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

AUGUST

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. More information on the Saskatchewan Summer Star Starparty here.

August 21 - Sky with Nothing to Get in the Way - Alan Dyer. The Under the Living Skies Lecture at the 18th Annual Saskatchewan Summer Star Party at Cypress Hills Provincial Park DSP. This is a free public lecture. Must pay park entry fees.

August 22 - Public Star Night - conducted by the Regina Centre of the RASC at the 18th Annual Saskatchewan Summer Star Party. Held at the Cypress Hills Obsevatory at Cypress Hills Provincial Park DSP. This is a free public event for all ages. Must pay park entry fees. 9:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m.

August 22 - Solar Observing - conducted by the Regina & Saskatoon Centre of the RASC at the 18th Annual Saskatchewan Summer Star Party, Held at Visitor's Centre at Cypress Hills Provincial Park DSP. This is a free public event for all ages. Must pay park entry fees. 11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

August 23 - Public Star Night - conducted by the Regina Centre of the RASC at the 18th Annual Saskatchewan Summer Star Party. Held at the Cypress Hills Obsevatory at Cypress Hills Provincial Park DSP. This is a free public event for all ages. Must pay park entry fees. 9:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m.

August 30 - Astronomy: Beyond the Big Dipper Star Night - Join the Regina Centre of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada and explore the Grasslands National Park Dark-sky Preserve. From the rings of Saturn to a glimpse of another galaxy - the sky has no limit. 8:00 p.m., Rock Creek Campground. Grasslands East Block . This is a free public event for all ages. More information on Grasslands activies is here. Campsites for tents and RV's are available for rent.

SEPTEMBER

September 15 - 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.)

September 19 - 21 - Alberta Star Party 2014 - 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 23 - 28 - Northern Prairie Star Party 2014 - Edmonton Centre star party at Black Nugget Lake, near Tofield, Alberta. RASC members are welcome. Registration and camping fees apply. More information to follow.

OCTOBER

October 8 - Total Eclipse of Moon - This is an early-morning eclipse, occurring well after midnight. Penumbral eclipse begins at 2:15 a.m. Partial eclipse begins at 3:15 a.m., Total eclipse begins at 4:25 a.m. Greatest eclipse at 4:55 a.m. See Observer's Handbook 2014 pp.132 - 133. RASC event to be announced.

October 20 - RASC General Meeting and Annual Elections. Program: William and Caroline Herschel - Darrell Chatfield. 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.)

October 23 - Partial Eclipse of Sun - This is an afternoon eclipse with the entire eclipse visible from Saskatoon (and all of Saskatchewan.) From Saskatoon, the partial eclipse begins at 2:53 p.m. with the sun 21 degrees above the horizon. Maximum eclipse occurs at 4:13 p.m. with the sun 13 degrees above the horizon, and 72% of the sun covered by the moon. The eclipse ends at 5:26 p.m. with the sun 3.4 degrees above the horizon. Find a location with a good SW horizon. See Observer's Handbook 2014 pp.134 - 137. Note, however, that the data in the Handbook for this eclipse for Saskatoon and Regina are incorrect - see corrections here (and are corrected above.) RASC public event to be announced. Those who may want to try a challenging (and somewhat dangerous) observation might want to try to find Venus during the eclipse. It is -3.9 magnitude and located approx. 1 degree NNW of the sun. The disk is 9.7 arc-seconds in diameter and 99.98% illuminated (at superior conjunction.) This is for SKILLED near-sun observers only! An easier challenge may be to find daylight Mercury 13 degrees to the right of the sun. It is magnitude 1.3 and 8.8 arc-seconds in diameter with 17% of the disk illuminated.

NOVEMBER

November 17 - RASC General Meeting - Program: The best astrophotographers of RASC Saskatoon. A look at their images and methodologies. Currently not finalized. 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.)

DECEMBER

December 15 - RASC Christmas Potluck Social - Room 175 Physics building, University of Saskatchewan - Bring a potluck dish & meet the club. Also: The RASC President's Award presentation. Date to be confirmed due to closeness of Christmas. Open to the general public. Free admission. 6:30 - 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.

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 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.

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!

>For More Information on Events & the RASC:

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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".