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UPCOMING EVENTS: Click on the Events below for more details

Eclipse viewing, August 21st 0830-1130, Davis Bay Seawall

Public Viewing, Sept 9th

AstroCafe, Davis Bay, 8:00 PM,  15 September

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Solar Eclipse

What a great day for the eclipse. The official visitor count was set at 670, but I think we may have missed a few!

 

 

 

 

 

All ages attended and it was especially pleasing to see families sitting around some of the safe solar viewers,
watching, talking and learning.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thanks to everyone who came out for this event, and don’t forget the next meeting of the Astronomy
Club will take place at the Arts Centre in Sechelt at 7:30 pm on Sept 8th. Our speaker will be
Christa Van Laerhoven who will be talking about Planetary Science. all are welcome.

(Eclipse image Dan Sklazeski)

Sunspot Group AR2671

A remarkably-long sunspot group is sprawling across the solar disk. AR2671 stretches 140,000 miles from end to end, almost twice as wide as the planet Jupiter.

I imaged it today from Roberts Creek – I didn’t want to miss such an impressive group in  a period of solar minimum!

Tomorrow we have the partial eclipse here on the coast and this sunspot group should still be visible as the moon moves across the solar disc. Check it out.

Safety Recall for some Eclipse glasses

With a solar eclipse visible on Monday Aug. 21st NASA and the American Astronomical Society have been urging solar gazers to use glasses engineered by reputable vendors that carry the international safety standard number “ISO 12312-2.”

One major vendor of “Eclipse Glasses” has issued a recall for theirs. Click here for details of the warning and the recall.

At the observing event scheduled for Davis Bay nect Monday, only approved telescopes and filters will be available.

 

Solar Eclipse

On Monday, August 21st, 2017, North America will be treated to a solar eclipse.  For more details click here.

On the day of the eclipse, August 21st, the Sunshine Coast RASC Centre is planning a safe public observing session on the sea wall at Davis Bay starting at 08:30am. We will have club members on-hand with solar telescopes, binoculars and filters available for everyone to safely observe this special event. It has been 38 years since the last one and it will be 7 years until the next one. Don’t miss this one!

Please note: in case of cloudy weather, the eclipse may not be visible. Be sure to check the centre’s web site on the day of the eclipse to see if the observing event is a GO or a NO GO.

Sunspot AR2670 August 4th, 2017

Last Friday (Aug 4th, I decided to see whether the current large sunspot (AR2670) could be seen through the forest fire haze. (This current sunspot is the remains of the massive AR2665 from 3 weeks ago.)  In white light the view was blurred and the camera image was worse, but in the Hydrogen alpha scope lots of details were still visible and I took this image. The area of extreme activity surrounding the sunspot is fairly easy to see, as is the spot itself. The groupings of prominences were a pleasant surprise too. The image was taken at the observatory at noon with a Lunt DS60 and Chameleon camera, it is a stack of 100 images.

Mike

Rodent control

Many thanks to Ron Dickinson of Sunshine Coast Pest Control for his work at the observatory. For the second year in a row he has donated his services to the cause of keeping the building free of mice. They like eating cable insulation, taking over file cabinets etc., making themselves a general nuisance!

Thank you Ron.

Perseid Meteor Shower August 12th

Due to inclement weather this event has had to be cancelled.

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