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)

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.

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

Next Meeting

 Thursday, January 20th, 2021 7:00PM - 9:00PM

The meeting starts at 7:00PM and will be held via Webex only. There will not be an in person portion of the meeting this month.

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

 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.

Click on the image below to enlarge it.

 

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:
December 21 - December Solstice
December 22 - Ursids Meteor Shower
January 3 - Quadrantids Meteor Shower with New Moon
January 7 - Mercury at Greatest Eastern Elongation - View in evening

Recent Launches:
December 18 - SpaceX Falcon 9 - Starlink 4-4 (52 satellites)
December 18 - SpaceX Falcon 9 - Turksat 5B (Turkish Comm Sat)
December 21 - SpaceX Falcon 9 - CRS 24 ISS Cargo
December 25 - Ariane 5 - James Webb Space Telescope (Fr Guiana)
December 27 - Soyuz - OneWeb 12 (34 satellites for broadband network) TBD
January 6 - SpaceX Falcon 9 - Starlink 4-5 (49 satellites)
January 13 - SpaceX Falcon 9 - Transporter 3 - Rideshare to  Sun-sync Orbit
January 13 - Virgin LauncherOne - Above the Clouds (747 Launched - 7 Sats)
January 17 - SpaceX Falcon 9 - Starlink 4-6 (48 satellites)
January 20 - Rocket Lab Electron - BlackSky 16 & 17 Earth Obs Sat TBD

Upcoming Launches:
January 21 - ULA Atlas 5 - USSF 8 (GSSAP 5 & 6)
January 27 - SpaceX Falcon 9 - CSG2 Italian Radar Surveillamce Sat
January 29 - SpaceX Falcon 9 - Starlink 4-7 (48 satellites)
February 1 - SpaceX Falcon 9 - NROL-87 TBD
February 1 - SpaceX Falcon Heavy - USSF 44 TBD
February 1 - SpaceX Starship - Orbital Test Flight TBD
February 10 - Soyuz - OneWeb 13 (34 satellites for broadband network)
February 15 - Soyuz - Progress 80P Cargo Delivery to ISS
February 19 - Northrup Grumman Antares - ISS Resupply NG-17
February 28 - SpaceX Falcon 9 - Axiom Mission 1 Crew to ISS
March 1 - NASA SLS - Artemis 1, Uncrewed Orion to Lunar orbit TBD
March 1 - SpaceX Falcon 9 - WorldView Legion 1 & 2 (Maxar) TBD
March 1 - ULA Atlas 5 - GOES-T Weather Sat
March 19 - Rocket Lab Electron - CAPSTONE (Gateway Lunar mini-station test) TBD
April 1 - SpaceX Falcon Heavy - USSF 52 TBD
April 15 - SpaceX Falcon 9 - Dragon Crew 4 (2 NASA, 1 ESA astronauts)
May 1 - ULA Atlas 5 - CST-100 Starliner Orbital Flight Test 2 TBD
June 1 - ULA Vulcan Centaur - Peregrine Astrobotic Lunar Lander TBD
July 1 - ULA Atlas 5 - CST-100 Starliner Crew Flight Test TBD

All Upcoming Events:
February 5 - Science Alive! - St Joe County Public Library 9:30-4
February 12 - Conjunction of Venus and Mars 21:38 (6°34')
February 16 - Mercury at Greatest Western Elongation - View in morning
February 17 - MAS Meeting - Webex
February 26 - NIRSEF Virtual - Donations requested
March 2 - Conjunction of Mercury and Saturn 07:34 (0°41')
March 12 - Conjunction of Venus and Mars 08:13 (3°59')
March 17 - MAS Meeting - Hybrid
March 20 - March Equinox
March 29 - Conjunction of Venus and Saturn 09:07 (2°09')
April 4 - Conjunction of Saturn and Mars 18:05 (0°19')
April 12 - Conjunction of Jupiter and Neptune 16:03 (0°06')
April 18 - Conjunction of Mercury and Uranus 09:47 (2°08')
April 21 - MAS Meeting
April 22 - Lyrids Meteor Shower with Waning Gibbous Moon
April 27 - Conjunction of Venus and Neptune 15:07 (0°00')
April 29 - Mercury at Greatest Eastern Elongation - View in evening
April 30 - Conjunction of Venus and Jupiter 14:42 (0°14')
May 6 - Eta Aquarids Meteor Shower with Waxing Crescent Moon
May 15 - Total Lunar Eclipse, South Bend (21:32-02:50)
May 17 - Conjunction of Mars and Neptune 19:07 (0°34')
May 19 - MAS Meeting
May 27 - Michiana Star Party 12 (MSP12) - Tentative, no from Lawless
May 28 - Conjunction of Jupiter and Mars 20:03 (0°38')
"June 11 - Conjunction of Venus and Uranus 09:14 (1°36' )"
June 16 - MAS Meeting
June 16 - Mercury at Greatest Western Elongation - View in morning
June 21 - June Solstice
July 21 - MAS Meeting
July 24 - Nebraska Star Party NE 7/24-29
July 27 - Delta Aquarids Meteor Shower with New Moon
July 28 - Stellafane VT 7/28-31
August 1 - Conjunction of Mars and Uranus 05:22 (1°22')
August 12 - Perseid Meteor Shower with Full Moon
August 14 - Saturn at Opposition
August 18 - MAS Meeting
August 27 - Mercury at Greatest Eastern Elongation - View in evening
September 15 - MAS Meeting
September 16 - Neptune at Opposition
September 23 - Okie-Tex Star Party OK 9/23-10/1
September 23 - September Equinox
September 26 - Jupiter at Opposition
October 7 - Draconids Meteor Shower with Full Moon
October 8 - Mercury at Greatest Western Elongation - View in morning
October 20 - MAS Meeting
October 21 - Orionids Meteor Shower with Waning Crescent Moon
November 4 - Taurids Meteor Shower with Waxing Gibbous Moon
November 8 - Total Lunar Eclipse, South Bend (03:02-07:34) Moonset 07:34
November 9 - Uranus at Opposition
November 17 - Leonids Meteor Shower with Last Quarter Moon
November 17 - MAS Meeting
December 8 - Mars at Opposition
December 13 - Geminids Meteor Shower with Waning Gibbous Moon
December 15 - MAS Meeting
December 21 - December Solstice
December 21 - Mercury at Greatest Eastern Elongation - View in evening
December 21 - Ursids Meteor Shower with New Moon
"December 29 - Conjunction of Venus and Mercury 04:21 (1°24' )"
October 14 - Annular Solar Eclipse, Partial in South Bend (11:39-14:24)
March 25 - Penumbral Lunar Eclipse, South Bend (00:53-05:32)
April 8 - Total Solar Eclipse, Partial in South Bend (13:53-16:23)
September 17 - Partial Lunar Eclipse, South Bend (20:41-00:47)
March 13 - Total Lunar Eclipse, South Bend (23:57-06:00)


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

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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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