We won’t be open Saturday, 24 August as we’re busy doing Astronomy in the Park at Porpoise Bay Provincial Park. We are planning to open the observatory Sunday, 25 August as the forecast at the time of writing is favourable. We’ll update on this page on Sunday around 4 PM. Gates open at 8:30 PM.
At the end of July David Thompson upgraded our observatory with solar powered night lights which provide red lighting on the deck and access ramp of the observatory. These modules are spaced along the railings of the ramp and deck. These got their first trial at a public observing session August 4, and they work well. Thanks David!
The Sunshine Coast Centre of the RASC is bringing the popular Astronomy in the Park program back to Porpoise Bay Provincial Park in Sechelt on Saturday, 24 August from 1 to 11:30 p.m. There will be club telescopes, an information booth with membership information, displays and astronomy related giveaways.
The first “star” of the day will be the sun, and with the club’s safe solar telescopes, participants will be able to look for fiery prominences and sun-spots. Club members will be on hand with telescopes all afternoon and into the night to answer questions and show off the wonders of our universe.
At dusk, our astronomers will have their telescopes in the park picnic area for viewing Jupiter, Saturn, and countless other celestial objects. With clear skies and a new moon, participants should be able to see constellations, star clusters and nebulae. It’s the best show on earth and it’s absolutely free.
Remember to bring a flashlight with a red light to preserve night vision.
The Festival is a free, family event open to the public, organized by volunteers, and made possible by Porpoise Bay Provincial Park. Please respect all park rules. Weather permitting.
UPDATE, SATURDAY 24 AUG: The forecast this afternoon looks doable for setting up the booth and solar telescopes. The forecast on ClearDarkSky for this evening shows some cloud cover, poor transparency, and poor to average seeing, so it isn’t very likely that we’ll be doing night time viewing: We’ll keep a close eye on this.
Our SCC Observatory will NOT be open tonight.
Join our astronomers at Tim Hortons in Sechelt at 7:30 PM on Friday, 16 August for Astro Cafe. We discuss astronomy over coffee and then, when sunset approaches (weather permitting), take our telescopes down to the seawall in Davis Bay for public viewing.