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April 21st MAS Meeting

Dr. Justin Crepp will share his research (including the hunt for habitable exoplanets around nearby red dwarf stars).

April 18th - Sky Watch at Cleveland Elementary School 6:15-9:45PM  map

April 15th - Tax Day Lunar Eclipse

Dates for MAS #6 set.

May 30-June 1 2014 Michiana Star Party at Dr. T.K. Lawless Park in Vandalia, MI.

Flyer/Registration form PDF or Word.

Be sure and look at the Calendar to see what's up this month.


Kronos Quartet production of Sun Rings

Plasma waves detected by the Voyager spacecraft have inspired a pairing of the sounds of space and the live music of the Kronos Quartet.  Michiana Astronomical Society Inc. (MAS) is partnering with the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center at Notre Dame for the Kronos Quartet production of Sun Rings on Saturday, March 1, 2014.  The NASA Art Program contacted Kronos Quartet to incorporate the characteristics of the plasma—hot gas stripped of its constituent electrically charged particles that propagate through space in waves—into a stirring musical and visual interpretation.  Details of the project are at

Preceding the 7:30 p.m. concert, MAS members will be in the south lobby of Leighton Hall to share the local astronomy opportunities with visitors.  The Michiana Astronomical Society ( is the region’s leading organization for astronomy outreach and telescopic observing.  Weather permitting, telescopes outside will target celestial highlights like Jupiter and its Galilean moons, the Orion Nebula, and the star-studded Milky Way arching high overhead.  Tickets can be purchased online at  MAS members and their respective guest can each receive a reduced rate by first submitting the offer code that was emailed to dues-paying members.  

If you did not receive the offer code, or if you want to staff a table or telescope at the DeBartolo Center that evening, please contact Chuck Bueter at bueter(AT)  Thank you.

MAS Winter Solstice party @ Eric's - Date Feb. 16th @ 3:00PM


2014 MAS Membership Dues where due in January.

Nov. 18th, 2013: The "Michiana Astronomical Society" organization has been dissolved and then reformed as

 "Michiana Astronomical Society Inc." a 501c3 non-profit corporation.

Pauls72's MSP5 album on Photobucket


You can participate too!!!

The GLOBE at Night program is underway now while the moon is out of the way. It's simple to participate by merely comparing your backyard view of Orion with six star charts of Orion and submitting your observation online. This is the first of five shared opportunities this winter and spring


We have migrated our MAS news/email group from Yahoo to Google.    

If you you are interested in our MAS Google group and sign up.




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About Us

The Michiana Astronomical Society, founded in 1974, is a group of individuals from the South Bend/Mishawaka area who share a common interest in astronomy. Our meetings take place on the third Monday of each month at 7:00 PM at the  Mishawaka Public Library. Meetings are held in the Lions room. The meetings are open to the public and new members are always welcome. For our extraterrestrial visitors that's: Latitude 41.6608 North, Longitude 86.1783 West

During the warmer months, the Michiana Astronomical Society presents star parties. These star parties are a wonderful way of introducing the joy and wonders of astronomy to you and/or your family. At each star party there is an opportunity to ask questions and view the sky through various telescopes.

Members also meet monthly on the weekend before the new Moon at one of our group's dark sky observing sites.  These dark, moonless nights and remote locations provide a great opportunity to observe dim celestial wonders such as galaxies, nebula and star clusters.

If you are interested in learning more about our group, please join us at one of our monthly meetings or contact us. Our address is:

Michiana Astronomical Society
PO Box 262
South Bend, Indiana 46624

If you are interested in joining, our membership fees are:

Membership Fees

Associate $15.00
Student 12.00
Senior 12.00
Family 20.00

MAS Application Form


Officers elected August 2012:

MAS Officers and Volunteers for 2011/2012

President Chuck Bueter Vice President Eric Sorensen
Treasurer Dan Smith Secretary Ruth Craft
Web Master Paul Surowiec News Letter Aaron McNeely
Members-At-Large Steve Accuosti ALCOR Rep Dan Smith


News Letters

Attached at links to our recent news letters. Adobe pdf reader is required to view them and can be found here.

Our society also hosts a newsgroup at Google.  The newsgroup is another way to contact society members, join in discussions and to find out about upcoming events.  Use the form below if you would like to be added to our newsgroup. 

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Last Edited on April 16, 2014

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