Meet the Stars

observatoryNext Meet the Stars Event: Thur., Aug. 22nd, 2019, starting at 9:00 p.m.

Current Status: We’re cautiously optimistic it will be clear enough.

After a rather long hiatus, “Meet the Stars” will return this week (weather permitting) with a public observing night on Thursday night, beginning at 9:00 p.m.

Planned Viewing Objects: Jupiter and Saturn are both well above the southern horizon at 9 p.m. this week, so we’ll start with them.  We could also try to find Pluto, which is just a little to the east of Saturn this week.  Pluto is hard to distinguish from a dim star, though, even with our 16″ diameter telescope.

And there are always some nice star clusters and maybe some nebulae to look at, too.

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