Educated Reel: Universe
Mar 2, 2017

The University of Alberta Alumni and Friends in collaboration with RASC Edmonton Centre present

Educated Reel: Universe

March 2, 2017 6:30 PM – 9:30 PM
Corbett Hall, Room 239
University of Alberta

View the cosmos from campus, then discover space as it was understood in 1960 through the beautifully animated documentary Universe (1960, 28 min 53 s). Most widely known for being among the sources used by Stanley Kubrick in his 2001: A Space Odyssey, Universe is an Oscar-nominated and BAFTA-winning short made by the National Film Board of Canada (NFB).

$10 (includes telescope viewing, popcorn, drink)
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International Observe the Moon Night
October 8, 2016

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 a FREE event at the RASC Observatory at 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.

Where: RASC Observatory at TELUS World of Science.
Time: 8:00 PM to 11:00 PM

Weather Permitting.
Update: This event was clouded out as Edmonton had it’s first major snowfall of the season.

For more information on InOMN, vist:

Northern Prairie Star Party 2016

20161001_NPSP Shirt Design - LIGO MAKE WAVESThe thirteenth Northern Prairie Star Party will be held at the Black Nugget Lake campground south east of Tofield from September 27 to October 2, 2016. Most of our group activities will occur on Friday, September 30 and Saturday, October 1.

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

Keynote at 4:00 PM on Saturday, October 1, 2016

David Levy
My life as a comet searcher


NPSP 2016 T-Shirt Design
Order yours by Monday, September 5

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Western Canada Star Parties in 2016

Star Parties in Western Canada for 2016.


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Eccles Ranch Observatory, Caroline AB
Jul 8-10, 2016
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Mount Kobau BC
Jul 30 – Aug 7, 2016
sp_ssspSaskatchewan Summer Star Party
Cypress Hills SK
Aug 3-7, 2016
TAWBAS Dark Sky FestivalThebacha & Wood Buffalo
Astronomical Society Dark Sky Festival

Pine Lake Recreation Area Observation Site NT
Aug 18-21, 2016
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Starland Recreation Area AB
Aug 26-28, 2016
spruce_woods_star_party_logoSpruce Woods Star Party
Spruce Woods Provincial Park MB
Sep 2-5, 2016
 Northernnpsp_logo_200 Prairie Star Party
(Sponsored by the RASC Edmonton Centre)
Black Nugget Lake AB
Sep 27 – Oct 2, 2016

Beaver Hills Dark Sky Preserve
11th Annual Star Party

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Click for a printable poster.

Sat, Sep 3, 2016 – Miquelon Lake Provincial Park
Sun, Sep 4, 2016 – Elk Island National Park
2:00 pm – 11:00 pm

The Beaver Hills Dark Sky Preserve’s 11th annual Star Party will be bigger and better than ever before. Taking place over two days at two different locations the Star Party will feature volunteer astronomers from RASC Edmonton Centre to help show you the stars with both solar and night sky viewing. Guest speakers, presenters, displays and activities will keep the whole family entertained at this 2 day celebration.

Click on the posters below for the event schedules.

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International SUNday – June 26, 2016

The RASC Edmonton Centre and the Charlie Bates Solar Astronomy Project present International SUNday.

Event Poster

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 26, 2016
10:00 AM – 6:00 PM *

Where: Government House Park
9938 Groat Road, Edmonton

FREE event!   * Weather Permitting


Astronomy Day – May 14, 2016

The RASC Observatory and the TELUS World of Science present International Astronomy Day.

All events are FREE!

* Outside Events Are Weather Permitting
Check @edmontonrasc on Twitter for updates on outside events.

Activities at RASC Observatory and the TELUS World of Science

11:30 AM to 4:30 PM Observatory  Solar viewing. *
TWOSE Lobby  Information Booth Displays and Q&A with our members.
1:00 PM to 4:00 PM Gazebo beside Observatory  Telescope Clinic: Bring your telescope and get helpful advice from our expert members.
8:30 PM – 11:00 PM Observatory  Nighttime viewing. *

Sidewalk Astronomy *
8:30 PM – 11:00 PM

Join our volunteers for Sidewalk Astronomy and enjoy the springtime night sky at the following locations:

  • Gazebo Park in Old Strathcona, on 83 Avenue between 103 and 104 Streets
  • The Promenade overlooking Victoria Park, on the south side of 100 Avenue at 118 Street

* Outside Events Are Weather Permitting

Transit of Mercury – See Mercury Cross the Sun
May 9, 2016

The Transit of Mercury on November 8, 2006 Credit Brocken Inaglory (Own work) [GFDL]

A rare astronomical event will occur during the morning of Monday, May 9, 2016 when Edmonton skies will see a Transit of Mercury. A transit of Mercury occurs when the orbits of Mercury and Earth around the Sun line up in such a way that, from certain places on Earth, the planet Mercury can be seen to cross the face of the Sun over the course of a few hours. On May 9, as seen from Edmonton, the transit will be in progress at sunrise, which is at 5:41 AM! But you don’t have to get up that early to see it since the event will take a leisurely 7 hours to complete.

Planetary transits are among the rarest of astronomical events. To see Mercury transit the Sun, you’ll need the magnifying power of a telescope that is fitted with a specialized filter to protect your eyes (see Viewing the Transit Safely below). Viewed this way, Mercury appears as a little black dot slowly moving across the face of the Sun. The transit presents a rare opportunity to witness a planet’s orbital motion in real time.

The most recent transit took place a decade ago, on November 8 2006, and after the upcoming May event, you’ll have to wait until November 11, 2019, for you next opportunity. So don’t miss it!
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