RASC Saskatoon Centre, Public & Media Events

All events are free of charge and open to the general public unless otherwise noted

Public events are in green text.

Centre member-only events are shown black text.

Selected astronomical events of interest are in purple text. Organized club or public events are not necessarily planned for these events.

2011

December 10 - Total Lunar Eclipse - Early morning observing session followed by group breakfast. Penumbra contact begins 5:33 am, umbra (fun starts) 6:45 am, totality begins 8:06 am, mid-eclipse 8:32 am, moon sets 9:09 am. Watch Yahoo-group for announcement regarding observing location details.

December 13 - Geminid Meteor Shower - peak in afternoon of 14th. Difficult - moon is full on 10th. No club event announced. Geminids are plentiful and often produce fireballs.

December 17 - Observers Group Meeting - Sleaford Observatory - starts at dusk.

December 19 - RASC Christmas Potluck Social - Room 175 Physics building, University of Saskatchewan - Bring a potluck dish and meet the club. Date confirmed. 6:30 - 9:30 pm. (No Executive meeting)

December 22 - Ursid Meteor Shower - December 1726, maximum December 22, 8 p.m. CST; little-studied shower that needs observations. No club event announced. See IMO website for more information: IMO Meteor Calendar

2012

January 3 - Quadrantid Meteor Shower - peak at 1 a.m. Jan. 4. The 77% moon makes things difficult. ZHR = 120. No club event announced. See Observer's Handbook 2012 p. 258 or IMO Meteor Calendar

January 12 - SSSP'12 Committee Meeting - Les & Ellen Dickson's place. New committee members welcome! 7:30 - 9:30 pm. Call Les (249-1091) to volunteer!

January 14 - Observers Group Meeting - Sleaford Observatory - starts at dusk.

January 16 - RASC General Meeting - Room 175 Physics building, University of Saskatchewan. Program tbd. Open to the general public. Free admission. 7:30 - 9:30 pm. (RASC Executive meeting - 6:30 pm.)

January 31 - NEO 433 Eros closest approach - 16-km diameter near-earth asteroid makes a close pass; closest January 31st, but easily visible in small telescopes from January through March, and in binoculars near end of January. No club event announced. See Observer's Handbook 2012 p. 250.

February 11 - Observers Group Meeting - Sleaford Observatory - starts at dusk.

February 13 - RASC General Meeting - NOTE EARLY DATE(moved from Feb. 20 to avoid Family Day holiday) - Room 175 Physics building, University of Saskatchewan. Program tbd. Open to the general public. Free admission. 7:30 - 9:30 pm. (RASC Executive meeting - 6:30 pm.)

March 19 - RASC General Meeting - Room 175 Physics building, University of Saskatchewan. Program tbd. Open to the general public. Free admission. 7:30 - 9:30 pm. (RASC Executive meeting - 6:30 pm.)

April 16 - RASC General Meeting - Room 175 Physics building, University of Saskatchewan. Program tbd. Open to the general public. Free admission. 7:30 - 9:30 pm. (RASC Executive meeting - 6:30 pm.)

April 22 - April Lyrid Meteor Shower - Peak is April 22, 11 p.m. New moon does not interfere. ZHR = 20. No club event announced. See Observer's Handbook 2012 p. 258.

May 12 - The Transit of Venus Public Lecture - Alan Dyer (Calgary Centre RASC) - Date tentative - subject to change; location tbd. 7:30 p.m. Events surrounding this talk will be announced at a later date. Open to the general public.

May 18 & 19 - Grasslands DSP East Block Star Party - Rock Creek campground & McGowan Farmhouse. Program tbd but observing starts at dusk. Open to the general public.

May 18 & 19 - Ogema to Horizon Tourist Train and Astronomy Night; (May 18 sold out); Mike Clancy will provide more details as the event comes closer. Open to the public.

May 19 - Partial Eclipse of the Sun - Evening eclipse - first contact: 8:56 pm; sun sets with sun still eclipsed. Observing location tbd. Open to the general public.

May 21 - RASC General Meeting - Room 175 Physics building, University of Saskatchewan. Program tbd. Open to the general public. Free admission. 7:30 - 9:30 pm. (RASC Executive meeting - 6:30 pm.)

June 4 - Partial Eclipse of the Moon - Eclipse occurs after midnight. First contact (penumbra contacts) at 2:48 a.m.; partial eclipse (umbra contacts) at 4:00 am; sun rises while eclipse is stll in progress.

June 5 - Transit of Venus - First contact 4:05 pm CST, second contact 4:22:35 pm, mid-sun 7:26:09 pm. Sun sets before Venus exits. Public viewing tbd.

June 18 - RASC General Meeting - Room 175 Physics building, University of Saskatchewan. Program tbd. Open to the general public. Free admission. 7:30 - 9:30 pm. (RASC Executive meeting - 6:30 pm.)

June 22 & 23 - Ogema to Horizon Tourist Train and Astronomy Night; Mike Clancy will provide more details as the event comes closer. Open to the public.

June 28 - July 1 - 53rd General Assembly of the RASC - Edmonton, AB - Speakers featured will be: Dr. Martin Connors (Athabasca University), Dame Jocelyn Bell Burnell (Oxford University), and Dr. Christopher Herd (U. of Alberta). Registration opens January 1. GA website is here

July 20 & 21 - Grasslands DSP West Block Star Party - new Frenchman Valley campground. Program tbd but observing starts at dusk. Open to the general public. Dates are tentative.

July 20 & 21 - Ogema to Horizon Tourist Train and Astronomy Night; Mike Clancy will provide more details as the event comes closer. Open to the public.

August 16 - 19 - 16th Annual Saskatchewan Summer Star Party 2012 (SSSP '12) - Cypress Hills Provincial Park DSP. Comet P/2001 Q2 Petriew returns to our sky. The comet was discovered at SSSP'01 by Vance Petriew of the Regina Centre of the RASC. Vance will be the Father Lucien Kemble Memorial Lecture speaker. Register for this event. Non-members can register if they please.

August 24 & 25 - Ogema to Horizon Tourist Train and Astronomy Night; Mike Clancy will provide more details as the event comes closer. Open to the public.

September 14 & 15 - Ogema to Horizon Tourist Train and Astronomy Night; Mike Clancy will provide more details as the event comes closer. Open to the public.

September 17 - RASC General Meeting - Room 175 Physics building, University of Saskatchewan. Program tbd. Open to the general public. Free admission. 7:30 - 9:30 pm. (RASC Executive meeting - 6:30 pm.)

October 15 - RASC General Meeting - Room 175 Physics building, University of Saskatchewan. Program tbd. Open to the general public. Free admission. 7:30 - 9:30 pm. (RASC Executive meeting - 6:30 pm.)

October tbd - Sleaford Observatory Open House - Sleaford Observatory tour and night under the stars, weather pending. Open to the general public. Watch for Stan Shadick's article in the Sunday Sun. Free admission. dusk - 10:30 pm. (Members' & volunteers' BBQ at 4:00 p.m.)

October 20 - Orionid Meteor Shower - Peak occurs 20 Oct. 10 pm with a moon illuminated 39%. ZHR = 20. No club event scheduled. See Observer's Handbook 2012 page 258.

November 19 - RASC General Meeting - Room 175 Physics building, University of Saskatchewan. Program tbd. Open to the general public. Free admission. 7:30 - 9:30 pm. (RASC Executive meeting - 6:30 pm.)

November 28 - Partial Eclipse of the Moon - Sunset eclipse. See Observer's Handbook 2012 page 131.

December 13 & 14 - Geminid Meteor Shower - Peak occurs 14 December at midnight with a new moon. ZHR = 120. No club event currently scheduled. See Observer's Handbook 2012 page 258.

December 17 - RASC Christmas Potluck Social - Room 175 Physics building, University of Saskatchewan - Bring a potluck dish & meet the club. Date to be confirmed due to closeness of Christmas. Open to the general public. Free admission. 6:30 - 9:30 pm. (No Executive meeting.)

2013

August 8 - 11 - 17th Annual Saskatchewan Summer Star Party 2013 (SSSP '13) - Cypress Hills Provincial Park DSP. Register for this event. Non-members can register if they please.

2014

August 21 - 24 - 18th Annual Saskatchewan Summer Star Party 2014 (SSSP '14) - Cypress Hills Provincial Park DSP. Register for this event. Non-members can register if they please.

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Sleaford Observatory

One of the benefits of membership with our Centre is access to our remote viewing site at Sleaford. The telephone number at the Sleaford site is 255-2045. For users of our site, here is some reading material (pdf format):


SCN-TV Video

To learn more about the Saskatchewan Summer Star Party and the CHIPP Dark-Dky Preserve, see us online on SCN-TV 15-Minutes of Fame at: SCN-TV Choose: Season 1, Episode 14

This clip is 13-minutes long and was shot at the 2006 Sask Summer Star Party.


Light Pollution Abatement Committee

We are fighting light pollution! The Saskatchewan Light Pollution Abatement Committee is a collaboration between the Saskatoon and Regina RASC Centres and a number of other key people in the province. See: Light Pollution in Saskatchewan.


Observing and Beginner's Groups

The RASC Saskatoon Centre has a very active Observing Group. Contact the Observing Group Coordinator for details of the group's activities.

The Observing Group has an Observer's Yahoo Group for observing discussions, announcements and notices.

For beginning amateur astronomers there is a Beginners Yahoo Group to join.

Observing Aids

  • Chatfield Binocular Challenge List
    You can earn you binocular certificate by observing 35 of the 40 objects on this list, created by Darrell Chatfield. Once you have started, register with the newsletter editor, Tenho Tuomi, to get your name added to the challenge list on page 10 of the Saskatoon Skies newsletter.

  • Messier Marathon List
    Don Machholz provides a great ordered listing for the Messier Marathon on his website.

National RASC Activities

The Royal Astronomical Society of Canada has many activities nationwide.


RASC Membership Activities

Here's a list of RASC member contributions to astronomy:
  1. SASKATCHEWAN AMATEUR ASTRONOMER DISCOVERS COMET! Comet Petriew! Congratulations to Regina astronomer Vance Petriew who discovered the comet at the 2001 Saskatchewan Summer Star Party! IAUC update number 2 on Comet Petriew has been released giving more post discovery information.

  2. CHANT MEDAL. In 2001, Rick Huziak received the prestigious Chant Medal. Congratulations Rick! We are very proud of your accomplishments in amateur astronomy and are very lucky to have you around. Rick is also the recipient of the AAVSO Director's Award, presented to him at the 92nd AAVSO Tuscon Conference.

  3. Saskatoon Centre RASC Astrophoto Page. Great astrophotos by our members.

  4. Rick Huziak's Great Canadian Observing Challenge.

  5. Rick Huziak's Geosynchronous Satellite Page

  6. Data from Tenho Tuomi's magnetometer at Lucky Lake, Saskatchewan.

  7. Video Videos of the January 5, 2008 fireball, from the camera "fireball2" and from the camera "fireball3".