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August 8, 2016... Upcoming Public Outreach Events in Saint John...
  Join local members of the RASC NB provincial astronomy club on August 12, 2016 in celebrating the 5th anniversary of the Irving Nature Park's designation as Canada's first Urban Star Park. Starting at 8:30 PM with a brief talk at the Interpretative Shelter, we will move to the nearby observing ground where several telescopes will be set up. Evening highlights will be the craters and mountains on the Moon, Saturn with its fascinating rings, reddish Mars, and locating Jupiter, Venus, and Mercury. With the Perseid meteor shower near its peak we are likely to see the sky punctuated with shooting stars.

And on October 7, 2016 Kick off your Thanksgiving weekend with an evening of stargazing with members of the RASC NB provincial astronomy club. Starting at 7:00 PM with a brief talk at the Interpretative Shelter, we will move to the nearby observing ground where several telescopes will be set up for views of Moon and Saturn. When twilight fades to darkness we will see star clusters, distant galaxies, and nebulous clouds from both newborn and dying stars. Some telescopes will be equipped with adapters to allow you to capture close-ups of the Moon with your phone camera. The amateur astronomers will be happy to show you the constellations and answer your questions on telescopes and stargazing.

As with all park events, this is offered free of charge by J.D. Irving, Limited. Donít forget to bring a mug for hot chocolate, and bring an extra layer or two as the park can get chilly after sunset. If it is cloudy we will try again on the following Saturday evening

Location: Irving Nature Park - Observation Lookout Parking Lot Questions? Call the park at (506) 653-7367
 
June 15, 2016... RASC NB Meeting...
  Join us Saturday, June 18, 2016 at 1:00 PM at Moncton High School. Agenda for the General Meeting:

1. Welcome (June MacDonald)
2. The Juno Mission to Jupiter (David McCashion)
3. Observing Reports - what have you been observing lately? (All)
4. What's Up for Summer (Curt Nason)
5. Show & Tell, Buy & Sell
7. Imaging Reports - your astrophotos, star party photos, observatory openings and such
8. Summer Constellations (Curt Nason) - If we need a time filler.
9. Wrap up (June MacDonald)

There is a Centre business meeting for all members at 11:00 AM.

Moncton High School can be found at 140 Longfellow Dr with the following driving instructions: Drive past the old exit of Mapleton Road (Costco) & take the 459A/B exit off to the right to go to Route 115 Elmwood Dr. (toward Notre Dame/Sainte Antoine), turn left onto Elmwood Dr. route 115 and just follow the road for 5.2 km. until you come to the entrance on the left for the school. There is a Tim Hortonís just before the entrance that can be used as a guide.

We will likely be going out for supper afterwards so you may want to include this in your plans for the day. What better way to spend the day than talking astronomy, enjoying good company, and sharing a good meal with friends? See you Saturday!
 
May 26, 2016... RASC NB Meeting...
  Join us Saturday, May 28, 2016 at 1:00 PM at the Rockwood Park Interpretation Centre in Saint John for our regular monthly meeting. Agenda for the General Meeting:

1. Welcome (J. MacDonald)
2. What's Up (C. Nason)
3. Observing Reports
4. New Horizons Update (J. MacDonald)
5. Show & Tell, Buy & Sell
6. Imaging Reports
7. Kepler Mission Update - Exoplanet Results (P.Webb)
8. Wrap up (J. MacDonald)


We'll likely be going out for supper afterwards - and most likely we will try nearby Lily's Cafe - so you may want to include this in your plans for the day. What better way to spend the day than talking astronomy, enjoying good company, and sharing a good meal with friends? See you then!
 
May 3, 2016... Transit Of Mercury...
  Members of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada, NB Centre will be at the Irving Nature Park in Saint John for this daytime observing event. If you get a chance, join us for a rare view of Mercury as it crosses the face of the sun. The planet begins its transit shortly after 8:00 AM and ends shortly before 4:00 PM.
 
May 2, 2016... Coming Soon...Astronomy Week...
  Join us Saturday, May 14, 2016 from 9:00 PM to 11:00 PM at the Rockwood Park Bark Park (Fisher Lakes entrance, 600 metres from the gate) in Saint John to celebrate International Astronomy Day with members of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada and the Saint John Astronomy Club! Several telescopes will be set up for observing the treasures of the night sky. See the Moon at its best; Jupiter with its cloud belts, a giant storm called the Great Red Spot, and 4 moons (one of which will disappear behind the planet soon after 9 pm). As darkness sets in we will see star clusters, galaxies millions of light years away, and an interstellar cloud where stars are forming called the Orion nebula. Later we might glimpse the ice caps of Mars and the rings and Saturn. The astronomers will be happy to point out the constellations and answer your questions about their telescopes and the night sky.

During the day there will also be a Getting Acquainted with the Night Sky workshop that will introduce you to the wonders of the sky and how to observe them at the Rockwood Park Interpretation Centre from 9:30 AM to 4:00 PM. Seating is limited and as a result please register with Curt Nason (nasonc@nbnet.nb.ca) via email.

Also, in Fredericton, at the Brookside Mall (Southside entrance near the RBC bank) in celebration of International Astronomy Week and weather permitting there will be Solar Observing sessions in the daytime from 8:00am to 4:00pm and Night Sky Observing sessions from 9:00pm to Midnight. Note: Of special importance is the Transit of Mercury across the Face of the May 9. On Saturday May 14, there will be an Astronomy display inside the Brookside Mall (near entrance beside the RBC bank) from approximately 9:00am to 6:00pm. There will be a few telescopes on display as well as some free astronomy literature (Starfinders, Getting Started In Astronomy Brochures, Moon Gazer Guides etc). There will also be a Telescope clinic for anyone that owns a telescope but are unsure how to use it. Bring your telescope to the clinic and let experienced Amateur Astronomers show you how to properly set up and use your telescope. For more info contact Adrien Bordage (abordage@rogers.com)
 
April 14, 2016... RASC NB Meeting...
  Join us Saturday, April 16, 2015 at UNB in Fredericton (the Forestry & Earth Sciences (Geology) Building, Room 203) for our regular monthly meeting.

There will be a Centre business meeting at 11:00 in the same location. We plan to have more business meetings involving Centre members rather than just the Council and this will be the first. The main agenda item is a discussion of amendments to the Centre By-Law to distinguish between (business) meetings of the Centre (all members present vote) and Council meetings (only Council votes), and to accommodate a change to the title of the National Advisory Council Representative. All members are invited to participate and vote. A quorum for a business meeting of the Centre is 12.

Agenda for the General Meeting at 13:00

1. Welcome (J MacDonald)
2. What's Up (A Bordage)
3. Observing Reports
4. Using the Hotech Advanced Laser Collimator (P. Owen)
5. Show & Tell, Buy & Sell (any astrogear or books to flaunt or to sell?)
BREAK
6. Imaging Reports (any astrophotos to show us?)
7. The 66 Million Year Old Hole - The Search for the Crater of the Dinosaur Killer (C Nason)
8. Wrap Up (J MacDonald)


We will likely be going out for supper afterwards so you may want to include this in your plans for the day. What better way to spend the day than talking astronomy, enjoying good company, and sharing a good meal with friends? See you Saturday!
 
March 15, 2016... RASC NB Meeting...
  Join us Saturday, March 19, 2016 at 1:00 PM at Moncton High School. A special guest, Ted Gull, will be talking about "Two 3-D Models: the Homunculus and Interacting Winds". Paul Gray will also be discussing the 2017 Solar Eclipse and an exchange student attneding Moncton Hish School will discuss his experience with astronomy in New Brunswick...along with the other usual activities,

Moncton High School can be found at 140 Longfellow Dr with the following driving instructions: Drive past the old exit of Mapleton Road (Costco) & take the 459A/B exit off to the right to go to Route 115 Elmwood Dr. (toward Notre Dame/Sainte Antoine), turn left onto Elmwood Dr. route 115 and just follow the road for 5.2 km. until you come to the entrance on the left for the school. There is a Tim Hortonís just before the entrance that can be used as a guide.

We will likely be going out for supper afterwards so you may want to include this in your plans for the day. What better way to spend the day than talking astronomy, enjoying good company, and sharing a good meal with friends? See you Saturday!
 
February 16, 2016... RASC NB Meeting...
  Join us Saturday, February 20, 2016 at 1:00 PM at the Rockwood Park Interpretation Centre in Saint John for our regular monthly meeting.

In addition, there will be a Business meeting beginning at 11:00 AM. All are welcome to listen in and see how your RASC Centre functions.

We'll likely be going out for supper afterwards - and most likely we will try nearby Lily's Cafe - so you may want to include this in your plans for the day. What better way to spend the day than talking astronomy, enjoying good company, and sharing a good meal with friends? See you then!
 
January 21, 2016... RASC NB Meeting...
  Welcome to winter in Canada. Unfortunately, we are not able to meet in January so we look forward to seeing you on February 20 when we will try again.
 
January 1, 2016... RASC NB Meeting...
  HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Join us Saturday, January 16, 2016 at 1:00 PM at the Rockwood Park Interpretation Centre in Saint John for our regular monthly meeting.

In addition, there will be a Business meeting beginning at 11:00 AM. All are welcome to listen in and see how your RASC Centre functions.

We'll likely be going out for supper afterwards - and most likely we will try nearby Lily's Cafe - so you may want to include this in your plans for the day. What better way to spend the day than talking astronomy, enjoying good company, and sharing a good meal with friends? See you then!