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Welcome to the RASC Edmonton Centre.

The Edmonton Centre of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada exists to promote the advancement of astronomy and allied sciences as well as to increase public awareness of astronomy as an enjoyable hobby and as an important scientific endeavor.
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The Total Lunar Eclipse of April 15, 2014

The RASC-powered Observatory at TWOSE was open to the public in the wee hours of Apr 15 to view the Total Lunar Eclipse, despite the cloudy weather.

Click the image to read and see all about it.


Upcoming Events


Saturday, May 3, 2014 3:00-4:30pm

RASC Edmonton Centre presents

Phil Plait
The Bad Astronomer


Where has our Curiosity Taken Us?

FREE Public Talk - All are Welcome!

CCIS 1-430
University of Alberta

Register for FREE tickets at philplait.eventbrite.ca

Humans have been curious about the Universe since we were capable of looking up. But we've only been able to travel to and explore other worlds for a few decades. In that time we've learned a lot, but there's so much left to discover... which is why we send rovers to Mars. These mobile labs are extensions of our eyes and hands, testing the Red Planet's surface to see what it's like and what it once was... and whether it could have ever supported life. In this talk, you'll find out just where our Curiosity has taken us.

Phil Plait, also known as The Bad Astronomer, is an American astronomer, skeptic, writer and popular science blogger. Plait has worked as part of the Hubble Space Telescope team, images and spectra of astronomical objects, as well as engaging in public outreach advocacy for NASA missions. He has written two books, Bad Astronomy and Death from the Skies. He has also appeared in several science documentaries, including Phil Plait's Bad Universe on the Discovery Channel.

Phil's Slate Blog
Phil on Twitter: @BadAstronomer
Phil on Facebook

Register for FREE tickets at philplait.eventbrite.ca


Monday, May 12, 2014 7:30-9:30pm

RASC Edmonton Centre and
The Institute for Space Science, Exploration and Technology
present

Dr. Carolyn Porco


Imaging Team Lead on the Cassini mission orbiting Saturn


In the Land of Enchantment: A Decade Exploring Saturn

FREE Public Talk - All are Welcome!

CCIS 1-430
University of Alberta

A glistening spaceship, with seven lonely years and billions of miles behind it, glides into orbit around a softly-hued, ringed planet. A flying-saucer shaped machine descends through a hazy atmosphere and lands on the surface of an alien moon, ten times farther from the Sun than the Earth.

Fantastic though they seem, these visions are not a dream. For seven years, the Cassini spacecraft and its Huygens probe traveled invisible interplanetary roads to the place we call Saturn. Their successful entry into orbit in the summer of 2004, the mythic landing of Huygens on the cold, dark equatorial plains of Titan, and Cassini's subsequent decade-long exploration of the saturnian environment have become the stuff of legend. What they have shown us, and the images they have collected, are being closely examined in the pursuit of invaluable scientific insights on the nature of this very remote planetary system.

Come along for the ride, and witness the sights and magic worked by these emissaries from Earth to the enchanting realm of Saturn.

Carolyn's Website
Carolyn on Twitter: @carolynporco
Carolyn on Facebook


Monday, June 9, 2014 7:30-9:30pm

RASC Regular Meeting at
TELUS World of Science

FREE and open to the public.

Guest Speaker

Fred Espenak

Scientist Emeritus, NASA's GSFC, Mr. Eclipse


Predicting and Chasing Solar Eclipses

A total eclipse of the Sun is arguably the most spectacular astronomical phenomenon visible to the naked eye. Scientists welcome the eerie darkness brought on by these rare events as a unique opportunity to study the sun's outer atmosphere the solar corona.

What is it like to witness a total eclipse? How often do eclipses occur and where can they be seen? Fred Espenak has spent over four decades chasing eclipses around the world. He will share his experiences with us through photos and video, including some of his most recent expeditions to Libya and China. The next total eclipse through the USA occurs on August 21, 2017. Details of this exciting event will also be presented along with a preview of the next total eclipse in Canada on April 8, 2024.

About the Speaker
Fred Espenak is a retired NASA astrophysicist from NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center where he worked with infrared spectrometers to probe the atmospheres of the planets. He is also known as "Mr. Eclipse" because of his work on predicting and observing solar eclipses. He has written over a dozen books on eclipses and he continues to maintain NASA's official eclipse web site as well personal web sites on eclipse photography www.MrEclipse.com and astrophotography www.AstroPixels.com. Over the past 44 years Espenak has witnessed 25 total eclipses of the Sun. In 2003, the International Astronomical Union honored Espenak by naming asteroid 14120 after him. Espenak now lives in Portal, Arizona where he operates Bifrost Astronomical Observatory.

Fred's Website
Fred on Twitter: @FEspenak
Fred on Facebook


June 30 and July 1, 2014
TELUS World of Science Casino


Our partners in science, the TELUS World of Science, needs volunteers for their casino to be held on Monday, June 30 and Tuesday, July 1. For more than 30 years we have helped each other to raise funds for the promotion of the sciences, including astronomy, so we hope you can help us once again. Please complete the Volunteer Booking Form with your duty preference and the Volunteer Application Form if you are applying for a position like Manager, Banker or Cashier. These forms can be forwarded to Franklin Loehde, the Casino Manager for this casino, in time to draw up the schedule. It has always been a pleasure to see you all at our casinos, so do join us.


June 26 - 29, 2014, Victoria, BC
RASC General Assembly

Join the members of Victoria Centre as they commemorate 100 years of being a RASC Centre at the 2014 RASC General Assembly. To add to the festivities, they will also be celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Dominion Astrophysical Observatory, located in Saanich B.C., just to the north of downtown Victoria.

The 2014 General Assembly will showcase the DAO, the University of Victoria's new observatory located on the campus of the assembly's headquarters and a wide-ranging scientific and cultural schedule of events for your family, all conducted against the spectacular natural beauty of Canada's West Coast. Guest Speakers include Dr Laura Ferrarese, Bob McDonald of CBC's Quirks and Quarks, and RASC's own Peter Broughton.