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Last Updated:
December 27, 2007



About the Minnesota Astronomical Society

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Name of the organization:

Minnesota Astronomical Society.  

[Please use 'MAS' for abbreviated references, and refer to the group as 'the Society' when referencing other than by name.]


This society is organized exclusively for charitable, educational, and scientific purposes.  It seeks to create camaraderie among all classes of people through mutual interest in astronomy.  It establishes and maintains observational and informational facilities for the benefit of the membership and the community, and seeks to promote membership and community knowledge about and involvement in astronomy through lectures, celestial observing sessions, classes and other appropriate means.


As of December 2003 membership is approximately 450.

Tax Status:

The MAS is a 501 (c) (3) tax-exempt corporation.


The mailing address for the Society is:

Minnesota Astronomical Society 
P.O. Box 14931 
Minneapolis, MN 55414


Most MAS events, including star parties, are open to the public.  Please visit the 'Events' section of our site at www.mnastro.org/events for a listing of upcoming events.

Summary Descriptions:

Please use one of the  following texts when desiring a summarized description of the MAS:

Option 1:

'The Minnesota Astronomical Society is one of the nation's largest and most active organizations dedicated to amateur astronomy.  Membership is open to anyone.  Information is available via the web at http://www.mnastro.org.  E-mail inquiries may be directed to info@mnastro.org. Voice messages can be left at (952) 467-2426.  Written requests for more information may be directed to : Minnesota Astronomical Society P.O. Box 14931 Minneapolis, MN 55414.'

Option 2:

'Since 1973, the Minnesota Astronomical Society has supported the region's amateur astronomers by maintaining observing facilities, providing opportunities to learn about astronomy, supporting professional astronomy through research and outreach to the general public.  Membership is open to anyone with an interest in astronomy.  Information regarding the Society is available on the web at http://www.mnastro.org.  Voice messages may be left at (952) 467-2426.'

Option 3: 

'The Minnesota Astronomical Society is a tax-exempt 501 (c) (3) organization based in the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul.  Membership is open to anyone with an interest in astronomy.  Information is available on the web at http://www.mnastro.org, or via a voice message request directed to (952) 467-2426.'

Media Relations Contact:

For more information regarding the society or to arrange for expert commentary on astronomical topics, please contact:

Michael Kibat
4717 Nord Circle
Bloomington, MN 55437

(952) 884-0039




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