We are proud to announce our Ninth Annual Michiana Star Party.

Hosted by the Michiana Astronomical Society (Northern Indiana and Southern Michigan)

Dates: May 19th - 21st 2017

Time: Friday 3:00PM - Sunday 12:00 Noon          Note: All times specified are Eastern.

Theme: TBD

Dr. T.K. Lawless County Park
15122 Monkey Run Street
Vandalia, MI 49095
United States

The site is about 35 miles northeast of South Bend, Indiana.


Pre-registration fees:

Adult non-member $25
Adult MAS member $15
Under 18 Free 

At the Gate registration fees:

Adult non-member $30
Adult MAS member $15
Under 18 $10
Daily pass $5 - Come as early as you want, stay as late as you want. But no over night camping allowed with a daily pass.

Star Party Fees include semi-primitave camping at the county park where the star party is being held. There are flush toilets, but no showers or electricity.

Note: All times specified are Eastern.

 Star Party Flyer:  MSP9_2017_Flyer.pdf


For additional information about attending the MSP8 star party, contact Ruth Craft.

For additional information about becoming a vendor or making a donation to the MSP9 star party, contact Paul Surowiec.

Map of MSP:

Star Party Guidelines:

Please arrive after 3:00 p.m. Friday, set up before dusk.
Star party ends at 11:00 a.m. Sunday.
Parking in designated parking areas.
Please: No car movement on the observing field after dark.
If you plan to leave early, please park in the Early Bird parking area with your headlights pointed away from the observing field.
There is no electricity, you must bring with what ever power you require.
Please Red flashlights only! (We will provide red cellophane to cover if required.)
Minors must be accompanied by an adult.
Dogs on leashes are allowed.
Acoustical music instruments welcome!
Inappropriate behavior will result in eviction.
Dress warmly.
Smoking permitted beyond telescope areas, downwind.
You are responsible for the security of your own belongings.
In the event of an emergency use what ever lights you need to!

Refreshments:  Coffee, bottled water and hot dogs supplied by Michiana Astronomical Society.


1) Professor Katherine Rhode - IU Bloomington

2) Professor Shane Larson - Northwestern University & Adler Planetarium

3) Professor Jonathan Crass - University of Notre Dame

Door Prizes:

Door Prize items and other materials are being supplied by:


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