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.

INSTRUCTIONS FOR JOINING ZOOM EXECUTIVE or GENERAL MEETINGS DURING COVID-19

Download the ZOOM app onto your computer or device (if you haven't already.) Register for the Executive or General meeting following link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83454419510

An email will be sent to you with the meeting link information for your computer or phone. check the newsletter monthy for last minute changes in the link or event scheduling.

2021

FEBRUARY

February 6 - 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 22 - RASC General Meeting - Zoom link will be sent to members for a virtual meeting because of COViD-19. Unfortunately bandwidth limitations prevent us from opening the virtual meeting to the general public.

7:00 pm - RASC Executive Meeting. Jim Gorkoff will discuss the Centre Bylaws - (Members may attend the Executive meeting as observers if they wish.)
8:00 pm - Warm-up Program: The RASC's 2021 Night Sky Almanac - A Book Report - Rick Huziak. Rick will talk about this new publication - should you buy it?. We can discuss.
8:30 pm - Main Program: The National Astrophotography Certificate Program - Tim Yaworski. Tim will give a short presentation on the requirements for this certificate.

MARCH

March 6 - 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 13 - Messier Marathon Night at the Sleaford Observatory - Here is your chance to observer 109 of the 110 Messier objects over once grueling night, dusk to dawn. Observing starts at dusk, but show up early as your first objects need to be observed in bright evening twighlight. Get there early and set up for a great night of observing! Members and their guests only.

March 15 - RASC General Meeting - Zoom link will be sent to members for a virtual meeting because of COViD-19. Unfortunately bandwidth limitations prevent us from opening the virtual meeting to the general public.

7:00 pm - RASC Executive Meeting. (Members may attend the Executive meeting as observers if they wish.)
8:00 pm - Main Program: Astronomical Jeopardy: a Game for Astronomers Ron Waldron will moderated this fun and informative game.

APRIL

April 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! This is also the last-chance Messier Marathon Back-up Night. Members and their guests only.

April 19 - RASC General Meeting - Zoom link will be sent to members for a virtual meeting because of COViD-19. Unfortunately bandwidth limitations prevent us from opening the virtual meeting to the general public.

7:00 pm - RASC Executive Meeting. (Members may attend the Executive meeting as observers if they wish.)
8:00 pm - Main Program: TBD: Details to be announced.

MAY

May 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.

May 17 - RASC General Meeting - Zoom link will be sent to members for a virtual meeting because of COViD-19. Unfortunately bandwidth limitations prevent us from opening the virtual meeting to the general public.

7:00 pm - RASC Executive Meeting. (Members may attend the Executive meeting as observers if they wish.)
8:00 pm - Main Program:TBD: Details to be announced.

JUNE

June 12 - 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 21 - RASC General Meeting - Zoom link will be sent to members for a virtual meeting because of COViD-19. Unfortunately bandwidth limitations prevent us from opening the virtual meeting to the general public.

7:00 pm - RASC Executive Meeting. (Members may attend the Executive meeting as observers if they wish.)
8:00 pm - Main Program: TBD: Details to be announced.

JULY

July 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.

AUGUST

August 4 - August 9 - 24nd Annual Saskatchewan Summer Star Party at Cypress Hills - See Star Party Pages - sidebar. Open to anyone. Current plans (as of December 2020) are for a social-distanced star party, possibly with virtual speakers, but no indoor activities due to Covid-19.

August 12 - Perseid Meteor Shower (007 PER) - Usually with a ZHR of 110, but rates can be variable. Meteors are detectable July 17 August 24. The new moon is on the 8th, so dark skies make for a good show, though any enhanced rates are not anticipated. For more information, see https://www.imo.net/files/meteor-shower/cal2021.pdf

SEPTEMBER

September 11 - 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 20 - RASC General Meeting - Zoom link will be sent to members for a virtual meeting because of COViD-19. Unfortunately bandwidth limitations prevent us from opening the virtual meeting to the general public.

7:00 pm - RASC Executive Meeting. (Members may attend the Executive meeting as observers if they wish.)
8:00 pm - Main Program: TBD: Details to be announced.

OCTOBER

October 2 - Public Open House at the Sleaford Observatory - Assuming this will not be affected by Covid-19, this event replaces the regular Observer's Group night. Observing starts at 7:30 pm. Get there early and set up for a great night of public observing! This event is open to the general public. Detail will be presented a fw months before the event.

October 18 - RASC Annual General Meeting and Election of Officers - Zoom link will be sent to members for a virtual meeting because of COViD-19. Unfortunately bandwidth limitations prevent us from opening the virtual meeting to the general public.

7:00 pm - RASC Executive Meeting. (Members may attend the Executive meeting as observers if they wish.)
8:00 pm - Main Program:TBD: Details to be announced.

NOVEMBER

November 6 - 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 15 - RASC General Meeting - Zoom link will be sent to members for a virtual meeting because of COViD-19. Unfortunately bandwidth limitations prevent us from opening the virtual meeting to the general public.

7:00 pm - RASC Executive Meeting. (Members may attend the Executive meeting as observers if they wish.)
8:00 pm - Main Program: TBD: Details to be announced.

DECEMBER

December 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.

December 13 - RASC Christmass General Meeting - Zoom link will be sent to members for a virtual meeting because of COViD-19. Unfortunately bandwidth limitations prevent us from opening the virtual meeting to the general public.

7:00 pm - RASC Executive Meeting. (Members may attend the Executive meeting as observers if they wish.)
8:00 pm - Main Program: TBD: Details to be announced.

2022

AUGUST

August 24 - 29 - 25th Annual Saskatchewan Summer Star Party at Cypress Hills - See Star Party Pages - sidebar. Open to anyone.

2023

AUGUST

August 16 - 21 - 26th Annual Saskatchewan Summer Star Party at Cypress Hills - See Star Party Pages - sidebar. Open to anyone.

2044

AUGUST

August 17 - 22 or August 22 - 28 - Saskatchewan Summer Star Party 2044 - 47th 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:

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):


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.

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".