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Speaker for November 12: Margaret Ikape

Margeret Ikape

At 7:00 PM, 2021 November 12, online on Zoom, the Sunshine Coast Centre of the RASC presents Margaret Ikape, who is doing the presentation “Probing the Epoch of Reionization with the Simons Observatory”.

Abstract: Astronomers are currently trying to understand some gaps in our knowledge of the history of the universe, and I am interested in filling in the blanks in the Epoch of reionization. Using computer simulations, and then later data from the Simons Observatory, I’ll discuss how we work towards understanding some fundamental questions about the epoch of reionization, like how big the first stars were and how long it took the universe to reionize. 

You can join us at our Zoom meeting here:

AGM and Speaker Richard Mitchell

Here is the link for our club’s AGM at 7 PM on October 8, 2021. Following the meeting Richard Mitchell will be doing his presentation:

Reprint of Richard Corbet’s article appearing in the February 26, 2021 edition of the Coast Reporter

Speaker for 10 September: Charles Ennis

At 7:00 PM, 2021 September 10, online on Zoom, the Sunshine Coast Centre of the RASC presents the Explore the Universe Challenge. Sunshine Coast Member Charles Ennis will introduce the RASC’s Explore the Universe Program and teach viewers how to find the objects in the Autumn viewing portion of the program. Later this year Charles will come back on Zoom to teach the Winter segment.

The RASC Explore the Universe program (awarded since 2002) is aimed at the novice visual astronomer. Those who complete the program may apply for a certificate and pin—this is open to all, RASC members and non-members alike. This program will:

A choice of objects is provided so that you can start the program at any time of the year and easily complete the requirements in three to six months time.

Want to get started? Download the Explore the Universe program requirements and start your observing program today! All you need to do is find half of the 110 objects on the program list.

Téléchargez le programme Explorez l’Univers en français et débutez vos observations dès aujourd’hui.

If you are looking for a guide to getting started, consider purchasing the Explore the Universe Guide (2nd Edition) in the RASC store.

Here is the link to join our meeting;

Jupiter at near opposition

Jupiter taken from Sechelt with moons Callisto and Io at near oppostion – red spot just visible

Saturn with its moon Titan

Astro-Cafe event cancelled

In response to the recent developments with COVID-19 cases, we have made the difficult decision to cancel the Astro-Cafe that had been planned planned for the Davis Bay Sea Wall on Friday. The Perseid meteor shower will still take place though, so find a dark, safe spot and take a look to the sky. The shower is expected to be at a maximum between Wednesday and Friday.

Sechelt Airport Re-Opening Event

Update on Harry’s Observing

Harry’s new battery charger

Harry Andinda, our young friend in Uganda who we’ve been helping out, just wrote to confirm that he’d received the battery charger and rechargeable batteries that we sent him for the telescope we sent him earlier. You can check out an earlier story on this here: Harry has now downloaded the latest version of Stellarium and used that to plan his last observing session, during which he viewed his first shadow transit of Jupiter: Io was passing in front of Jupiter casting its shadow on the planet’s surface.


Due to the Covid 19 pandemic, we’ve been meeting virtually on Zoom for over a year and all activity at our observatory was put on hold as it was too risky to share eyepieces. However, things are looking promising for a reopening of the observatory as more people are vaccinated and restrictions lifted.

Meanwhile the Sechelt Airport has been lengthening their runway, and this has changed how we will access the observatory. For more on this including directions and a map, see our Observatory page.

Between 10 AM and Noon on Saturday, 24 July, the Sechelt Airport will have a public event to celebrate the completion of the runway extension and we’ve been invited to participate as this will mark a reopening of our observatory access. For this event access will be through the main airport gate off Hilltop Rd: You won’t have to use the new route to the observatory. Our astronomers will be there with solar scopes to view sunspots and flares and with handouts on the new observatory access. We can take people to tour the observatory as well. Masks are requested and social distancing will be observed. We will be using projections to display the sun so that use of eyepieces won’t be necessary.