Michiana  Astronomical  Society


The Michiana Astronomical Society is an Astronomy club based in the South Bend/Mishawaka Indiana area. We meet in the third Thursday of the month @ 7:00PM. Meetings take place at the Centre branch of the South Bend library located at 1150 E Kern Road South Bend, IN 46614.

Pictures from our Michiana Star Party #8 can be found on the MSP8 web page.

Important News

June 16th, 2016  Regular Meeting

Thursday June 16th meeting of MAS at 7 PM in the Centre Twp. Branch Public Library. 

Earthbound Events

 May 24, 2016  AstroBlast @ Notre Dame - Jordan Hall of Science

Join us as Notre Dame astronomers take over Jordan Hall for an astronomy-fueled evening, including planetarium shows, live presentations, science craft projects, and hands-on demonstrations! Tuesday May 24th - 6:30-8:30pm, Jordan Hall of Science www.nduniverse.org.

June 4, 2016   Saturday Stargazing @ Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore

Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore is having a stargazing starting on Saturday November 7, 2015 and the first Saturday of almost every month for the next year. The program will take place at the Kemil Parking Lot, near Beverly Shores, one of the Dark Sky Communities.That location is one of the darkest spots between Chicago and Michigan City. The address to plug into gps is "Kemil Beach, Beverly Shores, IN 46304, or GPS Coordinates - 041.40.39N 087.00.35W.   

Nov 7, 2015 - Dec 5, 2015 - Jan 2, 2016 - Feb 6, 2016 - None in March - Apr 2, 2016  - May 7, 2016 - June 4, 2016 - Aug 6, 2016 - Sept 3, 2016 - Oct 1, 2016

Click on the image below to enlarge it.

MAS officers are:

Eric Sorensen - President

Bruce Miller - Vice President

Ruth Craft - Secretary

Paul Surowiec - Treasurer

Jim Hopkins - Member at Large

Many thanks to our previous officers and their service to the Michiana Astronomical Society, it members and the community.

Space Events


Mars opposition -  Sunday morning (May 22, 2016), Mars reaches opposition with the sun.

Eta Aquarids Meteor shower - April 21th to May 12th 2016.  For more info. click here:  Eta Aquarids Meteor Shower 

June Lyrids Meteor shower - June 10th to June 21th 2016.  For more info. click here:  June Lyrids Meteor Shower 

Full Moon -  May 21th , 2016 - June 20th, 2016 - July 19th, 2016 - August 18th, 2016 - September 16th, 2016 - October 16th, 2016 - November 14th, 2016 - December 14th, 2016

Blue Moon -  May 21th,2016 (Last blue moon of 2016)

New Moon - June 5th, 2016 - July 4th, 2016 - August 2nd, 2016 - September 1st, 2016 - October 1st, 2016 - October 30th, 2016 - November 29th, 2016 - December 29th, 2016

Total Solar Eclipse

   The Moon will totally block out the Sun on Aug 12th, 2017 @ 2:21PM.
Time until the total Eclipse


For additional information on the Eclipse, be sure and visit NASA's Eclipse web site.

If you have come here looking for information on the MAS8 Star Party, you have come to the right place. It can be found on the MSP8 page. You can also find the information located on our ex-presidents web site Nightwise.

Time for a Star Party - Read Chucks blog about what goes on at a Star Party .

Can you find these galaxies in the sky? 

MSP8 Star Party

 We are a 501c(3) non-profit organization. All contributions are tax deductable.