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.

Note: Next meeting will be held on Wednesday Feburary 22nd, 2017 @ 7:00PM, The following meeting will be Wednesday  March 22nd, 2017. Starting April 2017 we will return to the third Thursday of the month.

The dates for MSP9 have been confirmed and planning is well on it's way.

Dates: May 19th - 21st 2017

Pictures from our previous Michiana Star Party #8 can be found on the MSP8 web page.

Important News

No January Meeting:  There will be no regular meeting in January.

MAS Holiday/Winter solstice party: January 21st there will be the MAS Holiday/Winter solstice party at Eric's house. Details will be provided through the MAS Google email group.

2017 New membership rates: $15 Student, $15 Senior, $20 Associate & Family

Notice: 2017 dues are due now. Please fill out a membership form, even if your are just renewing:

Earthbound Events

Jan. 21st, 2016   Saturday Stargazing @ Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore

Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore is having a stargazing starting on Saturday November 3, 2016. 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 first Saturday, December 3, 2016. Then, thru all of 2017, the program will shift to the Third Saturdays, beginning January 21, 2017.

February 18th, 2017
March 18th, 2017
April 15th, 2017
May 20th, 2017
June 17th, 2017
July 15th, 2017
August 19th, 2017
September 16th, 2017
October 21st, 2017
November 18th, 2017
December 16th, 2017

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!
Don't forget your mittens.

Click on the image below to enlarge it.

Febuary 4th, 2017 Science Alive

MAS again participated in Science Alive at the St Joseph county library.

Febuary 14th, 2017 - Dark Matter

University of Notre Dame - Room 101 in the Jordan Hall of Science, 7:00 PM EDT, Antonio Delgado

Febuary 28th, 2017 - Evolution and Life in a Synthetic Universe

University of Notre Dame - Room 101 in the Jordan Hall of Science, 7:00 PM EDT, Dervis Can Vural

March 4th, 2017 NIRSEF

Northern Indiana Regional Science & Engineering Fair @ the University of Notre Dame. MAS will be participating as judges and providing a donation.

2016/2017 MAS officers are:

Eric Sorensen - President

Bruce Miller - 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


Quadrantids meteor shower - January 3rd and 4th, 2017.

Lyrids meteor shower - April 16th through April 25th, 2017.

Eta Aquariids meteor shower - April 19th through May 26th, 2017.

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 -  February 11th, 2017 - March 12, 2017 - April 11th, 2017 - May 10th, 2017 - June 9th, 2017 - July 9th, 2017 - August 7th, 2017 - September 6th, 2017 - October 5th, 2017, November 4th, 2017 - December 3rd, 2017

New Moon - January 28th, 2017 - February 26th, 2017 - March 28, 2017 - April 26th, 2017 - May 25th, 2017 - June 24th, 2017 - July 23rd, 2017 - August 21, 2017 - September 20, 2017 - October 19th, 2017 - November 18th, 2017 - December 18, 2017

Total Solar Eclipse

   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?