DECEMBER 2013 SGN is now available. Click NEWSLETTER tab for your copy!
Astrophoto deadline now Mar 26, 2014 to provide time to photograph Comet ISON.
LATEST ON ISON "Breakup and Survival!"... (CLICK HERE!)
See also chart for Comet Nevski (5th comet in the morning sky!)
This site last updated Dec 1, 2013.
New charts for C. Encke, Lovejoy, LINEAR and ISON. Click MAPS/CHARTS
Comet ISON images as seen in the SOHO cameras, clearly showing the fading of the comet after a temporary reprieve.. RIP Comet ISON. See more at www.spaceweather.com
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.
The last regular meeting of BAS happens Dec 4, 2013.
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: Coming Soon Note there may be minor errors/omissions in this list. See COMING EVENTS (monthly) below for up-to-date 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!
This list was last updated Oct 18 with events to the end of the year added.
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.
Click here or on COMING EVENTS above for details about the following BAS events:
Oct 2 Wed BAS meeting Grey Roots Museum 7 pm Topic: "Never-before Seen Optics": John H.
Oct 5 Sat (NM) BAS viewing @Fox ES Fox @dark, backup Oct 26 Sat (LQ)
Oct 11/12 Fri/Sat (FQ) Triple shadow transit on Jupiter (after midnight Oct 11) 12:32 am DST to1:50 am DST (Oct12 am)
Oct 26 Sat (LQ) 4th Annual Harv. Din. BOEC Dining Hall starts 5:30 pm Speaker: Bob Henderson
Nov 2 Sat (NM-1) BAS viewing @Fox ES Fox @dark, backup Nov 29 (LQ+4)
Nov 6 Wed BAS meeting Grey Roots Museum 7 pm Member’s Night
Nov 16 on-> Comet ISON morning sky (below Spica in Virgo)
Nov 29 Fri (NM-3) Daytime occultation of Spica by Crescent Moon (12:36 pm to 1:37 pm) a difficult observation
Dec 4 Wed BAS meeting Grey Roots Museum 7 pm Christmas Meeting
Dec 7 Sat BAS viewing @Fox ES Fox @dark, backup Dec 14 (Geminids)
Dec 14 Sat (FM-3) Geminids meteors ES Fox @dark, 120/h Sat, Wax gibb Moon up all night
Dec 16 on-> Comet ISON evening and morning sky viewing possible (Dec 22 near M13 in Herc)
Below: Venus was the bright Evening Star in Scorpius in this Oct 29/13 image by John H. In November Venus is east of the Teapot and left of the MW.
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.