Marquette Astronomical Society

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MAS History

The original Marquette Astronomical Society was formed by Scott Stobbelaar when he was a junior at Graveraet High School.

The Marquette Astronomical Society  was reactivated in the Shiras Planetarium at the Marquette Senior High School by Scott Stobbelaar, planetarium director, in 1974. MAS also became a member of the National Astronomical League.

In the late 1970s MAS began a fund raising event for a MAS Observatory. Scott's grandmother gave a donation of $500 as a starter. The observatory is today located on Green Garden Rd about .7 miles off US41 south or 15 miles south of the city of Marquette.

See "MAS Observatory" for the equipment in the buidling.

Three years later in 1982, the MAS Observatory was dedicated.

The Shiras Planetarium was renovated in 1992-93. The renovation included an automation  system for programing show slides and special effects. Club members began producing their own programs, complete with script, sound track and slides.

Money was raised through the Community Awards Program sponsored by local radio station Q107 and car washes.

The Two Hearted Star Parties (see "Two Hearted Star Party" page)  were started in 1997 by Jeanne & John Shibley, members of MAS. This star party is no longer held because of the fire that burned all of the buildings.

Due to tree growth ,the Green Garden Observatory was closed down in 2015 and telescopes given to caretaker members of MAS. Club observing now is done in a field next to the original observatory site. 

MAS average about 20-25 paid members (see"Membership" page) every year.

Meetings: There are no formal meetings. Check back on this web site for activities such as public observing and member observing dates.