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.
|6:00 ||Dinner Break
|8:00 ||Door Prize Drawing
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.
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.