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

OCTOBER

October 21 - Observer's Group Potluck the Sleaford Observatory - 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 21 - Sleaford Observatory Annual Open House - Observing starts at 7:30 p.m. and goes to 11 p.m. or so. Open to the general public. See the poster for details.

October 21 - Youth Astronomy Club meeting - The Youth Astronomy Club meeting will be held at the Sleaford Observatory Open House (see above. In case of inclement weather and cancellation of the Open House, the group will meet at their regular time. See below.

October 28 - Beaver Creek Conservation Area Public Star Night - The RASC Will provide the astronomy program & talk in this event - see the poste for details. Open to the general public. See the poster for details.

October 30 - Youth Astronomy Club meeting - THIS MEETING WILL TAKLE PLACE ONLY IF THE OPEN HOUSE (see above) IS CANCELLED. 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: 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.

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.

November 28 - Cafe Scientific Science Lecture Series - The Fight for Dark Skies in Saskatchewan - Rick Huziak will discuss current light pollution abatement efforts and discuss how a Saskatoon written Light Pollution Abatement Policy would improve the ambiance, safety and reduce trespass, grafitti and wasted energy. There is no cost; everyone is welcome. Basement, Winston's English Pub & Grill, 243 - 21st St. E. Saskatoon. 7:30 p.m.

DECEMBER

December 11 - RASC General Meeting Christmas Social - 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.)

2018 - The Saskatoon Centre's 50th Anniversary!

JANUARY

January tbd - Jane's Walk - Light Pollution in Saskatoon - Date is still tbd. Rick Huziak will lead a Jane's Walk along Broadway Avenue and the riverbank to demonstate issue with light pollution and to discuss how a Saskatoon written Light Pollution Abatement Policy would improve the ambiance, safety and reduce trespass and wasted energy. This event is part of Winteruption. There is no cost; everyone is welcome. Details will be announced at a later date.

January 13 - 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.

January 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.

FEBRUARY

February 10 - 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 12 - 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

March 10 - 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.

NMarch 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: 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

April 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.

April 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.

MAY

May 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.

May 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: 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

June 16 - 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 - 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 14 - 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 8 - 13 - Saskatchewan Summer Star Party at Cypress Hills - Details to be announced in March 2018. Register for this event. Open to anyone.

SEPTEMBER

September 8 - 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 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: 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

October 13 - 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 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: 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.

NOVEMBER

November 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.

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.)
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.

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 17 - RASC General Meeting Christmas Social - 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.)

2019

AUGUST

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

NOVEMBER

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

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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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".