MAS Featured Events


Mini-Messier Marathon

Mini Messier Marathon

Sept 26, 2014

Update: Is a Go for Sept 26 

Cherry Grove Observatory

Cherry Grove Fall Mini-Messier Marathon (4M)

Similar to the Messier Marathon in the spring, the ”Mini Messier (4M)”, is an attempt to find as many Messier objects as possible during one night. The Messier catalogue was compiled by French astronomer Charles Messier during the late 18th century and consists of 110 relatively bright deep sky objects (galaxies, nebulae, and star clusters).
Additional information and finder charts can be found on the MAS website at http://www.mnastro.org/mini-messier-marathon/

The event is cancelled if cloudy with Friday being the primary date with Saturday the alternate.

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Monthly Meeting

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MAS General Meeting

October 2, 2014
Fairview
Community Center

Speaker: Marvin Marshak

Topic: “Ash River Facility and an update on the Soudan Underground Mine”

Monthly meetings are open to all – you needn’t be an MAS member to attend. These meetings normally take place the first Thursday of each month at the Fairview Community Center in Roseville (”Great Room”). Monthly meetings usually start at 7:00 p.m. and last about two hours.

Each meeting features Board member introductions, general announcements, “Better Know a Constellation”, normally presented by a member, main speaker (around 45 minutes duration) and an after-meeting social gathering. Society business is occasionally transacted as needed.

Meeting Location: Fairview Community Center

1910 County Road B West – ”Great Room”
Roseville, MN 55113

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Fall Astronomy Day

October 4, 2014
Eagle Lake Observatory

The Minnesota Astronomical Society would like to invite you to attend the Astronomical League’s Fall Astronomy Day activities at the MAS Eagle Lake Observatoryin Baylor Regional Park. Speakers are scheduled throughout the day and will give talks on astronomy and what there is to see. Door prize drawings will be held Saturday evening and include MAS merchandise, astronomy books and videos. Weather permitting, the evening will conclude with tours of the night sky and of course stargazing.

Additional information  can be found on the MAS website HERE.

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Upcoming Featured Events

Oct
2
Thu
Monthly meeting @ Fairview Community Center
Oct 2 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

 

Speaker: Marvin Marshak
 
Topic: “Ash River Facility and an update on the Soudan Underground Mine”

 
Monthly meetings are open to all – you needn’t be an MAS member to attend. These meetings normally take place the first Thursday of each month at the Fairview Community Center in Roseville (“Great Room”). Monthly meetings start at 7:00 p.m. and last about two hours.

Each meeting features Board member introductions, general announcements, “Better Know a Constellation”, normally presented by a member, main speaker (around 45 minutes duration) and an after-meeting social gathering. Society business is occasionally transacted as needed.

NOTE: Meeting time and / or location sometimes change to take advantage of special program opportunities. Please check the MAS homepage and/or recorded message at 952-467-2426 for the latest information regarding the meeting.

Oct
4
Sat
2014 Fall Astronomy Day @ Eagle Lake Observatory
Oct 4 @ 2:00 pm – 10:00 pm
2014 Fall Astronomy Day @ Eagle Lake Observatory

Fall A-Day – ELO Public Star Party @ Eagle Lake Observatory, Baylor Regional Park

Public Star Party at the MAS Eagle Lake Observatory.

The Eagle Lake Observatory consists of the Onan Observatory, the Sylvia A. Casby Observatory and the HotSpot Classroom.
Additional information as well as directions can be found on the Eagle Lake Observatory web page.

Objects of interest include: Mercury, Moon, Saturn, Mars, Comet Oukaimeden (C/2013 V5), Comet Siding Spring (C/2013 A1), Neptune. Uranus rises 6:50 pm

Additional information on Fall Astronomy Day can be found HERE.

All Weather Event (1st qtr. moon)

Oct
11
Sat
B-SIG meeting @ Hopkins Library
Oct 11 @ 9:30 am – 10:30 am
B-SIG meeting @ Hopkins Library | Hopkins | Minnesota | United States

B-SIG meeting

Astro Apps

Mobile technology has changed the way many amateur astronomers prepare for and log their observing session.  From learning the constellations to finding the faintest fuzzies or even seeking those fleeting satellite flares, Planetarium Programs, tablets, smartphones and other observing aid scan put all that info and more at your fingertips.

Learn about Astro Apps available for every budget, whatever your platform

Bring along your favorite Astro apps on your laptop, phone or tablet to share with the group, and don’t forget to ask questions.

Hennepin County Library, Hopkins Branch Meeting room. Watch the MAS home page for meeting announcements.

Presented by David Falkner and Ric Heins, BSIG coordinators

MAS members and prospective members are welcome to attend.

Oct
23
Thu
ELO Public Star Party: Partial Solar Eclipse @ Eagle Lake Observatory
Oct 23 @ 4:00 pm – 10:00 pm
ELO Public Star Party: Partial Solar Eclipse @ Eagle Lake Observatory

ELO Public Star Party – Partial Solar Eclipse @ Eagle Lake Observatory, Baylor Regional Park

Public Star Party at the MAS Eagle Lake Observatory.

The Eagle Lake Observatory consists of the Onan Observatory, the Sylvia A. Casby Observatory and the HotSpot Classroom.
Additional information as well as directions can be found on the Eagle Lake Observatory web page.

NOTE: Special start time of 4:00 pm

Additional information can be found on the ELO Special Events webpage HERE.

Objects of interest include: Eclipse begins 4:24pm, Mercury, Saturn, Venus, Neptune,

 

Cancelled if cloudy

Nov
6
Thu
Monthly meeting @ Fairview Community Center
Nov 6 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

 

Speaker: Marvin Marshak
 
Topic: “Ash River Facility and an update on the Soudan Underground Mine”

 
Monthly meetings are open to all – you needn’t be an MAS member to attend. These meetings normally take place the first Thursday of each month at the Fairview Community Center in Roseville (“Great Room”). Monthly meetings start at 7:00 p.m. and last about two hours.

Each meeting features Board member introductions, general announcements, “Better Know a Constellation”, normally presented by a member, main speaker (around 45 minutes duration) and an after-meeting social gathering. Society business is occasionally transacted as needed.

NOTE: Meeting time and / or location sometimes change to take advantage of special program opportunities. Please check the MAS homepage and/or recorded message at 952-467-2426 for the latest information regarding the meeting.

Nov
8
Sat
B-SIG meeting @ Golden Valley Library
Nov 8 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am
B-SIG meeting @ Golden Valley Library | Minneapolis | Minnesota | United States

B-SIG meeting


Asteroids, Comets and Space Junk – Discussion on all the other items in our solar system besides planets and moons – and there’s a lot!

Presented by David Falkner and Ric Heins, BSIG coordinators

MAS members and prospective members are welcome to attend.

Dec
4
Thu
Monthly meeting @ Fairview Community Center
Dec 4 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

 

Speaker: Marvin Marshak
 
Topic: “Ash River Facility and an update on the Soudan Underground Mine”

 
Monthly meetings are open to all – you needn’t be an MAS member to attend. These meetings normally take place the first Thursday of each month at the Fairview Community Center in Roseville (“Great Room”). Monthly meetings start at 7:00 p.m. and last about two hours.

Each meeting features Board member introductions, general announcements, “Better Know a Constellation”, normally presented by a member, main speaker (around 45 minutes duration) and an after-meeting social gathering. Society business is occasionally transacted as needed.

NOTE: Meeting time and / or location sometimes change to take advantage of special program opportunities. Please check the MAS homepage and/or recorded message at 952-467-2426 for the latest information regarding the meeting.

Dec
13
Sat
B-SIG meeting @ Golden Valley Library
Dec 13 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am
B-SIG meeting @ Golden Valley Library | Minneapolis | Minnesota | United States

B-SIG meeting


Recap the year, plan for next year, Q&A, AL awards ceremony.
Golden Valley Library – 10:00-11:30

Presented by David Falkner and Ric Heins, BSIG coordinators

MAS members and prospective members are welcome to attend.

Jan
1
Thu
Monthly meeting @ Fairview Community Center
Jan 1 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

 

Speaker: TBD
 
Topic: TBD

 
Monthly meetings are open to all – you needn’t be an MAS member to attend. These meetings normally take place the first Thursday of each month at the Fairview Community Center in Roseville (“Great Room”). Monthly meetings start at 7:00 p.m. and last about two hours.

Each meeting features Board member introductions, general announcements, “Better Know a Constellation”, normally presented by a member, main speaker (around 45 minutes duration) and an after-meeting social gathering. Society business is occasionally transacted as needed.

NOTE: Meeting time and / or location sometimes change to take advantage of special program opportunities. Please check the MAS homepage and/or recorded message at 952-467-2426 for the latest information regarding the meeting.

Jan
23
Fri
Triple Shadow Transit @ Eagle Lake Observatory
Jan 23 @ 7:00 pm
Triple Shadow Transit @ Eagle Lake Observatory

Cancelled if Cloudy Event

On January 23rd there will be a triple shadow transit of the moons of Jupiter. The first shadow of Callisto begins about 9:10 pm, the second shadow of Io begins at 10:35 pm and the third shadow of Europa begins at 12:25 am.

All three shadows will be visible on the disk of Jupiter until about 12:50 am when the shadow of Io moves off the disk.