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: There is no May 2017 meeting because of the MSP9 Star Party.

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

Dates: May 19th - 21st 2017

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

Important News

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

Notice: 2017 dues are due now. Please fill out a membership form, even if your are just renewing:

Earthbound Events

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.

May 20th, 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.

May 20th, 2017
June 17th, 2017
July 15th, 2017
August 19th, 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.

Febuary 4th, 2017 Science Alive

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

May 2nd, 2017 - Gone Fission?

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

May 16th, 2017 - Seeing the Unseen

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

2016/2017 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


Lyrids meteor shower - April 16th through April 25th, 2017.

Eta Aquariids meteor shower - April 19th through May 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 -  April 11th, 2017 - May 10th, 2017 - June 9th, 2017 - July 9th, 2017 - August 7th, 2017 - September 6th, 2017 - October 5th, 2017, November 4th, 2017 - December 3rd, 2017

New Moon - March 28, 2017 - April 26th, 2017 - May 25th, 2017 - June 24th, 2017 - July 23rd, 2017 - August 21, 2017 - September 20, 2017 - October 19th, 2017 - November 18th, 2017 - December 18, 2017

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? 

  We are a 501c(3) non-profit organization. All contributions are tax deductible.