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!