Special Event at ELO – Mars Opposition
December 3 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm CST
Special Event public star party on December 3, 2022 for the opposition of Mars. Event starts at 7:00
This event will be CANCELLED if cloudy.
Mars comes to opposition, a position directly opposite from the sun, approximately every 26 months. This year Mars at its closest will have an angular size of over 17 arc seconds. Mars will not be as close or appear as large to us again until May of 2031.
Join us on December 3rd to view Mars at its best!
The Minnesota Astronomical Society (MAS) host Public Star Parties approximately every other Saturday night, from March to November, at the Eagle Lake Observatory. Public star parties are open to all, you do not need to be a MAS member to attend. Typically there is no fee to attend a star party, however donations are greatly appreciated.
During a Public Star Party, we use our array of telescope platforms to show you the wonders of the night sky. Note that the Park is open daily from 6:00 am to 10:00 pm. The main gate to the park entrance automatically closes at 10:00 pm, so please plan to arrive before then.
This event will be CANCELLED if cloudy. If this is your first star party, or it’s been a while since you’ve been to one, please review the Public Star Party Guidelines. Note the complete list of public events at ELO or download/print a schedule from the MAS Handouts archive.
Annually, we also host all day events for the Spring and Fall Astronomy Day and the annual Camping with the Stars event. Additionally, we may schedule special events throughout the year for a unique astronomical happenings such as an eclipses, planetary oppositions, conjunctions or comets.
*Other than our Camping with the Stars (CWTS) event, registration is not required to attend an event. CWTS is also the only event there is a fee to attend, as it is coordinated through the Baylor Park offices. Call the Baylor Park Office at 952-466-5255 for CWTS registration and camping information.
Additional information as well as directions can be found on the Eagle Lake Observatory web page.
Eagle Lake Observatory
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