Michiana  Astronomical  Society


The Michiana Astronomical Society is an Astronomy club based in the South Bend/Mishawaka Indiana area. Starting in December 2015 going forward we will meet in the third Thursday of the month. Meeting take place a new location the Centre branch of the South Bend library located at 1150 E Kern Road South Bend, IN 46614.

Important News

December 19, 2015 (Saturday) Winter Solstice party at Eric's house. 

December 17, 2015  Meeting TBD - The cancelling of the regular December meeting was suggested at the November meeting since it's so close to the Winter Solstice Party. It will be put to a vote through the MAS Google Groups email.

Earthbound Events

December 5, 2015   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.

 December 5, 2015  Holiday Happenings @ Eddy Street Commons - South Bend, IN 10:00AM-2:00PM

Ila Woolet and her husband set up with their books and some activities as well as a couple scopes. Any additional scopes would be appreciated.  We’ll have an indoor spot and be able to set up scopes outside as in previous years.  Maybe we’ll have sun this year and be able to do sunspots.  Any other activities would be great as well.

 Saturday Nov 14th, 2015

Anyone looking for something to do tonight, the Warsaw Astronomical Society is having a public outreach event at Potawatomi Wildlife park.
It starts one hour after dark. You can take your scope and view or if you don't have a scope just go and view.

Potawatomi Wildlife Park
16998 State Road 331
Tippecanoe, IN 46570


 September 26th: MAS Outreach Event - Harvest Moon at Bendix Woods County Park


August 2015 - Meeting will take place on Thursday August 20th at  7pm at the Notre Dame Jordan Hall of Science’s Digital Visualization Theater (or DVT).

A map of where the Jordan Hall of Science is at in ND is here:  http://map.nd.edu/#/placemarks/1193/zoom/16/lat/41.6989582377012/lon/-86.22985482150398

Grant Mathews from ND is going to be giving a talk at our Aug 20th meeting entitled   "Future Sky:  How Our Universe Will Change in the Near and Distant Future". 

Please note this is a different location for this month only.

 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.

Summer Solstice in South Bend, Indiana, U.S.A. is on Sunday, June 21, 2015 at 12:39 PM EDT (Sunday, June 21, 2015 at 16:39 UTC)

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

Space Events


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

Leonids Meteor shower - November 13th to 21st.  For more info. click here:  Leonids Meteor Shower 

Geminids Meteor shower - December 6th to 19th.  For more info. click here:  Geminids Meteor Shower

There are some minor meteor showers, but they will be much harder to see. Meteor Shower Calander

Neptune and Urnaus - Visible in the southern sky in the early evening in November.

Venus, Mars, and Jupiter - Visible in the eastern sky in the early moring during November and December.

Full Moon - November 25th, 2015 - December 25th, 2015 - January 24th, 2016 - Feburary 22th, 2016 - March 23rd, 2016 - April 22th, 2016 - May 21th , 2016 - June 20th, 2016

New Moon -  December 11th, 2015 - January 10th, 2016 - 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

Tentative dates  May 7th - 9th 2016.

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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