General Info: PLEASE READ
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 (ONLY on July 6 and Sep 7 in 2016) (washrooms are available) (map)
Tom Thomson Art Gallery Meeting Room Lower Level STARTING MAY 4, 2016
and also June 1, Oct 5, Nov 2 and Dec 7. (July 6 and Sep 7 meetings are at Fox Observatory)
The physical address of the TTAG is 841 1st Ave W. Owen Sound. (map)
Observing Locations: (all locations are handicap accessible)
Observing happen mostly at the ES Fox Observatory (click for map) but there are other venues periodically. See the COMING EVENTS list for details.
Most observing locations are “remote locations” meaning there are NO permanent on-site washroom facilities. A portable washroom is located near the Fox Observatory for the summer months only.
BAS Observing Events (dates listed below) 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.
Best observing occurs during NM and LQ. When the Moon brightens the sky at FQ and FM fainter objects are not as easily seen. The Moon, planets, and star clusters are usually visible even during FM nights using our GOTO telescope.
Note: Most observing events at the Fox Observaatory are open to the public (we gratefully accept donations to support our activities if you are inclined to do so ). School-aged children are always free and welcome to attend with parents or guardians. Refer to each listing in COMING EVENTS for details. If you are coming from a distance we will try to accommodate you. Contact us by phone (519-371-0670) or email firstname.lastname@example.org ahead of time.
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 Nov 23 and includes events to the end of December 2016 .
Note: BAS meetings are NOT held in January and February but impromptu observing sessions continue on weekends at the Fox Observatory. Contact Brett T. at email@example.com or John H. at firstname.lastname@example.org 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 November and December 2016:
The last BAS meeting of 2016 will be held at the Tom Thomson Art Gallery Dec 7. We continue meetings on March 1, 2017 after our winter break. Impromptu observing continues at the Fox Observatory on a small group basis. To be put on the notification list email Brett T. at email@example.com or John H. at firstname.lastname@example.org. Interesting sky events are described graphically in SKY SIGHTS.
A summary of the entire 2016 year ASTRONOMY events can be found here: Astro Events 2016 There is a separate list of BAS events available here: BAS 2016 Events Summary. A new list for 2017 is coming soon.
Nov 2 Wed Regular Meeting at 7 pm at Tom Thomson Art Gallery Topic: We are hoping to get Zoe back to do her Women in Astronomy talk.
Nov 5 Sat 00:13 South Taurid Meteor Shower: ZHR = 10. This is not a major shower but it has been noted for occasional bright fireballs. It falls during a thin crescent moon so the sky is not too brightly lit.
Nov 6 Sun Daylight Saving Time ends at 2 am. Turn back clocks 1 hour to regular EST. (Subtract 5 h from UT)
Nov 7 Mon FQ
Nov 11 Fri 23:29 N. Taurid Meteor Shower: ZHR = 15. Again, not a major shower but there may be some fireballs. Moon will interfere more than a week ago.
Nov 14 Mon FM This one is even more "super" than in Oct being 1352 km closer at perigee! -see BASWeblog
Nov 17 Thu 05:47 Leonid Meteor Shower: ZHR = 15. This is a shower that presently has low numbers being in the middle of its 33-year cycle. It should pick up again in 2034 or thereabouts. Several thousand per hour were observed in 2000 and 2001.
Nov 17 Thu At 12:30 pm Venus is nearest (7 min 31 seconds) to Kaus Borealis but this is in daylight and you need to use your GOTO telescope to locate it. Kaus Bor is magnitude 2.8 and Venus will be magnitude -4.1. The separation increases to 17 min by sunset (5:33 pm). Venus continues to draw away from Kaus Bor in darker sky until Venus sets (8:14 pm) and by then it will be at 24 minutes separation between the two. Visual observations of the Mars close approach reported being able to see both planet and Mars as separate objects but Venus is much brighter and will be closer, so they may not be separable by eye this time.
Nov 21 Mon LQ
Nov 26 Sat Fox Dark of Moon viewing (BAS members and guests -public welcome). If weather looks poor for Saturday, our backup night is Sunday (or perhaps Friday night). Contact Brett T. email@example.com or John H. firstname.lastname@example.org if you wish to be put on the alert list or for other information like weather cancellation details. 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 hosting star parties. Bring a red flashlight if you have one. The public is welcome to attend these sessions.
Nov 29 Tue NM (Thin crescent may be visible before sunrise in the east Nov 28 or after sunset in the west Nov 30).
Dec 3 Sat Fox Dark of Moon viewing (BAS members and guests -public welcome). If weather looks poor for Saturday, our backup night is Sunday (or perhaps Friday night). Contact Brett T. email@example.com or John H. firstname.lastname@example.org if you wish to be put on the alert list or for other information like weather cancellation details. 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 hosting star parties. Bring a red flashlight if you have one. The public is welcome to attend these sessions. This may be the last session until weather improves in March, 2017.
Dec 7 Wed Regular Meeting Tom Thomson Art Gallery This is our year-end recap/BAS Christmas social where we review the year's events and socialize. Members are asked to please bring goodies to share with others.
Dec 7 Wed FQ
Dec 12 Mon 23:00 to 00:16 EST (Dec 13) Aldebaran 0.5° S of Moon Occultation 11:00 pm EST Dec 12 to 12:16 am EST Dec 13. Another occultation of Aldebaran that can be seen locally but the moon is almost full so both disappearance and reappearance occur at a bright limb. The Moon is not exactly full and D may be a very thin dark limb. The Moon is 61° high at the start of the occultation. Re-appearance is 76 minutes later when the first magnitude star appears to pop out from behind the bright limb. See SKY SIGHTS for more details.
Dec 13 Tue FM Supermoon Viewing Party at OS Rail Museum. BAS members are asked to bring telescopes to the Rail Museum in Owen Sound at 6:30 pm for a Supermoon viewing party. Backup night is Dec 14. This is an opportunity to let the public have a look at the Moon and take pictures with their cell phones through the eyepiece. Also an opportunity to do some BAS promotion!
Dec 13 Tue 18:57 Geminid Meteor Shower: ZHR = 120. This is as good (or better than the Perseid) shower in terms of numbers but unfortunately this year it falls on the night of the FM! Still it will be possible to see the brighter members of this shower, so give it a go. The radiant is near the star Castor and gets halfway to the zenith by midnight so this shower is an early evening event. FM is 30° away near Orion's head and is in the sky all night.
Dec 20 Tue LQ
Dec 21 Wed Winter Solstice 05:45. The Sun reaches its lowest point in the northern hemisphere only 22° above the southern horizon. Winter may be officially underway but the Sun is climbing higher each day from now on. Only 3 months to spring!
Dec 22 Thu 03:00 Ursid Meteor Shower: ZHR = 10. Another minor shower that does not attract any observers locally, but if you see a shooting star and it appears to come from the bowl of the Little Dipper, it is an Ursid meteor.
Dec 25 Sat (NM-4) Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve both fall on Saturdays this year so Fox Dark of Moon viewing is not likely.
Dec 29 Thu NM (Thin crescent may be visible before sunrise in the east Dec 28 or after sunset in the west Dec 29. Either of these can beat the current BAS record of 21 hours).
Dec 31 Sat New Year's Eve! Enjoy a happy end to 2016 from the BAS exec and have a Clear New Year 2017 -the Year of the Great N. American Eclipse!