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According to spaceweather.com, there is the possibility of auroral activity this evening due to a CME delivering a glancing blow to Earth today.
Also, according to the same website, a newly discovered asteroid, 2014RC (a house-sized asteroid only discovered on August 31) will pass Earth within the orbit of geosynchronous satellites on the morning of Sunday (Sept. 7) as it passes through the constellation Pisces, which will be 40 degrees above the southwestern horizon at 5 AM.
The weather should be great for seeing,
Dr. Garth Jones
At the Sechelt Botanical Garden this afternoon we had 283 people visit our booth and look through our solar scopes. Clouds hid the sun for the first two hours but then came out to reveal some impressive solar flare activity. Check out the album on the Photo Album page for more pictures.
We had clouds when we showed up at noon to set up but in a few hours they cleared and we had 229 people view sun spots and solar flares through our solar scopes. Children’s Story Theatre had a good crowd of children for their performance. The amphitheatre was packed for the audio visual presentation at dusk and afterwards there were long lineups for the telescopes to view the night skies. Check out our photos of this event.
There will be a partial solar eclipse visible in Western Canada on 23 October, covering approximately 66% of the sun. Be sure to use filters to view the sun to protect your eyes! Mylar or black polymer eclipse glasses or a #14 arc welders filter is good for viewing without a telescope or binoculars. If using binoculars or a telescope be sure to use special solar filters. The telescope depicted in the picture is a hydrogen alpha scope specially designed for safe viewing of the sun. Weather permitting, we will be setting up our solar scopes in two locations on the Sunshine Coast for the public to view this event: Davis Bay seawall at 12:30 PM and 2:30 PM at Chatelech Secondary School in Sechelt. Hope to see you there!
Times for the solar eclipse below are for Vancouver, BC:
|Partial eclipse begins||1:32 PM|
|Partial eclipse ends||4:16 PM|
|Sun altitude at maximum eclipse||24 degrees|
There will be a total lunar eclipse on 8 October 2014, but it will occur in the wee hours of the morning. Uranus, which is now at opposition, will be within 22 arc minutes of the moon about the time of the midtotality of the eclipse. The entire eclipse will be visible from Western Canada. Times in the table below are for Vancouver, BC:
Penumbral eclipse begins 1:15 AM
Partial eclipse begins 2:14 AM
Total eclipse begins 3:25 AM
Midtotality 3:55 AM
Total eclipse ends 4:24 AM
Partial eclipse ends 5:34 AM
Penumbral eclipse ends 6:33 AM
Here is the latest version of the introduction segment for our upcoming monthly astronomy show on Coast Cable.
Our annual members only barbecue will be held on at 2 PM on 17 August at Mike’s Housing Coop Meeting Rooms in Roberts Creek on 17 August 2014. We’ll have the club’s solar scope there for viewing sun spots and solar flares.
Mike, Scott, and I set up and manned our RASC booth at Gibsons Sea Cavalcade today. We had the solar telescopes functioning by 9 AM in Winegarden Park and had 100 people view solar flares and sun spots before the Cavalcade officially opened at 10. The sky remained cloudless and the sun obliged with multiple flares and sunspots. By closing time at 4 PM a total of 465 people viewed the sun through our scopes. Thanks to Errol for dropping by and assisting and for James and Stephen for dropping by to visit. Check out the photos for this event here.
Our first Sandy Hook Star Party was a success. James, Bill, Mike, Danny, and Scott joined me at Tot Park with solar scopes and telescopes. 50 people attended including 2 Japanese exchange students. We had a clear sky and got good views of Saturn and Mars. Check out more photos of the event here.