Michiana  Astronomical  Society

Notice: Due to ongoing Covid-19 concerns, the Michiana Astronomical Society is no longer supporting or affiliated with any out reach events. Some members may continue to be involved with these out reach events out side of the club. (August 20th, 2021)


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.

Topic: Variable Stars

Presenter: Aaron McNeely

2022 MAS Due's are due in January.

2022 MAS Due's are due in January. 

If you are going to join or renew, please email me and I will send you my address. I have been making very limited trips to the P.O. Box during these Covid times. I would prefer you send your checks direct to me.  treasurer@michiana-astro.org




October 21st, 2021 and November 18th meetings will be held virtually via webex.

 Thursday, Deccember 16, 2021 7:00PM - 9:00PM

Webex Virtual Meeting Only

Connect for the Thursday, December 16th Meeting!

The meeting starts at 7:00PM and will be held via Webex.

Note that all recent club members with an email address on file will receive a Webex invitation via email.  If not, please request one by contacting Bruce Miller, President.

This month, TBD will do a presentation titled:

 2020 MAS Calendars are now available. $15.00 + $2.00 shipping or $2.80 shipping for two.

To order: Contact Linda Marks and Steve Accuosti at  information@michiana-astro.org

Important News

Upcoming MSP 2021 Star Party

Michiana Star Party  (2021)

Dates: 2021 Dates are now set:  As of August 20th, the MSP 2021 star Party has been canceled due to Covid-19 concerns by it's members.

For details, click here:

MSP-12 (2021)

Notice: Standard Covid-19 precautions will be observed per current CDC and local government requirments.

Earthbound Events

Notice: Due to ongoing Covid-19 concerns, the Michiana Astronomical Society is no longer supporting or affiliated with any out reach events. Some members may continue to be involved with these out reach events out side of the club. (August 20th, 2021)

Saturday Stargazing @ Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore - Cost: Free

Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore is having a stargazing starting on Saturday October 2nd, 2021. 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 resume at the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore Kemil parking lot, on the first Saturday of the month in 2021.  Note: This is a change for 2021.

2021 Schedule:

As of Sept. 13th, the National Park Service has cancelled Saturday Stargazing for the remainder of 2021.

Oct. 2nd,2021 - Cancelled
Nov. 6th,2021 - Cancelled
Dec. 4th,2021 - Cancelled

The program is weather dependent, so check back the Saturday of the event.  Here is wishing you Clear Skies!

Contact  Julie Larsen for additional details (219) 395-1821.

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Notice: Due to ongoing Covid-19 concerns, the Michiana Astronomical Society is no longer supporting or affiliated with any out reach events. Some members may continue to be involved with these out reach events out side of the club. (August 20th, 2021)

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

Sept. 10/11, 2021

Oct. 8/9, 2021

Contact  Barbara Tibbets 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 Whispering Winds 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.

TBD - New Carlisle Library Astronomy Program  - Cost: The event is free

This is from Roanna Hootten, of the New Carlisle Library:   "Because of the ever changing nature of Covid, we are postponing in person August/September programs."   So we are looking forward to trying to do this event next spring. Stay tuned! Keep enjoying the views through your own telescopes.

Our Universe Revealed - Physics for Everyone

All of our planned public talks for this semester will now be streamed live online and held in person. These can be accessed on Youtube as well as on Zoom using the connection details below:
Our Universe Revealed Youtube Channel - https://bit.ly/2WqK1jq 
Connect using Zoom (instructions for how to install the Zoom client and connect to the talk can be found at https://bit.ly/2xbGZVs) - https://notredame.zoom.us/j/724722144 (Meeting ID is 724-722-144). 

We will aim to follow our usual event format with a 30-40 minute presentation followed by time for audience questions. Questions can be asked through both Youtube and Zoom platforms at any time during the talk and we will collate and respond to them at the end of the talk.

I want to take this opportunity to thank you for your continued support with the series in these challenging times. Through the power of technology we will do all we can to keep educating our students, our neighbors and the Notre Dame community whether close by or further afield.

If you think this and our other events would be of interest to any of your friends, family or colleagues, please feel free to forward this email on to them so they are able to join us.

Jonathan Crass
Series Coordinator

Our Universe Revealed

Science and Forged Money (Tuesday Nov 16th)

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

Recent News / Activities:
October 21 - Orionids Meteor Shower
October 25 - Mercury at Greatest Western Elongation - View in morning
October 29 - Venus at Greatest Eastern Elongation - View in evening
November 2 - Our Universe Revealed: Prof Graham Peaslee, Title TBD - ND 105 Jordan Hall
November 5 - Uranus at Opposition
November 6 - Kemil Beach - Canceled due to Covid
November 12 - Taurids Meteor Shower
November 16 - Our Universe Revealed: Dr. Khachatur Manukyan, Title TBD - ND 105 Jordan Hall
November 17 - Leonids Meteor Shower

Recent Launches:
October 23 - Long March 3B - Shijian 21 (Space debris mitigation or ASAT?)
October 28 - Soyuz - Progress 79P Cargo Delivery to ISS
November 11 - SpaceX Falcon 9 - Dragon Crew 3 (3 NASA, 1 ESA, astronauts)
November 13 - SpaceX Falcon 9 - Starlink 4-1 (53 satellites)
November 17 - Rocket Lab Electron - BlackSky 10 & 11 Earth Obs Sat

Upcoming Launches:
November 23 - SpaceX Falcon 9 - DART (Double Asteroid Redirection Test) kinetic impact
November 24 - Soyuz - Princhal ISS Module - Used for docking Russian vehicles
November 27 - Rocket Lab Electron - BlackSky 12 & 13 Earth Obs Sat TBD
November 30 - Soyuz - Galileo 27 & 28 (Europe GPS Sats) TBD
December 1 - SpaceX Falcon 9 - Starlink 4-3 (53 satellites)
December 4 - ULA Atlas 5 launch - STP-3 USSF TBD
December 8 - Soyuz - ISS 66S Crew to ISS (2 Space Tourists, 12 days)
December 9 - SpaceX Falcon 9 - IXPE (Imaging X-ray Polarimetry Explorer)
December 15 - SpaceX Falcon 9 - Starlink 2-3 (51 satellites) TBD
December 18 - Ariane 5 - James Webb Space Telescope TBD (Fr Guiana)
December 18 - SpaceX Falcon 9 - Turksat 5B (Turkish Comm Sat)
December 20 - Rocket Lab Electron - BlackSky 14 & 15 Earth Obs Sat TBD
December 21 - SpaceX Falcon 9 - CRS 24 ISS Cargo
December 27 - Soyuz - OneWeb 12 (34 satellites for broadband network) TBD

January 1 - SpaceX Falcon 9 - CSG2 Italian Radar Surveillamce Sat TBD
January 1 - SpaceX Falcon 9 - Transporter 3 - Rideshare to  Sun-sync Orbit TBD
January 1 - ULA Atlas 5 - USSF 8 (GSSAP 5 & 6) TBD
January 6 - Soyuz - OneWeb 13 (34 satellites for broadband network) TBD
February 1 - SpaceX Falcon Heavy - USSF 44 TBD
February 16 - ULA Atlas 5 - GOES-T Weather Sat
February 19 - Ariane  - NG-17 ISS Cargo TBD (Virginia)
February 21 - SpaceX Falcon 9 - Axiom Mission 1 Crew to ISS
March 1 - SpaceX Falcon 9 - WorldView Legion 1 & 2 (Maxar) TBD Q4
March 19 - Rocket Lab Electron - CAPSTONE (Gateway Lunar mini-station test) TBD
April 1 - SpaceX Falcon Heavy - USSF 52 TBD
April 1 - ULA Atlas 5 - CST-100 Starliner Orbital Flight Test 2 TBD
April 15 - SpaceX Falcon 9 - Dragon Crew 4 (2 NASA, 1 ESA astronauts)
June 1 - ULA Atlas 5 - CST-100 Starliner Crew Flight Test TBD

All Upcoming Events:
November 19 - Partial Lunar Eclipse, South Bend (01:02-07:03)
November 30 - Our Universe Revealed: Dr. Eckhart Spalding, Title TBD - ND 105 Jordan Hall
December 4 - Kemil Beach - Canceled due to Covid
December 14 - Geminids Meteor Shower
December 16 - MAS Meeting
December 21 - December Solstice
December 22 - Ursids Meteor Shower

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.

2020/2021 MAS officers are:

Bruce Miller - President

Linda Marks - Vice President

Ruth Craft - Secretary (Chuck Buter - backup Secretary)

Paul Surowiec - Treasurer, Webmaster,  & Alcor

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


Meteor Showers:

Quadrantids - January 3th, 2021
Lyrids - April 22th, 2021
Eta Aquariids - May 5th, 2021
Southern Delta Aquariids - July 28-29th, 2021
Alpha Capricornids - July 30th, 2021
Perseids - August 12th, 2021
Orionids - October 21th, 2021
Southern Taurids - November 4-5th, 2021
Northern Taurids - Active from October 19th to December 10th, 2021
Leonids - November 11-12th, 2021
Geminids - December 12-13th, 2021
Ursids - December 22nd, 2021

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 -  November 19th, 2021 - December 18th, 2021 - January 17th, 2022 - February 16th, 2022 - March 18th, 2022 - April 16th, 2022 - May 15th, 2022

New Moon -  November 4th, 2021 - December 4th, 2021 - January 2nd, 2022 - January 31st, 2022 - March 2nd, 2022 - April 1st, 2022 - April 30th, 2022 - May 30th, 2022

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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