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 @ 7:00PM. Meetings take place at the Centre branch of the South Bend library located at 1150 E Kern Road South Bend, IN 46614.

Notice:  Next MAS meeting Thursday Nov 16th.

 Our speaker will be Dr. Vin Placco from Notre Dame.  He will present the program,  "A Tale of Two Stars:  Revealing the Age and Chemical Evolution of the Universe."

Important News

2017 New membership rates: $15 Student, $15 Senior, $20 Associate & Family

Notice: Please fill out a membership form, even if your are just renewing:

Earthbound Events

November 18th, 2017   Saturday Stargazing @ Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore

Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore is having a stargazing starting on Saturday November 3, 2016. 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 first Saturday, December 3, 2016. Then, thru all of 2017, the program will shift to the Third Saturdays, beginning January 21, 2017.

September 16th, 2017
October 21st, 2017
November 18th, 2017
December 16th, 2017

The program is weather dependent, but we have had very good luck; so far, every session has been clear enough to see the Milky Way!
Don't forget your mittens.

Click on the image below to enlarge it.

 November 17th, 2017  Cancelled due to the weather - Outreach event for Chikaming Open Lands group - Cancelled due to the weather.

MAS member's will participate in an outreach event at Chikaming Township Park and Preserve (Warren Woods Rd, Three Oaks, MI 49128).

Contact Paul Surowiec or Chuck Bueter for details.

This event will be rescheduled to a date in spring of 2018.

Previous Event - Febuary 4th, 2017 Science Alive

MAS again participated in Science Alive at the St Joseph county library.

2017/2018 MAS officers are:

Bruce Miller - President

Linda Marks - Vice President

Ruth Craft - Secretary (Chuck Buter - backup Secretary)

Paul Surowiec - Treasurer

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:

Southern Taurids - September 10th to November 20th, 2017

Orionids - October 2nd to November 7th, 2017

Northern Taurids - October 20th to December 10th, 2017

Leonids - November 6th to November 30th, 2017

Geminids - December 4th to December 17th, 2017

Ursids - December 17th to December 26th, 2017

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 - November 4, 2017 - December 3, 2017 - January 2, 2018 - January 31, 2018 - March 2, 2018 - March 31, 2018 - April 30, 2018 - May 29, 1018 - June 28, 2018 - July 27, 2018

New Moon - November 18, 2017 - December 18, 2017 - January 17, 2018 - February 15, 2018 - March 17, 2018 - April 16, 2018 - May 15, 1018 - June 13, 2018 - July 13, 2018

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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