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No General MAS Meeting until September

Next Public Open House:
August 22, 7:30PM
Program: The Wonders of Nebulae

Public Astronomy Presentation
Gene Hanson will be giving a talk entitled: Tour of Planets: What Happened To Pluto? At the New Berlin Public Library on Wednesday, July 23rd from 6:30-7:30PM. All are welcome!

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Public Viewing Nights

Open House Nights for 2014

April 25, 7:30PM
The Giant Planet: Jupiter

May 23, 7:30PM
The Red Planet: Mars

June 20, 6:00PM
The Sun

August 22, 7:30PM
The Wonders of Nebulae

September 12, 7:30PM
Ice Giants: Uranus and Neptune

October 3, 7:30PM
The Moon

Possible meteor storm on May 23-24 was a bust!

Mars is now past opposition in the south during the early evening. How to spot it in the sky.

Saturn is past opposition in the south after sunset.

See more sky updates:

S&T: This Weeks Sky At A Glance
Astronomy Mag: The Sky This Week

Eagle Nebula

What's new in the Showcase? The latest image from Dennis Roscoe! Here is his processed picture of M16, the Eagle Nebula taken with his TOA-130F f/5.3 telescope and STF-8300M camera.  It is a narrowband image with a total exposure time of 7.5 hours - 2hr Ha, 2hr SII, and 3.5hr OIII.  See this and other images by Dennis and other MAS members in our Showcase.   

Meteor Shower Bust On May 24th from about 12:30AM to 3:45AM, the hoped for meteor show (possibly even a storm) was nearly a complete bust. It produced nearly no meteors. As we reported earlier, we were passing through for the first time a debris field left by Comet 209P/Linear and no one knew how rich or sparse.  Conclusion: sparse.  But we do have a few meteor showers every year and they are a naked-eye viewing events.  More information about meteor showers can be found at


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