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. Meeting take place a new location the Centre branch of the South Bend library located at 1150 E Kern Road South Bend, IN 46614.

Important News

 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.

Not the best of weather for MSP7, but a few hours of decent viewing. Below are pictures from MSP7.

Pauls72's MSP7 album on Photobucket

If you have come here looking for information on the MAS7 Star Party, you have come to the right place. It can be found on the MSP7 page. You can also find the information located on our presidents web site Nightwise.

Earthbound Events

September 2015 - Meeting will take place on Thursday September 17th 7:00PM at the Centre branch of the South Bend library located at 1150 E Kern Road South Bend, IN 46614.

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.

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)

Time for a Star Party - Read Chucks blog about what goes on at a Star Party .

Space Events

Orionids  Meteor shower - The next major meteor shower is not until October 20th to 22nd.  For more info. click here:  Orionids Meteor Shower  There are some minor meteor showers before them, but they will be much harder to see. Meteor Shower Calander

Saturn - Visible in the southwest sky in the early evening in August.

Mars and Venus - Visible in the eastern sky in the early moring towards the end of August.

Full Moon - August 29th, September 28th, October 27th, November 25th and December 25th

New Moon -  August 14th, September 13th, October 13th, November 11th and December 11th

   NASA reported the New Horizons spacecraft began its approach phase to Pluto, which will result in the first flyby of the "dwarf planet" on July 14, 2015.
Time until
New Horizons reaches it's closest approach to Pluto.     

          New Horizions has passed Pluto and will be sending images and data of Pluto back for the next several years.

Can you find these galaxies in the sky? 

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