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.

2016

APRIL

April 16 - Beaver Creek Conservation Area Public Star Night - Public star night (rescheduled from Apr. 9) Free admission. 7:00 - 11:00 pm.

6:30 pm - Gates open to the site, visitors can check out the Interpretive Centre
7:00 pm - Kenton Lysak (BCCA) - Learn about nocturnal wildlife program and build bat boxes.
8:00 pm - Ron Waldron (RASC) - What Can You See in the Sky?.
9:00 - 11:00 pm - Public Star Night - Come observe the stars! The RASC will have telescopes available for viewing the moon, Jupiter and other wonders of the sky!
12:00 pm - Gates close.

April 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: The Pocket Star Atlas Jumbo Edition - a book report by Rick Huziak
8:30 pm - Main Program: Study of Stars around a Possible Black Hole in the Large Megallanic Cloud- Hope Boyce
9:45 pm - After Meeting Meeting Social at Alexander's restaurant (Cumberland Ave.) if you'd like.

MAY

May 7 - 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 9 - Transit of Mercury - Morning transit of Mercury over the Sun. The transits starts a few minutes before sunrise. Mercury will already be on the sun's disk as the sun rises at 5:20 a.m. The 12" disk of Mercury will be a tiny black spot. By 8:58 a.m. Mercury is at the midway point across the sun. Mercury leaves the sun at 12:42 a.m. This is a great opportunity to do public edcation at your workplace. See the April issue of Saskatoon Skies, SkyNews (May/June 2016) or Observer’s Handbook 2016 (pp. 142 – 147) for more details. Observe the sun only with SAFE filters.

May 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.

May 22 - Noctilucent Cloud observation season begins - Noctilucent, or "night-shining" clouds appear low in the north sky as the set sun illuminates ice-covered iron particles approximately 70km up in the atmosphere. The appearance of these clouds cannot be predicted, but are observed occasionally until the observing window closes August 12.

May 24 - Nature City Festival Solar Observing - Observing the sun safely - members will have solar telescopes for public viewing. Free admission. Times tbd.

May 27 - Grasslands East Block pre-starnight observing - Members of the Regina and Saskatoon Centres of the RASC spend a night observing prior to tomorrow's public event. Admission is free. Camping is extra.

May 28 - Grasslands East Block Starnight. Astronomy: Beyond the Big Dipper - Members of the Regina and Saskatoon Centres of the RASC will have telescopes available for public observing at the McGowan Visitor Centre Admission is free. Camping is extra.

JUNE

June 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.

June 18 - Old Man on His Back Nocturnal Preserve Designation Ceremony - OMB will have a public ceremony to formally announce their Nocturnal Preserve designation created in partnership with the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada. Members of the Regina and Saskatoon RASC will be on had to participate. There wil also be telescopes on had for public viewing. Observing starts at dusk, which, of course, is much later on due to the proximity of the Summer Solstice. Details of the ceremony to be announced.

June 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.

JULY

July 22 - 24 - Grasslands West Block Star Night - This is a major National Parks event that will include kids' programming, guided interpretive tours, fireside chats & stories, kayaking and an outdoor concert by Aaron Lines and an opening by Navajo. Chris Beckett (Regina Centre) & Rick Huziak (Saskatoon Centre) will lead public starnights on July 22 & 23. . Full participation costs at $51.40 for all access, including the concert ($10.80 youth). (It is currently a little unclear how visiting astronomers will be accommodated costwise - these details to be formalized later.) The event is held in Frenchman Valley campground, near Val Marie, SK. See www.visitcypresshills.ca for more details.

July 30 - 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 3 - 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.

August 4 - Living Skies Public Lecture - Program: Candice Savage. 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 5 - 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 5 - 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 6 - 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.

August 11 - 13 - Perseid Meteor Shower - This shower comes from a point off of the top left of Perseus's head so the radiant is always above the Saskatoon horizon. The best chance of meteors is the evening of August 11/12 when we might hit a thicker part of the stream with a Zenith Hourly rate of 150 - 160. But early observing will be affected by the first quarter moon. The next night, with a slightly brighter moon, may produce numbers slightly less. For more information, see For more information, see the IMO 2016 calendar

- Observing starts at dusk. Get there early and set up for a great night of observing! Members and their guests only.

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.

September 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.

September 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.

OCTOBER

October 1 (tentative) - Sleaford Observatory Annual Open House - Observing 7:30 - 11:00 pm. Get there early and set up for a great night of observing! Guests are welcome. Details will be posted at a later date.

October 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.

October 29 - 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 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: 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 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.

DECEMBER

December 3 - 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 TBD - 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.)

2017

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.

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:

See our Newsletter or email us.

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

Or see Starparty homepage.

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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".