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.

For information on  our upcoming Michiana Star Party #8 click here.

It is open to the public, so come one, come all!

Important News

April 21th, 2016  Regular Meeting - If you haven't paid yet, your 2016 Membership Dues are over due!

Dr. Jinmi Yoon is the featured speaker at the April 21 meeting of MAS at 7 PM in the Centre Twp. Branch Public Library. Her talk is Galactic Archeology: Search for the Oldest Stars. Discover the environments in which the first stars were born. Free and open to the public.  See http://www.nightwise.org/#!Galactic-Archeology-Search-for-the-Oldest-Stars/c17jj/57027a530cf234e9192823db.  

Earthbound Events

 April 26, 2016   Our Universe Revealed @ Notre Dame - Practical Magic: Superconductivity in the 21st Century - Dr. Matt Smylie

The talk begins at 7pm in 101 Jordan Hall of Science. Afterwards there will be a show in the Digital Visualizations Theater. You can find out more about the series at www.nduniverse.org.

 May 6, 7, and 8, 2016   Michiana Star Party #8 @ Dr TK Lawkess Park

For information on  our upcoming Michiana Star Party #8 click here.

May 7, 2016   Saturday Stargazing @ Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore

Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore is having a stargazing starting on Saturday November 7, 2015 and the first Saturday of almost every month for the next year. 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.   

Nov 7, 2015 - Dec 5, 2015 - Jan 2, 2016 - Feb 6, 2016 - None in March - Apr 2, 2016  - May 7, 2016 -

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May 10, 2016   Our Universe Revealed @ Notre Dame - Hubble - Prof. Chris Howk

The talk begins at 7pm in 101 Jordan Hall of Science. Afterwards there will be a show in the Digital Visualizations Theater. You can find out more about the series at www.nduniverse.org.

 May 24, 2016   Our Universe Revealed @ Notre Dame - TBA - Erica Gonzales

The talk begins at 7pm in 101 Jordan Hall of Science. Afterwards there will be a show in the Digital Visualizations Theater. You can find out more about the series at www.nduniverse.org.

MAS officers are:

Eric Sorensen - President

Bruce Miller - Vice President

Ruth Craft - Secretary

Paul Surowiec - Treasurer

Jim Hopkins - 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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Five planets will align in dawn sky - Jan. 20, 2016 - Feb. 20, 2016 in the moring sky before sunrise Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn. These are all visable to the naked eye.

Comet Catalina - Visible in early morning sky just before dawn starting on November 24th. It is predicted to become visible to naked eye starting on December 11th. Comet Catalina

Lyrids Meteor shower - April 16th to April 25th 2016.  For more info. click here:  Lyrids Meteor Shower 

Transit of Mercury - May 9th, 2016, Mercury will transit across our sun from 7:12AM to 2:42PM EDT (11:12 to 18:42 UCT).

Full Moon - January 24th, 2016 - Feburary 22th, 2016 - March 23rd, 2016 - April 22th, 2016 - May 21th , 2016 - June 20th, 2016

New Moon - Feburary 8th, 2016 - March 9th, 2016 - April 7th, 2016 - May 6th , 2016 - June 5th, 2016

Transit of Mercury

   Mercury will Transit across the Sun on May 9th, 2016 @ 6:12AM - 1:42PM.
Time until the TOM starts

            
         

If you have come here looking for information on the MAS7 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? 

MSP8 Star Party

 We are a 501c(3) non-profit organization. All contributions are tax deductable.