Meet the Stars

observatoryNext Meet the Stars Event: Sun., Jan. 20th starting at 9:30 P.M.

Current Status: CANCELLED


I’m sorry to say that our wishful thinking for moderate weather has not been fruitful, and as we’re still expecting single-digit temperatures we don’t think this will be a good night for a Meet the Stars event.

Forecasts suggest that we may get our first “significant winter weather” this weekend, including high winds, snow and frigid temperatures, so although we hope to proceed, be sure to check back here for status updates before making the trip in case we decide to cancel due to severe weather / poor viewing conditions.

Planned Viewing Objects: As you may have seen in the news, there will be a total lunar eclipse on Sunday (called a “blood” moon due to partial illumination by reddish light scattered through Earth’s atmosphere even during the eclipse’s peak). Additionally, the moon will be relatively close in its orbit about Earth, and that will make it look a bit larger than normal (a “super” moon). And, because January full moons are referred to as “wolf moons,” this event is being referred to as a Super Blood Wolf Moon.

We’ll start at 9:30 P.M. because the penumbral eclipse will start at 9:36. The partial phase of the eclipse will start at 10:33, and the total phase will start at 11:41 and last for just over an hour.

Although a telescope isn’t especially useful for viewing eclipse events, we’ll use it to observe other objects as the eclipse proceeds.

Meeting Location: Please see map below for our gathering spot on the IUSB campus, which is at the north end of Northside Hall; we’ll meet there and escort groups up to the roof. We usually have “runners” come back down periodically to accompany any stragglers, but if you arrive and nobody is there, please feel free to call Prof. Scott’s office: 574-520-5527, and we’ll arrange for someone to come meet you.

Driving Directions: Here’s a link to a Google Map showing the easiest parking location, which is labeled “MTS Parking” on the map below.

Please note that our public-observing events are all weather permitting, so be sure to check back here before coming for the definitive word on whether we’re going ahead with it.

These are public events and all are welcome!



Previous MTS Events:

  • 2018:
    • August 30 (Venus, Jupiter, Saturn, Mars, Neptune and maybe Pluto; Ring Nebula [M57])
    • July 24 (Jupiter, Saturn, Moon)
  • 2016:
    • Oct. 7 (Saturn, when it emerged from the clouds)
    • Sept. 2 (Saturn, Mars, Wild Duck Cluster [M11], Ring Nebula [M57])
    • Aug. 22 (Saturn, Mars, Great Cluster in Hercules [M13], Wild Duck Cluster [M11], Ring Nebula [M57])
    • July 22 (Jupiter, Saturn, M13, M57)
    • Apr. 13 (Moon, Jupiter);
  • 2015:
    • Sept. 27 (Full Eclipse of Harvest Moon)
    • June 30 (Conjunction of Jupiter and Venus)
  • 2014:
    • Aug. 28
    • July 25
    • June 26