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~Saturday, April 1, 7:00 pm~
Meeting of the Saint John Astronomy Club
Interpretation Centre, Rockwood Park
Saint John. All are welcome.

~Wednesday, April 12, 6:30-8:30 pm~
4th in the Series of Free Astronomy Workshops
Hosted by Paul Owen and the SJAC
Details to be announced.

Star Parties in New Brunswick~

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.

 Winter Outreach Season Closes~

     Photo of girl looking through telescope at an SJAC Outreach Event

Photo of Outreach Event at a school.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. Here are the Province-wide Outreach Stats from RASC.NB, Jan 1 through March 20, 2017. Click the graph below for larger view in pdf.

As you can see, it includes 73 Outreach Events, reaching 2583 people and including 439 volunteer hours. More… Outreach Events, more pics on Outreach~Winter 2016/17, Outreach~2016.

Astronomy by the Bay~

A photo of astronomers at Saints Rest Beach in Saint John, NB, from Astronomy by the BayOne 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. Continue…

Observing the Solar System ~focus of 3rd Workshop

Paul Owen gave a presentation on Observing The Solar System and our position in the Milky Way Galaxy. He talked about the various sizes of the Planets, Comets, the Astroid Belt, and what to look for.
As usual, everyone always enjoys the prizes the prizes too.
Observing with telescopes after a free astronomy workshop hosted by the SJAC.Chris Curwin from Astronomy by the Bay gave a talk on using various free software programs to help in observing the planets. He talked about using StellariumTime and Date, and Heavens Above for help in navigating the night sky. And… we managed to work in some observing time after the workshop. The 4th in the series of Free Astronomy Workshops will be Wednesday, April 12.  Questions? Contact the host, Paul Owen.    More…

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..

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.

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


Member Photos~

Top~ Streetview Photo [no info]
Bottom- Groundhog Day Moon, Canon T3i and Sigma telephoto lens
Both photos by Paul Owen.

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. 

Excellent Newsletter from RASC New Brunswick~

Photograph of he RASC.NB Horizon Newsletter for Winter 2017

The Horizon Winter 2017 newsletter is out. You can also view more on our Newsletters & Brochures page.

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.
Chart not showing today’s date? Try refreshing the page.

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