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)

https://www.timeanddate.com/astronomy/meteor-shower/perseid.html?hc_location=ufi

International SUNday, June 24, 2018

RASC Edmonton Centre
and
Charlie Bates Solar Astronomy Project

present

International SUNday

Come and experience the wonders of our closest star, the Sun! Edmonton RASC and the Charlie Bates Solar Astronomy Project invite you to share the opportunity to safely observe and appreciate our star through specialized telescopes and informative displays. Stop by to receive your own free pair of solar viewing glasses and witness the beauty of the Sun with your own eyes!

When: Sunday, June 24, 2018
11:00 AM – 4:00 PM *

Where: Louise McKinney Riverfront Park

FREE event!   * Weather Permitting

RASC 150 Anniversary Star Party, Saturday January 27, 2018

Edmonton RASC celebration of the 150th Anniversary of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada

Sat Jan 27: This event has been cancelled due to cloudy and cold conditions. We will celebrate the 150 anniversary of the RASC later on this year. 

Free Activities at the RASC Observatory at TELUS World of Science

 

1pm – 4pm: Observe the Sun*

*Outside events are weather permitting

Check @EdmontonRASC for updates on outdoor events

 

Northern Prairie Star Party 2017

The fourteenth annual Northern Prairie Star Party will be held at the Black Nugget Lake campground south east of Tofield from September 19 to 24, 2017. Most of our group activities will occur on Friday, September 22 and Saturday, September 23.

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

Keynote at 3:45 PM on Saturday, September 23, 2017

Dr. Peter Brown
Professor, Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of Western Ontario and Canada Research Chair in Meteor Astronomy

Canadian meteorite falls over the last quarter century – How has detection been enhanced and what have we learned?

Having been involved in one aspect or another of almost all Canadian meteorite falls since 1994, Dr. Brown will give a general talk about these falls, the development of a 20-camera meteor network in the last decade and what researchers have learned.

About the Speaker
Dr. Peter Brown is a Professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Western Ontario in London, Ontario and Canada Research Chair in Meteor Astronomy. Born and raised in Fort McMurray, Alberta he got his undergraduate degree in physics from the University of Alberta and completed his MSc and PhD degrees at the University of Western Ontario. Dr. Brown studies small bodies of the solar system, with particular emphasis on the origin and evolution of meteors, meteorites, meteoroids and asteroids. His PhD thesis focused on the Evolution of Two periodic Meteoroid Streams: the Perseids and Leonids.

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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!