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.

2014

NOVEMBER

November 15 - Observer's Night at the Sleaford Observatory Oberving starts at dusk. Get there early and set up for a great night of observing! Members and their guests only.

November 17 - RASC General Meeting - Program: Variable Stars: Stepping Stones to Understanding the Universe - Albert Holm (via webex), see his biography here. Albert will let us know that today, we know that nearly all stars are variable to some degree, yet they still elicit wonder in us. Some types of variable stars allow us to determine the size of our Galaxy and/or the age of the universe. Others are the sources of essential components for the making of our planet. They can even touch our lives - the study of variable stars allows ordinary citizens to enjoy the challenge and excitement of making significant contributions to science. This presentation introduces some of the people who have discovered and studied variable stars, explains what makes some stars vary, and shows how the study of variable stars has changed our concept of the universe. More about this talk is here. Open to the general public. Free admission. 8:00 - 9:30 pm. Room 175 Physics building, University of Saskatchewan. (RASC Executive meeting - 7:00 pm.)

November 26 - RASC Webinar - The TMT and the Canadian Contribution The next generation of telescopes will have mirrors 30 or 40 metres across. Canada has been involved in the Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT) project for many years and construction is now beginning on the summit of Mauna Kea in Hawaii. For this webinar, our guest speaker will be Luc Simard, an astrophysicist involved with the TMT since the beginning. He will give us an overview of the project and the role Canadian astronomers are playing in this international endeavour. 1:00 pm (Central Standard Time) Details>>>http://www.discovertheuniverse.ca/fr/formations/webinar:-the-tmt-and-the-canadian-contribution-662.htm

DECEMBER

December 13 - Observer's Night / Geminid Meteor Shower at the Sleaford Observatory. Geminid Meteor Shower is predicted to peak early on the 14th so both Saturday(13th) and Sunday(14th) nights should have a good display. Oberving starts at dusk. Get there early and set up for a great night of observing! Members and their guests only.

December 15 - RASC Christmas Potluck Social - Room 175 Physics building, University of Saskatchewan - Bring a potluck dish & meet the rest of the club. Members and their friends. 6:00 - 9:30 pm. (No Executive meeting.)

2015

2015 is the UNESCO International Year of Light The United Nations Educational and Scientic and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has declared 2015 as the International Year of Light. The purpose of the Year is to educate the public on the importance of light in the environment, culture and science. Light pollution will also be featured in the theme (see page 9 of brochure) since light pollution is light used unwisely with effects on the environment, nature and astronomical research. RASC activites for IYL 2015 will be announced at a later date.

JANUARY

January 17 - Observer's Night at the Sleaford Observatory Oberving starts at dusk. Get there early and set up for a great night of observing! Members and their guests only.

January 19 - RASC General Meeting - Program: Meeting will be at a new place and time to be determined. Ron Waldron will be showing us the new portable planetarium he has been working with. He describes it as “Starlab on Steroids” The new unit is owned by FSIN. Ron says, "If you want to see the magic of the Digital Planetarium and sense how much better it is than the traditional “analog” STARLAB, visit this youtube_link. Open to the general public. Free admission. 8:00 - 9:30 pm. Meeting location tbd. (RASC Executive meeting - 7:00 pm.)

AUGUST

August 13 - 16 - 19th Annual Saskatchewan Summer Star Party 2015 (SSSP '15) - Cypress Hills Provincial Park DSP. Register for this event. Non-members can register if they please.

SEPTEMBER

September 11 - 13 - Alberta Star Party 2015 - 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 8 - 15 - Northern Prairie Star Party 2015 - Edmonton Centre star party at Black Nugget Lake, near Tofield, Alberta. RASC members are welcome. Registration and camping fees apply. More information to follow.

NOVEMBER

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.

2016

AUGUST

August 4 - 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.

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.

2017

AUGUST

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.

2018 - The Saskatoon Centre's 50th Anniversary!

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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".