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

BAS
Meeting Locations: (not weather dependant)
Meetings happen at 7 pm at
ES Fox Observatory (June 3, July 8, Aug 5 and September 2 only in 2015) (washrooms are available) (map)
or
Grey Roots Museum (map) Meeting Room Side Entrance (March 4, April 1, May 6, October 7, November 4, December 2) (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 permanent on-site washroom facilities. A portable washroom is locaed near the Fox Observatory for the summer only.

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 ES Fox Observatory
Clear Sky Clock for weather prospects or call 519-371-0670 to confirm the event.


This list was updated June 15 with event date changes (July 25 event moved to Jul 18/19) and a new Aug 22 event.

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 and a portable washroom is on site for the summer.


Astronomical and BAS viewing events June 2015 to August 2015:


BAS meetings are 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. 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 July as it crosses Ursa Minor and heads into Draco. It is now circumpolar and does not set below the horizon all night. The viewing is best when the Moon is absent from the sky during the partial phases before FM and around LQ. Lovejoy has declined in brightness but is still visible in medium to large telescopes at magnitude 8.5 or so. See Comet News on the HOME page for more info and links to finder charts.

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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. Come dressed for a cool evening if you intend to stay for viewing after the meeting. Viewing targets include Moon, Saturn, Venus and Jupiter as well as clusters and double stars as available. Please park near the Learning Centre and go eastwards along the lane way between the barn and Learning Centre to the ES Fox building. Bring a red flashlight if you have one.

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)] Event runs from 11 am to 2 pm or so. Solar viewing with BAS members. Have lunch in a garden setting and hear about the building of this unique structure. Contact Brett T. bretttatton@gmail.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, but it turns out that it is not that rare a phenomenon. In fact we have an even
closer approach of Venus to Jupiter on Aug 27, 2016 and the separation is between 7 and 8 minutes of arc when Venus sets at the western horizon!



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

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).

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 with any of the club telescopes. 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

NEW: Jul 17-19
Dark Sky Weekend will not be at Bruce Peninsula National Park this year and the venue has been moved to Whispering Pines. Program consists of a star talk (if weather does not co-operate) and general public viewing after dark on Saturday night. The Webster will be present. Viewing is weather dependant. Contact grodgers@bmts.com if you are a paid-up BAS member interested in one of the limited number of free campsites on a first-come basis.

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
stargazerjohn@rogers.com or lrodgers@bmts.com to confirm if you are unsure about weather.

CHANGED DATE: Jul 25 Sat
The
Whispering Pines event has been moved to July 17-19 and will not be held on July 25. The Dark Sky Weekend at BPNP has been cancelled for this year. See note for July 17-19 above.

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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AUGUST

Aug 5 Wed BAS meeting at ES Fox Observatory Topic: Members/Gadget Night. Members are asked to contact John H. for a time slot for their presentations. Time slots are usually 15 minutes but more can be arranged if requested.

Aug 6 Thu LQ

Aug 7 Fri Public viewing at Grey Roots Museum parking lot, 9 pm. This is the second 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. The only planet visible is Saturn, with the Moon absent, we will focus on brighter clusters, nebula and galaxies.
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
stargazerjohn@rogers.com or lrodgers@bmts.com to confirm if you are unsure about weather.


Aug 8 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 to club members, this is a night for sharing the view and your expertise with other club members and any of the general public that happen to come by.

Aug 13 Thu Perseids peak 2 am DST Aug 13: the BEST meteor shower for 2015! It peaks only a day before the New Moon so moonlight will not interfere with seeing the fainter Perseids. This date happens to be the start of Starfest (Aug 13-16, 2015) and since most members will be at Starfest, there will be no official club viewing from the Fox Observatory. Contact stargazerjohn@rogers.com if you are interested in using the Fox Observatory as a dark site for viewing this meteor shower.

Aug 13-16 STARFEST 2015 More information at STARFEST 2015 . The best annual star party in North America organized by the North York Astronomical Association.

Aug 14
Fri NM

Aug 21 Fri Summer Stargazing public viewing #3. Join BAS members for views of the starry sky at the ES Fox Observatory. Views of the crescent Moon, Saturn and the clusters and nebulae of the Milky Way. And maybe a galaxy or two that is farther away! Event starts after sunset (8:30 pm or so).

Aug 22
Sat FQ Moongaze at Inverhuron Pk with fellow BAS members and show off the Moon, Saturn and some clusters and nebulas to campers and visitors after dark (9 pm). BAS members with scopes interested in helping out please contact John H. stargazerjohn@rogers.com for details. Star gazing will occur in the main parking lot which is a very convenient setup and viewing location. Here is a MAP:

Aug 29
Sat FM



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