Calling all Volunteers!

Edmonton RASC now has a dedicated page just for volunteers. Go to the Members’ Area and click on the Volunteers tab to see what’s there.

You’ll find useful links to forms and resources, information about events and projects needing volunteers, and more.

Milky Way Day: September 1, 2024

Join members of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada (RASC) Edmonton Centre, along with other parties, as we celebrate the 17th anniversary of the Beaver Hills Dark Sky Preserve. This is an annual event held on the Sunday of the Labour Day weekend. 

This will take place Sunday, September 1, 2024 at the Astotin Lake Day Use Area within Elk Island National Park which is east of Edmonton off Highway 16. 

From 2:00PM – 5:00PM RASC on the lawn in front of the beach, members will have an information kiosk and telescopes set up for Solar viewing, weather permitting. The Sun has been very active this year and this is an opportunity to see Sun spots as well a solar prominences through our members telescopes, as well as talk astronomy.  

At 8:00PM our featured speaker Joshua Peltonen from the U of A will deliver a presentation in the Astotin Lake theater. 

From 9:00PM nighttime viewing will take place, weather permitting on the lawn in front of the beach.

More details including a list of other activities that day will follow.

 

Northern Prairie Star Party 2024

The Northern Prairie Star Party (NPSP) will run from Tuesday, September 3 to Sunday, September 8, 2024, with most of our group activities planned for Friday, September 6 and Saturday, September 7. It is being held at the Black Nugget Lake Park located about an hour’s drive from Edmonton. The campground is also the location of our Black Nugget Lake Observatory.

This year we have ONLINE REGISTRATION for all aspects of the event, including reserving campsites, ordering T-shirts, paying attendee fees, and signing up to volunteer.

This year we are asking that ALL those planning to attend NPSP to PLEASE REGISTER IN ADVANCE – this will assist with our planning. The final deadline for registering (attendees, campsite and T-shirt) and payment is Thursday, August 15, with payment via e-transfer. The link to the NPSP registration page can be found here: NPSP 2024 Registration Form 

RASC Edmonton Centre has booked the northern part of the campground for use by star party event attendees – for use during the entire event. Campsites will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. With a limited number of sites with power, we encourage NPSP attendees wishing to camp overnight to book as soon as possible. The Online Registration Form contains an updated map showing the locations of campsites available to NPSP participants. Note that site numbers have changed for 2024!

July 11th update: As of this date, all powered sites have now been taken. The remaining available sites are non-powered. If you have not yet registered and need electricity for your RV you have the option of booking a powered campsite outside the NPSP event area in Black Nugget Lake Campground by going to their online registration page. For those who would like to set up a telescope at the NPSP site for one or more evenings, we will be accommodating astronomers and their equipment with a set-up area near the Black Nugget Lake Observatory. Confirm the location of the set-up area with the NPSP organizers at the Registration Table when you arrive.  Here is a link to the 2024 Schedule (as of July 7th) as well as the event Ground Rules. Continue Reading →

International Observe the Moon Night: Saturday Sept 14, 2024

International Observe the Moon Night occurs annually in September or October, when the Moon is around first quarter ― a great phase for evening observing. A first-quarter Moon offers excellent viewing opportunities along the terminator (the line between night and day), where shadows enhance the Moon’s cratered landscape.

“Weather Permitting” the RASC Observatory south of the Telus World of Science will be open Saturday September 14th  between 7:00PM and 10:00PM for the public to have a look at the Moon through one of our telescopes. Some RASC members nay have their own telescopes on hand for the public to have a look through as well.

Gear For Sale, Miscellaneous Small Parts Free

Before you buy something new or succumb to ordering from EBay, Kijiji, Amazon/Ali-Express, you might be able to find it here for less. Members can post their gear here for personal sale, drop me a note.
This is a membership perk service. Sales from donated/non-personal items go to Centre programming.
Next major swap meet at the September Northern Prairie Star Party.

Contact Alister at scopemedic@edmontonrasc.com.
Most transactions will take place at a monthly meeting.

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