Memphis Astronomical Society Outreach Request Form
The Memphis Astronomical Society participates in community outreach events free of charge. Please fill out this request form as completely as possible to help MAS determine if it can provide telescopes and/or presentations at your event.
Astronomy observing events are weather dependent. Although we do our best to come out and share our love of astronomy at all planned events, we can make no promises and may cancel at any time on the day of your event due to weather or other circumstances. MAS members are all volunteers and do their best to serve our community.
Requirements for Observing Events
MAS telescope operators will need to be able to arrive at least one hour before the event and have at least one hour after the event for equipment set-up and removal.
For important information for planning an outdoor observing event, please see location and date planning notes below. If it appears confusing, no worries, just fill out the form and we will be in touch.
Location and Date Planning Notes
Astronomy by nature requires a clear view of the sky. The planned observing location typically needs to be an open space with an unobstructed view (no trees, buildings, etc.) at least 30 degrees above the horizon. Exceptions would depend on the locations of objects such as the Moon, Venus, Jupiter, or Saturn on the date and at the time of the event. In areas within the city, depending on the amount of light pollution, the best objects to view with a telescope are the Moon and specific planets. Choosing dates when the Moon, Jupiter, or Saturn is visible at least 30 degrees above the horizon during your event time will ensure at least one fantastic viewing object at your event at nearly any location. Mother nature is unpredictable, so have a backup plan! In the event of cloudy skies, the observing event will be canceled. You might want to be prepared with an alternate date for your event in case your first choice is clouded or rained out.