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~Saturday May 21@ 11pm~
Join Facebook Live feed from Saints Rest Beach
with Astronomy by the Bay as they view Jupiter, Neptune,
Uranus and the rings of Saturn through a telescope.

~June 2-4, 2017~
Kouchibouguac Spring StarFest
Kouchibouguac National Park
(between Moncton and Miramichi on the Northumberland Strait)
Registration Information is now available.
Visit Kouchibouguac Spring StarFest for details.

~Saturday, June 3, @7pm~
Meeting of the Saint John Astronomy Club
Rockwood Park Interpretation Centre
No experience necessary–all are welcome.

Astronomy by the Bay~

Large telescope set up for the public at Saints Rest Beach, Saint John, NB.
One of the more interesting things you’ll find in Saint John is “that guy on the beach with a telescope” at Saints Rest Beach. Astronomer Chris Curwin practices the art of Sidewalk Astronomy. He clocked an amazing 2,439 people to his scope(s) in 2016, and is often joined by other astronomers. You can check his FB page to see if he is going there tonight, and you can often take a pic with your phone through the scope.   Continue…

Expand your horizons with RASC New Brunswick~

Screenshot of the RASC.NB Spring 2017 Horizon Newsletter

The Horizon Spring 2017 Newsletter is out. View some lunar photography, visit the kepler Museum in Germany, make your own desiccant cap, visit the Prague Astronomical Clock, or check schedules for upcoming star parties in New Brunswick.
More on our Newsletters & Brochures page.

Free Astronomy Workshop #5~
Using Binoculars & Selecting Telescope Mounts

Paul Owen showing what features to look for in binoculars and some of the options available.The 5th in the series of Free Astronomy Workshops was Wednesday, May 10th at the Interpretation Centre, Rockwood Park.
In this workshop Paul Owen gave a comprehensive view of using Binoculars for night sky observing–how to use them, get the most out of them, and what to look for in buying.
Paul Owen mounting a refractor scope on an equatorial mount.
In the second part of the Workshop, Paul showed how he sets up an EQ (equatorial) mount, start to finish, for night sky viewing. Also discussed were A-Z and Dobsonian Mounts.
Next Free Workshop will be Wednesday, June 14. Questions? Contact the host, Paul Owen.  Continue to Free Astronomy Workshops.

Star Parties in New Brunswick~

Registration info is now available for the first Star Party of the year– Kouchibouguac Spring StarFest on June 2 – 4. Click the page for more details.

Photo from CBC presentation The Night Sky from a Land and Sea episode about three Dark Sky Sites and the Fundy Star Party 2016
Above~ Click to watch the CBC Land and Sea episode The Night Sky featuring our own Fundy Star Party in 2016 and two other Dark Sky Sites in Nova Scotia. Film feature includes interviews with members of RASC.NB and the SJAC. About 22 minutes. Good stuff.

Above~ The night sky as seen from the Mount Carleton Star Party
Below–Setting up at the COW Mactaquac (Camping and Observing Weekend) Star Party.RASC.NB (Royal Astronomical Society of Canada-New Brunswick Centre) works with Parks Canada and Parks New Brunswick to bring you five Star Party experiences in settings that can be nothing short of spectacular.  Continue… Star Parties in New Brunswick.

Astronomy Day in Rockwood Park

A telescope set up in Rockwood Park on International Astronomy Day.
International Astronomy Day was celebrated with members of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada and Saint John Astronomy Club, with about 50-60 members of the public in Rockwood Park on April 29.  Several telescopes were set up for observing the treasures of the night sky.

More~  Astronomy Day in Rockwood Park.

Spring Outreach Season Begins~

Outreach event by the Saint John Astronomy Club and RASC.NB

As Spring 2017 arrives we start to say goodby to the winter sky, the incredible beauty of the Winter Constellations, and a very active Winter Outreach Season with 73 Outreach Events, reaching 2583 people and including 439 volunteer hours. Contact the SJAC if you would like to see us at your school or organization this Spring. More… Outreach Events, pics on Outreach~Spring 2017Outreach~Winter 2016/17, Outreach~2016.

Learning the Night Sky~

Photo image of the free software program and app Stellarium which assists in navigating and learning the night sky.      Logo of the Heavens Above website that provides information on astronomy and navigating the night sky.
Learning the night sky can be a very rewarding experience… and today more than ever, we have many tools to guide us at our fingertips.  More..

Event Horizon to look at Centre of Our Galaxy~

A graphic from the BBC showing the Event Horizon Telescope Array
History could be in the making as powerful telescopes from all over the world link up to create an earth size telescope to look at the Black Hole at the centre of our Galaxy.    More… BBC, PBS, Quirks & QuarksWiki, Event Horizon.

NASA Announces Discovery of 7 Earth Size Planets~

Photo of artists conception of TRAPPIST-1f planet in the TRAPPIST System
NASA Spitzer Space Telescope reveals largest batch of Earth-size, habitable-zone planets around a single star. Named the TRAPPIST System after the TRAPPIST telescope in Chile that originally discovered the system and three of the planets, scientists around the world plus NASA’s Spitzer have increased that number to seven.

Above~ Unless you have one of these in your backyard, you are unlikely to see it. Continue…

Member Photos~

Photo by Alec Gordon near St. Martins, NBPhotos by Alec Gordon near St. Martins, NB. Starry Trees, the Cresent Moon, and the Orion Nebula.Photo of the Cresent Moon by Alec Gordon near St. Martins, NB

Photo of the Orion Nebula by Alec Gordon near St. Martins, NB
Below– a time-lapse of Jupiter’s Moons by Alec Gordon~

Stuff you can use~

New or old to Astronomy, you can usually find some useful information in Members’ Contributions. Check out Mike Powell’s Finders and How to use Them and Astronomy Equipment Basics. 

Because Outreach is a Sharing Experience…

Most of us are familiar with sharing photos and Facebook posts from our homes or mobile phones. RASC NB, the SJAC and other members of RASC across Canada take sharing to a whole other level. They take their time, energy and equipment to share the astounding wonder of what is in the night sky right above us.
Whether it be a large public event or a small private gathering like the one shown here, Outreach enriches the lives of everyone. More…

Other Interesting Astronomy Clubs~

Got cabin fever? Housebound? Why not take a trip across Canada checking out a few this country’s astronomy clubs? Here are just two from the full list you can find at SkyNews.ca. Photograph of the Observatory of the Lethbridge Astronomy Society
Top~ The Oldman River Observatory of the Lethbridge Astronomy Society. Below~ Southeastern view from the annual Mt. Kobau Star Party site of the Mt. Kobau Astronomical Society near Osoyoos, British Columbia.
Photo from Mount Kobau in British Columbia, Canada

Good Turnout for Snowshoe Walk~

With the full moon falling on the weekend and a clear sky, there was a beautiful Moonlit trail to Sheldon Point in Irving Nature Park via snowshoes. As a special bonus, there was also a penumbral lunar eclipse, as seen below captured by astronomer and photographer Paul Owen. Five members of the SJAC and RASC.NB were on hand with telescopes.  More…

Cassini -Close views show rings unprecedented detail

NASA- “After nearly 13 years studying Saturn’s rings from orbit, the Cassini team has a deeper, richer understanding of what they’re seeing, but they still anticipate new surprises.”    More…

  “I’ll have a double-double and a Pluto, please.”

Great article by science journalist and author Lee Billings about driving through a Scaled Solar System highway in Maine. Mr. Billings is author of Five Billion Years of Solitude: The Search for Life Among the Stars (2013). SJAC member Len Larkin also wrote/presented about Planet Walks & Planet Drives in Scaled Solar System Models.

Two Great Reasons to Join the RASC


For anyone curious about the night sky, joining the RASC can be a very rewarding experience. You don’t even need a telescope, just your interest. Among other benefits, a yearly Membership includes the well sought after Observer’s Handbook, now in is 109th year, the popular Canadian astronomy magazine SkyNews, and digital access to the bi-monthly Journal of the RASC (login required). The Handbook and SkyNews alone can make membership worthwhile.
A portion of the yearly membership fee goes to the Centre of your choice to help finance local activities and education. Our local is RASC NB New Brunswick Centre. If you aren’t sure, or are simply curious, ask someone at your local Astronomy Club to borrow a previous year’s Handbook. You’ll see why it is found in observatory control rooms and astronomers’ reference shelves worldwide.

Clear Sky Clock ~

The Clear Sky Clock is an extremely useful tool for Astronomers. It is used to predict observing conditions and has been proven to be extremely accurate. For more information or details on how to interpret, please visit the Clear Sky Clock home.
Click on pic below for the current forecast. Clicking on the squares yields more information.

The SJAC meets the first Saturday of every month @ 7pm in the Rockwood Park Interpretation Centre in Saint John. The meetings are always informal and are open to anybody interested in talking about Astronomy. All are welcome–no experience necessary!

Bringing Astronomy to Southern New Brunswick, Canada