MAS Happenings – March 5 2024

by | Mar 5, 2024 | MAS Happenings

Happenings this Week

* MAS March Monthly Meeting
* ELO Training Information
* NCRAL Spring Newsletter
Silent Sky Performance

Aŋpétu Téča Education Center

MAS March Monthly Hybrid Meeting

Thursday, March 7th – 7 pm

Featured Speaker:
Chuck Allen – Astronomical League Vice President
Topic:  Andromeda!

Chuck Allen will present our March program on the Andromeda Galaxy. The program covers Andromeda’s remarkable historical role in expanding our universe beyond the boundaries of the Milky Way and in unlocking the nature of the universe itself. Chuck will discuss a rather surprising February 2024 discovery regarding Andromeda’s mass and another discovery of the only planet ever detected in another galaxy. The program will also provide insight into Andromeda’s size, structure, black hole, unusual globular clusters,  principal satellite galaxies, host of smaller companions, key features, true and apparent size, and ultimate fate.

For more information on the March meeting including how to join online click the link below.

MAS March Hybrid Meeting

Eagle Lake Observatory Training Dates

Training for the Eagle Lake Observatory (ELO) has been scheduled.  You will receive information on how to register next month.

Training has been divided up into 7 modules.  New keyholders must complete Keyholder Orientation; other modules are optional.  The Onan Building module is required with the Visual Platform/LX 200, Imaging Platform, 20″ Obsession, and Star Party Preparation and Teardown modules.

Current keyholders can register for any module to learn updated procedures or to review equipment operation.  Onan Building and Imaging Platform modules contain updated procedures. They are marked with the year that updates occurred.  If your training predates that year, you are encouraged to retake those modules.  You should not operate that equipment until you train on the updates

Below are the training dates for the Eagle Lake Observatory.

Spring 2024 NCRAL Northern Lights Newsletter Available

The Spring 2024 issue of the NCRAL Northern Lights newsletter is now available for download. It can be found on the NCRAL website.

Click the link below for the NCRAL Newsletter.

Spring 2024 NCRAL Newsletter
Theatre in the Round Players (TRP) is observing the start of Women’s History Month by celebrating unsung women in STEM fields, the highlight of which is a production of the historical drama Silent Sky by Lauren Gunderson, running weekends February 23 through March 10.

Silent Sky tells the true story of astronomer Henrietta Leavitt who began work at the Harvard College Observatory in the early 1900s as a part of a group of women “computers,” charting the stars using glass plates. Although not allowed to use a telescope, these women made discoveries foundational to modern astronomy.  An inspirational, uplifting story, Silent Sky is appropriate for ages 10+. Gretchen Weinrich directs the five-member cast with sets designed by Sadie Ward, costumes by Colleen O’Dell, lighting by Peter Mitchell, props by Mark Steffer, and sound design by Warren Sampson

Tickets are $25. For information, call the theatre’s box office at 612-333-3010 or visit its website at

Members of the Minnesota Astronomical Society use the discount code CEPHEID for $4 off tickets.

Additional Programming includes:

Audience Discussion with the Cast & Dr. Roberta Humphreys, Sunday, March 10. Audience members will be able to participate in a question-and-answer time with the cast and director of Silent Sky as well as stellar astrophysicist, Dr. Roberta Humphreys. Dr. Humphreys is an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society and a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. She led the Minnesota Automated Plate Scanner research group for over twenty years, creating a digitized, searchable catalog of the Palomar Observatory Sky Survey.

Trailblazing Women Art Gallery Showing, February 23-March 10. Throughout the run of this production, Theatre in the Round will be showcasing portraits of women who have made significant contributions to STEM fields. These portraits, created by artist Sadie Ward, have been created from upcycled bras, which Ward calls Brart. “One of the ways to remove patriarchy in our society is to recreate faces that were actively erased by that patriarchal society,” says Ward,” Brart is a socially derived artform that requires the participation of community to fuel conversation, while actively repurposing textiles.”

Silent Sky runs February 23 through March 10. Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30pm, Sundays at 2pm.

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