Canon 60Da image 10 mm f/2.8, ISO 1600, exp. = 6 s by J. Hlynialuk
ZODIACAL LIGHT may be visible in W after sunset. See image below.
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Comet Lovejoy fades to magnitude 9. Still visible in telescopes...
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Zodiacal light by Steve Irvine. He writes: "Zodiacal Light — This photograph was taken about an hour and a half after sunset, and long after twilight had departed. This glow in the western sky is zodiacal light — sunlight reflecting off of trillions of dust particles drifting in space along the orbital plane of the planets". Canon 6D, Canon EF 20mm lens at f/3.2, ISO 3200, 30 sec. exp., tripod mount, 7:20 p.m. EST, Big Bay, ON. See more at Steve's website: http://www.steveirvine.com/astro/index.html
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.
BAS regular 1st Wed of the month meetings start on Mar 5, 2014.
A full summary of all BAS events for 2014 can be found here: 2014 Events Summary Note there may be minor errors/omissions in this list. See our short list below or click on the COMING EVENTS page for detailed up-to-date 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 on all of our observing nights. Individuals or groups may request special tours by contacting John Hlynialuk, email: firstname.lastname@example.org or Aaron Top, email: email@example.com
We will do our best to accommodate you!
NOTE: ALL observing events require clear skies. If it is overcast or raining, the observing event will NOT be possible. If you arrive at the venue and it is overcast or raining, there may not be any BAS officials there. See COMING EVENTS for more details and instructions. A contact phone number is provided there if you are unsure about whether to attend due to weather.
See COMING EVENTS for more details about the following events:
Feb 1 Sat (NM+2) CANCELLED BAS viewing@Fox viewing at Fox weather permitting. Details will be sent to members by email.
Feb 3 Mon (FQ-2) Mercury and Neptune closest in West sky after sunset only 2° 33 min apart.
Uranus and crescent Moon closest (2° 9 min apart) just above Mercury/Neptune.
Feb 6/7/8 (FQ+...) Comet Lovejoy (mag 6) and LINEAR (mag 10) about 2° apart in morning sky.
Feb 14 Fri (FM) ☹ Night of the Full Moon “Snow Moon”
Feb 19-22 (LQ-3) Saturn, Spica, Mars, Moon in nice group in dawn sky.
Wed --> Sat
Feb 26 Wed (NM-2) Venus near thin crescent Moon in dawn sky before sunrise.
Feb 27 Thu (NM-1) Mercury near thinner crescent Moon in dawn sky before sunrise.
Mar 1 Sat (NM) ☻ Messier Marathon@Fox (prime night) viewing at Fox weather permitting, a dusk ‘til dawn event if you wish -come prepared. Details by email. (Backup night: Mar 29)
Mar 5 BAS meeting at Grey Roots Museum 7 pm. Topic: Lunar Eclipses for 2014: John H. Multipurpose Room. Please enter the Multipurpose Room from the side (West) entrance. Public welcome (no charge) Talk will preceed a short Annual General Meeting.
Mar 7 Fri (FQ) Moon in centre of Hyades near Aldebaran (about 2° from Aldebaran) in evening sky.
Mar 14 Fri (FM-2) Mercury at greatest elongation (W) from Sun in morning sky, not the best for 2014, however.
Mar 16 Sun (FM) ☹ Night of the Full Moon “Sap Moon”
Mar 18 Tue (FM+2) Moon, Mars, Spica Triangle (side separation 4°) moonrise about 10 pm DST.
Mar 20 Thu (FM+4) Occultation of Regulus by asteroid Erigone (163) Regulus should disappear for 14.3 seconds! Asteroid is magnitude 12.4, Regulus is 1.3. Only Erigone will be visible during the occultation, a magnitude drop if 11.3 ! This is a must see event. Path of occultation is east of Bruce-Grey and travel is required. More details to come in March SGN and at MAr 5 meeting.
Mar 22 Sat (LQ-2) Mercury and Neptune only 1.2° apart in morning sky before sunrise.
Mar 26 Wed Adventure Talk: Aurora Bruce County Museum 9:30 am talk by John H. Regular museum admission applies.
Mar 27 Thu (NM-3) Venus near crescent Moon (3.3° apart) above eastern horizon before sunrise.
Mar 29 Sat (NM-1) Messier Marathon (backup) ES Fox@dark, a dusk ‘til dawn event -backup night also EARTH HOUR 8:30 pm to 9:30 pm -dark sky sights (public event)
Mar 30 Sun (NM) ☻
Apr 2 Wed BAS meeting: Grey Roots Museum 7 pm Note, the regular meeting will follow our speaker, Dr. Mary Shouldice, optometrist. Topic “Eyesight and the Aging Astronomer”
Apr 3 Thu (NM+3) Spectacular Graze of 68 Tau (mag 4.3) travel to S.Ont (near London/Chatham) required.
Apr 5 Sat (FQ-2) BAS viewing @Fox ES Fox @dark. Special session for new members/beginners, bring your scopes, get help /viewing tips -see also Apr 15 and Apr 26.
Apr 8 Tue (FQ+1) Mars reaches opposition -magnitude -1.5 visible in sky all night long. Mars viewing is good for a month or so before and after opposition.
Apr 15 Tue (FM) ☺ TOTAL LUNAR ECLIPSE best one for 2014 (see also Oct 8 for details of second lunar eclipse). Official penumbral contact at 12:53 am DST in morning on Apr 15 (Tues am), umbral contact 1:58 am DST Apr 15, total phase from 3:06 am DST to 4:24 am Apr 15. Last umbral contact at 5:33 am DST, and last penumbral contact at 6:37 am DST Apr 15. Moon rises 6:39 pm DST Apr 14, sets 6:46 am DSTApr 15. Moon is 26° high at mid eclipse. Observing from ES Fox or another designated location (possibly Sauble Beach). Note: Spica is less than 2° from the eclipsed Moon -a rare instance of a bright star near the Moon during an eclipse.
Apr 22 Tue (LQ) Lyrid Meteors, 20/h at peak 1 pm. Some may be visible on evening Apr 22. Moon waning 46%. International Earth Day
Apr 26 Sat (NM-3) BAS viewing @Fox @dark. This is the backup date if Apr 5 or Apr 15 is cloudy. Notification to members by email.
Apr 29 Tue (NM) ☻ Annular Solar Eclipse (“ring” eclipse) visible in Antarctic only.
Below: This image of Comet Hale-Bopp by Jerry Lodrigus rates as one of the best images of a comet ever taken. (image used by permission) More at: www.astropix.com
Original caption: The comet is actually located relatively close to the Earth in our own solar system, whereas the North America nebula is located thousands of light years away in our galaxy. [1600 ly]
The comet's blue ion tail, which stretches 10 degrees here, comes from gas ions which glow as they fluoresce. The blue tail is contrasted with the red hydrogen-alpha emission of glowing hydrogen gas in the North America Nebula. Hale-Bopp's white dust tail does not glow on its own, rather it is visible because the dust particles reflect sunlight.
Nikon 105 mm f/1.8 lens, composite of two 5-min exp. on Kodak Pro PPF film. Mar 7 1997, Batso NJ.
Note: The chart below may not show current cloud patterns. Click anywhere on chart for up-to-date display.
If the auroral oval is showing an intense RED, then aurora borealis may be visible from your location. Note that the auroral oval graphic is updated regularly. Time is indicated at the top. Subtract 5 h from UT to get local EST, subtract 4 h for DST or use the appropriate factor for your time zone. For more information click on the graphic to go to the NOAA Space Weather Prediction Centre.