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.

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.

November 17th, 2016  Regular Meeting

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

Important News

Earthbound Events

Dec. 3th, 2016   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.

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.

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) 

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


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 -  December 14th, 2016 - January 12th, 2017 - February 11th, 2017 - March 12, 2017 - April 11th, 2017

New Moon - December 29th, 2016 - January 28th, 2017 - February 26th, 2017 - March 28, 2017 - April 26th, 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?