Astronomy Day – May 14, 2016

The RASC Observatory and the TELUS World of Science present International Astronomy Day.

All events are FREE!

* Outside Events Are Weather Permitting
Check @edmontonrasc on Twitter for updates on outside events.

Activities at RASC Observatory and the TELUS World of Science

11:30 AM to 4:30 PM Observatory  Solar viewing. *
TWOSE Lobby  Information Booth Displays and Q&A with our members.
1:00 PM to 4:00 PM Gazebo beside Observatory  Telescope Clinic: Bring your telescope and get helpful advice from our expert members.
8:30 PM – 11:00 PM Observatory  Nighttime viewing. *

Sidewalk Astronomy *
8:30 PM – 11:00 PM

Join our volunteers for Sidewalk Astronomy and enjoy the springtime night sky at the following locations:

  • Gazebo Park in Old Strathcona, on 83 Avenue between 103 and 104 Streets
  • The Promenade overlooking Victoria Park, on the south side of 100 Avenue at 118 Street

* Outside Events Are Weather Permitting

Sidewalk Astronomy April 15-16, 2016

FREE and WEATHER PERMITTING

The RASC will be setting up telescopes on sidewalks for free views of the Moon and Jupiter, at the following locations.

Friday, April 15, 8:30 – 11 PM

  • Gazebo Park in Old Strathcona
    83 Avenue between 103 and 104 Streets
  • The Promenade overlooking Victoria Park
    South side of 100 Avenue at 118 Street
  • South-west side of St. Albert Place
    5 St. Anne Street, St. Albert

Saturday, April 15, 9:00 – 11 PM

  • The Promenade overlooking Victoria Park
    South side of 100 Avenue at 118 Street
  • South-west side of St. Albert Place
    5 St. Anne Street, St. Albert

Sidewalk Astronomy
The Week of Astronomy Day 2015
April 19 to 25

Members of the public came out for evening viewing on clear nights during the week of Astronomy Day 2015 (April 19th to 25th). They joined our volunteers for Sidewalk Astronomy and enjoying the springtime night sky.

Gazebo Park

Gazebo Park in Old Strathcona, on 83 Avenue between 103 and 104 Street

Saturday, April 25th

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Three members were at Gazebo park sharing outstanding lunar viewing with about 80 members of the public. Many people who stopped by remarked on how sharp the Moon looked through the telescope.

Several lunar features were visible through the scopes, including:

  • the craters Hipparcus and Albategnius, first drawn by Galileo in 1609,  standing out along the terminator; and
  • the Caucasus mountain range near the Mare Serenitatis

Another lunar highlight occurred around 9:50pm when the orange star HR 3376, magnitude 6.2, was very near the dark limb of the Moon. At 1o:00pm, HR3376 was occulted by the moon.

The Promenade

The Promenade overlooking Victoria Park, on the south side of 100 Avenue at 118 Street

Thursday, April 23rd

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Four members made it out to the Promenade around 9:00pm. They had about 25 to 30 visitors viewing through a 12.5″ and a 5″ scope before almost solid cloud and few passers-by encouraged them to call it a day at 10:30.

The sky was partly cloudy with clear patches–more clear to the north and cloud to south. But there were quite a few good views of the Moon and/or Jupiter.

The seeing wasn’t great, but good enough to could faintly discern the Great Red Spot on Jupiter with the Jovian Moons’ discs fairly obvious at 215x in the 12.5″ scope.

The telescopic view of Earth’s Moon always amazes the general public, with great interest in views of Jupiter and many wows.

Venus was hanging in the West with Aldebaran to its lower left.

It wasn’t too cool, but a breeze necessitated good bit of extra clothing. The clouds posed a bit of a problem, but most visitors hung around for a few minutes or continued their walk returning later to catch a view.

Astronomy Day – Apr 25, 2015

The RASC Observatory and the TELUS World of Science present International Astronomy Day.

FREE. Outside Events Are Weather Permitting (check @edmontonrasc on Twitter for outside updates).
Saturday Update: We are ON for both locations!

Daytime

Telus World of Science Lobby – 11:30 am to 4:30pm

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Visit us at our booth or join us for astronomy talks throughout the day.

Evening

Gazebo Park & The Promenade

Join our volunteers for Sidewalk Astronomy and enjoy the springtime night sky at the following locations:

  • Gazebo Park: in Old Strathcona, on 83 Avenue between 103 and 104 Streets
  • The Promenade: overlooking Victoria Park, on the south side of 100 Avenue at 118 Street

Sidewalk Astronomy May 9-10, 2014

FREE and WEATHER PERMITTING

Friday, May 10, 8:30 – 11 PM

  • The Promenade overlooking Victoria Park
    South side of 100 Avenue at 118 Street
  • Gazebo Park in Old Strathcona
    83 Avenue between 103 and 104 Streets

Saturday, May 10, 8:30 – 11 PM

  • The Promenade overlooking Victoria Park
    South side of 100 Avenue at 118 Street

Sidewalk Astronomy Apr 19-21, 2013

Sidewalk astronomy was difficult this year as the skies did not cooperate. Both Friday and Saturday were mainly cloudy, but Sunday evening proved to be very nice so thanks to Larry Wood and Murray Paulson, two locations had sidewalk astronomy.

Friday, Apr 19, 8:30 – 11 PM
This was cancelled due to clouds, but…
From St. Albert, Murray Paulson reported “Well, I set up with the assistance of an innocent bystander this evening and had a total of 5 visitors before it started to rain. Highlights were viewing the moon thru varying thicknesses of haze and cloud plus astrophotos on my smart phone. When I noticed raindrops on my phone’s screen, I packed up, again with the assistance of innocent bystanders, and fled the site.”
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Sidewalk Astronomy May 6-7, 2011

After quite a nice Friday evening (May 6) for Sidewalk Astronomy, Saturday May 7 proved to be a major bust for astronomical viewing.

Larry Wood set up on The Promenade on Sunday May 8, and reported:

“Wow what a great evening last night. I set up at about 8:00 p.m. so I could do a little repair to the equipment. By the time I had finished quite a crowd had gathered to get a look at the Moon that was high overhead. We had to wait for several minutes for the cloud in the area of the Moon to dissipate but it soon obliged. The 25 or so who had waited were thrilled they had stayed. Some even called friends to come have a look. I had one lady who stayed most of the night. She remembered me from a Winter light presentation at Elk Island last year. I was busy for the rest of the evening with a steady stream of visitor. Some returned a couple of times especially later to see Saturn which took some time to show itself before the cloud covering it began  to disperse and at 250x the view was great.

Bruce McCurdy showed up at about 10:30 to have a look and I had a young couple from South America — she from Columbia and he from Ecuador I believe. There was another fellow from Croatia who stayed till the end when I packed up at 11:30. Probably had 75 visitors during the evening.”