MAS - Past News & Events

August 17th, 2018More Summer Stargazing
University of Notre Dame -  South lawn in front of the Jordan Hall of Science, 9:30-12:00 PM EDT   Note: The new start time 30 minutes earlier.

If you plan to bring a scope and help, we need to know ahead of time. Please email me: Paul Surowiec

For the July 6th event there was a great turn out, the crowd was estimated at around 1500 people. Click on the image of Jim aligning his guide scope to link to the channel 16 WNDU coverage of the event.

For the August 17th event there was some clouds, however several MAS members still showed up and so did 150 interested people.

May 1st, 2018 - Benjamin Franklin, Early American Money, and Scientific Techniques

University of Notre Dame -  101 Jordan Hall of Science, 7:00 PM EDT - Dr. Khachatur Manukyan

 April 19th, 2018 - Our April Speaker was: Professor Timothy Beers of Notre Dame - "Chronography of the Halo of the Milky Way"

April 17th, 201850+ Years of Pulsars
University of Notre Dame -  101 Jordan Hall of Science, 7:00 PM EDT - Dr. Martin Sulkanen

 April 14th, 2018   March for Science South Bend

Volunteers wanted to man the science outreach table at the Morris Performing Arts Plaza from 3-6PM.

 Contact  Linda Marks for details.

April 3rd, 2018How to hack your life with science (Middle/High School Age Event)
University of Notre Dame -  101 Jordan Hall of Science, 7:00 PM EDT -

March 20th, 2018 - Time And Relative Dimension In Space: Can We Build a Time Machine?
University of Notre Dame -  Digital Visualization Theater in the Jordan Hall of Science, 7:00 PM EDT - Micha Kilburn

MAS meeting Thursday March 15th.

Our March Speakers will be: This month, we have 4 seniors from Elkhart Memorial High School doing three presentations!

Sydney Grahovac - A Study in Radio at Solar Minimum. Sydney was the MAS first place winner at the Northern Indiana Science and Engineering Fair (NIRSEF) at Notre Dame on March 3rd.

Duncan Learman - Manipulating Plasma. Duncan was the MAS second place winner at NIRSEF.

Duncan Learman, Gabriel (Gabe) Efsits, Aaron Russell, (Taylor) - NITARP: Identifying Young Stars in Cepheus C. They conducted astrophysics research with their instructor, John Taylor, and a small group of students and teachers from across the country working with Caltech. They presented their findings at the American Astronomical Society in Washington, DC.

 March 6th, 2018 - What Goes Up Might Not Come Down! Gravity, Orbits and an Interstellar Visitor
University of Notre Dame -  Digital Visualization Theater in the Jordan Hall of Science, 7:00 PM EDT

February 6th, 2018 - To Infinity and Beyond: An Exploration of Travel Between The Stars

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

February 3th, 2018 Science Alive

10AM - 4PM

St. Joseph County Public Library
304 S. Main St., South Bend, IN

January 23th, 2018 - Hubble’s Recent Hits and a Look Forward to the James Webb Space Telescope

University of Notre Dame - Room 101 in the Jordan Hall of Science, 7:30 PM EDT

January 13, 2018   Winter Solstice Party @ Chucks

Note: Due to illness at the Sorenson's the party is being moved to Chucks house

4pm EST till ???

Please RSVP by January 6th.

Thursday Nov 16th meeting. 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."

 MAS member's will participate in an outreach event at Potato Creek State Park

October 21th, 2017   Saturday Stargazing  @ Potato Creek State Park

Contact Linda Marks for details.

September 23th, 2017   Saturday Stargazing @ Fernwood Botanical Garden

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

Contact Matt Biekski for details.

 September 23th, 2017  Star Party @ Bremen H.S.

MAS member's will participate in an outreach event at Bremen High School.

Contact Aaron McNeely for details.

Note: This is rescheduled from August 26th due to clouds.

MAS member's will participate in an outreach event at Potato Creek State Park

September 23th, 2017   Saturday Stargazing  @ Potato Creek State Park

October 21th, 2017   Saturday Stargazing  @ Potato Creek State Park

Contact Linda Marks for details.

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 -