MAS - News

August 9th, 10th, 12th & 15th 2017 - Solar Eclipse 2017

8/9 - 7:00 & 8:15 PM

8/10 - 7:00 & 8:15 PM

8/12 - 1:30, 3:00 & 4:15 PM

8/15 - 7:00 & 8:15 PM

University of Notre Dame - DVT in the Jordan Hall of Science,  Keith Davis, Ph.D. (free and open to the public, but you need to sign up for tickets.) 

Volunteers are needed to bring out their solar scopes or scopes with solar filters.

 June 24th, 2017   Saturday Stargazing @ Fernwood Botanical Garden

MAS member will participate in an outreach event at Fernwood Botanical Garden in Niles, MI.

June 24th, 2017   Saturday Stargazing @ Potato Creek State Park

Several MAS member will hold an outreach event at the Potato Creek state park campgrounds. 

 May 28th, 2017   Saturday Stargazing @ Potato Creek State Park

Several MAS member will hold an outreach event at the Potato Creek state park campgrounds. 

 The dates for MSP9 have been confirmed and planning is well on it's way. 

Lot's of clouds and rail, but a good tme was had by all that attended.

Dates: May 19th - 21st 2017

May 6th, 2017   Saturday - Bremen School Star Party 9:00-10:30PM

This event is free and open to the public.

Note: This event was rescheduled to May 6th due to rain on the original date.

BPS_Star_Party_April_29_2017.pdf

May 16th, 2017 - Seeing the Unseen

University of Notre Dame - Room 101 in the Jordan Hall of Science, 6:00 PM EDT

May 2nd, 2017 - Gone Fission?

University of Notre Dame - Room 101 in the Jordan Hall of Science, 7:00 PM EDT,  Sabrina Strauss

 April 18th, 2017 - How You Became You – Origin of the Elements of Life

University of Notre Dame - Room 101 in the Jordan Hall of Science, 7:00 PM EDT,  Timothy Beers

April 4th, 2017 - Space Oddities: How Eclipses, Comets, and other Celestial Events Changed Human History

University of Notre Dame - Room 101 in the Jordan Hall of Science, 7:00 PM EDT,  Laura Bland

 March 28th, 2017 - More Perfect Than We Imagined: A Physicist's View of Life

University of Notre Dame - Room 101 in the Jordan Hall of Science, 6:00 PM & 7:00 PM EDT, William Bialek, Phi Beta Kappa Visiting Scholar

 March 22nd, 2017 - MAS Meeting

 March 21st, 2017 - Fire & Ice

University of Notre Dame - Room 101 in the Jordan Hall of Science, 6:00 PM & 7:00 PM EDT, ExPAND Demo Team

A FREE (but ticketed) event for all ages!

 March 7th, 2017 - Future Sky: Fate of the Earth and Universe in the Near and Distant Future

University of Notre Dame - Room 101 in the Jordan Hall of Science, 7:00 PM EDT, Grant Mathews

March 4th, 2017 NIRSEF

Northern Indiana Regional Science & Engineering Fair @ the University of Notre Dame. MAS will be participating as judges and providing a donation.

Febuary 28th, 2017 - Dark Matter

University of Notre Dame - Room 101 in the Jordan Hall of Science, 7:00 PM EDT, Antonio Delgado

Feburary 22nd, 2017 - MAS Meeting 

 January 31th, 2017 - Dark matter vs. Dark energy: What’s the difference and why do we care?

University of Notre Dame - Room 101 in the Jordan Hall of Science, 7:00 PM EDT, Adam Martin

 Note: Change of meeting days -  Wednesday Feburary 22nd, 2017 @ 7:00PM, The following meeting will be Wednesday  March 22nd, 2017. Starting April 2017 we will return to the third Thursday of the month.

December 2016 - No January Meeting:  There will be no regular meeting in January.

MAS Holiday/Winter solstice party: January 21st there will be the MAS Holiday/Winter solstice party at Eric's house. Details will be provided through the MAS Google email group.

December 6th, 2016 - Extremes of the Planets – An Event for All Ages!

University of Notre Dame - Room 101 in the Jordan Hall of Science, 6:00 PM EDT and again at 7:00 PM EDT, Jonathan Crass (free and open to the public, but you need to sign up) 

 November 17th, 2016  Regular Meeting

Thursday October 20th meeting of MAS at 7 PM in the Centre Twp. Branch Public Library. 

16_11_17_T_Summerscales_poster.pdf

November 1st, 2016 - Emergence: how order springs from complexity 

University of Notre Dame - Room 101 in the Jordan Hall of Science, 7:00 PM EDT, Kenjiro Gomes (free and open to the public) 

October 25th, 2016 - Hands on Physics

University of Notre Dame - Room 101 in the Jordan Hall of Science, 6:00 PM EDT, TBD (free and open to the public) 

Oct 8th, 2016   Bendix Woods Bicentennial Birthday Bash

Saturday from 10 to 4 (or whenever) for solar viewing.

https://www.google.com/maps/place/Bendix+Woods/@41.6705858,-86.4927054,15z/data=!4m2!3m1!1s0x0:0x8898cf9645fafd71

Oct 8th, 2016   WAS - International Observe the Moon Night

Saturday evening the Warsaw club is having a public event.You are all welcome to attend and bring your telescopes.It will be held at Potawatomi Wildlife Park. This is south of Bourbon, IN roughly the intersection of Indiana 10 and Indiana 331.

http://www.getintonature.com/events/index.html

https://www.google.com/maps/dir/''/potawatomi+wildlife+park/@41.2308258,-86.1752999,12z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m8!4m7!1m0!1m5!1m1!1s0x8816a83e0cb059a1:0x1353682588052741!2m2!1d-86.10526!2d41.230847

 October 4th, 2016 - The Data Tsunami: Science from Big (and Bigger) Data

University of Notre Dame - Room 101 in the Jordan Hall of Science, 7:00 PM EDT, Mike Hikdreth (free and open to the public) 

 Sept 27th, 2016 Plasma: From Lightning to Medical Applications

University of Notre Dame - Room 101 in the Jordan Hall of Science, 7:00 PM EDT, Sylwia Ptasinska (free and open to the public) 

 Sept 13th, 2016 Through the looking glass: Our view of the Universe

University of Notre Dame - Room 101 in the Jordan Hall of Science, 7:00 PM EDT, Dr. Jonathan Crass (free and open to the public) 

Sept 3rd, 2016 - Public Observing Nite

Potawatomi Wildlife Park Saturday August 27th, 8:30 until late (free)

This is a joint WAS and MAS event and is open to the public.

 Sept 2nd, 2016 - Meet the Stars event at the IU South Bend

 Meet the Stars @ IUSB  Friday September 2nd, 7:30 - until late on the parking deck roof. (free)

This is a joint IUSB and MAS event and is open to the public. There will be activities for kids and adults as well as viewing of astronomical objects through telescopes.

Note: IUSB changed the location from the Greenlawn lawn area just north of Northside hall, top the parking deck roof.

 Aug 30th, 2016 - Dark Matter, Dark Energy, Einstein’s Cosmological Constant, and the Accelerating Universe

University of Notre Dame - Room 105 in the Jordan Hall of Science, 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM EDT, Prof. Bharat Ratra of Kansas State University (free and open to the public)

Aug 27th, 2016 - Public Observing Nite

 Potawatomi Wildlife Park Saturday August 27th, 8:45 until late (free)

This is a joint WAS and MAS event and is open to the public.

June 16th, 2016  Election results

Eric Sorensen - President

Bruce Miller - Vice President

Ruth Craft - Secretary (Chuck Buter - backup Secretary)

Paul Surowiec - Treasurer

Matt Bielski - Member at Large

May 24, 2016  AstroBlast @ Notre Dame - Jordan Hall of Science

Join us as Notre Dame astronomers take over Jordan Hall for an astronomy-fueled evening, including planetarium shows, live presentations, science craft projects, and hands-on demonstrations! Tuesday May 24th - 6:30-8:30pm, Jordan Hall of Science www.nduniverse.org.

May 19, 2016 “Stargazing Outreach @ Bremen High School ”  

Arron McNeely has requested some members come out with their scopes on Monday evening between 9:30-10:30PM EDT.  Bremen is about 15 miles south of Mishawaka on route 331. The school occupies a single block in the center of town. The star party will be held on a grassy field just north of the football stadium. Due to weather, rescheduled to Thursday May 19th.

 May 15, 2016 “Get Out There!”

“Get Out There!” event on Sunday, May 15th at Ferrettie/Baugo Creek County Park from 1-4pm. MAS will do some solar outreach.

May 10, 2016   Our Universe Revealed @ Notre Dame - Hubble - Prof. Chris Howk

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.

May 9, 2016 Transit of Mercury Outreach event

Organized by Chuck and Bruce, for more information see Chucks Nightwise site.

May 6, 7, and 8, 2016   Michiana Star Party #8 @ Dr TK Lawkess Park

For information on  our upcoming Michiana Star Party #8 click here.

 April 26, 2016   Our Universe Revealed @ Notre Dame - Practical Magic: Superconductivity in the 21st Century - Dr. Matt Smylie

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.

 April 26, 2016   Astrophysics Seminar: @ Notre Dame - TBA - Dr. Ben Oppenheimer
12:30 PM - 1:30 PM - 184 - Nieuwland Science Hall

 April 21th, 2016  Regular Meeting - If you haven't paid yet, your 2016 Membership Dues are over due!

Dr. Jinmi Yoon is the featured speaker at the April 21 meeting of MAS at 7 PM in the Centre Twp. Branch Public Library. Her talk is Galactic Archeology: Search for the Oldest Stars. Discover the environments in which the first stars were born. Free and open to the public.  See http://www.nightwise.org/#!Galactic-Archeology-Search-for-the-Oldest-Stars/c17jj/57027a530cf234e9192823db.  

March 15, 2016   Our Universe Revealed @ Notre Dame - Our eyes in the skies: How telescopes help us place ourselves in the Universe - Prof. Vini Placco

People are always fascinated about the beauty and complexity of the night sky. However, our ability to see further, fainter, and in greater detail is limited by our own eyes, and that is one of the main motivations why instruments such as telescopes were invented. In this presentation we will take a journey around the world, and see where (and why) large telescopes are built, and all the implications these have in our understanding on how the Universe works.

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.

March 1, 2016   Our Universe Revealed @ Notre Dame - In Search of Nothingness: from Higgs Bosons to Gravitational Waves - Prof. Chris Kolda

Philosophers and physicists have long struggled with the question of what meaning to ascribe to the concept of “nothingness”. In physics, the vacuum of spacetime is as close as we get to nothingness, yet the vacuum is a dynamic and exciting arena in which the laws of nature unfold in surprising ways. In this talk I will discuss what we know, and don’t know, about empty space, including the special roles played by Higgs bosons and gravitational waves in helping us probe this mysterious nothingness.

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 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.

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

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 -

 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.

January 21st, 2016  Regular Meeting - 2016 Membership Dues are due!

January 19, 2016   Moon occults Aldebaran On Tuesday, Jan. 19, the waxing gibbous moon occults the red giant star Aldebaran around 9:05 PM EST from the perspective of South Bend. Put it on your calendar for you must see this with someone, anyone. It's simple and elegant and seeing it requires people to look up. Click Here for more info.

Would anyone like to join Chuck Tuesday for some sidewalk astronomy outside Fiddler's Hearth Public House leading up to the occultation? The last time we tried this was for the daytime occultation of Venus by the moon, with Ryan Mullet and Larry Sylvestri and Chuck.

January 19, 2016   Our Universe Revealed @ Notre Dame

The first Our Universe Revealed talk of 2016 this coming Tuesday, 19th January. Prof. Rebecca Surman will be talking about Astrophysical Alchemy and where the heavy elements we find on Earth and beyond are likely created. 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.

 January 16, 2016   Winter Solstice Party The MAS Winter Solstice Party will be held Saturday January 16th @ 4:00PM EST. It will be held at our President Eric's house. Please RSVP to Eric and plan on bringing a dish to share.  If you require direction let Eric know. RSVP to Eric at: president@michiana-astro.org

 December 7, 2015  Occult Skygazing at Fiddler's Hearth - South Bend, IN 12:00 Noon

Fiddler's Hearth will host a skygazing event to watch Venus get mooned Dec. 7, 2015. You can observe the moon passing in front of the planet--an occultation--midday on Monday

Additional details here: Occult Skygazing at Fiddler's Hearth

 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
http://www.getintonature.com/

 November meeting will be the second Thursday November 12th, 2015. Our speaker will be Erica Gonzales, a ND Physics Department graduate student working with exoplanets and developing tools to better understand them and their host stars.  Her topic is Tilted Worlds: Some Planets Have the Strangest Orbits.  
"We had thought our solar system was typical in the universe, but from day one everything has looked weird in the extrasolar planetary systems. That makes us the odd ball really. Learning about these other systems provides a context for how special our system is. We certainly seem to live in a special place.”  Fred Rasio, Northwestern University

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

Urgent News: Currently our Thursday September 17th meeting has been cancelled due to the library being closed.

October meeting will be the second Thursday October 8th, 2015.

September our Thursday September 17th meeting has been cancelled due to the library being closed.

November meeting will be the second Thursday November 12th, 2015.

December 2015 going forward we will meet in the third Thursday of the month.

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.

July 2015 - There will be no MAS Meeting in July.

 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.

 June 2015 - Meeting will take place on Thursda7 June 18th at a new location the Centre branch of the South Bend library located at 1150 E Kern Road South Bend, IN 46614

 June 21, 2015 - 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)

 March 16, 2015 - Effective April 1st the library is instituting new hours and closing @ 6:00PM, so we are currently looking for a new place to hold our meetings.

 March 22, 2015 - Please accept our apologies, our web site crashed as the result of a bug in an automatic software upgrade.  We are rebuilding our web site using some different software.

April 12, 2015 - The April 20th meeting will be held at the PHM-DVT (Penn Harris Madiso-Digital Video Theater/Plantarium) DVT  6:30 till 8:30. The Planetarium--Digital Video Theater is located in Bittersweet Elementary School, 55860 Bittersweet Road, Mishawaka, IN 46545. The school is directly east of the Educational Services Center.

May 15, 2015 - May 17, 2015 - MSP7 Annual Michiana Star Party #7

 April  20, 2015 - Meetings:

May 2015 - Meeting will take place at the MSP7 Star Party.

June 2015 - Meeting will take place on Thursda7 June 18th at a new location the Centre branch of the South Bend library located at 1150 E Kern Road South Bend, IN 46614

Future meetings will be held on the third Thursday of the month at the Centre library unless noted.

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