ASTRONOMY KIDS CAMP HAS BEEN CANCELLED DUE TO LOW ENROLMENT. OUR APOLOGIES FOR ANY INCONVENIENCE THIS HAS CAUSED.
This site was updated July 31, 2014.
The AUGUST 2014 StarGazerNews issue is now available! Click NEWSLETTER tab above.
Our EVENTS list has been updated to include August 2014
Join us for Perseid meteor viewing from the Fox Observagtory on Aug 12.
See our NEW Solar Information at the bottom of the HOME page.
The Bluewater Astronomical Society is a group of amateur astronomers that love stargazing and sharing the hobby with others. We promote astronomy education in the Bluewater counties of Bruce and Grey by holding star gazing sessions, lectures and astronomy events for anyone interested in learning more about the night sky. We have a large, modern facility, the ES Fox Observatory on the grounds of the Bluewater Outdoor Education Centre of the Bluewater Education Foundation. There we show, to young and old alike, views of the moon, planets, star clusters, galaxies and nebulae. Join us at our public stargazing sessions (see below or click on Coming Events) for some heavenly views under one of the last truly dark sky locations in Ontario.
The BOEC was declared a Dark Sky Preserve in Nov. 2012, Canada’s 15th DSP. At the ES Fox Observatory, we have a large reflecting telescope (a 28-inch Webster) and we use it regularly in our public viewing sessions.
CURRENT ASTRONOMY NEWS
COMING JULY 5: Dwarf Planet Ceres and Asteroid Vesta Close Approach! 1/6th of a degree apart!
Chart Below ©Sky&Telescope is approx. 20° by 15°. Second chart shows area in black enlarged.
Chart below ©S&T is approximately 4° by 3°. Brightest star (upper left) is Heze at 3.3 mag.
Both charts from Sky & Telescope. See original site with downloadable maps HERE.)
Another map from British Astronomical Association (BAA ASTEROID COMPUTING section is HERE.)
See also the June 2014 SGN issue for details of this exceptionally close approach (appulse).
News: Comet Jacques has brightened to magnitude 6:
The two (new) comets on the list so far will probably stay binocular objects. Comet Jaques (C/2014E2) is now brighter than magnitude 6 but too close to the Sun for viewing. Comet PanSTARRS (C/2012 K1) has now faded to magnitude 9. The former will be best in late summer and fall. Star chart for Comet PanSTARRS is HERE or in MAPS/CHARTS and Comet Jacques is HERE. Note that Jacques is close to the sun in the morning and only starts to be visible higher in the dawn sky after the first week of July. It makes a nice close pass to Venus on July 13. More info for PanSTARRS can be found in our WEBLOG and here: C PanSTARRS Universe today article. One of the latest images for Comet Jacques is shown. Check this website: http://www.aerith.net/comet/weekly/current.html for up-to-date information.
11 images of Comet Jacques stacked from May 3rd. Credit: Ian Griffin @IanGriffin.
Read more: http://www.universetoday.com/111618/comet-jacques-brightens-how-to-see-it-in-may/#ixzz3630806jj
A third comet, Comet LINEAR (C/2012 X1) is fading and under magnitude 9 presently. A fourth, visible earlier this year, Comet Lovejoy, (C/2013 R1) has faded to below magnitude 11.
Chart for Comet LINEAR to July 1 and chart for C. Lovejoy to June 24 (if you are interested.)
Saturn now just past Opposition -viewing is Still Excellent! Opposition occurred May 10; ring tilt is 21°. Check these articles for viewing tips:
Sky News Saturn Observing Tips and from Earth-Sky: Saturn 2014 Viewing
Get your scopes out for a look.
Andrew Kwon images show changing angle of rings from 2010 to 2014
BAS CALENDAR OF EVENTS
BAS regular 1st Wed of the month meetings start on Mar 5, 2014. Next meeting is at the ES Fox Observatory August 6, 2014.
A quick look summary of all BAS events for 2014 can be found here:
2014 Events Summary
Note there may be minor changes in this list as dates approach. For up-to-date listing, see our 3-month list below or click on the COMING EVENTS page for detailed monthly information.
NOTE: BAS Meetings and Public Viewing at Grey Roots Museum are open to the public and there is no charge. BAS viewing at ES Fox Observatory is either open to the public (see dates below) or for members and guests. HOWEVER, we welcome out-of-town guests AT NO CHARGE on all of our observing nights. We will do our best to accommodate you!
Individuals or groups may request private tours on other dates (subject to availability of guides) by contacting John Hlynialuk, email: email@example.com or Aaron Top, email: firstname.lastname@example.org . There is a fee for private tours.
Events list below is now updated to the end of AUGUST 2014.
See COMING EVENTS page for more details about the following events:
EVENTS June 2014 to August 2014
Jun 3 Tue (FQ-2) Triple Shadow Transit on Jupiter during daylight hours. A GOTO scope is required. Look for shadows of Callisto, Europa and Ganymede from 2:08 pm to 3:40 pm DST in N.America. Good luck. Daytime viewing from ES Fox Observatory but register your intention to come with John H or Aaron T.
Jun 4 Wed BAS meeting at 7 pm at Fox Observatory not at the Grey Roots Museum. Webinar from K-W Telescopes. Topic TBA
Jun 6 Fri (FQ+1) Public viewing Grey Roots Museum parking lot, 9 pm. Members with scopes appreciated. Contact email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org to confirm if you are unsure about weather.
Jun 7 Sat (FQ+2) Moon, Mars, Spica, Saturn in loose group, waxing gibbous Moon sits 2° below Mars and 12 degrees away from Spica, Saturn also visible in Libra.
Jun 13 Fri (FM) ☹ Night of the Full Moon “Honey Moon”
Jun 21 Sat (LQ+2) Summer Solstice Celebrate at Keppel Henge located in Keppelcroft Gardens near Big Bay ON. [504156 Grey Road #1 (Island View Drive)] Starts 11 am. Solar viewing with BAS members scopes. Contact John H. (email@example.com) for more information.
Public welcome. Parking fee by donation (suggested $3.00).
Jun 24 Tue (NM-2) Venus and Crescent Moon less than 3° apart in morning sky. The Moon is 3 days before new nicely placed between the Pleiades (Seven Sisters) and Aldebaran, in the Hyades. Nice grouping for a photo!
Jun 28 Sat (NM+1) ☻ BAS viewing @Fox -the regular NM viewing night at the Fox, viewing Saturn and Mars and objects in Milky Way.
Jun 30 Mon (NM+3) Last day for BAS members to reserve a spot at Dark Sky Weekend Jul 25/26 at Bruce Peninsula National Park -contact Brett T. firstname.lastname@example.org
Jul 2 Wed BAS meeting at 7 pm at the Fox Observatory not at the Grey Roots Museum. Speaker: Gregg MacKay speaking about the Canadian Arrow project. (Mike Tettenborn will be rescheduled at a later date).
Jul 4 Fri (FQ-1) Public viewing Grey Roots Museum parking lot, 9 pm. Members with scopes appreciated. Contact email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org to confirm if you are unsure about weather.
NOTE: this event is weather-permitting.
Jul 5 Sat (FQ) Moon and Mars less than 0.5° apart A very close approach of these two objects occurs in the sky tonight as the First Quarter Moon passes just below Mars as it moves along in its orbit. A bright star, Spica, is only 3° away.
New: Jul 5 (FQ) Moongaze at Inverhuron Pk. Share the Moon, Mars and Saturn with campers after dark (9 pm). BAS members with scopes interested in helping out please contact John H. for details.
Jul 12 Sat (FM) ☹ Night of the Full Moon “Thunder Moon”. Mars and Spica 1.3° apart. Tonight the planet Mars has moved to the vicinity of Spica and the two are only 1.3° apart about the width of a typical thumb.
New: Jul 12 (FM) Moongaze at MacGregor Pk. Share the Moon, Mars and Saturn with campers after dark (9 pm). BAS members with scopes interested in helping out please contact John H. for details.
Jul 18/19 (LQ) Whispering Pines Camping Weekend Share sky views with others and camp free (BAS members only).
Contact Gregg Rodgers at email@example.com to register asap.
Jul 25-26 (NM) Annual Dark Sky Weekend at Bruce Peninsula National Park. A group campsite reserved for BAS members who come with telescopes to share. BAS members must register with Brett Tatton firstname.lastname@example.org by June 30 to reserve a spot. Contact Brett or John H email@example.com for more information.
Note: Members wishing to observe from Fox Observatory on July 26 (our regular NM observing night) should contact firstname.lastname@example.org or Aaron Top email@example.com for instructions on how to access the building.
Jul 28 - Aug 1 Astronomy Kids Day Camp Cancelled Due to Low Registration -Our apologies for any inconvenience caused. Please check our meeting schedule and other public events in July and August for public stargazing sessions. Kids are especially welcome at any of these public events.
Jul 29 Tue (NM+3) S. Delta Aquarid Meteors a sparse shower only 20/h peak at 5 am. The Moon phase is 5% . ES Fox observing possible. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org if interested.
New: Aug 2 (FQ) Moongaze at Inverhuron Pk. Share the Moon, Mars and Saturn with campers after dark (9 pm). BAS members with scopes interested in helping out please contact John H. for details.
Aug 6 Wed BAS meeting at ES Fox Observatory 7 pm Topic: Astronomy Movie Night. Bring a lawn chair.
Aug 8 Fri (FM-2) Public viewing Grey Roots Museum parking lot, 9 pm. Members with scopes appreciated. Contact email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org to confirm if you are unsure about weather.
Aug 10 Sun (FM) ☹ Night of the Full Moon “Grain Moon”
Aug 12 Tue (FM+2) PERSEIDS viewing at ES Fox Observatory after dark, gibbous Moon rises by 9:30 pm, 90/h. Come dressed for a cool evening and bring bug spray.
New: Aug 16 (LQ) Stargaze at MacGregor Pk. Share the Mars, Saturn and the Milky Way with campers after dark (9 pm). BAS members with scopes interested in helping out please contact John H. for details.
Aug 21-24 Starfest 2014 More information at STARFEST 2014 . The best annual star party in North America organized by the North York Astronomical Association
Aug 26 Tue (NM) ☻
Aug 30 Sat (FQ-3) BAS viewing @Fox -the regular NM viewing night at the Fox, viewing Saturn and Mars and objects in Milky Way.
Aug 31 Sun (FQ-2) Occultation of Saturn by Last Crescent Moon: -a daylight event 1:28 pm - 1:55 pm DST (a difficult but not impossible event to observe -Moon is only 6 degrees up in SE).
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