your own telescope? Or maybe you just want to learn about Minnesota’s night sky. Resources for all of that and more are available at the Minnesota Astronomical Society! Our 450+ members vary in experience, knowledge, and specialized interest – but we all share in learning about astronomy and the wonders of the cosmos. Whether it’s attending an event or checking out the MAS discussion forums, there are many ways to start your journey here.

    Astronomy Discussion Forums

    Attend an Event

    Our Sites & Facilities

    Member Using Onan LX200 Telescope


    Plan Your Night Viewing

    In planning your night viewing, here are resources for what to view, when, and where to look. You can also view site-specific weather information.


    Beginners Resources

    What to See in the Night Sky

    Observing Programs

    MAS Observing Sites