Always check the MAS hotline
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
Baylor Regional Park, north of Norwood-Young America
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
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
[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.]