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.

2017

FEBRUARY

February 25 - 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 27 - Youth Astronomy Club meeting - Regular meeting of the Youth Group. 7:30 - 9:00 p.m.at the University Observatory. The purpose of the group is to introduce young people in grades 7, 8 and 9 to the science of astronomy and the wonders of the night sky. You must be registered to attend, so if you are an interested youth, contact the Saskatoon Centre.

February 27 - RASC General Meeting - Free admission. 8:00 - 9:30 pm. Room 175 Physics Building, U of S campus. Note later date to avoid Family Day holiday.

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: Subaru & Dark Skies. Richard Huziak will discuss Subaru Canada's partnership with the RASC, and will suggest how the RASC and Subaru can work together to raise public awareness of the need for dark skies.
8:30 pm - Main Program: Radio Astronomy, Part 2. Using SDR# and Radio Sky Spectrograph for Radio Astronomy Alan Duffy gives a tutorial and demonstration of ‘Data’SDR# that allows data collected by SDR# to be used to record many hours of spectrograph data. Radio-Sky Spectrograph was developed for observing Jupiter decametric radio emissions, but may also be used for solar and other observations (such as meteor scatter and also auroral scatter). The demonstration will show how to setup SDR# and the plugin to pipe data to Radio-Sky Spectrograph, along with some cool examples of spectrographs.
9:45 pm - After Meeting Meeting Social at Alexander's restaurant (Cumberland Ave.) if you'd like.

MARCH

March 20 - 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: 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 - 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 27 - Youth Astronomy Club meeting - Regular meeting of the Youth Group. 7:30 - 9:00 p.m.at the University Observatory. The purpose of the group is to introduce young people in grades 7, 8 and 9 to the science of astronomy and the wonders of the night sky. You must be registered to attend, so if you are an interested youth, contact the Saskatoon Centre.

APRIL

April 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: 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 22 - 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 24 - Youth Astronomy Club meeting - Regular meeting of the Youth Group. 7:30 - 9:00 p.m.at the University Observatory. The purpose of the group is to introduce young people in grades 7, 8 and 9 to the science of astronomy and the wonders of the night sky. You must be registered to attend, so if you are an interested youth, contact the Saskatoon Centre.

MAY

May 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: 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 - 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 29 - Youth Astronomy Club meeting - Regular meeting of the Youth Group. 7:30 - 9:00 p.m.at the University Observatory. The purpose of the group is to introduce young people in grades 7, 8 and 9 to the science of astronomy and the wonders of the night sky. You must be registered to attend, so if you are an interested youth, contact the Saskatoon Centre.

JUNE

June 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.)
8:00 pm - Meet & Greet Social
8:15 pm - Warm-up 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.

June 24 - 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

July 22 - 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.

AUGUST

August 21 - Total Eclipse of the Sun - Visible from the United States. The Sun's eastern limb will lie just 62 arc minutes away from 1.4-magnitude Regulus. Mars (mag. 1.8) will be 8 degrees west of the Sun, and Venus (mag. -3.9) will be 34 degrees to the west, about 58 degrees high in the sky and just seven degrees south of Pollux. Partial eclipse visible in Saskatchewan.

August 23 - 27 - 21st Annual Saskatchewan Summer Star Party 2017 (SSSP '17) - 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.

August 24 - Living Skies Public Lecture - Program: tbd. 7:00 pm. Cypress Hills Provincial Park amphitheatre. Presented by the Saskatchewan Summer Star Party and the Cypress Hills Inter-provincial Park. Open to the general public. Free admission, but must pay park entrance fee.

August 25 - Solar Observing - Cypress Hills Provincial Park Visitor's Centre. Presented by the Saskatchewan Summer Star Party. Open to the general public. 11:00 am - 12:30 pm. Free admission, but must pay park entrance fee.

August 25 - Public Star Night . - Cypress Hills Provincial Park Cypress Observatory (Dark-sky campground.) Presented by the Saskatchewan Summer Star PartyOpen to the general public. 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm. Free admission, but must pay park entrance fee.

August 26 - Public Star Night - Cypress Hills Provincial Park Cypress Observatory (Dark-sky campground.). Presented by the Saskatchewan Summer Star Party. Open to the general public. 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm. Free admission, but must pay park entrance fee.

SEPTEMBER

September 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: 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 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.

September 25 - Youth Astronomy Club meeting - Regular meeting of the Youth Group. 7:30 - 9:00 p.m.at the University Observatory. The purpose of the group is to introduce young people in grades 7, 8 and 9 to the science of astronomy and the wonders of the night sky. You must be registered to attend, so if you are an interested youth, contact the Saskatoon Centre.

OCTOBER

October 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: tbd
8:30 pm - Main Program: tbd
9:45 pm - After Meeting Meeting Social at Alexander's restaurant (Cumberland Ave.) if you'd like.

October 21 - 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 30 - Youth Astronomy Club meeting - Regular meeting of the Youth Group. 7:30 - 9:00 p.m.at the University Observatory. The purpose of the group is to introduce young people in grades 7, 8 and 9 to the science of astronomy and the wonders of the night sky. You must be registered to attend, so if you are an interested youth, contact the Saskatoon Centre.

NOVEMBER

November 18 - 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 20 - 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: 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 27 - Youth Astronomy Club meeting - Regular meeting of the Youth Group. 7:30 - 9:00 p.m.at the University Observatory. The purpose of the group is to introduce young people in grades 7, 8 and 9 to the science of astronomy and the wonders of the night sky. You must be registered to attend, so if you are an interested youth, contact the Saskatoon Centre.

DECEMBER

December 11 - RASC General Meeting Christmas Social - RASC Chrismas 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.)

2018 - The Saskatoon Centre's 50th Anniversary!

2019

NOVEMBER

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

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For More Information on Events & the RASC:

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For information specifically on Saskatchewan Summer Star Party (SSSP), email us.

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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".