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.

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.

MAY

May 1 (Friday) - Astronomy Day Starnight at the Beaver Creek Concervation Area. THIS IS A RESCHEDULED EVENT due to last week's snow storm. - BCCA is located 15 km S of Saskatoon on Lorne Avenue. Join us to celebrate International Astronomy Day! The RASC will provide telescopes to view Venus, Jupiter and the stars. An indoor introductory talk by Ron Waldron will begin at 8:00 pm. Free admission. dusk - 11:00 pm.

May 9 - Observer's 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 11 - RASC General Meeting - NOTE EARLY DATE DUE TO VICTORIA DAY LONG WEEKEND - 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: Introduction to Modern Star Atlases - Jim Goodridge (Saskatoon Centre)
8:30 pm - Main Program: How to Make Astro-movies using a Digital Camera - Dale Boan (Saskatoon Centre).
9:45 pm - After Meeting Meeting Social at Alexander's restaurant (Cumberland Ave.) if you'd like.

May 15 - 18 - Grasslands National Park DSP Star Party Located at Grasslands East Block (southwest of Assiniboia) Rock Creek Campground. A public star night will occur on May 16 at dusk. This is a joint event sponsored by the RASC Regina and RASC Saskatoon Centres. Observing starts at dusk each night. More information on the Park's Activies here. Open to the general public. Camping spaces are available for trailers and tents for regular National Park camping fees.

JUNE

June 13 - Observer's 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 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: 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 1 - 5 - RASC General Assembly 2015 Located at St. Mary's University, Halifax, Nova Scotia. This event is sponsored by the RASC Halifax. Open to all RASC members in good standing. Registation information will be posted soon.

July 18 - Observer's 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.

July 25 - Grasslands National ParkDSP Star Party Located at Grasslands West Block (east of Val Marie) Frenchman Valley Campground. A public star night will occur on July 25 at dusk. This is a joint event sponsored by the RASC Regina and RASC Saskatoon Centres. Observing starts at dusk each night. More information on the Park's Activies here. Open to the general public. Camping spaces are available for trailers and tents for regular National Park camping fees.

AUGUST

August 8 - Observer's 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 12 - 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. Camping opened March 7. Registration opens mid-April.

August 13 - 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 14 - 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 14 - 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 15 - 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.

SEPTEMBER

September tbd - Observer's 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 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.

September 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.

OCTOBER

October tbd - Observer's 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 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: Tentative: Randy Atwood, RASC Executvie Director will visit the Saskatoon Centre.
9:45 pm - After Meeting Meeting Social at Alexander's restaurant (Cumberland Ave.) if you'd like.

NOVEMBER

November tbd - Observer's 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 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.

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.

DECEMBER

December tbd - Observer's 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 14 - RASC General Meeting Christmas Social - NOTE EARLY DATE - RASC Chrismas Potluck supper. Brink your favourite dish and enjoy the evening with members of the Saskatoon RASC. Open to RASC members and their frieds.6:00 - 8:30 pm. Room 175 Physics Building, U of S campus. (No RASC Executive meeting.)

2016

JANUARY

January 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: tbd
8:30 pm - Main Program: tbd
9:45 pm - After Meeting Meeting Social at Alexander's restaurant (Cumberland Ave.) if you'd like.

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: 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 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.

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 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!

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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.

Click here to join the Saskatoon Centre.

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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".