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. Meetings take place at the Centre branch of the South Bend library located at 1150 E Kern Road South Bend, IN 46614.

Important News

Feburary 18th, 2016  Regular Meeting - If you haven't paid yet, your 2016 Membership Dues are due!

Earthbound Events

Feburary 2, 2016   Our Universe Revealed @ Notre Dame

The second Our Universe Revealed talk of 2016 this coming Tuesday, 2nd February. Prof. Arielle Phillips will be talking about What's your time? Is it warped, crunched, or relative? 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.

Feburary 6, 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 -

Click on the image below to enlarge it.

Feburary 6, 2016  Science Alive @ St. Joseph County Library - 304 S. Main St. - South Bend, IN 10:00AM-4:00PM

MAS will be set up in the lower level.

For more info click here.

Feburary 27, 2016   NIRSEF

2016 Northern Indiana Regional Science and Engineering Fair. MAS continues to support NIRSEF with a donation plus awards to the best two Astronomy related projects. In addition several MAS members will be judges at the fair.

For more info click here.


March 19, 2016  Buchanan Art Center @ 117 Front Street - Buchanan, MI Dusk till-???

Dale Brown requests people bring there telescopes, she will have the Starlab Planetarium there.

For more info click here.

 June 2015 - Results of MAS elections, our new officers are:

Eric Sorensen - President

Bruce Miller - Vice President

Ruth Craft - Secretary

Dan Smith - 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.

Time for a Star Party - Read Chucks blog about what goes on at a Star Party .

Space Events


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

   NASA reported the New Horizons spacecraft began its approach phase to Pluto, which will result in the first flyby of the "dwarf planet" on July 14, 2015.
Time until
New Horizons reaches it's closest approach to Pluto.     

          New Horizions has passed Pluto and will be sending images and data of Pluto back for the next several years.

MSP8 Star Party

Michiana Star Party #8

Dates:  May 6th - 8th 2016

Theme: Transit of Mercury

Dr. T.K. Lawless County Park
15122 Monkey Run Street
Vandalia, MI 49095


Not the best of weather for MSP7, but a few hours of decent viewing. Below are pictures from MSP7.

Pauls72's MSP7 album on Photobucket

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 MSP7 page. You can also find the information located on our presidents web site Nightwise.

Can you find these galaxies in the sky? 

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