Our members will be at the Sechelt Botanical Garden’s Harvest Festival on Sunday, 4 September, from 10 AM to 4 PM with our information booth and solar scopes. Hope to see you there!
Astro Cafe will convene at Pier 17 in Davis Bay at 7:30 PM on Friday, 16 September, 2016. Public are welcome! We’ll have coffee and weather permitting will take our telescopes out to the south end of the seawall for public viewing
Our speaker for Friday, 9 September at 7:30 PM will be astrophysicist Dr. Jon Willis from the University of Victoria. His topic will be: All These Worlds are Yours.
NOTE: This meeting will take place at Capilano University, NOT the Sunshine Coast Arts Centre where we met in the past.
We had 85 members of the public show up for our first Starlight Coast Star Party last night. We had a perfectly clear sky for the event, though it was very hot until the sun set. The Rotary Club served hotdogs, hamburgers and sandwiches. We displayed the entries for the poster contest and handed out prizes to the winners. The Coast Reporter photographer showed up to get pictures. We had visitors on site viewing the skies until midnight.
5-9 yr Category
1st Prize Beginner Telescope: Miyo (5) & Taho Shinagawa
2nd Prize Book: Kianna Hamlin (9)
3rd Prize Book: Ryder Wood (9)
4th Book: Molly Jones
1st Prize Telescope: Jessica Carrol (14)
2nd Prize – Astronomy Book (Hubble): Eva Starsage (12)
3rd Prize – Sky Scout: Merriwether Morris(15)
4th (honorable mention) Book: Alexandra Holden ( 15)
**Honorable mention – Subscription to Sky News: Trisha Singh
All of the rest of the kids that showed up got a gift bag.
Last night we finished 13 days of filming interviews, star parties, observatories (optical and radio telescopes), night skies and assorted b roll in Prince George, Kelowna, Penticton, and the Sunshine Coast. We got all that we hoped to capture for the BravoFACTUAL “Starry Nights” project as well as key footage for the proposedTelus Optik “Astronomers Like You” project. We hope to get a go ahead from Telus in the next few weeks. Now its time to get down to editing and making this all into documentaries. Many thanks to the many people who helped us in the last 13 days!
Charles Ennis, National Secretary
We’ll be opening the SCC Observatory at the Sechelt Airport at 8:30 PM on Saturday, 13 August for public viewing. The Moon, Saturn, and Mars will all be on display, as well as many deep sky objects.
UPDATE 8 AM 13 August: Clear Dark Sky charts showing clear skies this evening for the opening of the observatory.
NOTE: We discovered a notice in the newspaper saying we were doing public viewing at Porpoise Bay Provincial Park 13 August, and this is NOT the case. We used to hold events there, but this year’s event is the Starlight Coast Star Party at our Observatory on August 20.