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Baylor Regional Park


Last Updated:
February 10, 2014

Saturday May 10, 2014
Eagle Lake Observatory at Baylor Regional Park

10775 County Rd 33, Norwood Young America, MN

The Minnesota Astronomical Society would like to invite you to attend the Astronomical League’s Astronomy Day activities at the Eagle Lake Observatory in Baylor Regional Park. 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 telescopes. Weather permitting, the evening will conclude with tours of the night sky and of course stargazing.

Schedule of Events

The Event Schedule is still being finalized. Speakers agenda and event info will be posted as soon as possible.

Saturday May 10, 2014

   1:00   Daytime Activities beginning at 1:00 pm Solar observation, daytime viewing of Venus (before 4:30 pm), the Moon, Mercury, Jupiter and Mars.

Scheduled Speakers
2:00  TBD
3:00  TBD
4:00  TBD
5:00  TBD
6:00  Dinner Break
7:00  TBD
8:00  Door Prize Drawing
Evening Activities
The evening will continue with viewing through our array of telescopes. Mercury, Jupiter, the Moon, Mars and Saturn will top the list of astronomical delights.

Eagle Lake Observatory
Consisting of the Onan Observatory, the Sylvia A. Casby Observatory and the HotSpot Classroom, the MAS' Eagle Lake Observatory is the regions premier all-volunteer public observing facility.
  • Two observatories with more than a dozen of the finest amateur telescopes available to view through.
  • Real-time video viewing capabilities for lunar, planetary and deep-sky viewing.
  • Solar filters allow safe viewing of the Sun's surface, sunspots and solar prominences.
  • Mounted 15x80 binoculars for the ultimate “wide-field” stargazing experience.
  • A heated classroom to take the chill out of the cool spring nights.
  • Electrical outlets on the outside of the buildings for those who bring their own scopes.
  • Paved handicap parking adjacent to the wheelchair accessible observatory.
Baylor Regional Park is roughly 25 miles southwest of the Eden Prairie, MN and just north of Norwood-Young America. It is easily reached either by Minnesota Highway 5 or U.S. Highway 212. Select the "Directions" link in the left hand column or click HERE for interactive map.

Astronomy Day
The theme of Astronomy Day is “Bringing Astronomy to the People”. This worldwide event invites astronomical societies, planetariums, museums, and observatories to sponsor public viewing sessions, presentations, workshops, and other activities to increase public awareness about astronomy and our wonderful universe.

Astronomy Day was born in California in 1973. Doug Berger, then president of the Astronomical Association of Northern California, decided that rather than try to entice people to travel long distances to visit observatory open houses, they would set up telescopes closer to where the people were - busy locations - urban locations like street corners, shopping malls, parks, etc.

His strategy paid off. Not only did Astronomy Day go over with a bang, not only did the public find out about the astronomy club, they found out about future observatory open houses. Since the public got a chance to look through a portable telescope, they were hooked. They then wanted to see what went on at the bigger telescopes, so they turned out in droves at the next observatory open house.

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