A dozen potential members attended an organizing meeting in November of at the Science Museum of Minnesota. From this humble beginning grew the Minnesota Astronomical Society. Today, more than thirty years later, membership in the MAS exceeds and we are one of the largest and most active amateur astronomy organizations in the United States.
Astronomers use tools like telescopes, cameras and spectrographs to study interactions between materials and energy within the universe. These scientists learn about galaxies, solar systems, planets and stars through careful observation and measurement recording. Astronomers also refer to natural sciences and mathematics to form and test theories.
A star is moving from west to east — between Gemini and the Beehive Cluster — and becoming increasingly intense. Look at that! Way better than the Fourth of July.
We are one of the largest and most active amateur astronomy organizations in the United States. The location is about an hour and fifteen minutes southwest of Normandale. At our observatory we educate the public about astronomy by sharing views through our telescopes and giving presentations related to astronomy. We also have monthly general meeting and special events that may run a full day such as a Spring and Fall Astronomy Day.
I live there with my wife, Patrice, her cats, two tanks of fish and a lovebird. Sometime we'd like to get as far away from Mankato as possible …. Here's an audio clipbytes of me talking about the things I do at work.
Video by Sarah Fecht and Joseph Castro. Rather than the scent of exhaust mingled with the aroma of fresh pizza, you smell the trees and the soil. Instead of the sounds of honking horns and talkative pedestrians, you hear a symphony of birds and insects.
Steve has deep roots in Mankato having been born and raised here. His father, Bob Fink, was a dentist in Mankato and his mom, Mary Lou Fink, was a stay at home mom raising Steve, his brother and his four sisters. While at SJU, Steve discovered his interest in the law.
Speakers are scheduled throughout the day and will give talks on astronomy and what there is to see. Door prize drawings will be held Saturday evening and include MAS merchandise, astronomy books and videos. Weather permitting, the evening will conclude with tours of the night sky and of course stargazing.
Mars and Saturn are the brightest starlike objects in the low southwestern sky. Mars is to the left of Saturn. Check them out as soon as you can after dark because they drop below the horizon after about p.