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MAS Featured Events


Monthly Meeting

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MAS General Meeting

January 8, 2015
Fairview
Community Center

Speaker: Brandon Hamil

Topic: “The Traveling Astronomer”

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”). (NOTE – January’s meeting will be the 2nd Thursday to avoid a possible conflict with New Years Day).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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Triple Shadow Transit

Jupiter’s triple shadow transit

January 23, 2014
Eagle Lake Observatory

Join us at the Eagle Lake Observatory to see the 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.

The observatory will open at 7:00 pm.  In addition to this rare transit event, we’ll have time to see Mercury, Venus, Mars and even a comet or two.

This event will be “Cancelled if Cloudy”

Watch the weather as the 23rd approaches.  Announcements on the go / no-go status will be posted on the discussion forums and here on the MAS home page.

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Monthly Meeting

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MAS General Meeting

Feb 5, 2015
Fairview
Community Center

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”). (NOTE – January’s meeting will be the 2nd Thursday to avoid a possible conflict with New Years Day).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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Upcoming Featured Events

Jan
8
Thu
Monthly meeting @ Fairview Community Center
Jan 8 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

 

Speaker: Brandon Hamil
 
Topic: “The Traveling Astronomer”

 
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 from 12:25 am until about 12:50 am when the shadow of Io moves off the disk. The shadows of Callisto and Europa remain on the Jovian disk until 2:05 am when Callisto’s shadow departs.

The best time frame for seeing all three shadows will be from 12:35 to 12:48 am.

In addition to the triple transit, we will also see the shadows of Io and Callisto “merge” at about 11:45 as well as Io itself eclipsing the shadow of Callisto at about 12:20 am.

 

For more information, visit the MAS “Special Events” webpage HERE

Other objects of interest are: Mercury, Venus, Neptune, Mars, Moon, Uranus, Jupiter, Comets Lovejoy 2014 Q2 & Panstarrs 2012 K1

Feb
5
Thu
Monthly meeting @ Fairview Community Center
Feb 5 @ 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.

Mar
5
Thu
Monthly meeting @ Fairview Community Center
Mar 5 @ 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.

Mar
14
Sat
2015 ELO Public Star Party @ Eagle Lake Observatory
Mar 14 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
2015 ELO Public Star Party @ Eagle Lake Observatory

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: Mars, Venus & Jupiter.

 

All Weather Event (3rd qtr. moon)

Mar
20
Fri
2015 Messier Marathon @ Cherry Grove Observatory
Mar 20 @ 6:30 pm
2015 Messier Marathon @ Cherry Grove Observatory

Cherry Grove Messier Marathon Star Party

The Messier Marathon 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 HERE

 

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

Mar
21
Sat
2015 Messier Marathon (alt) @ Cherry Grove Observatory
Mar 21 @ 6:30 pm
2015 Messier Marathon (alt) @ Cherry Grove Observatory

Cherry Grove Messier Marathon Star Party

The Messier Marathon 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 HERE

 

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

Apr
2
Thu
Monthly meeting @ Fairview Community Center
Apr 2 @ 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.

Apr
17
Fri
2015 Virgo Venture @ Cherry Grove Observatory
Apr 17 @ 7:36 am
2015 Virgo Venture @ Cherry Grove Observatory

Cherry Grove Virgo Venture Star Party

The MAS ”Virgo Venture” is an star party dedicated to observing many of the brighter galaxies in the Virgo Cluster. As with all Cherry Grove events, the Virgo Venture is held only if the skies are clear and will be CANCELLED IF CLOUDY.

Additional information and finder charts can be found on the MAS website at HERE

 

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

Apr
18
Sat
2015 Virgo Venture (alt) @ Cherry Grove Observatory
Apr 18 @ 7:00 pm
2015 Virgo Venture (alt) @ Cherry Grove Observatory

Cherry Grove Virgo Venture Star Party

The MAS ”Virgo Venture” is an star party dedicated to observing many of the brighter galaxies in the Virgo Cluster. As with all Cherry Grove events, the Virgo Venture is held only if the skies are clear and will be CANCELLED IF CLOUDY.

Additional information and finder charts can be found on the MAS website at HERE

 

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