International SUNday – June 18, 2017

RASC Edmonton Centre
and
Charlie Bates Solar Astronomy Project

present

International SUNday

Come and experience the wonders of our closest star, the Sun! Edmonton RASC and the Charlie Bates Solar Astronomy Project invite you to share the opportunity to safely observe and appreciate our star through specialized telescopes and informative displays. Stop by to receive your own free pair of solar viewing glasses and witness the beauty of the Sun with your own eyes!

When: Sunday, June 18, 2017
10:00 AM – 5:00 PM *

Where: Government House Park
9938 Groat Road, Edmonton

FREE event!   * Weather Permitting

RASC Regular Meeting June 12, 2017 The IceCube Neutrino Observatory: Chasing Particles in Antarctica

RASC Regular Meeting
TELUS World of Science – Margaret Zeidler Star Theatre
FREE and open to the public.

7:00 PM Pre-meeting mix and mingle.
7:30 PM Guest Speaker

Dr. Claudio Kopper
The IceCube Neutrino Observatory: Chasing Particles in Antarctica

The IceCube Neutrino Observatory is a particle detector built into a cubic kilometre of natural Antarctic glacier, located deep beneath the South Pole. It searches for interactions of a nearly massless subatomic particle called the neutrino. The IceCube observatory has a vast scientific program including searching for neutrinos from the most violent astrophysical sources such as exploding stars, gamma-ray bursts, and neutron stars as well as looking for signals from possible dark matter sources like the galactic centre. It is also a powerful tool to study the neutrino itself.
I will introduce neutrinos, describe the IceCube detector and highlight some of the recent results obtained from the data taken by the detector. I will also explain how IceCube could help solve the 100-year old mystery of the origin of “Cosmic Rays” – a flux of immensely high-energy particles, mainly originating from somewhere outside the Solar System.

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RASC Regular Meeting May 8, 2017 Members’ Night

RASC Regular Meeting
TELUS World of Science – Margaret Zeidler Star Theatre
FREE and open to the public.

7:00 PM Pre-meeting mix and mingle.
7:30 PM Member Presentations

RASC Members share their interests, projects, skills, and passions.

 

Susan & Rick Bramm – Astrotourism Adventures in New Mexico and Arizona

Ian Doktor – Raspberry Pi and other Homemade DIY stuff

Tom Owen – A historic 4″ telescope

Warren Finlay – How to access the Barry Arnold Memorial Telescope

Alister Ling – Tripod photography to tracking for free
and other regular features

 

Astro Café
May 3, 2017
How to Use A Telescope

Do you need help using your telescope? It’s a common complaint among first-time telescope owners: “I’ve got this new telescope and I can’t see a thing through it”. The aim of this Astro Café is to help you get the most out of your new telescope.

Bring your telescope to this Astro Café and experts from the RASC will help you learn how to use it. Let us show you how to make the most out of your telescope. Discover how to properly set up your telescope, how to find objects in the sky, what accessories would be useful to you and how to take care of your telescope.

This Astro Café starts later in the evening, so that if skies are clear, we can head outside and we will have the Moon and Jupiter as bright targets to view through your telescope.

Astro Café – How to Use a Telescope

Wednesday, May 3, 2017
8:00 PM to 10:00 PM

Windsor Park Community League Hall*
11840 87 Ave

Members only event.

* Note: Outside shoes are not permitted inside the hall.

Astronomy Day, Saturday April 29, 2017

Edmonton RASC presents International Astronomy Day

*Outside events are weather permitting

Check @EdmontonRASC for updates on outdoor events

Free Activities at the RASC Observatory at TELUS World of Science

1pm – 4pm: Observe the Sun*

1pm – 4pm: Gazebo next to the Observatory Telescope clinic: Bring your telescope and get helpful advice from our expert members.

7pm – 11pm: Observe the stars, planets, and the Moon*

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Astro Café
April 19, 2017
Astrophotography Basics: Deep Sky and Solar System Edition

Milky Way by Murray Paulson

Astrophotography Basics
Deep Sky and Solar System Edition

Wednesday, April 19, 2017
7:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Jupiter by Tom Owen

Windsor Park Community League Hall
11840 87 Ave

FREE Members only event.

Presented by RASC members Murray Paulson and Tom Owen.

This Astro Café features accomplished astroimagers Murray Paulson and Tom Owen, who will give an overview of two types of astrophotography: deep sky and solar system.

Members only event.

RASC Regular Meeting Apr 10, 2017 Scanning the Milky Way: Identifying High Energy Sources in our Galaxy

RASC Regular Meeting
TELUS World of Science – Margaret Zeidler Star Theatre
FREE and open to the public.

7:00 PM Pre-meeting mix and mingle.
7:30 PM Guest Speaker

Reuben Gazer

Scanning the Milky Way: Identifying High Energy Sources in our Galaxy

NGC 6388 – X-ray and Visible Composite Image. X-ray: NASA/CXC/IASF Palermo/M.Del Santo et al; Optical: NASA/STScI

How different are the stars we see in the night sky? How do we know their size, temperature, distance, and whether these are just ‘normal’ stars or more exotic light emitters? In this talk, I will be discussing parts of my research dedicated to identifying the most interesting stellar objects in our galaxy. First, we will overview the types of stars we expect to see in the galaxy and how we identify aspects like their temperature, distance and size as astronomers. Then we will introduce how binary star systems greatly alter the ‘expected’ behaviour of stellar properties and end with the role of these system’s in uncovering the Milky Way’s past.

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Astro Café
March 15 , 2017
Astrophotography with BackyardEOS and AstroTortilla

Astrophotography with
BackyardEOS
and AstroTortilla

Presented by RASC members Kent Martens and Ken Gehring.

Wednesday, March 15, 2017
7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Windsor Park Community League Hall
11840 87 Ave

FREE Members only event.

Get the Most out of BackyardEOS

Kent Martens will present BackyardEOS, an image capture program for use on your laptop. It started out purely for Canon DSLRs but has now expanded to include Nikon. Connect your camera, define your target, establish time and ISO, figure out how many frames to capture, do Live View to frame and focus.  Do you want to know the temp of the sensor chip in your camera, do you want to record outside temp, humidity and dew point?  Would you like to do a drift alignment before you start shooting?  Do you want to record video, even from a camera that doesn’t do live view? All for $50 USD, BackyardEOS and BackyardNikon, from O’Telescope Corporation, based in Ottawa (the developer is Guylain Rochon).

Getting Things Lined Up With AstroTortilla

Ken Gehring will present AstroTortilla, a helper application that brings plate solving to your astrophotography workflow. With plate solving, AstroTortilla can on its own figure out where your telescope is pointed. This enables you to automatically and quickly do things like calibrate your GoTo tracking mount, GoTo any target with arcsecond accuracy and measure your polar alignment error. Ken will present how to use AstroTortilla with BackyardEOS: What you need before you start, Plate solving, Configuring the libraries, Getting the image to solve, Talking to your mount.

Members only event.