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.
September 28 - Observer's Group Meeting at Sleaford Observatory - Begins at dusk. Join other members and observer the sky. Members and guests only.
October 5 - Sleaford Observatory Open House - Sleaford Observatory tour and night under the stars, weather pending. Open to
the general public. You can meet at the east parking lot of the Saskatoon Field House at 7:00 pm and be escorted out to the observatory by a lead driver. Free admission. 7:30 pm - 10:30 pm. (Members' & volunteers' BBQ at 4:00 p.m.)
October 7 & 8 - Draconid (Giacobinid) Meteor Shower - This is an OUTBURST shower that had great shows in 1933, 1946 & 2011, when 600 meteors were counted over Europe despite a bright moon.
Peak is uncertain, but may occur during early evening of Oct. 7, but all night of the 7th and 8th should be monitored. ZHR = ??. No club event scheduled.
October 21 - RASC General Meeting - Room 175 Physics building, University of Saskatchewan. Program "The City Dark." This is a documentary video fasting the disappearing
skies of New York City as seen through the eyes of the amateur astronomer filmmaker. He illustrates what the world is losing because we are not protecting
the night sky from stray lights. This film was featured at the 2013 Saskatchewan Enviromental Film Festival. Open to the general public.
Free admission. 8:30 - 9:30 pm. (RASC Executive meeting - 7:00 pm.)
October 26 - Observer's Group Meeting at Sleaford Observatory - Begins at dusk. Join other members and observer the sky. Members and guests only.
November - Comet C/2012 S1 (ISON) should reach naked eye brightness in early November, rounds the sun and may become as bright as -9th magnitude by the end of November.
This is 100 times brigher than Venus! The comet reaches perihelion on November 29. Brightness predictions for comets remain extremely uncertain.
Should the comet perform as speculated, the comet will rival Comet Hale-Bopp (1997) and Comet West (1976).
See the ephemeris
here. Public events around this comet will be announced at a later date.
November 2 - Observer's Group Meeting at Sleaford Observatory - Begins at dusk. Join other members and observer the sky. Members and guests only.
November 18 - RASC General Meeting - Room 175 Physics building, University of Saskatchewan. Program tbd. Open to the general public.
Free admission. 8:00 - 9:30 pm. (RASC Executive meeting - 7:00 pm.)
December 16 - RASC Christmas Potluck Social - Room 175 Physics building, University of Saskatchewan - Bring a potluck dish & meet
the club. Date to be confirmed due to closeness of Christmas. Open to the general public. Free admission. 6:30 - 9:30 pm. (No Executive meeting.)
August 21 - 24 - 18th Annual Saskatchewan Summer Star Party 2014 (SSSP '14) - Cypress Hills Provincial Park DSP. Register for this event. Non-members
can register if they please.
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.
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.
>For More Information on Events & the RASC:
See our Newsletter on our webpage.
Or email us
For information specifically on Saskatchewan Summer Star Party (SSSP), email us
Or see Starparty homepage.
Click here to join the Saskatoon Centre.
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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):
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:
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
for details of the group's activities.
The Observing Group has an Observer's Yahoo Group for observing discussions, announcements and notices.
- 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
- 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:
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
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
Director's Award, presented to him at the 92nd AAVSO Tuscon Conference.
Saskatoon Centre RASC Astrophoto Page. Great astrophotos by our members.
Rick Huziak's Great
Canadian Observing Challenge.
Rick Huziak's Geosynchronous Satellite Page
- Data from Tenho Tuomi's magnetometer
at Lucky Lake, Saskatchewan.
- Video Videos of the January 5, 2008 fireball, from the
camera "fireball2" and from the camera