RASC Saskatoon Centre, Public & Media Events


Aurora in Saskatoon, November 4, 2021 by Ron Waldron, Saskatchewan's Own STARMAN
Other Centre member astroimages

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.

INSTRUCTIONS FOR JOINING ZOOM EXECUTIVE or GENERAL MEETINGS DURING COVID-19

Download the ZOOM app onto your computer or device (if you haven't already.)

An email will be sent to you with the meeting link information for your computer or phone. check the newsletter monthy for last minute changes in the link or event scheduling. Email sk_centre@rasc.ca if you did not receive an email and wish to join the meeting.

2021

DECEMBER

December 4 - Observer's Group Night at the Sleaford Observatory - Observing starts at dusk. Get there early and set up for a great night of observing! Members and their guests only.

December 13 - RASC Christmas General Meeting - Zoom link will be sent to members for a virtual meeting because of COViD-19. Unfortunately bandwidth limitations prevent us from opening the virtual meeting to the general public.

7:00 pm - RASC Executive Meeting. (Members may attend the Executive meeting as observers if they wish.)
8:00 pm - Warm-up Program: What's up this month by Colin Chatfield & Tara Magee
8:30 pm - Main Program: Astronomy Jeopardy - hosted by Mike Dolan - Mike will host another rousing episode of Astronomy Jeopardy - filled with fun facts and interesting trivia. You don't need to be an astrophysicist to play. Just show up and have fun!

2022

JANUARY

January 29 - Observer's Group Night at the Sleaford Observatory - Observing starts at dusk. Get there early and set up for a great night of observing! Members and their guests only.

January 17 - RASC General Meeting

7:00 pm - RASC Executive Meeting. (Members may attend the Executive meeting as observers if they wish.)
8:00 pm - Warm-up Program: TBD
8:30 pm - Main Program: TBD
9:30 pm - After Meeting Meeting Join us at Filosophi (the renovated Alexander's) for post-meeting refreshment and continued discussion.

FEBRUARY

February 26 - Observer's Group Night at the Sleaford Observatory - Observing starts at dusk. Get there early and set up for a great night of observing! Members and their guests only.

February 28 - RASC General Meeting

7:00 pm - RASC Executive Meeting. (Members may attend the Executive meeting as observers if they wish.)
8:00 pm - Warm-up Program: TBD
8:30 pm - Main Program: TBD
9:30 pm - After Meeting Meeting Join us at Filosophi (the renovated Alexander's) for post-meeting refreshment and continued discussion.

MARCH

March 26 - Observer's Group Night at the Sleaford Observatory - Observing starts at dusk. Get there early and set up for a great night of observing! Members and their guests only.

March 26 (backup night April 2) - Messier Marathon Night at the Sleaford Observatory - Here is your chance to observer 109 of the 110 Messier objects over once grueling night, dusk to dawn. Observing starts at dusk, but show up early as your first objects need to be observed in bright evening twighlight. Get there early and set up for a great night of observing! Members and their guests only.

March 21 - RASC General Meeting

7:00 pm - RASC Executive Meeting. (Members may attend the Executive meeting as observers if they wish.)
8:00 pm - Warm-up Program: TBD
8:30 pm - Main Program: TBD
9:30 pm - After Meeting Meeting Join us at Filosophi (the renovated Alexander's) for post-meeting refreshment and continued discussion.

APRIL

April 30 - Observer's Group Night at the Sleaford Observatory - Observing starts at dusk. Get there early and set up for a great night of observing! This is also the last-chance Messier Marathon Back-up Night. Members and their guests only.

April 18 - RASC General Meeting

7:00 pm - RASC Executive Meeting. (Members may attend the Executive meeting as observers if they wish.)
8:00 pm - Warm-up Program: TBD
8:30 pm - Main Program: TBD
9:30 pm - After Meeting Meeting Join us at Filosophi (the renovated Alexander's) for post-meeting refreshment and continued discussion.

MAY

May 28 - Observer's Group Night at the Sleaford Observatory - Observing starts at dusk. Get there early and set up for a great night of observing! Members and their guests only.

May 16 - RASC General Meeting

7:00 pm - RASC Executive Meeting. (Members may attend the Executive meeting as observers if they wish.)
8:00 pm - Warm-up Program: TBD
8:30 pm - Main Program: TBD
9:30 pm - After Meeting Meeting Join us at Filosophi (the renovated Alexander's) for post-meeting refreshment and continued discussion.

JUNE

June 25 - Observer's Group Night at the Sleaford Observatory - Observing starts at dusk. Get there early and set up for a great night of observing! Members and their guests only.

June 20 - RASC General Meeting

7:00 pm - RASC Executive Meeting. (Members may attend the Executive meeting as observers if they wish.)
8:00 pm - Warm-up Program: TBD
8:30 pm - Main Program: TBD
9:30 pm - After Meeting Meeting Join us at Filosophi (the renovated Alexander's) for post-meeting refreshment and continued discussion.

JULY

July 23 - Observer's Group Night at the Sleaford Observatory - Observing starts at dusk. Get there early and set up for a great night of observing! Members and their guests only.

AUGUST

August 12 - Perseid Meteor Shower (007 PER) - Usually with a ZHR of 110, but rates can be variable. Meteors are detectable July 17 August 24. The new moon is on the 12th, so this is a very unfavourable year for observing this shower. However, in 2021, an unexpected storm occurred about 30 hours after the traditional peak! For more information, see https://www.imo.net/files/meteor-shower/cal2022.pdf

August 24 - 29 - 25th Annual Saskatchewan Summer Star Party at Cypress Hills - See Star Party Pages - sidebar. Open to anyone.

SEPTEMBER

September 24 - Observer's Group Night at the Sleaford Observatory - Observing starts at dusk. Get there early and set up for a great night of observing! Members and their guests only.

OCTOBER

October 22 - Observer's Group Night at the Sleaford Observatory - Observing starts at dusk. Get there early and set up for a great night of observing! Members and their guests only.

NOVEMBER

November 19 - Observer's Group Night at the Sleaford Observatory - Observing starts at dusk. Get there early and set up for a great night of observing! Members and their guests only.

DECEMBER

December 17 - Observer's Group Night at the Sleaford Observatory - Observing starts at dusk. Get there early and set up for a great night of observing! Members and their guests only.

2023

AUGUST

August 16 - 21 - 26th Annual Saskatchewan Summer Star Party at Cypress Hills - See Star Party Pages - sidebar. Open to anyone.

2044

AUGUST

August 17 - 22 or August 22 - 28 - Saskatchewan Summer Star Party 2044 - 47th Annual SSSP at Cypress Hills Provincial Park. Program TBD. Stay tuned!

August 22 - Total Eclipse of the Sun - Visible from the Saskatchewan Summer Star Party. SSSP'44 is on the Centre Line.

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For More Information on Events & the RASC:

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For information specifically on Saskatchewan Summer Star Party (SSSP), email us.

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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):


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 Group

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

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

RASC member contributions to astronomy:
  • SASKATCHEWAN AMATEUR ASTRONOMER DISCOVERS COMET! Comet Petriew! Congratulations to Regina astronomer Vance Petriew who discovered the comet at the 2001 Saskatchewan Summer Star Party!

  • 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.

  • Ron Waldron Living Skies Stargazing

  • Tenho Tuomi Tuomi Observatory

  • Tim Yaworski RASC Astroimaging Wide Field certificate

  • Rick Huziak's Great Canadian Observing Challenge.

  • Rick Huziak's Geosynchronous Satellite Page

  • Video of the January 5, 2008 fireball from the camera "fireball3".