Vanishing Total Lunar Eclipse Alberta Tue night May 25 – Wed morning May 26, 2021

There will be no blood, and likely no copper.

Alberta lies in the gray zone between nothing for Saskatchewan eastward and a delightful copper event for the Okanagan westward. The media is promoting the maximum of what could happen in the Pacific – it does not apply to Alberta – bad timing, that’s all. Yet I can guarantee an uplifting experience: a majestic 90 minute procession of the Moon entering the Earth’s shadow while the dawn chorus of birdsong and the coming of the day boost our spirits most wonderfully! Use binoculars if you have them, no telescope needed.

Here’s the Alberta situation: Totality begins minutes before sunrise, when the sky is alight – it’s why stars disappear – they’re still there, just that the sky is brighter. The following two images have nearly equal settings, but in fact the eclipse one at right has a higher ISO making it twice is twice as bright as it should be in comparison. It’s still faint! The image on the left (about 10 minutes before sunrise last April 26th) has a normal Moon that is so bright relative to the sky it blows out. 
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Astro Café
May 19, 2021
How to Use A Telescope (via Zoom)

FREE event open to the public.

It’s a common complaint among first-time telescope owners: “I’ve got this new telescope and I can’t see a thing through it”. The aim of this Astro Café is to help you get the most out of your new telescope.

The popular How to Use a Telescope Astro Café is back, again via Zoom breakout rooms. Experts from the RASC will help 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.

Astro Café – How to Use a Telescope

Wednesday, May 19, 2021
7:30 PM to 9:30 PM

Registration Required (FREE)

https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZcrc-ivqzIsH9PlB2lgRkVhl0oJ4jf1ip8A

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

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RASC Regular Meeting, May 10, 2021

The Dragonfly Telephoto Array

RASC Regular Meeting, Monday May 10, 2021

7:00 PM, Meet and Greet

7:30 PM, Meeting begins, including guest talk, News from Space, AstroImaging Corner, and other RASC news.

FREE and open to the public.

Join this meeting using this Zoom link.

Guest Speaker:

Deborah Lokhorst

The Dragonfly Telephoto Array: New eyes to reveal the faintest and largest structures in the Universe

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Astro Café
Apr 21, 2021
What Are You Looking At?

Astro Café: What Are You Looking At?
Apr 21, 2021 7:30 PM

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Wondering what your fellow observers are looking at these nights? Are you looking for ideas for your next observing project? This Café features a series of short presentations, PechaKucha style, by five observers, on the topics listed below, followed by Q&A and discussion.

Warren Finlay, Berta Beltran, Luca Vanzella, Jon Stolte, and Eric Klaszus will talk about:

1. What observing program(s) are you working on?
2. What do you like about the observing program?
3. What telescope do you use?
4. How do you plan and record your observations?
5. What type of star chart do you use?
6. Describe one memorable observation.

RASC Regular Meeting, April 12, 2021

Planets under construction: how to study a million year process

RASC Regular Meeting, Monday April 12, 2021

7:00 PM, Meet and Greet

7:30 PM, Meeting begins, including guest talk, News from Space, AstroImaging Corner, and other RASC news.

FREE and open to the public.

Zoom link for this meeting

Guest Speaker:

Dr. Nienke van der Marel

Planets under construction: how to study a million year process

Planets around other stars, also called exoplanets, are seen everywhere! In the last 25 years, thousands of exoplanets have been found throughout the Milky Way. How do we find these planets? What are the chances of discovering life there? And if they are so common, why is it that we still don’t know how they are formed? With the ALMA telescope we can now finally zoom into the birth cradles of planets: dusty disks around young stars. The spectacular images have given us new insights, but also raised many more questions on the process of planet formation.

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What’s up over Edmonton?

What’s up over Edmonton?  : April 2021

A look at what one can see in the night sky of Edmonton during the month of April, with some space history thrown in.

Wednesday March 31 @ 7:30 PM MDT

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