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.
August 16th, 2018 - Our speaker will be ... TBD
Seeing stars: Cass County park aims for Dark Sky status
Michiana Star Party 11 (2019)
Dates: May 31th - June 2nd 2019
For details, click here: (Coming Soon)
A recent article in the South Bend Tribune about local Stargazing. Click here to read it: (July 26, 2018 SBT article)
August 17th, 2018 - More Summer Stargazing
University of Notre Dame - South lawn in front of the Jordan Hall of Science, 9:30-12:00 PM EDT Note: The new start time 30 minutes earlier.
If you plan to bring a scope and help, we need to know ahead of time. Please email me: Paul Surowiec
For the July 6th event there was a great turn out, the crowd was estimated at around 1500 people. Click on the image of Jim aligning his guide scope to link to the channel 16 WNDU coverage of the event.
August 11th, 2018 Saturday Stargazing @ Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore
Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore is having a stargazing starting on Saturday November 3, 2016. 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.
Stargazing will continue at the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore Kemil parking lot, on the third Saturday, December 16, 2017. Then, thru all of 2018, the program will shift to the Second Saturdays, beginning January 13, 2018.
January 13, 2018
February 10, 2018 - Cancelled due to weather!
March 10, 2018
April 14, 2018 - Cancelled due to weather!
May 12, 2018 - Cancelled due to weather!
June 9, 2018
July 14, 2018
August 11, 2018
September 8, 2018
October 13, 2018
November 10, 2018
December 8, 2018
The program is weather dependent, but we have had very good luck; so far, every session has been clear enough to see the Milky Way!
Don't forget your mittens.
Click on the image below to enlarge it.
August 11th, 2018 - Potato Creek Astronomy Program
May 26, 2018
June 16, 2018
July 14, 2018
August 11, 2018
Contact Linda Marks for details.
TBD - Outreach event for Chikaming Open Lands group
MAS member's will participate in an outreach event at Chikaming Township Park and Preserve (Warren Woods Rd, Three Oaks, MI 49128).
Contact Chuck Bueter for details.
October 13th, 2018 - Astronomy Day
July 27 - Mars at Opposition, best mag in 15 years
July 28 - Delta Aquarids Meteor Shower with full Moon
July 29 - Astro Camp 07/29-08/04, YMCA Camp Eberhart, Three Rivers, MI
August 2 - SpaceX Falcon 9 launch - Merah Putih Comm Sat Indonesia
August 4 - United Launch Alliance Delta 4-Heavy launch - Parker Solar Probe
August 5 - Nebraska Star Party, 8/5-10 - Merritt Reservoir, Snake Campground
August 11 - Potato Creek Astronomy Program - Linda & Steve
August 11 - Kemil Beach
August 12 - Perseid Meteor Shower with crescent Moon
August 16 - MAS Meeting
August 17 - Venus at Greatest Eastern Elongation - View in evening
August 17 - SpaceX Falcon 9 launch - Telstar 18 VANTAGE Comm Sat
August 26 - Mercury at Greatest Western Elongation - View in morning
August 30 - SpaceX Falcon 9 launch - Crew Dragon Demo 1
August 30 - SpaceX Falcon 9 launch - Es'hail 2 Comm Sat Qatar
September 7 - Neptune at Opposition
September 8 - Kemil Beach
September 14 - Potato Creek Astronomy Program - Linda & Steve
September 15 - Elkhart Library Solar Observing - Cleveland Branch
September 20 - MAS Meeting
September 23 - September Equinox
October 8 - Draconids Meteor Shower with new Moon
October 13 - Kemil Beach
October 18 - MAS Meeting
October 19 - Potato Creek Astronomy Program - Linda & Steve
October 21 - Orionids Meteor Shower with full Moon
October 23 - Uranus at Opposition
November 5 - Taurids Meteor Shower with crescent Moon
November 6 - Mercury at Greatest Eastern Elongation - View in evening
November 10 - Kemil Beach
November 15 - MAS Meeting
November 17 - Leonids Meteor Shower with waxing gibbous
December 8 - Kemil Beach
December 13 - Geminids Meteor Shower at 1st Qtr Moon!
December 15 - Mercury at Greatest Western Elongation - View in morning
December 20 - MAS Meeting
December 21 - Ursids Meteor Shower with full Moon
December 21 - December Solstice
January 6 - Venus at Greatest Western Elongation - View in morning
January 20 - Total Lunar Eclipse - Umbral 23:41-0:43 EST
Previous Event - Febuary 4th, 2017 - Science Alive
MAS again participated in Science Alive at the St Joseph county library.
2018/2019 MAS officers are:
Bruce Miller - President
Linda Marks - Vice President
Ruth Craft - Secretary (Chuck Buter - backup Secretary)
Paul Surowiec - Treasurer
Matt Bielski - Member at Large
Many thanks to our previous officers and their service to the Michiana Astronomical Society, it members and the community.
June 21st, 2018 - Summer Solstice
April 22, 2018 Lyrids
May 5, 2018 Eta Aquariids
July 27-28, 2018 Delta Aquariids
August 12, 2018 Perseids
October 8, 2018 Draconids
October 21, 2018 Orionids
November 4-5, 2018 South Taurids
November 11-12, 2018 North Taurids
November 17 or 18, 2018 Leonids
December 13-14, 2018 Geminids
Note on Meteor Showers: These dates are the times of peak occurrence, you can actually see some a few days before and after these dates.
Full Moon - June 28, 2018 - July 27, 2018 - August 26th, 2018 - September 25th, 2018 - October 24th, 2018 - November 23th, 2018 - December 22nd, 2018
New Moon - June 13, 2018 - July 13, 2018 - August 11th, 2018 - September 9th, 2018 - October 9th, 2019 - November 7th, 2018 - December 7th, 2018
Total Solar Eclipse - Next one in the US is April 8th 2024.
The Moon will totally block out the Sun on Aug 21th, 2017 @ 2:21PM. Time until the total Eclipse
For additional information on the Eclipse, be sure and visit NASA's Eclipse web site.
Time for a Star Party - Read Chucks blog about what goes on at a Star Party .
Can you find these galaxies in the sky?
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