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Perseid Meteor Shower August 12th

Due to inclement weather this event has had to be cancelled.

Total Solar Eclipse: Oregon, 21 August 2017

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Picture of a solar eclipse by member Ed Hanlon

My wife’s cousin Ron is an engineer lives in Beaverton, a suburb of Portland, Oregon, and has invited me and friends to his place to view the total solar eclipse on 21 August, 2017. This is the first total lunar eclipse visible from the U.S. in over 38 years: The last one passed through the Pacific Northwest in 1979. Bruce Woodburn and I are planning to drive down to view this from Ron’s part of the world. Any other members who are interested in being part of this should contact me.

Clear Skies, Charles Ennis, President

Speaker 10 February: Dr. Howard Trottier

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Dr. Howard Trottier

Our speaker at the Sunshine Coast Arts Centre, 5714 Medusa St., Sechelt, at 7:30 PM on Friday, 10 February, 2017, will be Dr. Howard Trottier, who will be speaking about “Outreach, Education, and Science at Simon Fraser University’s Trottier Observatory and Science Plaza.”

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Telescope at the Trottier Observatory at SFU

Astrophotography Course: 13 January

At 7:30 PM on Friday, 13 January, our Vice President, Mike Bradley, will be teaching a course on Astrophotography at the Sunshine Coast Arts Centre, 5714 Medusa St, Sechelt. Public is welcome: admission by donation

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Mike on the set of Coyote Science last Spring

Christmas Dreaming

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A spectroscope made by Kata and Erin Payne

ALERT: 1400 HOURS, 9 DECEMBER

Dear Members:

I’ve been in phone contact with various members, watching the weather on line, and watching the weather out my window up in Sandy Hook. As I write this David Thompson says it is snowing heavily by the Beer Farm in Gibsons and it is coming down fast and furious in Sandy Hook. Mindful of the snowfall warning, in the interest of safety, and not wanting people to come to tonight’s meeting and then not get home afterwards, I am cancelling the meeting tonight.

 

Regards, Charles Ennis

President, Sunshine Coast Centre

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At 7:30 PM on Friday, December 9, we will be having our annual Christmas gathering at the Sunshine Coast Arts Centre. This will be a pot luck (appetizers). This year we’re going to have a brainstorming session to come up with ideas about what direction we’d like the club to go in during the next few years. In recent years we’re made a lot of dreams come true: the observatory, a community TV show, a Bravo Channel documentary, to name but a few. I am sure that some of the more quiet of you have wonderful dreams too: ideas you’d like to see come to life. Come share those with us all so we can make them happen too.

Star Hopping: Demystifying Observers Handbooks and Star Atlases

On Friday, 11 November, at 7:30 PM at the Sunshine Coast Arts Centre, Sunshine Coast Centre President Charles Ennis will be teaching a course on how to use star atlases and the RASC Observer’s Handbook to locate objects in the sky.  Admission is by donation.

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Charles Ennis teaching aboard the Star Princess in September

Do You Just Belong?

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Danny, one of our most active members

Are you an active member, The kind that would be missed,

Or are you just contented, That your name is on the list?

Do you attend the meetings, And mingle with the flock,

Or do you meet in private, And criticize and knock?

Do you take an active part, To help the work along,

Or are you satisfied to be, The kind who just belongs?

Do you work on committees, To this there is no trick,

Or leave the work to just a few, And talk about the clique?

So come to meetings often, And help with hand and heart.

Don’t just be a member, But take and active part.

Think this over colleagues, You know what’s right from wrong.

Are you a valued member, Or do you just belong?

Author unknown.

Speaker for 14 October: Dr. Julio Navarro

navarro_0On 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.

Perseid Meteor Shower

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We’re going to open the SCC Observatory for the Perseid meteor shower Thursday, August 11 and at 8:30 PM.

Deep Sky Party 3

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Danny, our ambassador for the visitors this weekend

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.

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Everyone getting set up at sunset