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Weather permitting, the Sandy Hook Star Party starts at 7:30 PM on Saturday, July 18. The SCC RASC will set up solar scopes for viewing flares and sun spots. The night scopes will be set up by sunset at 9 PM at Tot Park (5916 Skookumchuk Rd) which is at the corner of Deerhorn Dr and Skookumchuk Rd (see map below). We encourage people to bring their own telescopes. If you don’t know how to use it, this is a good opportunity to find out how. Jupiter and Venus will be in a triangle with the crescent moon at sunset. Our president’s house is the other side of the empty lot from the park in case Centre members or residents need a washroom or refreshment. There is a new moon that night, so we’ll have dark sky for the event.
This is the second time we’ve held this event. If you’re bringing flashlights, please bring red lenses in order to preserve our night vision.
Bring the family and join the Sunshine Coast Centre of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada for Astronomy in the Park on Saturday, Aug. 15th, from 1 to 11:30 p.m. at Porpoise Bay Provincial Park in Sechelt. There will be club telescopes, an information booth with membership information, displays and astronomy related giveaways. There will be an ongoing astro-crafts and colouring table for the kids and at 3:30 pm the Driftwood Players Story Theatre will weave their magical fairy tales.
Julie Davis’ Fun Popcorn will be there selling popcorn and no byproduct hotdogs.
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.
Take in the popular multi-media presentation in the park amphitheatre at dusk, and afterwards, viewing through club telescopes in the park picnic area. 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. Also check our Facebook page Sunshine-Coast-Astronomy-Club (see link in the left sidebar of this site) .
Comments: This is our eleventh annual club star party at porpoise bay park. 430 people viewed the skies through our telescopes last year. However, due to the Provincial Government charging us a $100 fee to put on this event, this may be our last Astronomy in the Park, as we are a non profit with limited funds.
Our Sunshine Coast Centre will be setting up an information booth at the Gibson’s Sea Cavalcade on Sunday, 26 July this year. Our RASC Centre will be there near the bus stop in Winegarden Park from 10 AM until 4 PM with our solar scopes to view sunspots and solar flares and an information booth. We hope to see you there!
Our Sunshine Coast Centre will be setting up an information booth in Hackett Park in Sechelt for Canada Day on Wednesday, 1 July, 2015. We’ll have our solar scopes set up so that you can view sunspots and solar flares.
Mike, Scott, Neil, and Charles manned the information booth and solar scopes at Roberts Creek Earth Day on Sunday, 26 April, 2015. 169 people attended the booth and we had a few chances to show them solar activity with the solar scopes through brief gaps in the overcast. You can check out more photos of the event here.
We will be setting up an information booth and solar scopes at Robert Creek Earth Day, Sunday, 26 April, 2015. The event runs from noon to 5 PM. Come down and see us and take a look at solar activity! The Roberts Creek Earth Day web site for 2015 is here. Below is the site map for the day showing where our booth will be located.