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:  Next MAS meeting Thursday March 15th.

Our March Speakers will be: This month, we have 4 seniors from Elkhart Memorial High School doing three presentations!

Sydney Grahovac - A Study in Radio at Solar Minimum. Sydney was the MAS first place winner at the Northern Indiana Science and Engineering Fair (NIRSEF) at Notre Dame on March 3rd.

Duncan Learman - Manipulating Plasma. Duncan was the MAS second place winner at NIRSEF.

Duncan Learman, Gabriel (Gabe) Efsits, Aaron Russell, (Taylor) - NITARP: Identifying Young Stars in Cepheus C. They conducted astrophysics research with their instructor, John Taylor, and a small group of students and teachers from across the country working with Caltech. They presented their findings at the American Astronomical Society in Washington, DC.

Our April Speaker will be: Professor Timothy Beers of Notre Dame - "Chronography of the Halo of the Milky Way"

Important News

Your 2018 dues are due!

2018 Membership rates: $15 Student, $15 Senior, $20 Associate & Family

Notice: Please fill out a membership form, even if your are just renewing:

Earthbound Events

Michiana Star Party 10 announced.

Dates: May 18th - 20th 2018

For details, click here: MSP-10

March 6th, 2018 - What Goes Up Might Not Come Down! Gravity, Orbits and an Interstellar Visitor
University of Notre Dame -  Digital Visualization Theater in the Jordan Hall of Science, 7:00 PM EDT

March 10, 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
May 12, 2018
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.


April 13th, 2018 - 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 Paul Surowiec or Chuck Bueter for details.

Previous Event - Febuary 4th, 2017 Science Alive

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

2017/2018 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


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 - March 2, 2018 - March 31, 2018 - April 30, 2018 - May 29, 1018 - June 28, 2018 - July 27, 2018

New Moon - March 17, 2018 - April 16, 2018 - May 15, 1018 - June 13, 2018 - July 13, 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.