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.

Febuary 20th, 2020 - Matt Bielski

Topic: TBD

Important News

2020 MAS Due's are due in January.

Seeing stars: Cass County park aims for Dark Sky status

Cass County's Lawless Park wants to be Dark Sky site

Upcoming MSP12 Star Party

Michiana Star Party 12 (2020)

Dates: April 24th - 26th, 2020

For details, click here:

Earthbound Events

March 21, 2020   -  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.

Stargazing will continue at the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore Kemil parking lot, on the third Saturday of the month in 2020.  Note: This is a change for 2020.

2020 Schedule
January 18, 2020 - Canceled due to weather
February 15, 2020 - Canceled due to weather
March 21, 2020
April 18, 2020
May 16, 2020
June 20, 2020
July 18, 2020
August 15, 2020
September 19, 2020
October 17, 2020
November 21, 2020
December 19, 2020

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

Click on the image below to enlarge it.

 

September 20-21, 2019 - 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 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.

Our Universe Revealed - Physics for Everyone

TBD - Tuesday December 2nd 2019 - 7:00 pm - Prof. Michael Wiescher

University of Notre Dame - Room 101 Jordan Hall of Science

  • Future talks:
  • Title TBD

    Prof. Michael Wiescher
    Tuesday December 3rd 2019 - 7:00 pm
    101 Jordan Hall of Science

  • Title TBD

    Speaker TBC
    Tuesday December 10th 2019 - 7:00 pm
    101 Jordan Hall of Science

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

Recent News / Activities:
November 21 - Alpha Monocerotids Meteor Burst 11:50 EST
November 23 - Kemil Beach
November 24 - Conjunction of Venus & Jupiter, 1.4 degrees apart
November 28 - Mercury at Greatest Western Elongation - View in morning
December 3 - Our Universe Revealed: TBD - ND
December 10 - Our Universe Revealed: All Ages Event TBD - ND
December 13 - Geminids Meteor Shower with full Moon

Recent Launches:
December 5 - SpaceX Falcon 9 launch - SpaceX CRS 19 ISS Cargo
December 6 - Soyuz launch - Progress 74P Cargo Delivery to ISS
December 12 - Blue Origin New Shepard Test, Capsule Release to 65 miles
December 16 - SpaceX Falcon 9 launch - JCSAT 18/Kacific 1 Comm Sat

Upcoming Launches:
December 20 - United Launch Alliance Atlas 5 launch - CST-100 Starliner Orbital Flight Test!
December 30 - SpaceX Falcon 9 launch - Starlink 2 (60 satellites for broadband network) TBD
January 1 - SpaceX Falcon 9 launch - Starlink 3 (60 satellites for broadband network) TBD
January 17 - Soyuz ESA CSG 1 & CHEOPS Exoplanet Mission - Delayed 12/17
January 30 - Soyuz - OneWeb 2 (32 satellites for broadband network) TBD
February 1 - Soyuz - OneWeb 3 (32 satellites for broadband network) TBD
February 1 - Soyuz - OneWeb 4 (32 satellites for broadband network) TBD
February 1 - SpaceX Falcon 9 launch - Crewed Dragon Demo 2 - Delayed TBD
February 1 - SpaceX Falcon 9 launch - Starlink 4 (60 satellites for broadband network) TBD
February 5 - United Launch Alliance Atlas 5 launch - Solar Orbiter
February 15 - USAF Northrup Grumman Minotaur 4 - NROL-129 Spy Satellite
February 15 - Virgin Orbit LauncherOne launch from B747 - ELaNa-20 (14 CubeSats)
March 1 - SpaceX Falcon 9 launch - SpaceX CRS 20 ISS Cargo

All Upcoming Events:
December 21 - Ursids Meteor Shower with waning crescent Moon
December 22 - December Solstice
December 28 - Kemil Beach
January 3 - Quadrantids Meteor Shower with full Moon
January 16 - MAS Meeting
January 18 - Kemil Beach
February 10 - Mercury at Greatest Eastern Elongation - View in evening
February 15 - Kemil Beach
February 20 - MAS Meeting
February 29 - NIRSEF at Notre Dame - Need judges for MAS award
March 19 - MAS Meeting
March 20 - March Equinox
March 21 - Kemil Beach
March 24 - Mercury at Greatest Western Elongation - View in morning
March 24 - Venus at Greatest Eastern Elongation - View in evening
April 16 - MAS Meeting
April 18 - Kemil Beach
April 22 - Lyrids Meteor Shower with waning gibbous Moon
April 24 - Michiana Star Party 12 (MSP12) through 4/26/20
April 25 - South Bend Mini Maker Faire - Success Academy
May 6 - Eta Aquarids Meteor Shower with crescent Moon
May 16 - Kemil Beach
May 21 - MAS Meeting
June 4 - Mercury at Greatest Eastern Elongation - View in evening
June 17 - Green Bank Star Quest 6/17-20, Green Bank WV
June 18 - MAS Meeting
June 20 - Kemil Beach
June 22 - June Solstice
July 5 - Penumbral Lunar Eclipse
July 14 - Jupiter at Opposition
July 16 - MAS Meeting
July 18 - Kemil Beach
July 19 - Astro Camp 7/19-25, YMCA Camp Eberhart
July 19 - Nebraska Star Party 7/19-24
July 20 - Saturn at Opposition
July 22 - Mercury at Greatest Western Elongation - View in morning
July 28 - Delta Aquarids Meteor Shower with waning crescent Moon
August 12 - Perseid Meteor Shower with full Moon
August 13 - Venus at Greatest Western Elongation - View in morning
August 15 - Kemil Beach
August 20 - MAS Meeting
September 11 - Neptune at Opposition
September 11 - Okie-Tex Star Party 9/11-19
September 17 - MAS Meeting
September 19 - Kemil Beach
September 22 - September Equinox
October 1 - Mercury at Greatest Eastern Elongation - View in evening
October 7 - Draconids Meteor Shower with waxing gibbous
October 13 - Mars at Opposition
October 15 - Illinois Dark Skies Party 10/15-17 - Springfield, IL - www.sas-sky.org
October 15 - MAS Meeting
October 17 - BSA Iron Horse Hike and camping, Potato Creek
October 17 - Kemil Beach
October 21 - Orionids Meteor Shower with Last Quarter Moon
October 31 - Uranus at Opposition
November 4 - Taurids Meteor Shower with Full Moon
November 10 - Mercury at Greatest Western Elongation - View in morning
November 17 - Leonids Meteor Shower with waning gibbous
November 19 - MAS Meeting
November 21 - Kemil Beach
November 30 - Penumbral Lunar Eclipse
December 13 - Geminids Meteor Shower with full Moon
December 17 - MAS Meeting
December 19 - Kemil Beach
December 21 - Conjunction of Jupiter and Saturn - 7 arc minutes
December 21 - December Solstice
December 21 - Ursids Meteor Shower with waning crescent Moon

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 & 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 - 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 -  June 17th, 2019 - July 16th, 2019 - August 15th, 2019 - September 14th, 2019 - October 13th, 2019 - November 12th, 2019 - December 12th, 2019

New Moon -  July 2nd, 2019 - August 1st, 2019 - August 30th, 2019 - September 28th, 2019 - October 28th, 2019 - November 26th, 2019 - December 26th, 2019

Transit of Mercury - November 19th, 2019 - Transit of Mercury 7:34AM-1:04PM EDT

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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