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On 14 October, 2016, at the Sunshine Coast Arts Centre, 5714 Medusa St, Sechelt, at 7:30 PM, our guest speaker will be Dr. Julio Navarro from the University of Victoria, whose topic will be: Dark Matter and Dark Energy: the Puzzling Forces that Shape our Universe.
NOTE: Members will be holding their AGM to elect the new board at 7 PM. Public will not be admitted until 7:30.
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’re going to open the SCC Observatory for the Perseid meteor shower Thursday, August 11 and at 8:30 PM.
Members and visitors viewed the skies for the second night in a row last night. It was not as clear a sky as Friday night, with clouds drifting through, but we did get some viewing between the clouds.
Attached is another image I took yesterday, it shows a nice wispy prominence extending two or three earth diameters above the “surface”. Like the image earlier today this was taken in monochrome with a H alpha scope and then coloured as a last step.
Tonight is the second night of the clubs star party at our airport site at the top of field rd…
Last nights conditions were exceptional… at least the clarity of the sky was. While it was not so good for viewing planets because of the turbulence in the air the transparency was excellent. The milky way was etched sharply against a black background of stars and was
clearly visible from the north east horizon down to the southern horizon. The club scope was up and running as well as numerous other scopes from members and guests. Among the numerous star clusters and galaxies we viewed we were also treated to 2 passes of the space station and numerous bright meteors from 2 currently active meteor showers.
We also have several guests from the Victoria centre staying on site and possibly some today from Vancouver… feel free to drop by the site to say hello and welcome them to our beautiful area.
If all goes well, weather wise, tonight should be spectacular!!!!
the gate is closed now but unlocked so members can still access the site…pls leave gate as you find it when you enter.
Members and guests are welcome…
I hope to see you there!
Even though the sun cycle approaches solar minimum, there is still plenty to look and wonder at.
I took the attached image yesterday, it shows a huge solar filament meandering across the solar disc. I estimate that this must be 700,000 km or so in length. Solar filaments are regions of dense, cool gas held in place by magnetic fields, this one has been visible for several days now.