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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 2014) (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 notation like (NM+3) beside various dates. This gives the approximate moon phase. NM+3, for ex. means the moon is 3 days after New, or LQ-2 means 2 days before Last Quarter.

Note: Some events are for BAS members and guests only, others are “public welcome events” and may or may not have fees. Refer to each entry for details. If you are coming from a distance we will try to accommodate you regardless. Contact us by phone (519-371-0670) ahead of time.


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 officials there. BAS monthly Meetings are not usually weather dependant.

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 June 11, 2014 with events now included for June, July and August 2014.
Note: BAS meetings and observing events are held at the Fox Observatory (at BOEC) in June, July, August and September and back at the Grey Roots Museum for the remainder of 2014.

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 observatory please. Washrooms at the Learning Centre will be available for all ES Fox events.

Astronomical/BAS events for June, July and August:
NEW EVENTS added -July 5, July 12, July 18/19, August 2, August 16 and speaker change for July 2 BAS meeting.
NB: note the Camping Offer from Whispering PInes for BAS members on the weekend of July 18/19


Note also: Astronomy Kids Camp CANCELLED for this year.

JUNE

Jun 3 Tue (FQ-2) Triple Shadow Transit on Jupiter This event unfortunately occurs during daylight hours making it a difficult observation. If you can lock onto Jupiter, however, (a GOTO scope might do it) look for the shadows of Callisto, Europa and Ganymede from 2:08 pm to 3:40 pm DST in N.America. Good luck.

Jun 4 Wed BAS meeting This meeting occurs at 7 pm at the Fox Observatory not at the Grey Roots Museum. On the agenda is a webinar from K-W Telescopes. Topic TBA but it should be an interesting event. Another one of these is scheduled for the September meeting.

Jun 6
Fri (FQ+1) Public viewing at Grey Roots Museum parking lot, 9 pm. This is the second of five public viewing nights. Note that due to logistic issues, the large Webster telescope will not be used at the museum for public viewing. Use of the Webster will be at public viewing events only at the ES Fox Observatory. However the 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.

Jun 7 Sat (FQ+2) Moon, Mars, Spica, Saturn in loose group above southern horizon. The waxing gibbous Moon (2 days past First Quarter) sits about 2 degrees below Mars and 12 degrees away from the bright star Spica in the constellation Virgo. Continue East about twice that far to spot Saturn shining brightly in the centre of Libra.

Jun 13 Fri (FM) Night of the Full Moon “Honey Moon”: perhaps a reference to the colour of mead that newly-wed couples were given as a gift in the Middle Ages...

Jun 21 Sat (LQ+2) Summer Solstice Celebrate the arrival of summer at Keppel Henge located in Keppelcroft Gardens near Big Bay ON. [504156 Grey Road #1 (Island View Drive)] Come about 11 am to watch the sun’s shadow (longest of the year) transit the centre line of the Keppel Henge Monoliths. Take part in a Tai Chi exercise as well or gaze at the prominences and other features of the sun through solar telescopes properly fitted out for safe solar viewing. A guide will explain the features of the site that make this a very robust solar observatory. BAS members are asked to bring solar telescopes. Contact John H. (stargazer@wightman.ca) for more information.
Public welcome. Parking fee by donation (suggested $3.00). Fees go towards the upkeep of the gardens.

Jun 24 Tue (NM-2) Venus and Crescent Moon are less than 3° apart in the morning sky. The Moon is a nice crescent just 3 days before new phase and it is nicely placed between the Pleiades (Seven Sisters) and the reddish Aldebaran, a star in the foreground of a larger cluster called the Hyades. The Hyades is a much closer cluster than the Pleiades so it is spread out more. The moon’s path takes it through the Hyades several times for the next year or so. This is a nice grouping for a photo!

Jun 28
Sat (NM+1) BAS viewing @Fox -the regular NM viewing night at the Fox. The Moon does not cast any light to impede viewing tonight. Come prepared for a late evening as the sky does not get truly dark until 11 pm or so. But spend that twilight time looking at the planets Saturn and Mars which are in a good location for viewing. By dark the clusters and gas clouds of the Milky Way are revealed and become prime targets for the Webster.
Viewing at Fox Observatory is weather permitting, of course, Please park near the Learning Centre and follow the laneway between the barn and Centre to the ES Fox building. No vehicles are allowed at the observatory while we are hosting star parties. Bring a red flashlight if you have one. Dress appropriately, it gets very cool at night, and bring refreshments although we will have hot chocolate in the warm up room and a microwave is available. Please read the information at the top of the COMING EVENTS page for our policies regarding public attendance at BAS viewing events.

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. bretttatton@gmail.com

JULY

Jul 2 Wed BAS meeting This meeting occurs at 7 pm at the Fox Observatory not at the Grey Roots Museum. On the agenda is 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 at Grey Roots Museum parking lot, 9 pm. This is the third of five public viewing nights at GR. Note that due to logistic issues, the large Webster telescope will not be used at the museum for public viewing. Use of the Webster will be at public viewing events only at the ES Fox Observatory. However the Grey Roots viewing nights will feature several large (probably 12-inch) telescopes that will be manned by BAS members. There will be views of 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.

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 Gregg Rodgers is offering BAS members a free campsite for July 18-19, 2014 in return for sharing your telescope with other campers there for the weekend. Contact Gregg Rodgers at wpc@campontario.net to register asap. BAS members willing to come with telescopes for the Saturday night stargazing are also welcome but please let Gregg know your plans.

Jul 25-26 (NM) Annual Dark Sky Weekend at Bruce Peninsula National Park. A group campsite is reserved (no charge) for BAS members who come with telescopes to share during Friday and Saturday evening viewing with the general public. The Webster usually makes an appearance for this event. BAS members must register with Brett Tatton bretttatton@gmail.com by July 31 to reserve a spot in the group campsite. Contact Brett or John H stargazer@wightman.ca for more information.

Jun 26 Sat (NM) BAS viewing @Fox -the regular NM viewing night at the Fox. Note that many BAS members and most of the exec will be at the Dark Sky Weekend at Bruce Pen Nat Pk this night. Members wishing to observe from Fox Observatory should contact stargazer@wightman.ca or Aaron Top aarontop@hotmail.com for instructions on how to access the building.

Jul 28 - Aug 1 Astronomy Kids Day Camp
CANCELLED FOR 2014 DUE TO LOW ENROLMENT
-Our apologies for any inconvenience caused. Please check our July and August meeting and public event schedule for stargazing sessions. Kids are especially welcome at all of these.


Jul 29 Tue (NM+3) S. Delta Aquarid Meteors Some diehard meteor watchers may be viewing this minor shower from ES Fox Observatory but this shower is sparse with only 20/h peak at 5 am. The Moon phase is a thin crescent, only 5% and so the sky should be pretty dark for viewing.

Meteor watching can be done from any dark location, but is more fun in a group when there are more observers. Dress appropriately, it gets very cool at night, and bring refreshments, although we will have hot chocolate in the warm up room and a microwave is available. A lawn chair is recommended (and blankets) for comfort during the watch. Event is weather dependent.


AUGUST

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 The regular first Wed of the month meeting occurs at ES Fox Observatory at 7 pm NOT at the Grey Roots Museum this month. Topic: Astronomy Movie Night -video clips of recent interesting events in astronomy. Bring a lawn chair and come with warm clothes as the observatory is not heated. Viewing afterwards if the sky is clear.

Aug 8 Fri (FM-2) Public viewing at Grey Roots Museum parking lot, 9 pm. This is the fourth of five public viewing nights at GR. Note that due to logistic issues, the large Webster telescope will not be used at the museum for public viewing. Use of the Webster will be at public viewing events only at the ES Fox Observatory. However the Grey Roots viewing nights will feature several large (probably 12-inch) telescopes that will be manned by BAS members. There will be views of Mars and Saturn as well as the Gibbous Moon and Summer Milky Way objects like brighter clusters, nebula and galaxies. 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.

Aug 10 Sun (FM) Night of the Full Moon “Grain Moon”. Note that the FM is bright enough to read by, try it and see.

Aug 12 Tue (FM+2) PERSEIDS viewing at ES Fox Observatory after dark, gibbous Moon rises by 9:30 pm, 90/h. Public event, everyone welcome.
Come dressed for a cool evening, bring bug spray and prepare for dew. Meteor watching can be done from any dark location, but is more fun in a group when there are more observers. Dress appropriately, it gets very cool at night, and bring refreshments, although we will have hot chocolate in the warm up room and a microwave is available. A lawn chair is recommended (and blankets) for comfort during the watch. Stay as long as you want.
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.

Please park near the Learning Centre and follow the laneway between the barn and Centre to the ES Fox building. No vehicles are allowed at the observatory while we are hosting star parties. Bring a red flashlight if you have one. Please read the information at the top of the COMING EVENTS page for our policies regarding public attendance at BAS viewing events.

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) No formal dark-of-the-Moon observing tonight. Most BAS members will be at Starfest, but if you wish to do some viewing from the Fox Observatory, contact stargazer@wightman.ca or Aaron Top aarontop@hotmail.com for instructions on how to access the building.

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. The sky is now getting dark earlier and earlier, but even twilight time is good looking at the planets Saturn and Mars which are still over 15 degrees high in the west for viewing. A nice crescent Moon makes it a pretty trio above the western horizon tonight. By dark the clusters and gas clouds of the Milky Way are still relatively high and prime targets for the Webster.

Aug 31 Sun (FQ-2) Occultation of Saturn by the Last Crescent Moon. This is a daylight event lasting from 1:28 pm - 1:55 pm DST. It will not be easy to locate unless you have a GOTO scope that can keep its alignment for the daytime. Still it will require clear blue sky and, though a challenge, note that details on Mars were seen by one BAS member recently during the daytime. Note that the disappearance on the dark limb takes about 3 minutes for the physical disk and rings of Saturn to be fully occulted. The reappearance is on the bright limb of the Moon and will be even more difficult to spot, but you have about a minute and a half to get it. The Moon will be low above the SE horizon (6° up) so plan your viewing location accordingly. Good luck!