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.

Feburary 28th, 2019 - Our speakers will be Robert Parish

Topic: Light Pollution

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

March 23th, 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

  • Future talks:
  • Title TBD

    Dervis Can Vural
    Tuesday February 5th 2019 - 7:00 pm
    101 Jordan Hall of Science

  • Title TBD

    Speaker TBC
    Tuesday February 19th 2019 - 7:00 pm
    101 Jordan Hall of Science

  • Title TBD

    Speaker TBC
    Tuesday March 5th 2019 - 7:00 pm
    101 Jordan Hall of Science

  • Title TBD

    Keith Davis
    Tuesday March 19th 2019 - 7:00 pm
    Digital Visualization Theater, Jordan Hall of Science

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


January 1 - New Horizons Flyby of Ultima Thule in Kuiper Belt
January 6 - Venus at Greatest Western Elongation - View in morning
January 12 - MAS Holiday Party - Eric & Kelly's
January 17 - MAS Meeting
January 20 - Total Lunar Eclipse - Umbral 23:41-0:43 EST
January 26 - Kemil Beach - 4th Saturday starting 2019

February 2 - Science Alive! - St Joe County Public Library 10-4
March 2 - NIRSEF at Notre Dame - Ruth and Bruce judges for MAS award
May 31 - Michiana Star Party 11 (MSP11) through 6/2/19
June 30 - Astro Camp 06/30/19-07/06/19, YMCA Camp Eberhart

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


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 -  January 21st, 2019 - February 19th, 2019 - March 21st, 2019 - 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 - January 6th, 2019 - February 4th, 2019 - March 6th, 2019 - April 5th, 2019 - 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 Lunar Eclipse - January 20–21, 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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