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Note: Observing is weather dependant -see Weather Information note at right.

BAS
Meeting Locations: (not weather dependant)
Meetings happen at
ES Fox Observatory (June, July, Aug and September only in 2015) (washrooms are available) (map)
or
Grey Roots Museum (map) Meeting Room Side Entrance (March, April, May, October, November, December only) (washrooms are available)

Observing Locations: (all locations are handicap accessible)

Our events usually happen at either the ES Fox Observatory (click for map)
or the
Grey Roots Museum (click for map) parking lot.

Both
observing locations are “remote locations” meaning there are NO on-site washroom facilities.

BAS Observing Events (dates listed below) will occur at the ES Fox Observatory (3092 Bruce Rd 13) at the Bluewater Outdoor Ed Centre. Viewing at the observatory is WEATHER DEPENDENT. See notes below for more about weather.

To help with your observing plans with regard to moonlight, check the dates for moon phases given in the listing. Best observing occurs during NM and LQ. FQ and FM are times when the Moon brightens the sky so fainter objects are not as easily seen. Planets are usually visible even during FM nights.

Note: Some events are for BAS members and guests only, others are “public welcome events” and usually are admission by donation. School-aged children are always free and welcome to attend with parents or guardians. Refer to each listing for details. If you are coming from a distance we will try to accommodate you. Contact us by phone (519-371-0670) ahead of time.

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WEATHER INFORMATION
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, there may not be any BAS members there. Only BAS monthly meetings occur rain or shine.

If skies are partly cloudy, check the
Clear Sky Clock (bottom of HOME page) or call 519-371-0670 to confirm the event.


This list was updated May 9 with additional events added July 25 and Aug 22 (to be posted next month)

Note: BAS meetings are NOT held in January and February but impromptu observing sessions continue at the Fox Observatory (at BOEC) . Contact Brett T. at
bretttatton@gmail.com or John H. at stargazerjohn@rogers.com to be put on the alert list for these.

Stargazing at the Fox Observatory is only possible weather permitting. When visiting the observatory, park in the lot near the Learning Centre and walk to the observatory please. Washrooms at the Learning Centre will be available for all ES Fox events.


Astronomical and BAS viewing events May 2015 to July 2015:


BAS meetings are now being held at the Grey Roots Museum or Fox Observatory and impromptu observing continues at the Fox Observatory on an individual or small group basis. To be put on the notification list email Brett T. at bretttatton@gmail.com or John H. at stargazerjohn@rogers.com. More details about the following events can be found below. Some of the interesting events are described graphically in SKY SIGHTS.
A summary of the entire 2015 year events can be found here:
2015 Events Summary

Re: Comet Lovejoy:
Comet Lovejoy continues to be visible this month and into May as it crosses Cassiopeia and heads up towards the Pole Star. It is now circumpolar and does not set below the horizon all night. The Moon is full in the first week of May but it brightens the sky less and less in the latter half of the month. Lovejoy has declined in brightness but is still visible on binoculars and medium to large telescopes. See Comet News on the HOME page for more info and links to finder charts.

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MAY

May 3 Sun FM

May 6
Wed η-Aquariid meteors peak at 9 am DST Wednesday with a possible 60/h. This is during daylight so observe the night before or the night after as weather permits. The Moon is also just past Full and will brighten the skies the entire time so only the brightest 15 or 20 will likely be seen. Also working against high numbers is the fact that the radiant is only 20° high when dawn twilight starts. Like the April Lyrids, this is a mid-week event and the Fox Observatory is not available for viewing. But if you are keen, find a dark site with a view to the East as Aquarius rises about 3 am DST. Look generally in that direction and the meteors will appear to stream from the asterism known as the Water Jar. The waning gibbous Moon is on the meridian and highest in the sky at about the same time, unfortunately. Reports of any η-Aquariids seen can be sent to the International Meteor Organization at www.IMO.net .

May 6 Wed BAS meets at Grey Roots Museum Topic: Beginners Forum. Question and answer session geared towards beginners. Ten (or more) Astronomy Facts every amateur astronomer should know. Our “expert” panel is ready to try to answer all your questions. Come curious, leave informed.

May 11 Mon LQ

May 16 Sat BAS viewing night at the Fox Observatory. Dark of the Moon viewing nights are a come-and-go event and BAS members and guests can stay as long as they wish and observe with any of the club telescopes. Do come prepared (warm clothing, refreshments, etc.) a kettle, coffee maker (bring Keurig K-cups of your choice) and microwave are available at the observatory. Please park near the Learning Centre and follow the lane way between the barn and Centre to the ES Fox building. No vehicles are allowed at the observatory while we are having star parties. Bring a red flashlight if you have one. Note, this is a night for sharing the view with other club members and any of the general public that happen to come by.

May 17 Sun NM

May 22 Saturn at opposition Our favourite showpiece object -Saturn- will be the spring and summer highlight at star-parties everywhere. It rises in evening darkness, crosses the sky as the Earth’s rotation carries it west, and then it sets in the west when the sun is rising. Its ring tilt will be 24.4° and stays near this for all of 2015. The disk of the planet alone spans 19”. Adding in the rings which span 42”, Saturn is the largest planetary structure visible in telescopes except for the Moon and Sun (which are not technically planets). Saturn will be as bright as the 5th brightest star in our sky, the brilliant Vega (α-Lyra) magnitude 0.0 but the planet will be closer to the centre of the MW in Scorpius. It also stays closer to the southern horizon than Vega as it traverses the sky. Make sure you have a look at it in the Webster at one of our star gazing sessions at the Fox.

May 23 Sat Star gazing with 1st OS Guides at WoL Youth Centre (617796 Grey Rd 18) Contact John H. (stargazerjohn@rogers.com) if you can help out. This is a small group of 15 or so.

May 25 Mon FQ

May 30
Sat Huron Fringe Birding Festival star talk & star tour (weather permitting). Contact John H. (stargazerjohn@rogers.com) or at 519-371-0670 if you can help out. This is an indoor star talk (rain or shine) and includes star gazing afterwards if weather permits. One or two additional telescopes and guides would be appreciated if star gazing goes ahead. We can expect 50 - 60 people in good observing weather. The HFBF is now a national event drawing birders from all over Canada and the US (and sometimes beyond).

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JUNE

Jun 2 Tue FM

Jun 3 Wed BAS regular Wed night meeting at ES Fox Observatory (not Grey Roots Museum) 7 pm sharp.
Topic/Speaker: Stuart Heggie: Astrophotography. Stuart will display some of his spectacular astrophotos and give hints on how to take your own. Viewing afterwards if weather permits.

Jun 9 Tue LQ

Jun 12 Fri Summer Stargazing PUBLIC viewing #1: Join BAS members for views of the starry sky at the ES Fox Observatory. Views of Jupiter, Venus and Saturn in a Moonless sky! Also clusters, nebulae and galaxies to look at. Event starts after sunset (9 pm or so).

Do come prepared for a cool night. Some refreshments are available at the observatory. Please park near the Learning Centre and go eastwards along the lane way between the barn and Learning Centre to the ES Fox building. No vehicles are allowed at the observatory while we are having star parties. Bring a red flashlight if you have one. Admission by donation to support astronomy education in Bruce and Grey counties.

Jun 13 Sat BEF Open House (1 pm - 4 pm) at BOEC with tour of Fox Observatory and solar viewing (weather permitting). This afternoon event will be followed by our regular BAS viewing at the observatory after dark.

Jun 13 BAS viewing night at the Fox Observatory. Dark of the Moon viewing nights are a come-and-go event and BAS members and guests can stay as long as they wish and observe with any of the club telescopes. Do come prepared (warm clothing, refreshments, etc.) a kettle, coffee maker (bring Keurig K-cups of your choice) and microwave are available at the observatory. Please park near the Learning Centre and follow the lane way between the barn and Centre to the ES Fox building. No vehicles are allowed at the observatory while we are having star parties. Bring a red flashlight if you have one. Note, this is a night for sharing the view with other club members and any of the general public that happen to come by.


Jun 15 Mon Aldebaran Occultation morning (after sunrise) 6:08 to 6:20 am. This year, Aldebaran goes behind the Moon on several occasions. This is the first occultation that will be visible from this part of southern Ontario. It is a daylight event but if you set up before sunrise when Aldebaran is still visible and keep tracking it, it should be possible to see the event in the brightening sky.

South of a line running W-E through Durham (actual location to be confirmed) the very thin crescent Moon passes in front of Aldebaran starting just after 6 am EDT. North of this line, Aldebaran is too far from the Moon and a miss occurs. Right along the line, however, Aldebaran appears to skim the edge of the Moon so mountains and valleys in the Moon’s profile cause the star to blink on and off.

This event known as a “graze” is spectacular to watch and is described in detail in this article from Physics Teacher:
Graze of Aldebaran. If you are anywhere along or near the line, this will be a highlight of your astronomical viewing for 2015! Contact stargazerjohn@rogers.com for more details. More occultations of Aldebaran occur this year (Sep 5, Oct 2, Nov 26) but no other grazes of Aldebaran are visible from Bruce-Grey this year.

Jun 16
Tue NM

Jun 21 Sun Keppel Henge Summer Solstice Celebration Celebrate the first day of summer 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. Have lunch in a garden setting and hear about the building of this unique structure. Contact John H. (stargazerjohn@rogers.com) for more information. Public welcome. Parking fee by donation (suggested $3.00).

Jun 24 Wed FQ

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un 27/28 Sat/Sun AstroCATS CANADIAN ASTRONOMY and TELESCOPE SHOW Ontario Science Centre, Toronto. Third annual show posing to be the best ever. More info at: http://astrocats.ca/

Jun 30 Venus and Jupiter conjunction. The planetary event of the year! The two brightest planets in the sky are so close together (just line-of-sight of course) that they appear as one object to the casual glance. Venus has been catching up to the slower Jupiter and it finally passes below it in the last week of June. They will be getting noticeably closer in the last week of the month and culminate in a minimum distance on June 30. If you watch from June 29 to July 2 you will see the separation drops from 2° apart to about ¼ of that at the closest. The absolute minimum closest distance is on June 30 (around midnight) when Venus and Jupiter are 20 minutes of arc apart. Don’t wait til midnight to start looking, however, because they set by 11:30 pm EDT. The minimum distance is less than the width of the Moon (32 minutes or 0.5°). The width of a pencil held at arm’s length is about the same dimension.

Telescope views should be wonderful! Incidentally, this kind of event has been proposed as a possible explanation for the appearance of the famous Christmas Star.

JULY (note: regular BAS meeting this month is July 8, not July 1 which is Canada Day)

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Jul 1 Wed FM Venus and Jupiter conjunction. Still less than a half a degree apart. This is technically the date of minimum approach. See Jun 30 description above for details.

Jul 8
Wed LQ BAS meets at ES Fox Observatory Topic: KW Webinar on Eyepieces. Brian Dernesch connects with us via Internet to discuss the latest developments in eyepieces for telescopes. This is a live interactive session with Q&A at the end.

Jul 10 Fri Summer Stargazing public viewing #2 Join BAS members for views of the starry sky at the ES Fox Observatory. Views of Jupiter, Venus and Saturn in a moonless sky! Also clusters, nebulae and galaxies to look at. Event starts after sunset (9 pm or so).

Do come prepared for a cool night. Some refreshments are available at the observatory. Please park near the Learning Centre and go eastwards along the lane way between the barn and Learning Centre to the ES Fox building. No vehicles are allowed at the observatory while we are having star parties. Bring a red flashlight if you have one. Admission by donation to support astronomy education in Bruce and Grey counties.

Jul 11 Sat BAS viewing night at the Fox Observatory. Dark of the Moon viewing nights are a come-and-go event and members and guests can stay as long as they wish and observe whatever with any of the club telescopes. Do come prepared (warm clothing, refreshments, etc.) a kettle, coffee maker (bring Keurig K-cups of your choice) and microwave are available at the observatory. Please park near the Learning Centre and follow the lane way between the barn and Centre to the ES Fox building. No vehicles are allowed at the observatory while we are having star parties. Bring a red flashlight if you have one. Note, this is a night for sharing the view with other club members and any of the general public that happen to come by.

Jul 14 Tue New Horizons flies past Pluto taking images and science data all the while! Formerly known as the Last Planet of the solar system, Pluto, will be explored in closeup detail on this historic date. Get more information here: http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/newhorizons/main/index.html

Jul 15
Wed NM

Jul 17-19 BPNP Dark Sky Weekend (tentative dates) these will confirmed soon

Jul 18 Sat Venus about 1° from Crescent Moon. Jupiter about 6° away. A beautiful way to start off the Dark Sky Weekend at the Bruce Peninsula National Park (assuming dates given above are OK) which is also the largest Dark Sky Preserve in Ontario. Tonight, Venus is very close to the 3-day-old crescent moon above the western horizon and Jupiter is a scant 6° to the right. All this goes on below the brightest star in Leo -Regulus- which also adds its own light to the scene. A little further up is the head of Leo known as the “Sickle” or “reverse question mark”. The group sets in the deep twilight around 10 pm.

Jul 23 Thu FQ

Jul 24 Fri Public viewing at Grey Roots Museum parking lot, 9 pm. This is the first of two public viewing nights. Note that due to logistic issues (mainly transport and setup), the large Webster telescope will probably not be used at the museum for public viewing. Use of the Webster will be at mainly at the ES Fox Observatory. However Grey Roots viewing nights will feature several large (probably 12-inch) telescopes that will be manned by BAS members. There will be views of Mercury, Jupiter, Mars and Saturn as well as the First Quarter Moon. The brighter clusters, nebula and galaxies will also be viewed. There may even be a comet or two.
If you have a telescope that you need help with, please bring it along and one of our members can give you some pointers. Public welcome (no charge).
NOTE: this event is weather-permitting. A few clouds are not a problem, but general overcast or rain means the event cannot be held and is cancelled. Contact
stargazer@wightman.ca or lrodgers@bmts.com to confirm if you are unsure about weather.

New: Jul 25 Sat Whispering Pines star talk 8:00 pm and viewing 9:00 pm. The Webster may well be present. Contact grodgers@bmts.com if you can help out with a telescope. We expect a big crowd.

Jul 29 δ-Aquariid meteors peak at 11 am DST Wednesday with a possible 20/h, but this is daylight so observe the night before or the night after. The Moon is also near Full (95%) so this shower is one of the worst placed meteor events of the year. Still you may see a few bright ones if you happen to be out (observing the Moon?)

Jul 31 Fri FM



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