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Public Viewing: 13 May

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We’ll be opening the SCC Observatory at the Sechelt Airport at 8 PM on Saturday, 13 May for public viewing. Check out this post on the day of the event for weather updates

Astro Cafe: 19 May

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Astro Cafe will convene at Pier 17 in Davis Bay at 8:00 PM on Friday, 19 May, 2017. Public are welcome!  We’ll have coffee and weather permitting will take our telescopes out to the south end of the seawall for public viewing

NOTE: As Pier 17 is still under renovation, we’ll be meeting at Wheatberries next door instead at 7 pm.

Speaker for 12 May: Dr. Sun Kwok

stardust_b (2)At 7:30 PM, 12 May 2017, at the Sunshine Coast Art Centre, 5714 Medusa St., Sechelt, The Sunshine Coast Centre welcomes Dr. Sun Kwok, whose topic will be “Stardust: the cosmic seeds of life.” How did life originate on Earth?  For over 50 years, scientists believed that life was the result of chemistry involving simple molecules such as methane and ammonia cooking in a primordial soup.  Recent space observations have revealed that old stars are capable of making very complex organic compounds.  The stars then ejected the organics and spread them all over the Milky Way Galaxy.  There is evidence that these organic dust particles actually reached the early Solar System.  Through bombardments by comets and asteroids, the early Earth inherited significant amounts of star dust.  Was the development of life assisted by the arrival of these extraterrestrial materials?  In this talk, we describe discoveries in astronomy and solar system science over the last 10 years that resulted in a new perspective on the origin of life.

Prof. Sun Kwok’s research areas are astrochemistry and stellar evolution.  He is best known for his theory on the origin of planetary nebulae and the death of Sun-like stars.  His recent research has been on the topic of the synthesis of complex organic compounds in the late stages of stellar evolution.  He is the author of many books, including The Origin and Evolution of Planetary Nebulae (Cambridge, 2000), Cosmic Butterflies (Cambridge, 2001), Physics and Chemistry of the Interstellar Medium (University Science Books, 2007), Organic Matter in the Universe (Wiley, 2012), and Stardust: the cosmic seeds of life (Springer, 2013).  He has been a guest observer on many space missions, including the Hubble Space Telescope and the Infrared Space Observatory.

Prof. Kwok currently serves as President of IAU International Astronomical Union (IAU), Commission on Astrobiology.  Previously, he has served as the President of IAU Commission on Interstellar Matter (2012-2015) and chairman of IAU Planetary Nebulae Working Group (1994-2001).

Admission is free: donations gratefully accepted at the door.

Roberts Creek Earth Day: 22 April 2017

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Volunteers setting up solar scopes for 2016 Earth Day (photo by Sam Casoria)

We will be setting up our outreach booth for Roberts Creek Earth Day from noon to 5 pm on Saturday, 22 April, by the Mandala at the foot of Roberts Creek Rd. This is the same location we’ve set up in past years. Volunteers should show up for 11 AM to help set up.

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Members of the public at our Earth Day booth last year.

Comet Hunting

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Mike Bradley checks out the list of comets and sets up the laptop to steer the telescope (photo by Charles Ennis)

Last night (16 April), 9 people attended the SCC Observatory to hunt comets. We got a good look at comets 41P/tuttle-Giacobinni-Kresak and C/2015 V2 Johnson, added objects to member’s Messier lists, and got a good look at Jupiter. Danny and Neil brought their own telescopes to join the sky survey.

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Charles views stars for alignments while Mike runs the laptop and David looks on (photo by James MacWilliams)

Astro Cafe: 21 April

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Astro Cafe will convene at Wheatberries in Davis Bay at 7:00 PM on Friday, 21 April, 2017. Public are welcome!  We’ll have coffee and weather permitting will take our telescopes out to the south end of the seawall for public viewing

Public Viewing: 15 April

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We’ll be opening the SCC Observatory at the Sechelt Airport at 8 PM on Saturday, 15 April for public viewing. Check out this post on the day of the event for weather updates

15 April, noon: The forecast is looking good for opening the observatory tonight!

5 pm: still looking good!