Michiana  Astronomical  Society

Welcome,

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.

April 25th, 2019 - Our speakers will be Edward Dolgykh

Topic: "The Infinite Universe"

Due to scheduling conflicts our meeting time for February, March, and April will be on the 4th Thursday same place and time.

The rest of the year we will be back to the 3rd Thursday.

This is a new year and your 2019 MAS membership dues are due.

Important News

Seeing stars: Cass County park aims for Dark Sky status

Cass County's Lawless Park wants to be Dark Sky site

Upcoming MSP11 Star Party

Michiana Star Party 11 (2019)

Dates: May 31th - June 2nd 2019

For details, click here:

Earthbound Events

April 27th, 2019   Saturday Stargazing @ Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore - Cost: Free

Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore is having a stargazing starting on Saturday January 26, 2019. 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 fourth Saturday of the month in 2019.   Note: This is a change for 2019.

2019 Schedule
January 26, 2019 - Canceled due to weather
February 23, 2019 - Canceled due to weather
March 23, 2019
April 27, 2019
May 25, 2019
June 22, 2019
July 27, 2019
August 24, 2019
September 28, 2019
October 26, 2019
November 23, 2019
December 28, 2019

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! Here is wishing you Clear Skies!
Don't forget your mittens.

Click on the image below to enlarge it.

 

Potato Creek Astronomy Program  (Potato Creek State Park) - Cost: The event is free, but there is a cost to enter the state park.

May 24-25, 2019
June 8-9, 2019
July 19-20, 2019
August 2-3, 2019
September 20-21, 2019
October 4-5, 2019

Contact  Linda Marks for additional details.

On scheduled Friday nights we observe from the campground Site 211, from dusk until 11 pm.

On scheduled Saturdays Linda shows a powerpoint and then we do a hands-on paper project at the Nature Center from 2 pm to 3 pm. When the sun is shining, we show folks views through solar telescopes, after the main program.

On a scheduled Saturday nights we do our observing normally at the Orchard Shores site near the Nature Center (you have to pass the sign on the way in). We arrive one hour before sunset to set up.

The programs are weather dependent.

Our Universe Revealed - Physics for Everyone

Headlines from the Solar System - Tuesday January 22nd 2019 - 7:00 pm - Dr. Jonathan Crass

University of Notre Dame - Room 101 Jordan Hall of Science

Note: Due to limited space, Tickets are required for some events but are typically free of charge.

 UPCOMING EVENTS

Upcoming Launches
April 11 - SpaceIL Beresheet lander lunar landing
April 17 - Northrop Grummand Antares launch (VA) - NG-11 Cargo Delivery to ISS
April 25 - SpaceX Falcon 9 launch - CRS 17 ISS Resupply TBD
May 16 - SpaceX Falcon 9 launch - Radarsat Constellation Mission (Vandenberg) TBD
June 1 - SpaceX Falcon 9 Heavy launch - STP-2 (Air Force) TBD
August 17 - United Launch Alliance Atlas 5 launch - CST-100 Starliner Orbital Flight Test TBD

Upcoming Event Highlights:
April 13 - South Bend Mini Maker Faire - Success Academy (3/23 regist)
May 31 - Michiana Star Party 11 (MSP11) through 6/2/19
June 30 - Astro Camp 06/30/19-07/06/19, YMCA Camp Eberhart

All Upcoming Events:
April 11 - Mercury at Greatest Western Elongation - View in morning
April 13 - South Bend Mini Maker Faire - Success Academy (3/23 regist)
April 22 - Lyrids Meteor Shower with waning gibbous Moon
April 25 - MAS Meeting - Note 4th Thursday!
April 27 - Kemil Beach
May 6 - Eta Aquarids Meteor Shower with crescent Moon
May 16 - MAS Meeting
May 18 - Full Moon, Blue Moon
May 25 - Kemil Beach
May 25 - Potato Creek Astronomy Program - Linda & Steve
May 31 - Michiana Star Party 11 (MSP11) through 6/2/19
June 8 - Potato Creek Astronomy Program - Linda & Steve
June 10 - Jupiter at Opposition
June 20 - MAS Meeting
June 21 - June Solstice
June 22 - Kemil Beach
June 23 - Mercury at Greatest Eastern Elongation - View in evening
June 30 - Astro Camp 06/30/19-07/06/19, YMCA Camp Eberhart
July 9 - Saturn at Opposition
July 18 - MAS Meeting
July 20 - Potato Creek Astronomy Program - Linda & Steve
July 27 - Kemil Beach
July 28 - Delta Aquarids Meteor Shower with waning crescent Moon
August 3 - Potato Creek Astronomy Program - Linda & Steve
August 8 - Draconids Meteor Shower with new Moon
August 9 - Mercury at Greatest Western Elongation - View in morning
August 12 - Perseid Meteor Shower with full Moon
August 15 - MAS Meeting
August 24 - Kemil Beach
September 9 - Neptune at Opposition
September 10 - Neptune at Opposition
September 19 - MAS Meeting
September 21 - Potato Creek Astronomy Program - Linda & Steve
September 23 - September Equinox
September 26 - Illinois Dark Skies Party 9/26-28 - Springfield, IL - www.sas-sky.org
September 28 - Kemil Beach
October 5 - Potato Creek Astronomy Program - Linda & Steve
October 17 - MAS Meeting
October 20 - Mercury at Greatest Eastern Elongation - View in evening
October 21 - Orionids Meteor Shower with 2nd Quarter Moon
October 26 - Kemil Beach
October 27 - Uranus at Opposition
October 28 - Uranus at Opposition
November 5 - Taurids Meteor Shower with crescent Moon
November 11 - Transit of Mercury across Sun - 5.5hrs Eastern US, Next 2039
November 17 - Leonids Meteor Shower with waxing gibbous
November 21 - MAS Meeting
November 23 - Kemil Beach
November 24 - Conjunction of Venus & Jupiter, 1.4 degrees apart
November 28 - Mercury at Greatest Western Elongation - View in morning
December 13 - Geminids Meteor Shower at 1st Qtr Moon!
December 19 - MAS Meeting
December 21 - Ursids Meteor Shower with full Moon
December 22 - December Solstice
December 28 - Kemil Beach

Step out, look up: a guide to local summertime stargazing

A recent article in the South Bend Tribune about local Stargazing. Click here to read it: (July 26, 2018 SBT article)

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.

Space Events

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Meteor Showers:

Quadrantids - Active from December 28th, 2018 to January 12th, 2029
Lyrids - Active from April 16th to April 25th, 2019
Eta Aquariids - Active from April 19th to May 26th, 2019
Southern Delta Aquariids - Active from July 21st to August 23rd, 2019
Alpha Capricornids - Active from July 11th to August 10th, 2019
Perseids - Active from July 13th to August 26th, 2019
Orionids - Active from September 23rd to November 27th, 2019
Southern Taurids - Active from September 23rd to November 19th, 2019
Northern Taurids - Active from October 19th to December 10th, 2019
Leonids - Active from November 5th to November 30th, 2019
Geminids - Active from December 4th to December 16th, 2019
Ursids - Active from December 17th to December 23rd, 2019

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 -  April 19th, 2019 - May 18th, 2019 - June 17th, 2019 - July 16th, 2019 - August 15th, 2019 - September 14th, 2019 - October 13th, 2019 - November 12th, 2019 - December 12th, 2019

New Moon - May 4th, 2019 - June 3rd, 2019 - July 2nd, 2019 - August 1st, 2019 - August 30th, 2019 - September 28th, 2019 - October 28th, 2019 - November 26th, 2019 - December 26th, 2019

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.

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? 

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