At 7:30 PM, 11 September 2015, at the Sunshine Coast Art Centre, 5714 Medusa St., Sechelt, our speaker for the Sunshine Coast Centre of the RASC will be Dr. Sara Ellison, Professor at the University of Victoria.
Dr. Ellison’s Topic will be “Galaxy Mergers in the Nearby Universe”:
Despite the emptiness of space, mergers between galaxies are surprisingly common. Around 1% of galaxies in the nearby Universe are currently experiencing an interaction of some kind. will describe research that uses both observations and computer simulations to trace the dramatic effect of these interactions on a galaxy’s history: how the interaction can lead to massive bursts of star formation, alter the interstellar chemistry and even provide fuel for the central super-massive black hole.
Donations are gratefully accepted at the door.
The Mt Kobau Star Party ended abruptly this year when a forest fire swept through the area. Danny Sklazeski and Neil Sandy attended this event. Danny got an immediate evacuation order and managed to pack his equipment and the most important items in Neil’s set up into his camper and flee the flames. Neil was in Osoyoos when the evacuation order came in so wasn’t able to get back up to the site to retrieve the rest of his gear before the roads were shut down. Fortunately neither was hurt. Neil sent us this picture showing the wildfire near Osoyoos next to the road access for the 6000 ft high Mount Kobau star party site. 100 amateur astronomers were evacuated that night.
Our Astro Cafe for August will be at Davis Bay on Friday, August 21 at 8:30 PM, which is a return to the regular hours for summer. Meet our members at Pier 17 followed by a viewing of the skies with our telescopes (weather permitting).
On 23 August 2015 our Sunshine Coast Centre will have our information booth and solar scopes at the Synchronicity Arts Festival at Shirley Macey Park in Gibsons. When the sun goes down we’ll have our night viewing scopes on hand to view planets and other wonders. This is the first time that we’ve participated at this festival and we hope you’ll come pay us a visit. We’ll have star finders and moon maps and other hand outs for families.
The Perseid meteor shower will peak at 10 PM Pacific on 12 August, 2015. The SCC Observatory will be open at 9 PM to members and guests that evening for viewing the skies and the meteor shower, weather permitting. The forecast is for mostly clear skies at present: Hopefully that will be the case on Wednesday. I will post more information here on the 12th regarding weather, etc.
Charles Ennis, SCC President
I took this last week with my Ha scope, single stacked, the image is a stack of the best 250 frames out of 500. The sun is quite quiet at present with only a few spots but some nice prominences, some of which are seen here. Can’t miss any opportunities to look at the sun!
Mike Bradley, Past President
The SCC Observatory will be open for public viewing at 9 PM on Saturday, August 8, 2015. The SCC Observatory is at the Sechelt Airport: entrance is at the gate at the top of Field Rd where you will see this sandwich board sign:
Check out our Observatory page for more information on the SCC Observatory. Please, no food or drinks and only use red light flashlights to preserve viewer’s night vision. No pets please: They are prohibited by Transport Canada regulations for this airfield.
2015-8-8 Update, 7:30 PM: It is currently raining at the observatory and the weather forecast is not looking promising for tonight. Clear Dark Sky is not showing any chance of viewing the sky until at least after 2 AM. So the viewing session is unfortunately cancelled due to the weather. The next observatory opening for members is Wednesday, 12 August, for the Perseid shower. The next public opening is 12 September (weather permitting).