The weather forecast for viewing at the observatory tonight is very promising, but the summer solstice is only 5 days away, so the nights are getting very short and the sunset (21:11 hours) very late. We’ll open the gates at 2100 hours. We’ll have people there to help you if you’re working on your observing certificates.
From July 12 to August 12 the Gibsons Public Art Gallery will be presenting a collection of photos, Heavenly Wonders- Astrophotography by Erwin Diener. We invite you to be moved and challenged by the profound beauty and vastness of cosmic space while reflecting on the human experience. The opening reception is scheduled for Saturday July 14, 2pm – 4pm. Members of the Sunshine Coast Centre will be present to interpret the photos and show the public views of the sky with telescopes.
Join us for a talk on Astrobiology given by Sarah Pearce. We will learn about the search for the bodies in our solar system which may harbor life. Moons like Europa, Enceladus and planets like Mars will be covered.
Meeting will start at 7:30pm at the Sunshine Coast Arts Centre, Sechelt. This will be the last before our summer break, meetings will resume in September.
The new “Feather Touch” focuser that we have been after for some time was finally installed today. The focuser will provide a more precise control over the fine focusing of the telescope and will comfortably handle heavy eyepieces or even cameras. The focuser was purchased with part of the grant that we received from Rotary – thank you!.
Our observatory will be open at 8:30 PM on Saturday, 9 June (weather permitting) for public viewing. Check this website that afternoon for updates.
At 7:30 PM, 11 May 2018, at the Sunshine Coast Art Centre, 5714 Medusa St., Sechelt, the Sunshine Coast Centre of the RASC presents Dr. William Wall, whose topic is: Basic Properties of the Large Millimeter Telescope Alfonso Serrano.
The Large Millimeter Telescope Alfonso Serrano is a world-class radio telescope and is the largest scientific project in Mexico. The LMT is technologically advanced, permitting it to observe the much of the universe, thereby expanding the frontiers of science. Using examples from everyday life, I will illustrate the impressive technological capabilities of the LMT. I will also discuss the benefits transferred to industry by the scientific developments required by the LMT project.
Dr. William Wall was born in Canada. He received his B.Sc. from the University of Toronto, his M.Sc. from the University of British Columbia, his Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin. He did his postdoctoral fellowship at NASA GSFC in Greenbelt, Maryland. He’s currently a researcher at the National Institute of Astrophysics, Optics and Electronics in Tonantzintla, Puebla, Mexico. His research
involves observational studies of the interstellar medium, using radio telescopes, including the LMT. He occasionally gives talks to the public about the LMT.
Admission is free: donations gratefully accepted at the door.