Lakeland Dark Sky Celebration, Saturday Sep 16, 2017

Lakeland Dark Sky Celebration – Lakeland Dark Sky Preserve

Come to Pinehurst Lake Campground in Lakeland Provincial Recreation Area to partake in fun family activities and learn about the Lakeland Dark Sky Preserve on September 16th. Enjoy fun family activities, such as rocket building, face painting, aurora crafts, nocturnal wildlife themed geocaching, traditional aboriginal sky stories, and an astrophotography workshop.

Saturday, September 16, 2017
4:00 PM – 09:30 PM
Pinehurst Lake Campground in Lakeland Provincial Recreation Area
Lac La Biche, Alberta

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RASC Regular Meeting September 11, 2017 Alberta’s role in a new global fireball observatory

RASC Regular Meeting
TELUS World of Science – IMAX Theatre
FREE and open to the public.

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

Dr. Chris Herd
Alberta’s role in a new global fireball observatory

Tagish Lake Meteorite

The tracking of bright meteors (“fireballs”) can result in the recovery of meteorites, as long as there are a good number of observations from different viewpoints, and the conditions and landscape are optimal for recovery. Rapid recovery of meteorites – especially from ice- or snow-covered surfaces – preserves them against weathering at the Earth’s surface. Once curated and studied, the meteorites can provide new insights into the geology of their parent asteroids and planets. At the same time, good fireball observations enable the orbits of meteoroids to be determined. Examples from important western Canadian meteorite falls will be presented, along with plans for the Western Canada portion of a new, global fireball observatory.

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Astro Café
September 6, 2017
Photographing the Full Harvest Moonrise

The Full Moon rising on September 11, 2011 as seen from St. Georges Crescent.

Photographing the Full Harvest Corn Moonrise

Wednesday, September 6, 2017
7:30 PM – 9:30 PM

Viewpoint across the road from
44 St Georges Crescent

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FREE Members only event.

Presented by RASC members Alister Ling and Luca Vanzella.

If you have always wanted to photograph the Full Moon rising above a scenic landscape but you aren’t sure how to do it – this Astro Café is for you! Veteran Full Moon shooters Alister Ling and Luca Vanzella will guide you through all of the steps necessary to get that perfect shot.

This Astro Café is designed for people that own a DSLR (Digital Single-Lens Reflex) camera – we won’t be using any phone or point-and-shoot cameras. Some familiarity with your DSLR camera is beneficial but not absolutely required.

Please read the What to Bring and How to Prepare sections below.

20:10 sunset, 20:46 civil end
20:39 moonrise 98, 21:06 moon 3.3, 103

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Perseids Pyjama Party
August 11, 2017
University of Alberta Botanic Garden

A pyjama party under the stars! Bring your blanket or lawn chair, wear your cozy pyjamas and look up, way up, during one of the busiest times in the night sky, during the annual Perseids Meteor Shower. Spread out your blanket or your lawn chair and watch the sky without interruption from city lights. While we wait for dark to fall, there will be family fun activities. Activities are free with regular admission.

August 11, 2017
8:00-11 pm
University of Alberta Botanic Garden

Ongoing Activities

  • Sky/moon/meteor observing with the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada
  • Children’s activities
  • Concession with beverages and snacks

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Partial Solar Eclipse, Monday August 21, 2017

Free Activities at the RASC Observatory at TELUS World of Science

10:30 am – 1:00 pm – Watch the Partial Solar Eclipse! *

10:24 am – Partial Eclipse begins; Altitude 34 deg; ESE

11:35 am – Mid-eclipse; Altitude 42 deg; SE  (68% of solar disc obscured)

12:49 pm – Partial Eclipse ends; Altitude 47 deg; SSE

View the solar eclipse through safely filtered telescopes.

Photo by Jay Lavender

  • FREE eclipse glasses available on a first-come, first-served basis, one per family – courtesy RASC.
  • At no time during a partial eclipse is it safe to view the Sun without appropriate filters.
  • Come to the RASC Observatory for a safe and fun viewing experience!

Check @EdmontonRASC for updates on outdoor events.

*Assuming the sky is clear!

Canada 150 Star Party, Saturday July 29, 2017

Edmonton RASC presents the CANADA 150 Star Party

The CANADA 150 Star Party is an event taking place at locations across Canada!

Free Activities at the RASC Observatory at TELUS World of Science


9pm – 11pm: Observe the stars, Saturn, Jupiter, and the Moon*

9pm – 11pm: Telescope Clinic – Bring out your telescope and get help using it from the experts!

*Assuming the sky is clear!

Check @EdmontonRASC for updates on outdoor events