RASC Saskatoon Centre, Public & Media Events


Moon and Jupiter by Mike Dolan on February 19, 2020
Other Centre members' 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.

2022

JANUARY

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 - Meet & Greet Social
8:15 pm - Warm-up Program: What's up this month? Colin Chatfield & Tara Magee. Colin & Tara will describe events in the sky for the next month.
8:30 pm - Main Program: Book Review - The Backyard Astronomer's Guide - Mike Dolan
The Quest for a Saskatoon Light Pollution Bylaw - Rick Huziak

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.

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 - Meet & Greet Social
8:15 pm - Warm-up Program: What's up this month? Colin Chatfield & Tara Magee. Colin & Tara will describe events in the sky for the next month.
8:30 pm - Main Program: tbd

MARCH

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 - Meet & Greet Social
8:15 pm - Warm-up Program: What's up this month? Colin Chatfield & Tara Magee. Colin & Tara will describe events in the sky for the next month.
8:30 pm - Main Program: Repairing the Centre's 16" Meade - Yannis Pahatourglou. Yannis will describe the repair and refurbishment of the 16" telescope, correcting focus and go-to functions.

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.

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 - Meet & Greet Social
8:15 pm - Warm-up Program: What's up this month? Colin Chatfield & Tara Magee. Colin & Tara will describe events in the sky for the next month.
8:30 pm - Main Program: tbd

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 - Meet & Greet Social
8:15 pm - Warm-up Program: What's up this month? Colin Chatfield & Tara Magee. Colin & Tara will describe events in the sky for the next month.
8:30 pm - Main Program: tbd

May 22 - Noctilucent Cloud season begins. NLC season begins and lasts until August 22, with the peak in viewing around the summer solstice. 2021 was an exceptional season for these space clouds with displays being visible almost every night of the year. 2022 is expected to be the same. The clouds are visible when the sun is 8 to 18 degrees below the north horizon. Keep notes on the observations and take photographs. Note that null observations of the clouds and clouds in conjunction with aurora are also valuable. All observations can be reported to NLC Can/Am at the end of August. (See Aug 22 entry.)

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 - Meet & Greet Social
8:15 pm - Warm-up Program: What's up this month? Colin Chatfield & Tara Magee. Colin & Tara will describe events in the sky for the next month.
8:30 pm - Main Program: Rod Mollise, Contributing Editor, Sky & Telescope Magazine

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 22 - Noctilucent Cloud season ends. NLC season ends, so it is time to send your observations and photos to Mark Zalcyk of NLC Can/A at bgg_skymerchant@hotmail.com

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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> 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, Colin Chatfield, to get your name added to the challenge list in the Saskatoon Skies newsletter.
  • The Chatfield Binocular Challenge List - Expanded Version
    This is a description of the Chatfield Binocular List fields that goes beyond just the basic objects. Since you've taken time to find the Chatfield Objects, you might as well hang around a bit and explore whatelse is visible within the binocular field of view. The expanded list was produced by Rick Huziak during his run at the challenge.

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".