RASC Regular Meeting September 10, 2018, Black Holes Don’t Suck

RASC Regular Meeting
TELUS World of Science – Zeidler Dome
FREE and open to the public.

7:00 PM Meet and Greet

7:30 PM Guest Speaker

Dr. Aarran Shaw
Black Holes Don’t Suck!

Colour composite image of Centaurus A.
Credit: ESO/NASA

Often portrayed as cosmic vacuum cleaners that ensnare everything that dares come close, black holes represent the ultimate end, in both science fact and science fiction. First theorized in the early 20th century, black holes have fascinated astronomers for the last 100 years. I will discuss the history of these systems, from the accidental discovery of Sagittarius A* at the centre of our Galaxy by Karl Jansky in the 1930s, to the violent accretion events occurring in X-ray binary systems and active galactic nuclei. I will show you that, contrary to popular belief, black holes don’t suck!


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Northern Prairie Star Party 2018
September 4 – 9, 2018
Black Nugget Lake

The fifteenth annual Northern Prairie Star Party will be held at the Black Nugget Lake campground south east of Tofield from September 4 to 9, 2018. Most of our group activities will occur on Friday, September 7 and Saturday, September 8.

Saturday Afternoon Program (September 8)

1:45 Starting with a 32-inch mirror
Roman Unyk

2:45 The origin of gold and other very heavy elements in the Universe
Rodrigo Fernandez

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Public Talk, September 2, 2018, Cosmos and Canvas

Cosmos and Canvas: Using Art to Reveal Science in Astronomy Public Outreach Images

Dr. Jayanne English

Astotin Lake Ampitheatre

Elk Island National Park

FREE PUBLIC TALK at Milky Way Day Star Party

Time: 8pm

Seyfert Sextet Galaxy Group
NASA data/J. Charlton’s Research Project

Bold colour images from telescopes act as extraordinary ambassadors for astronomers

because they pique the public’s curiosity. But are they snapshots documenting physical
reality?  Or are we looking at artistic spacescapes created by digitally manipulating
astronomy images? This lecture provides a tour of how original black and white data from the Hubble Space Telescope, as well as current cutting-edge observatories, are converted into striking colour images. It illuminates how practices from the art world are used to produce media friendly images which still retain scientific value.

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Sep 2, 2018
Milky Way Day
13th Annual Celebration of the Night Sky

Milky Way Day
Elk Island National Park

2:00 PM – 5:00 PM * 8:00 PM – Late

Bring a red-light headlamp or flashlight for better night sky viewing! No white lights, please.

Click Poster for the Event Schedule.


Presented by:

Parks Canada

Alberta Parks

Royal Astronomical Society of Canada – Edmonton Centre

Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Village

Travel Alberta



Aug 11, 2018
Perseid Meteor Shower
Elk Island National Park

Saturday, August 11
Experience the Perseid meteor shower!

1:00pm – 4:00pm: Arts and Crafts
7:00pm – 8:00pm: Dark-Sky Storytelling
10:00pm – Midnight: Stargazing
Late night until dawn: Perseid Meteor Shower


Elk Island National Park
On the shores of Astotin Lake

The Perseids are perhaps the most popular meteor shower of the year; and this year, they’ll be the best shower of the year. This year, during the peak, people should see about 60-70 meteors per hour. The meteor shower’s peak will be visible both the nights of Aug 11-12 and Aug 12-13.

This year, the peak of the meteor shower will occur near New Moon – the Moon will be a crescent, which means it will set before the Perseid show gets underway after midnight. The Moon is very favorable for the Perseids this year, and that will make the Perseids probably the best shower of 2018 for people who want to go out and view it. The Perseids are rich in fireballs, so the show should be even better.

Perseid meteors tend to strengthen in number as late night deepens into midnight, and typically produce the most meteors in the wee hours before dawn. Skywatchers looking out for the Perseids should also be able to see Mars (visible until about 3 AM) and Saturn (visible until about 2 AM). As evening falls, Venus will be low in the West and Jupiter will be a bit higher in the Southwest – both planets set before the Perseid meteor shower.

For more information, visit https://www.pc.gc.ca/en/pn-np/ab/elkisland

For more information and tips on watching the meteor shower see the link below.
(Above the map select Edmonton and night of Aug 11-12)


Astro Café
July 18, 2018
How to Use A Telescope

How to Use a Telescope workshop

FREE event open to the public.

Are you having trouble using your telescope? Bring your telescope to a FREE workshop: How to Use a Telescope workshop and experts from the RASC will help you learn how to use it. Let us show you how to make the most out of your telescope. Discover how to properly set up your telescope, how to find objects in the sky, what accessories would be useful to you and how to take care of your telescope.

Weather permitting, we can go outside to try out telescopes. Sunset is at 9:51 PM at which time some brighter objects will be visible:
– Jupiter in the SSW at 19 degrees altitude
– Moon in the SW at 23 degrees altitude
– Venus in the W 13 degrees altitude

Astro Café – How to Use a Telescope

Wednesday, July 18, 2018
8:00 PM to 10:30 PM

Windsor Park Community League Hall*
11840 87 Ave

FREE event open to the public.

* Note: Outside shoes are not permitted inside the hall.