RASC Saskatoon Centre, Public & Media Events

All events are free of charge and open to the general public unless otherwise noted

Public events are in green text.
Centre member-only events are shown black text.
Selected astronomical events of interest are in purple text. Organized club or public events are not necessarily planned for these events.

2018

NOVEMBER

November 18 - On CBC-TV, The Nature of Things: Lights Out! A great documentary on light pollution. This is a rerun for 2012, but well worth watching. You can also stream this at: https://www.cbc.ca/natureofthings/episodes/lights-out

November 19 - RASC General Meeting - Free admission. 8:00 - 9:30 pm. Room 175 Physics Building, U of S campus.

7:00 pm - RASC Executive Meeting. (Members may attend the Executive meeting as observers if they wish.)
7:30 pm - Meet & Greet Social
8:00 pm - Annual elections of BoD, Executive, Councilors, Committees
8:40 pm - Main Program 1: Tenho Tuomi: Comet Wirtanen's Favourable Return
9:00 pm - Main Program 2: Rick Huziak: The Very Useful AAVSO On-line Chart Generator
9:45 pm - After Meeting Meeting Social at Alexander's restaurant (Cumberland Ave.) if you'd like.

November 27 - Youth Astronomy Club meeting - Regular meeting of the Youth Group. 7:30 - 9:00 p.m.at the University Observatory. Speaker will be Darrell Chartfield: "An Introduction to Messier Objects."

DECEMBER

December 1 - Observer's Group Night at the Sleaford Observatory - Observing starts at dusk. Get there early and set up for a great night of observing! Members and their guests only.

December 10 - RASC General Meeting Christmas Social - Note early date to avoid Xmas rush! - RASC Christmas Potluck supper. Brink your favourite dish and enjoy the evening with members of the Saskatoon RASC. Open to RASC members and their friends.6:30 - 9:00 pm. Room 175 Physics Building, U of S campus.(No RASC Executive meeting.)

December 13 - 14- Geminids Meteor Shower (004 GEM) - Peak is predicted for the MORNING of December 14, 6:30 am CST. (Dec. 14 12:30 UT.) So best observing time is December 13 and overnight to the 14th. ZHR may reach 120. Geminids are detectable from December 4th through 12th. For more information, see https://www.imo.net/files/meteor-shower/cal2018.pdf

December 16 - Comet 46P/Wirtanen: the "Comet of the Year." The comet will be at a distance of 11.5 million km of Earth--making it one of the 10 closest-approaching comets of the Space Age. The comet will probably become a naked eye object for several weeks during the holidays. See http://wirtanen.astro.umd.edu/close_approaches.shtml

2019

JANUARY

January 3 - 4 - The Quandrantid meteor shower (QUA) - Maximum should occur on January 3 at 22:20 CST (January 4th 02h20m UT.) Expected ZHR = 120, but can vary from 60200. New moon on the 6th makes this an excellent opportunity. Shower members are detectable from Dec. 26 to Dec. 12. For more information, see https://www.imo.net/files/meteor-shower/cal2019.pdf

January 5 - Observer's Group Night at the Sleaford Observatory - Observing starts at dusk. Get there early and set up for a great night of observing! Members and their guests only.

mid-January - Asteroid 433 Eros at brightest - The asteroid will be at its brightest (mag. 9) and at a distance of 0.21 astronomical units (AU). Due to the close distance, the asteroid will be easily visible in a small telescope and its motion should be observable on real time as you stare! See November 2018 Saskatoon Skies for details.

January 20 - Total Eclipse of the Moon - This is well-time eclipse, observable from all of North America. See 2019 Observer's Handbook and the January 2019 Saskatoon Skies newsletter for more detail.

January 21 - RASC General Meeting - Free admission. 8:00 - 9:30 pm. Room 175 Physics Building, U of S campus.

7:00 pm - RASC Executive Meeting. (Members may attend the Executive meeting as observers if they wish.)
8:00 pm - Meet & Greet Social
8:15 pm - Warm-up Program: Program tbd.
8:30 pm - Main Program: tbd
9:45 pm - After Meeting Meeting Social at Alexander's restaurant (Cumberland Ave.) if you'd like.

January 28 - Youth Astronomy Club meeting - Regular meeting of the Youth Group. 7:30 - 9:00 p.m.at the University Observatory. Speaker tbd.

FEBRUARY

February 2 - Observer's Group Night at the Sleaford Observatory - Observing starts at dusk. Get there early and set up for a great night of observing! Members and their guests only.

February 25 - RASC General Meeting - Note later date to avoid Family Day holiday - Free admission. 8:00 - 9:30 pm. Room 175 Physics Building, U of S campus.

7:00 pm - RASC Executive Meeting. (Members may attend the Executive meeting as observers if they wish.)
8:00 pm - Meet & Greet Social
8:15 pm - Warm-up Program: Program tbd.
8:30 pm - Main Program: tbd
9:45 pm - After Meeting Meeting Social at Alexander's restaurant (Cumberland Ave.) if you'd like.

February 28 - Youth Astronomy Club meeting - Regular meeting of the Youth Group. 7:30 - 9:00 p.m.at the University Observatory. Speaker tbd.

MARCH

March 2 - Observer's Group Night at the Sleaford Observatory - Observing starts at dusk. Get there early and set up for a great night of observing! Members and their guests only.

March 18 - RASC General Meeting - Free admission. 8:00 - 9:30 pm. Room 175 Physics Building, U of S campus.

7:00 pm - RASC Executive Meeting. (Members may attend the Executive meeting as observers if they wish.)
8:00 pm - Meet & Greet Social
8:15 pm - Warm-up Program: Program tbd
8:30 pm - Main Program: tbd
9:45 pm - After Meeting Meeting Social at Alexander's restaurant (Cumberland Ave.) if you'd like.

March 25 - Youth Astronomy Club meeting - Regular meeting of the Youth Group. 7:30 - 9:00 p.m.at the University Observatory. Speaker tbd.

March 30 - Observer's Group Night at the Sleaford Observatory - MESSIER MARATHON - Observing starts at dusk. Get there early and set up for a great night of observing! Members and their guests only.

APRIL

April 6 - Observer's Group Night at the Sleaford Observatory - Observing starts at dusk. Get there early and set up for a great night of observing! Members and their guests only.

April 15 - RASC General Meeting - Free admission. 8:00 - 9:30 pm. Room 175 Physics Building, U of S campus.

7:00 pm - RASC Executive Meeting. (Members may attend the Executive meeting as observers if they wish.)
8:00 pm - Meet & Greet Social
8:15 pm - Warm-up Program: Program tbd.
8:30 pm - Main Program: tbd
9:45 pm - After Meeting Meeting Social at Alexander's restaurant (Cumberland Ave.) if you'd like.

April 29 - Youth Astronomy Club meeting - Regular meeting of the Youth Group. 7:30 - 9:00 p.m.at the University Observatory. Speaker tbd. Note this meeting is moved forward by one week to avoid Easter Mondy.

MAY

May 4 - Observer's Group Night at the Sleaford Observatory - Observing starts at dusk. Get there early and set up for a great night of observing! Members and their guests only.

May 13 - RASC General Meeting - Note early date to avoid Victoria Day holiday - Free admission. 8:00 - 9:30 pm. Room 175 Physics Building, U of S campus.

7:00 pm - RASC Executive Meeting. (Members may attend the Executive meeting as observers if they wish.)
8:00 pm - Meet & Greet Social
8:15 pm - Warm-up Program: Program tbd.
8:30 pm - Main Program: tbd
9:45 pm - After Meeting Meeting Social at Alexander's restaurant (Cumberland Ave.) if you'd like.

May 27 - Youth Astronomy Club meeting - Regular meeting of the Youth Group. 7:30 - 9:00 p.m.at the University Observatory. Speaker tbd.

JUNE

June 1 - Observer's Group Night at the Sleaford Observatory - Observing starts at dusk. Get there early and set up for a great night of observing! Members and their guests only.

June 17 - RASC General Meeting - Free admission. 8:00 - 9:30 pm. Room 175 Physics Building, U of S campus.

7:00 pm - RASC Executive Meeting. (Members may attend the Executive meeting as observers if they wish.)
8:00 pm - Meet & Greet Social
8:15 pm - Warm-up Program: AProgram tbd.
8:30 pm - Main Program: tbd
9:45 pm - After Meeting Meeting Social at Alexander's restaurant (Cumberland Ave.) if you'd like.

JULY

July 5 - 7 - Alberta Star-BQ - Calgary's annual barbecue and star party at Eccles Ranch, Alberta. (near Caroline.) Details will be announced at a later date.

July 27 - Observer's Group Night at the Sleaford Observatory - Observing starts at dusk. Get there early and set up for a great night of observing! Members and their guests only.

July 27 - August - Mount Kobau Star Party - This annual iconic star party is held near Osoyoos, BC. Details will be announced at a later date.

AUGUST

August 12 - Perseid Meteor Shower (007 PER) - The peak should occur at August 12, 8:00 pm CST (Aug. 13, 02h UT.) The first quarter moon on August 7 allow the observers to record the early night of the shower until about Aug. 5, but the peak occurs with a very bright moon in the sky. In spite of this, predictions indicate a possible short outburst of ZHR of about 110 as night falls on August 12. For more information, see https://www.imo.net/files/meteor-shower/cal2019.pdf

August 28 - Sept 2 - 22nd Annual Saskatchewan Summer Star Party at Cypress Hills - Details to be announced in March 2019. Register for this event. Open to anyone.

SEPTEMBER

September 16 - RASC General Meeting - Free admission. 8:00 - 9:30 pm. Room 175 Physics Building, U of S campus.

7:00 pm - RASC Executive Meeting. (Members may attend the Executive meeting as observers if they wish.)
8:00 pm - Meet & Greet Social
8:15 pm - Warm-up Program: Program tbd
8:30 pm - Main Program: tbd
9:45 pm - After Meeting Meeting Social at Alexander's restaurant (Cumberland Ave.) if you'd like.

September 24 - Possible Epsilon Geminid meteor outburst An outburst of dozens of meteors "poured" in the sky as seen from Western Europe on Sept. 25 at 04:55 UT (Sept. 25 10:55 pm CST.) Watch for this possible mini-storm on the NE horizon this year. The outburst time favours North America.

September 24 - 29 - Northern Prairie Star Party - Edmonton's annual star party at Black Nugget Lake, Alberta. Details will be announced at a later date.

September 27 - 29 - Alberta Star Party - Calgary's annual star party at Starland Recreational Area, Alberta. (North of Drumheller.) Details will be announced at a later date.

September tbd - Spruce Woods Star Party - Winnipeg's annual star party at Spruce Woods Provincial Park, Manitoba. Dates and details will be announced at a later date.

September 28 - Observer's Group Night at the Sleaford Observatory - Observing starts at dusk. Get there early and set up for a great night of observing! Members and their guests only.

OCTOBER

October 5 - Observer's Group Potluck the Sleaford Observatory - TENTATIVE - Observing starts 5:00 p.m. Get there early, eat and set up for the Annual Sleaford Open House, later tonite! Members and their guests only.

October 5 - Sleaford Observatory Annual Open House - TENTATIVE - Observing starts at 7:30 p.m. and goes to 11 p.m. or so. Open to the general public.

October 14 - RASC General Meeting - Free admission. 8:00 - 9:30 pm. Room 175 Physics Building, U of S campus.

7:00 pm - RASC Executive Meeting. (Members may attend the Executive meeting as observers if they wish.)
8:00 pm - Meet & Greet Social
8:15 pm - Warm-up Program: Annual Election of Offices of the RASC Centre - Please attend, volunteer, nominate and vote! All positions are open this year.
8:30 pm - Main Program: tbd
9:45 pm - After Meeting Meeting Social at Alexander's restaurant (Cumberland Ave.) if you'd like.

October 26 - Observer's Group Night at the Sleaford Observatory - Observing starts at dusk. Get there early and set up for a great night of observing! Members and their guests only.

NOVEMBER

November 11 - Transit of Mercury - Morning transit that will be in progress as the sun rises. Visible from Saskatchewan.

November 18 - RASC General Meeting - Free admission. 8:00 - 9:30 pm. Room 175 Physics Building, U of S campus.

7:00 pm - RASC Executive Meeting. (Members may attend the Executive meeting as observers if they wish.)
8:00 pm - Meet & Greet Social
8:15 pm - Warm-up Program: Program tbd.
8:30 pm - Main Program: tbd
9:45 pm - After Meeting Meeting Social at Alexander's restaurant (Cumberland Ave.) if you'd like.

November 21 - 22 - Observers are advised to monitor the alpha-Monocerotids (AMO) shower. The maximum occurs the late evening of Nov. 21 near midnight (November 22, 06h UT). All past outbursts were brief - just minutes to hours long. The expected ZHR is variable, usually around 5 per hour, but has produced an outburst up to about 400 per hour. In spite of this, predictions indicate a possible short outburst of ZHR of about 110 as night falls on August 12. For more information, see https://www.imo.net/files/meteor-shower/cal2019.pdf

November 23 - Observer's Group Night at the Sleaford Observatory - Observing starts at dusk. Get there early and set up for a great night of observing! Members and their guests only.

DECEMBER

December 16 - RASC General Meeting Christmas Social - TENTATIVE DATE - RASC Christmas Potluck supper. Brink your favourite dish and enjoy the evening with members of the Saskatoon RASC. Open to RASC members and their friends.6:30 - 9:00 pm. Room 175 Physics Building, U of S campus. (No RASC Executive meeting.)

December 22 - Ursids Meteor Shower (015 URS) - Usually with a ZHR of 10, predictions indicate an increase to ZHR = 30 on December 22 at 21:00 CST (Dec. 23, 03h UT.) This shower is associated with comet 8P/Tuttle. Meteors are detectable December 17 26. The waxing moon doesn't interfere with earlier observation of this shower. For more information, see https://www.imo.net/files/meteor-shower/cal2019.pdf

December 28 - Observer's Group Night at the Sleaford Observatory - Observing starts at dusk. Get there early and set up for a great night of observing! Members and their guests only.

2044

AUGUST

August 17 - 22 or August 22 - 28 - Saskatchewan Summer Star Party 2044 - 48th Annual SSSP at Cypress Hills Provincial Park. Program TBD. Stay tuned!

August 22 - Total Eclipse of the Sun - Visible from the Saskatchewan Summer Star Party. SSSP'44 is on the Centre Line.

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Sleaford Observatory

One of the benefits of membership with our Centre is access to our remote viewing site at Sleaford. The telephone number at the Sleaford site is 255-2045. For users of our site, here is some reading material (pdf format):


Light Pollution Abatement Committee

We are fighting light pollution! The Saskatchewan Light Pollution Abatement Committee is a collaboration between the Saskatoon and Regina RASC Centres and a number of other key people in the province. See: Light Pollution in Saskatchewan.


Observing Group

The RASC Saskatoon Centre has an active Observing Group. Contact the Observing Group Coordinator for details of the group's activities.

The Observing Group has an Observer's Yahoo Group for observing discussions, announcements and notices.

Observing Aids

  • Chatfield Binocular Challenge List
    You can earn you binocular certificate by observing 35 of the 40 objects on this list, created by Darrell Chatfield. Once you have started, register with the newsletter editor, Tenho Tuomi, to get your name added to the challenge list on page 10 of the Saskatoon Skies newsletter.

  • Messier Marathon List
    Don Machholz provides a great ordered listing for the Messier Marathon on his website.

National RASC Activities

The Royal Astronomical Society of Canada has many activities nationwide.


RASC Membership Activities

Here's a list of RASC member contributions to astronomy:
  1. SASKATCHEWAN AMATEUR ASTRONOMER DISCOVERS COMET! Comet Petriew! Congratulations to Regina astronomer Vance Petriew who discovered the comet at the 2001 Saskatchewan Summer Star Party! IAUC update number 2 on Comet Petriew has been released giving more post discovery information.

  2. CHANT MEDAL. In 2001, Rick Huziak received the prestigious Chant Medal. Congratulations Rick! We are very proud of your accomplishments in amateur astronomy and are very lucky to have you around. Rick is also the recipient of the AAVSO Director's Award, presented to him at the 92nd AAVSO Tuscon Conference.

  3. Saskatoon Centre RASC Astrophoto Page. Great astrophotos by our members.

  4. Rick Huziak's Great Canadian Observing Challenge.

  5. Rick Huziak's Geosynchronous Satellite Page

  6. Data from Tenho Tuomi's magnetometer at Lucky Lake, Saskatchewan.

  7. Video Videos of the January 5, 2008 fireball, from the camera "fireball2" and from the camera "fireball3".