Northern Prairie Star Party 2017
September 19 to 24, 2017
Black Nugget Lake

The fourteenth annual Northern Prairie Star Party will be held at the Black Nugget Lake campground south east of Tofield from September 19 to 24, 2017. Most of our group activities will occur on Friday, September 22 and Saturday, September 23.

For more information, please review the schedule and rules & regulations (PDF) and the Northern Prairie Star Party main page.

Keynote at 3:45 PM on Saturday, September 23, 2017

Dr. Peter Brown
Professor, Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of Western Ontario and Canada Research Chair in Meteor Astronomy

Canadian meteorite falls over the last quarter century – How has detection been enhanced and what have we learned?

Having been involved in one aspect or another of almost all Canadian meteorite falls since 1994, Dr. Brown will give a general talk about these falls, the development of a 20-camera meteor network in the last decade and what researchers have learned.

About the Speaker
Dr. Peter Brown is a Professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Western Ontario in London, Ontario and Canada Research Chair in Meteor Astronomy. Born and raised in Fort McMurray, Alberta he got his undergraduate degree in physics from the University of Alberta and completed his MSc and PhD degrees at the University of Western Ontario. Dr. Brown studies small bodies of the solar system, with particular emphasis on the origin and evolution of meteors, meteorites, meteoroids and asteroids. His PhD thesis focused on the Evolution of Two periodic Meteoroid Streams: the Perseids and Leonids.

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Partial Solar Eclipse, Monday August 21, 2017

Free Activities at the RASC Observatory at TELUS World of Science

10:30 am – 1:00 pm – Watch the Partial Solar Eclipse! *

10:24 am – Partial Eclipse begins; Altitude 34 deg; ESE

11:35 am – Mid-eclipse; Altitude 42 deg; SE  (68% of solar disc obscured)

12:49 pm – Partial Eclipse ends; Altitude 47 deg; SSE

View the solar eclipse through safely filtered telescopes.

Photo by Jay Lavender

  • FREE eclipse glasses available on a first-come, first-served basis, one per family – courtesy RASC.
  • At no time during a partial eclipse is it safe to view the Sun without appropriate filters.
  • Come to the RASC Observatory for a safe and fun viewing experience!

Check @EdmontonRASC for updates on outdoor events.

*Assuming the sky is clear!

Canada 150 Star Party, Saturday July 29, 2017

Edmonton RASC presents the CANADA 150 Star Party

The CANADA 150 Star Party is an event taking place at locations across Canada!

Free Activities at the RASC Observatory at TELUS World of Science

 

9pm – 11pm: Observe the stars, Saturn, Jupiter, and the Moon*

9pm – 11pm: Telescope Clinic – Bring out your telescope and get help using it from the experts!

*Assuming the sky is clear!

Check @EdmontonRASC for updates on outdoor events

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

Educated Reel: Universe
Mar 2, 2017

The University of Alberta Alumni and Friends in collaboration with RASC Edmonton Centre present

Educated Reel: Universe

March 2, 2017 6:30 PM – 9:30 PM
Corbett Hall, Room 239
University of Alberta
https://goo.gl/maps/rZLYRMSDFBP2

View the cosmos from campus, then discover space as it was understood in 1960 through the beautifully animated documentary Universe (1960, 28 min 53 s). Most widely known for being among the sources used by Stanley Kubrick in his 2001: A Space Odyssey, Universe is an Oscar-nominated and BAFTA-winning short made by the National Film Board of Canada (NFB).

Cost
$10 (includes telescope viewing, popcorn, drink)
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International Observe the Moon Night
October 8, 2016

International Observe the Moon Night (InOMN) is an annual world-wide public engagement program that encourages observation, appreciation, and understanding of our Moon and its connection to NASA planetary science and exploration. Everyone on Earth is invited to join the celebration by hosting or attending an InOMN event.

The RASC Edmonton Centre will be hosting a FREE event at the RASC Observatory at TELUS World of Science.

Weather permitting, please drop by to participate in some lunar activities and observe the Moon through the observatory telescopes. Please dress appropriately for the weather.

Where: RASC Observatory at TELUS World of Science.
Time: 8:00 PM to 11:00 PM

Weather Permitting.
Update: This event was clouded out as Edmonton had it’s first major snowfall of the season.

For more information on InOMN, vist: http://observethemoonnight.org