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Last Updated:
March 09, 2004


Star Parties

Always  check the MAS hotline (952.467.2426) after 6:00 p.m. on the date of the event for the "go/no-go" decision and other information.

Dark, starry skies.  Telescopes of every size and description.  Good company.  Add it all up and you've got the makings of  an MAS 'star party'.


The Minnesota Astronomical Society holds star parties three weekends a month, beginning in March and continuing through December.  They are usually scheduled for Friday evenings, but if poor weather is forecast they are rescheduled to Saturday evening.  

Please visit the 'Events' section of our site at www.mnastro.org/events for a listing of upcoming star parties.


The Minnesota Astronomical Society conducts its star parties at one of three locations -- the Metcalf Nature Center near Afton (www.mnastro.org/sites/metcalf.htm), Baylor Regional Park, north of Norwood-Young America (www.mnastro.org/sites/baylor.htm) and its Cherry Grove Observatory, southwest of Cannon Falls (www.mnastro.org/sites/cherrygrove.htm).  

Complete information about each site including directions and available facilities is available at www.mnastro.org/facilities.


Visitors are welcome at MAS parties.  If you have never attended a star party you  may find the Star Party Etiquette page (www.mnastro.org/star_parties/etiquette.htm) useful.  (If you want to bring a group, please visit our "Outreach" page, www.mnastro.org/outreach,  for information on how to contact us in advance so we can better meet your needs.)

[Note:  Visitors should keep in mind that while a dozen or more  members may attend a typical star party, it is possible that no MAS members will choose to attend a given star party, even if the star party is announced as a "go" for the evening.  If you desire the presence of MAS members when visiting a star party, either for informational or security reasons, you might want to consider an Onan Observatory public night.  These events are always staffed by MAS volunteers . Visit www.mnastro.org/onan for information about the observatory and its public nights.]



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