RASC Regular Meeting
October 20, 2015
Business Meeting to Discuss Queen Elizabeth Planetarium Proposal

RASC Regular Meeting
October 20, 2015
7:30 PM

TELUS World of Science – Winspear Learning Centre

Members Only Business Meeting – No Invited Speaker

Regular meeting to discuss and vote on a motion to submit a proposal to the City of Edmonton for the operation (services and programs) and maintenance of a portion of the Queen Elizabeth Planetarium (QEP) facility beginning in 2018.

If you cannot attend this meeting but wish to be represented by proxy then, per Section 9.08 of our bylaws, you may appoint your proxy in writing to any other voting member.

For further details please contact:

Luca Vanzella
President, RASC Edmonton Centre


Ross Sinclair
Chair, QEP Committee, RASC Edmonton Centre

International Observe the Moon Night
September 19, 2015
TELUS World of Science

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 an event at the RASC Observatory next to the 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.

Event will run from 7:30pm to 10:00pm.

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

Northern Prairie Star Party 2015

NPSP 2015 – Event Recap


Alister Ling (Edmonton Centre RASC executive member) gave a very interesting talk on the trials, tribulations and triumphs of high dynamic range (HDR) photography in astronomy, followed by long-time RASC member and photographer Warren Finlay speaking on photographing nightscapes around the world. David Miles, PhD candidate and research engineer (EIT), Department of Physics, University of Alberta, gave an entertaining and informative presentation on studying space weather from a sub- orbital sounding rocket. Our afternoon concluded with Dr. Jeff Kuhn, from the Institute of Astronomy at the University of Hawaii, talking about the use of large telescopes to search for alien life in our galactic neighbourhood (see photo of our speakers).

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NPSP 2015 T-Shirt Design
Order yours by August 21

This is the twelfth year that the Northern Prairie Star Party will be held at the Black Nugget Lake campground south east of Tofield. The event officially starts Tuesday, September 8 and ends Sunday, September 13 – with most of our group activities occurring on Saturday, September 12.

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

Keynote at 4:30pm on Saturday, September 12

Jeff Kuhn from the Institute of Astronomy at the University of Hawaii

Taking a census of alien life in our galactic neighborhood


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Beaver Hills Dark Sky Preserve 10th Annual Star Party

Milky Way Days

2015 BHDSP Milky Way Days Poster

Event Poster

Sat, Sep 5, 2015 – Miquelon Lake Provincial Park
Sun, Sep 6, 2015 – Elk Island National Park
2:00 pm – 11:00 pm

On the weekend of Saturday, September 5th, and Sunday, September 6th, Miquelon Lake Provincial Park and Elk Island National Park in partnership with the RASC Edmonton Centre will host the Beaver Hills Dark Sky Preserve’s 10th annual event, celebrating the wonders of the night sky. Continue Reading →

Saskatchewan Summer Star Party
Cypress Hills Interprovincial Park
August 12-16, 2015

Registration for the 2015 Saskatchewan Summer Star Party (SSSP) is now open! Registration is by mail, just print the 2015_mail_in_reg.pdf registration form, fill it out and mail it in along with a personal cheque.

Early registration ends July 7th. Register by then to assure the availability of shirts and banquets.

A tentative schedule for the event can be found on the second page of the registration form. For further information please visit the SSSP website.

RASC Regular Meeting
June 8, 2015
Steen River Impact Structure

Impact Crater in Mars Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Univ. of Arizona

Impact Crater on Mars
Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Univ. of Arizona

RASC Regular Meeting
TELUS World of Science
Note: Location Change! This meeting will occur in the IMAX Theatre.

FREE and open to the public.

7:00 PM Pre-meeting mix and mingle.
7:30 PM Guest Speaker

Dr. Erin Walton
MacEwan University
Steen River Impact Structure

Impact cratering is now recognized as a widespread geologic process that has modified all planetary objects with a solid surface. Meteorite impact structures, the holes made when an asteroid or comet collides with a larger solid object at or near cosmic velocity, are one of the most common geological landforms on all the rocky terrestrial planets (except Earth and to a lesser extent Venus), asteroids, dwarf planets, and many of the rocky moons and icy moons of Saturn and Jupiter. In this talk Dr. Erin Walton will give a general overview of the impact cratering process using the Steen River Impact Structure (SRIS) as an example.

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