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.

TBD -

Topic:

3/11/2020 - Because of COVID-19 the SBCPL has canceled all meeting rooms through the end of 2020.

November meeting will be held virtually via WebEx. Invitations where sent out via the MAS Google Groups email to current club members.


Thursday, November 19, 2020 7PM-9PM
Webex Virtual Meeting
The meeting starts at 7:00 PM 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.

A Walk Through Mars

Presenter: Robert S. Brayton

In this live session, Robert will present a practical demonstration of how to capture and edit Mars image from Houston, Texas. Weather permitting, he will open the roof of the TexasStarCave and steer the Celestron EdgeHD 14 to the red planet, capture a few thousand frames, and proceed to stack and edit the freshly captured image. Along the way, he will share the how and why of each piece of equipment and each step in the process. It may be helpful to preview his website and videos at https://texasstarcave.com/.

 Greetings from the Kalamazoo Astronomical Society, based in southwest Michigan. Attached is an invitation to all of your members to attend our 2020/2021 season of "Online Viewing Sessions," to be held on Zoom beginning November 7th (weather permitting). These unique sessions feature our premiere facility, the KAS Remote Telescope, located in southeastern Arizona.

 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

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)

3/13/2020 - The Cass County Parks and Recreation Department has decided to cancel the star party/grand opening for Dr. Lawless Dark Sky Park that was scheduled for April 24th-26th.

Dates: Cancelled for 2020 due to Covid-19 virus.

For details, click here:

Earthbound Events

Suspended by the NPS due to COVID-19 precautions   -  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 - Suspended due to COVID-19 precautions
April 18, 2020 - Suspended due to COVID-19 precautions
May 16, 2020 - Suspended due to COVID-19 precautions
June 20, 2020 - Suspended due to COVID-19 precautions
July 18, 2020 - Suspended due to COVID-19 precautions
August 15, 2020 - Suspended due to COVID-19 precautions
September 19, 2020 - Suspended due to COVID-19 precautions
October 17, 2020 - Suspended due to COVID-19 precautions
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.

 

TBD - Potato Creek Astronomy Program  (Potato Creek State Park) - Cost: The event is free, but there is a cost to enter the state park.

July 11 @2pm at the Nature Center

August 22 @2pm at the Nature Center - considering doing a 9:45 pm laser tour...  

Sept. 19 @2pm at the Nature Center

Oct. 17 @2pm at the Nature Center

Contact  Linda Marks for additional details.

On scheduled Friday nights we observe from the campground Site 211, from dusk until 11 pm. - Suspended due to COVID-19 precautions

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.- Suspended due to COVID-19 precautions

The programs are weather dependent.

Note: Be aware due to Covid-19, Potato Creek State Park currently closes at 11:00 PM.

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

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

Recent News / Activities:
September 17 - Bootleg Fall Star Party 9/17-20 - Harmon, IL - http://bootlegastronomy.com/
September 19 - Potato Creek Astronomy Program - Linda & Steve
September 22 - September Equinox
October 1 - Mercury at Greatest Eastern Elongation - View in evening
October 2 - ALPO - Assoc of Lunar & Planetary Observers Conference 10/2-3
October 7 - Draconids Meteor Shower with waning gibbous
October 13 - Mars at Opposition, Closest approach until 2035, 38.57m Miles
October 15 - Illinois Dark Skies Party 10/15-17 - Springfield, IL - www.sas-sky.org - Canceled

Recent Launches:
October 2 - Northrup Grumman Antares - ISS Resupply NG-14
October 6 - SpaceX Falcon 9 launch - SAOCOM 1B - Argentina Earth observer
October 14 - Soyuz - ISS 63S Crew to ISS

Upcoming Launches:
October 25 - SpaceX Falcon 9 - NROL-108 (Natl Recon Ofc)
October 30 - SpaceX Falcon 9 launch - GPS 3 SV04 USAF NavSat TBD
October 30 - United Launch Alliance Atlas 5 - NROL-101 TBD
October 30 - United Launch Alliance Delta 4-Heavy - NROL-44 Spy Satellite TBD
November 10 - SpaceX Falcon 9 - Sentinel 6-Michael Freilich (Sea Level data)
November 22 - SpaceX Falcon 9 - CRS 21 ISS Resupply Dragon
November 30 - Rocket Labs Electron - STP-27RM (USAF) VA First Launch TBD
November 30 - SpaceX Falcon 9 - Dragon Crew 1 (3 NASA, 1 Japan astronauts) TBD
November 30 - SpaceX Falcon 9 - Starlink V1.0-L13 (60) TBD
November 30 - SpaceX Falcon 9 - Starlink V1.0-L14 (60) TBD
November 30 - SpaceX Falcon 9 - SXM 7 for SiriusXM TBD
November 30 - SpaceX Falcon 9 - Turksat 5A (Turkish Comm Sat)
December 1 - Virgin Orbit LauncherOne launch from B747 - ELaNa-20 (14 CubeSats) TBD

All Upcoming Events:
October 17 - BSA Iron Horse Hike and camping, Potato Creek
October 17 - Potato Creek Astronomy Program - Linda & Steve
October 21 - Orionids Meteor Shower with waxing crescent Moon
October 31 - Uranus at Opposition
November 4 - Taurids Meteor Shower with waning gibbous Moon
November 10 - Mercury at Greatest Western Elongation - View in morning
November 17 - Leonids Meteor Shower with waxing gibbous
November 19 - MAS Meeting - Webex
November 30 - Penumbral Lunar Eclipse
December 13 - Geminids Meteor Shower with new Moon
December 17 - MAS Meeting - Webex
December 21 - Conjunction of Jupiter and Saturn - 7 arc minutes
December 21 - December Solstice
December 21 - Ursids Meteor Shower with first quarter Moon
***2021***
January 3 - Quadrantids Meteor Shower
January 21 - MAS Meeting
January 24 - Mercury at Greatest Eastern Elongation - View in evening
February 18 - MAS Meeting
March 6 - Mercury at Greatest Western Elongation - View in morning
March 18 - MAS Meeting
March 20 - March Equinox
April 15 - MAS Meeting
April 22 - Lyrids Meteor Shower
May 6 - Eta Aquarids Meteor Shower
May 17 - Mercury at Greatest Eastern Elongation - View in evening
May 20 - MAS Meeting
June 17 - MAS Meeting
June 21 - June Solstice
July 4 - Mercury at Greatest Western Elongation - View in morning
July 7 - Green Bank Star Quest 7/7-10, Green Bank WV
July 15 - MAS Meeting
July 27 - Delta Aquarids Meteor Shower
August 2 - Saturn at Opposition
August 12 - Perseid Meteor Shower
August 19 - Jupiter at Opposition
August 19 - MAS Meeting
September 14 - Mercury at Greatest Eastern Elongation - View in evening
September 15 - Neptune at Opposition
September 16 - MAS Meeting
September 22 - September Equinox
October 7 - Draconids Meteor Shower
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 12 - Taurids Meteor Shower
November 17 - Leonids Meteor Shower
November 18 - MAS Meeting
November 19 - Partial Lunar Eclipse
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.

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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