Astronomy Camping at Nirvana

Astronomy Camping at Nirvana

Nirvana is a nice dark sky zone known to Members of RASC where one can go for astronomy. That weekend there were over 9 of us out there, from planetary observers to DSO (deep space objects). Even one expert who spent the entire astronomical night watching meteors plummet to the earth.
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Astronomy Day 2011

Astronomy Day 2011

Today is Astronomy Day, and the above picture is a shot of the Sun as it rises. Again you can see some sunspots. Once again I was volunteering for the RASC event held at the Canada Museum of Science and Technology. We had two main events, Solar Observing during the day, and Star Party after it got dark.

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Pontiac Observatory Initiative RASC Presentation

Pontiac Observatory Initiative RASC Presentation

Stephane is trying to win the Pepsi Refresh Canada $100K prize to build an Observatory Park in Pontiac Quebec. The idea is that it allows for the general public to get access to telescopes, planetarium and a safe dark sky location in which to observe the stars.

He put on a presentation to the RASC members in Ottawa this month and the next day help promote his challenge and astronomy in general during Astronomy Day at the museum of Science and Technology.

To help support his cause vote daily here:  http://www.refresheverything.ca/observatoryinitiative

Just logon via facebook (yeah I know you got one) and vote everyday towards this valuable astronomical asset!

Getting out of a rut.

Last night, Graeme was heading along the trail into the Observatory buildings when a nice rut grabbed a wheel and held him there. We looked at the problem in the dark and decided that would have more success getting the car out of the rut in the daylight so we moved all of his astronomy gear over to my car and headed home.
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