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.

Pictures from our Michiana Star Party #8 can be found on the MSP8 web page.

Yes that is correct, the dates for MSP9 have been confirmed and planning has already begun.

August 18th, 2016  Regular Meeting

Thursday August 18th meeting of MAS at 7 PM in the Centre Twp. Branch Public Library. 

Important News

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

Earthbound Events

Sept 3rd, 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 - June 4, 2016 - Aug 6, 2016 - Sept 3, 2016 - Oct 1, 2016

Click on the image below to enlarge it.

MAS officers are:

Eric Sorensen - President

Bruce Miller - 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

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Perseis Meteor shower - August 11st and 12th 2016.

Conjunction of Venus and Jupiter - August 27, 2016, the 2 planets will appear only 0.06 degrees apart in the sky.

Neptune at Opposition - September 3rd, 2016. The blue giant planet will be at its closest approach to Earth and its face will be fully illuminated by the Sun. It will be brighter than any other time of the year and will be visible all night long. This is the best time to view Neptune.

Draconids Meteor Shower - October 7th, 2016.

Uranus at Opposition - October 15th, 2016. The blue-green planet will be at its closest approach to Earth and its face will be fully illuminated by the Sun. It will be brighter than any other time of the year and will be visible all night long. This is the best time to view Uranus. 

Orionids Meteor Shower - October 21st and 22nd, 2016.

Taurids Meteor Shower - November 4th and 5th, 2016.

Leonids Meteor Shower - November 16th and 17th, 2016.

Geminids Meteor Shower - December 13th and 14th, 2016.

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 -  August 18th, 2016 - September 16th, 2016 - October 16th, 2016 - November 14th, 2016 - December 14th, 2016

New Moon - September 1st, 2016 - October 1st, 2016 - October 30th, 2016 - November 29th, 2016 - December 29th, 2016

Total Solar Eclipse

   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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