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.

July 19st, 2018 - Our speaker will be ... TBD

Important News

Seeing stars: Cass County park aims for Dark Sky status

Cass County's Lawless Park wants to be Dark Sky site

Earthbound Events

Michiana Star Party 11 (2019)

Dates: May 31th - June 2nd 2019

For details, click here: (Coming Soon)

July 6th, 2018 -  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


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.

July 14th, 2018   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 third Saturday, December 16, 2017. Then, thru all of 2018, the program will shift to the Second Saturdays, beginning January 13, 2018.

2018 Schedule
January 13, 2018
February 10, 2018 - Cancelled due to weather!
March 10, 2018
April 14, 2018 - Cancelled due to weather!
May 12, 2018 - Cancelled due to weather!
June 9, 2018
July 14, 2018
August 11, 2018
September 8, 2018
October 13, 2018
November 10, 2018
December 8, 2018

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.

July 14th, 2018  - Potato Creek Astronomy Program

May 26, 2018
June 16, 2018
July 14, 2018
August 11, 2018

Contact  Linda Marks for details.


TBD - Outreach event for Chikaming Open Lands group

MAS member's will participate in an outreach event at Chikaming Township Park and Preserve (Warren Woods Rd, Three Oaks, MI 49128).

Contact  Chuck Bueter for details.

Previous Event - Febuary 4th, 2017 Science Alive

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

2018/2019 MAS officers are:

Bruce Miller - President

Linda Marks - 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


June 21st, 2018 - Summer Solstice

Meteor Showers:

April 22, 2018 Lyrids
May 5, 2018 Eta Aquariids
July 27-28, 2018 Delta Aquariids
August 12, 2018 Perseids
October 8, 2018 Draconids
October 21, 2018 Orionids
November 4-5, 2018 South Taurids
November 11-12, 2018 North Taurids
November 17 or 18, 2018 Leonids
December 13-14, 2018 Geminids

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 -  June 28, 2018 - July 27, 2018 - August 26th, 2018 - September 25th, 2018 - October 24th, 2018 - November 23th, 2018 - December 22nd, 2018

New Moon - June 13, 2018 - July 13, 2018 - August 11th, 2018 - September 9th, 2018 - October 9th, 2019 - November 7th, 2018 - December 7th, 2018

Total Solar Eclipse - Next one in the US is April 8th 2024.

   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.