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Astronomy in the Park: 24 August

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Danny Sklazeski setting up his hydrogen alpha scope to show visitors to Porpoise Bay Provincial Park the Sun.

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.

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Our Centre’s 2018 information booth in Porpoise Bay Provincial Park


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