The 2014 MSRAL convention, held on June 6th & 8th, 2014, will be hosted by the St. Louis Astronomical Society

Registration for the Mid-States Region Convention for 2014 is now OPEN!

Host: St. Louis Astronomical Society
Chairman: Jim Small
Co-Chairman: Mark Jones

Location: Washington University, St. Louis, MO

When: Friday, June 6 - Sunday June 8

Star-BQ: James S. McDonnell Planetarium, Friday Night

Banquet: Knight Center, Washington University, Saturday Night

More Information: MSRAL 2014 Preview.pdf

MSRAL-Con 2013 - A Great Success

The Mid-States Region of the Astronomical League convention was a big hit. Hosted by the Omaha Astronomical Society, it was held at Mahoney State Park in Ashland, NE. Photos of the event were put into a slide show and can be seen on YouTube:

MSRAL-Con 2013 Show

During the convention, John Larsen set up a live show on the internet (Google+). On Friday he spoke with John Johnson of the Omaha Astronomical Society and Richard Harshaw, of the Saguaro Astronomy Club and the Banquet keynote speaker. John discussed with John about the Collinder Star Cluster Catalog and with Richard Harshaw about observing and contributing useful scientific data on binary stars. The show is on YouTube and can be seen here: Friday MSRAL Public Hangout.

On Saturday, John talked with with Jack Dunn, planetarium coordinator at the Mueller Planetarium in Lincoln, NE and with Brian Tieman, Astronomical Society of Kansas City. John talked with Jack on various astronomical events and talked with Brain about his study of Exoplanets. The show can be seen here: Saturday MSRAL Public Hangout.

Both shows start a few minutes after the video starts, so be patient.


MSRAL Convention 2013 Group Photo

To download a printable high resolution version left click on the image above, right click on the image in the new window, then save the picture to your computer.


Amateur Astronomer of the Year

John Johnson, Omaha Astronomical Society, receives the Amateur Astronomer of the Year Award from last year's winner, Bill Bond.