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)


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.

Topic: Variable Stars

Presenter: Aaron McNeely

2021 MAS Due's are due in January.

2021 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

Back to in person meetings!

Thursday, Dec. 16, 2021 7PM-9PM (Eastern)
The meeting starts at 7:00 PM and will be held at the Centre branch of the South Bend library located at 1150 E Kern Road South Bend, IN 46614



October 21st, 2021 and November 18th meetings will be held virtually via webex.

 Thursday, October 21, 2021 7:00PM - 9:00PM

Webex Virtual Meeting Only

Connect for the Thursday, October 21st Meeting!

The meeting starts at 7:00PM and will be held via Webex.

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, Marc Listello will do a presentation titled Astrophotography: A View of the Night Sky from My Driveway.

 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

Dear All,

Following on from my previous message and the responses from our attendees, all of our planned public talks for this semester will now be streamed live online rather than being 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

Hubble’s 30 Years of Experience: Springboard for the future (January 20, 2021)

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

Recent News / Activities:
August 19 - Jupiter at Opposition
September 3 - Almost Heaven Star Party 9/3-7, Circleville, WV, www.ahsp.org
September 3 - Michiana Star Party 12 (MSP12) 9/3-5, Dr. Lawless Int'l Dark Sky Park - Canceled
September 9 - Bootleg Fall Star Party 9/9-12, Harmon, IL, bootlegastronomy.com
September 9 - Great Lakes Star Gaze 9/9-12, Gladwin, MI, www.greatlakesstargaze.com
September 10 - Potato Creek State Park - Linda & Steve 8:30-11 Fri #211, Sat  Whispering Winds
September 11 - Potato Creek State Park - Linda & Steve 2-3 Nature Center Astronomy Presentation
September 14 - Mercury at Greatest Eastern Elongation - View in evening
September 15 - Neptune at Opposition

Recent Launches:
August 21 - Soyuz - OneWeb 9 (34 satellites for broadband network)
August 28 - Astra Rocket 3.3 Test Flight STP-27AD1 - Alaska - Failed
August 29 - SpaceX Falcon 9 - CRS 23 ISS Resupply Dragon
September 2 - Firefly Alpha - DREAM - Failed
September 13 - SpaceX Falcon 9 - Starlink 2-1
September 14 - Soyuz - OneWeb 10 (34 satellites for broadband network)
September 15 - SpaceX Falcon 9 - Inspiration4 (All private/civilian)

Upcoming Launches:
September 23 - ULA Atlas 5 - Landsat 9
September 30 - Long March 7  - Tianzhou 3 Resupply Freighter to Chinese Space Station TBD
October 1 - Long March 2F - Shenzhou 13 - 2nd Crew to Chinese Space Station TBD
October 1 - Rocket Lab Electron - BlackSky 10 & 11 Earth Obs Sat TBD
October 1 - Soyuz - OneWeb 11 (34 satellites for broadband network) TBD
October 1 - SpaceX Falcon Heavy - USSF 44 TBD
October 5 - Soyuz - ISS 65S Crew to ISS
October 16 - ULA Atlas 5 - Lucy (Jupiter Trojan asteroid)
October 20 - Rocket Lab Electron - CAPSTONE (Gateway Lunar mini-station test) TBD
October 28 - Soyuz - Progress 79P Cargo Delivery to ISS
October 31 - SpaceX Falcon 9 - Dragon Crew 3 (2 NASA, 1 ESA, 1 other astronauts)
November 1 - Soyuz - Galileo 27 & 28 (Europe GPS Sats) TBD
November 1 - Soyuz - OneWeb 12 (34 satellites for broadband network) TBD
November 1 - SpaceX Falcon 9 - Turksat 5B (Turkish Comm Sat) TBD Q4
November 1 - ULA Atlas 5 - CST-100 Starliner Orbital Flight Test 2 TBD
November 1 - ULA Atlas 5 launch - STP-3 USSF TBD
November 17 - SpaceX Falcon 9 - IXPE (Imaging X-ray Polarimetry Explorer)
November 23 - SpaceX Falcon 9 - DART (Double Asteroid Redirection Test) kinetic impact
December 1 - SpaceX Falcon 9 - Transporter 3 - Rideshare to  Sun-sync Orbit TBD
December 1 - ULA Atlas 5 - USSF 8 (GSSAP 5 & 6) TBD
December 4 - SpaceX Falcon 9 - CRS 24 ISS Cargo
December 8 - Soyuz - ISS 66S Crew to ISS (2 Space Tourists, 12 days)
December 18 - Ariane 5 - James Webb Space Telescope TBD (Fr Guiana)
January 1 - SpaceX Falcon Heavy - USSF 52 TBD
January 1 - ULA Vulcan Centaur - Peregrine Astrobotic Lunar Lander TBD
January 8 - ULA Atlas 5 - GOES-T Weather Sat
March 1 - SpaceX Falcon 9 - WorldView Legion 1 & 2 (Maxar) TBD Q4
March 1 - ULA Atlas 5 - CST-100 Starliner Crew Flight Test TBD

All Upcoming Events:
September 22 - September Equinox
October 1 - Okie-Tex Star Party 10/1-9, Kenton, OK, www.okie-tex.com
October 2 - Kemil Beach - Canceled due to Covid
October 7 - Draconids Meteor Shower
October 7 - Illinois Dark Sky Party 10/7-10, Springfield, IL, sas-sky.org
October 8 - Potato Creek State Park - Linda & Steve 7:45-11 Fri #211, Sat  Whispering Winds
October 9 - Potato Creek State Park - Linda & Steve 2-3 Nature Center Astronomy Presentation
October 16 - BSA Iron Horse Festival - Potato Creek State Park
October 21 - MAS Meeting
October 21 - Orionids Meteor Shower
October 25 - Mercury at Greatest Western Elongation - View in morning
October 29 - Venus at Greatest Eastern Elongation - View in evening
November 5 - Uranus at Opposition
November 6 - Kemil Beach - Canceled due to Covid
November 12 - Taurids Meteor Shower
November 17 - Leonids Meteor Shower
November 18 - MAS Meeting
November 19 - Partial Lunar Eclipse, South Bend (01:02-07:03)
December 4 - Kemil Beach - Canceled due to Covid
December 14 - Geminids Meteor Shower
December 16 - MAS Meeting
December 21 - December Solstice
December 22 - Ursids Meteor Shower

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


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 -  March 28th, 2021 - April 26th, 2021 - May 26th, 2021 - June 24th, 2021 - July 23th, 2021 - August 22nd, 2021 - September 20th, 2021 - October 20th, 2021 - November 19th, 2021 - December 18th, 2021

New Moon -  March 13th, 2021 - April 11th, 2021 - May 11th, 2021 - June 10th, 2021 - July 9th, 2021 - August 8nd, 2021 - September 6th, 2021 - October 6th, 2021 - November 4th, 2021 - December 4th, 2021

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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