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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Royal Astronomical Society of Canada – Ottawa Centre Meeting at the Canada Science and Technology Museum

Friday night, at the Canada Science and Technology Museum, the Ottawa Centre RASC (Royal Astronomical Society of Canada) meeting was underway when I arrived. Now, to be fair, these folks are used to sitting in the dark for hours at a time, but I was still a bit surprised to find them all sitting in a completely darkened auditorium when I arrived.

But there they were, about a hundred of them just sitting there patiently waiting for something to happen. No mosquitoes to swat so that was a good sign!!! :-).
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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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Earth Hour at the Canada Museum of Science and Technology

Earth Hour at the Canada Museum of Science and Technology

As part of the promotion of Earth Hour, the Canada Museum of Science and Technology opened the doors to the Helen Sawyer Hogg Observatory and their indoor planetarium. As well, members of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada – Ottawa Centre had telescopes out to show people the stars (and Saturn).

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