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.

NOTE CHANGE IN RASC MEETING TIMES. GENERAL MEETING WILL NOW START AT 8:00 PM and end approximately at 9:30 pm. Executive (business) meetings will begin at 7:00 pm. Members are reminded that they may attend Executive meetings as observers if they wish.

2014

OCTOBER

October 18 - Sleaford Observatory Open House The public is invited to visit the Sleaford Observaroty, located 11 km north of Colonsay, Sask. Members of the RASC will have telescopes available to view the wonders of the skies. The evening will include a "constellation walk." In case of poor weather, Jim Goodridge will give a talk on Binary and Variable Stars. Open to the general public. Free admission. 7:30 - 11:00 pm. A car convoy will be lead out to the observatory leaving from the east side of the Saskatoon Field House at 7:00 pm. RASC members can participate in a potluck supper at the observatory prior to the public event - 4:00 pm.)

October 20 - RASC Webinar - Workshop of Teachers - Part 1 of 3 Is astronomy part of your school curriculum but you feel uncomfortable teaching it to your students? Would you like to feel more confident and better prepared to answer the many questions your students may have? Is so, then this workshop is for you! During those three weeks, we will explain many astronomical concepts, while giving you tips on how to teach them, activities to use in class and access to many resources. Details >>>http://www.discovertheuniverse.ca/fr/formations/workshop-for-teachers-2014-568.htm

October 20 - RASC General Meeting and Annual Elections. Programs: Edmonton's The Northern Prairie Star Party . Rick Huziak attended the NPSP at the end of September. He will give an overview of this star party and will give you lots of reasons to attend this event in the future.Open to the general public. Aperture Fever and Coma Correction . Jim Goodridge will talk about why bigger is better and what strategies you can use to get the most from the aperture you have. This will include information on coma correctors and the “most important accessory for amateur astronomy”. Open to the general public. Free admission. 8:00 - 9:30 pm. Room 175 Physics building, University of Saskatchewan. (RASC Executive meeting - 7:00 pm.)

October 27 - RASC Webinar - Workshop of Teachers - Part 2 of 3 Is astronomy part of your school curriculum but you feel uncomfortable teaching it to your students? Would you like to feel more confident and better prepared to answer the many questions your students may have? Is so, then this workshop is for you! During those three weeks, we will explain many astronomical concepts, while giving you tips on how to teach them, activities to use in class and access to many resources. Details >>>http://www.discovertheuniverse.ca/fr/formations/workshop-for-teachers-2014-568.htm

October 23 - Partial Eclipse of Sun - This is an afternoon eclipse with the entire eclipse visible from Saskatoon (and all of Saskatchewan.) From Saskatoon, the partial eclipse begins at 2:53 p.m. with the sun 21 degrees above the horizon. Maximum eclipse occurs at 4:13 p.m. with the sun 13 degrees above the horizon, and 72% of the sun covered by the moon. The eclipse ends at 5:26 p.m. with the sun 3.4 degrees above the horizon. Find a location with a good SW horizon. See Observer's Handbook 2014 pp.134 - 137. Note, however, that the data in the Handbook for this eclipse for Saskatoon and Regina are incorrect - see corrections here (and are corrected above.) RASC public event to be announced. Those who may want to try a challenging (and somewhat dangerous) observation might want to try to find Venus during the eclipse. It is -3.9 magnitude and located approx. 1 degree NNW of the sun. The disk is 9.7 arc-seconds in diameter and 99.98% illuminated (at superior conjunction.) This is for SKILLED near-sun observers only! An easier challenge may be to find daylight Mercury 13 degrees to the right of the sun. It is magnitude 1.3 and 8.8 arc-seconds in diameter with 17% of the disk illuminated.

October 25 - Observer's Night at the Sleaford Observatory Oberving starts at dusk. Get there early and set up for a great night of observing! Members and their guests only.

NOVEMBER

November 7 - RASC Webinar - Workshop of Teachers - Part 3 of 3 Is astronomy part of your school curriculum but you feel uncomfortable teaching it to your students? Would you like to feel more confident and better prepared to answer the many questions your students may have? Is so, then this workshop is for you! During those three weeks, we will explain many astronomical concepts, while giving you tips on how to teach them, activities to use in class and access to many resources. Details >>>http://www.discovertheuniverse.ca/fr/formations/workshop-for-teachers-2014-568.htm

November 15 - Observer's Night at the Sleaford Observatory Oberving starts at dusk. Get there early and set up for a great night of observing! Members and their guests only.

November 17 - RASC General Meeting - Program: The best astrophotographers of RASC Saskatoon. A look at their images and methodologies. Currently not finalized. Open to the general public. Free admission. 8:00 - 9:30 pm.Room 175 Physics building, University of Saskatchewan. (RASC Executive meeting - 7:00 pm.)

November 26 - RASC Webinar - The TMT and the Canadian Contribution The next generation of telescopes will have mirrors 30 or 40 metres across. Canada has been involved in the Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT) project for many years and construction is now beginning on the summit of Mauna Kea in Hawaii. For this webinar, our guest speaker will be Luc Simard, an astrophysicist involved with the TMT since the beginning. He will give us an overview of the project and the role Canadian astronomers are playing in this international endeavour. 1:00 pm (Central Standard Time) Details>>>http://www.discovertheuniverse.ca/fr/formations/webinar:-the-tmt-and-the-canadian-contribution-662.htm

DECEMBER

December 13 - Observer's Night / Geminid Meteor Shower at the Sleaford Observatory. Geminid Meteor Shower is predicted to peak early on the 14th so both Saturday(13th) and Sunday(14th) nights should have a good display. Oberving starts at dusk. Get there early and set up for a great night of observing! Members and their guests only.

December 15 - RASC Christmas Potluck Social - Room 175 Physics building, University of Saskatchewan - Bring a potluck dish & meet the club. Also: The RASC President's Award presentation. Date to be confirmed due to closeness of Christmas. Open to the general public. Free admission. 6:30 - 9:30 pm. (No Executive meeting.)

2015

2015 is the UNESCO International Year of Light The United Nations Educational and Scientic and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has declared 2015 as the International Year of Light. The purpose of the Year is to educate the public on the importance of light in the environment, culture and science. Light pollution will also be featured in the theme (see page 9 of brochure) since light pollution is light used unwisely with effects on the environment, nature and astronomical research. RASC activites for IYL 2015 will be announced at a later date.

JANUARY

January 17 - Observer's Night at the Sleaford Observatory Oberving starts at dusk. Get there early and set up for a great night of observing! Members and their guests only.

AUGUST

August 13 - 16 - 19th Annual Saskatchewan Summer Star Party 2015 (SSSP '15) - Cypress Hills Provincial Park DSP. Register for this event. Non-members can register if they please.

SEPTEMBER

September 11 - 13 - Alberta Star Party 2015 - Calgary Centre star party at Starland Recreational Area, north of Drumheller, Alberta. RASC members are welcome. Registration and camping fees apply. More information on the Alberta Starparty here.

September 8 - 15 - Northern Prairie Star Party 2015 - Edmonton Centre star party at Black Nugget Lake, near Tofield, Alberta. RASC members are welcome. Registration and camping fees apply. More information to follow.

NOVEMBER

November 21 - alpha Monocerotid Meteor Storm - This meteor shower storms every 10 years. Storms occurred in 1925, 1935, 1985 and 1995. The storm lasts less than one hour, and produces several hundred meteors! Details will be announced at a later date.

2016

AUGUST

August 4 - 7 - 20th Annual Saskatchewan Summer Star Party 2016 (SSSP '16) - Cypress Hills Provincial Park DSP. Register for this event. Non-members can register if they please.

SEPTEMBER

September 2 - 4 - Alberta Star Party 2016 - Calgary Centre star party at Starland Recreational Area, north of Drumheller, Alberta. RASC members are welcome. Registration and camping fees apply. More information on the Alberta Starparty here.

2017

AUGUST

August 21 - Total Eclipse of the Sun - Visible from the United States. Partial eclipse visible in Saskatchewan.

August 24 - 27 - 21st Annual Saskatchewan Summer Star Party 2017 (SSSP '17) - Dates are subject to confirmation. Cypress Hills Provincial Park DSP. The star party dates allow those travelling to the solar eclipse to return to Canada with time to travel here. Register for this event. Non-members can register if they please.

2018 - The Saskatoon Centre's 50th Anniversary!

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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):


SCN-TV Video

To learn more about the Saskatchewan Summer Star Party and the CHIPP Dark-Dky Preserve, see us online on SCN-TV 15-Minutes of Fame at: SCN-TV Choose: Season 1, Episode 14

This clip is 13-minutes long and was shot at the 2006 Sask Summer Star Party.


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 and Beginner's Groups

The RASC Saskatoon Centre has a very 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".