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~September 22-24, 2017~
Kouchibouguac Fall StarFest
(also known as the Kouchibouguac Fall Star Gaze)
Kouchibouguac National Park

~Friday, September 29 – 7:30 – 10pm~
Fall Astronomy Day at Rockwood Park
Rockwood Park Bark Park
(cloud date Sept. 30)

~Every Tuesday Night in October~
Learning the Night Sky ~with Curt Nason
Free Astronomy Course
7 – 9 pm, Rockwood Park Interpretation Centre
(Halloween night excepted)

Kouchibouguac Fall StarFest coming up Sept. 22~

Photo of the night sky at Kouchibouguac National ParkThe Kouchibouguac Fall StarFest is coming up September 22-24.
For itinerary and schedule please visit RASC.NB.
Facebook Event~ Kouchibouguac Fall Star Fest

Fall Astronomy Day at Rockwood September 29~

Event: Fall Astronomy Day
Where: Rockwood Park Bark Park (Fisher Lakes Entrance)
When: Friday, September 29 — 7:30–10pm (cloud date Sept. 30)
Facebook Event~ Fall Astronomy Day in Rockwood Park

Fall Astronomy Courses for 2017~

Header photo for the Learning the Night Sky Astronomy Course by Curt Nason.The Saint John Astronomy Club will be offering two free astronomy courses this Fall. First up will be Learning the Night Sky with Curt Nason at the Rockwood Park Interpretation Centre, 7 – 9pm every Tuesday night in October (Halloween night excepted). Please see the page for details and registration info.
You can also respond to our Facebook Event.

Header photo for the Photographing the Night Sky astronomy course with Paul Owen.The second up will be Photographing the Night Sky with Paul Owen in November, running every Tuesday night 7 – 9pm at the Rockwood Park Interpretation Centre. We will post details and registration info closer to November. Hope to see you there!

Special Eclipse Edition of the Horizon Newsletter~

A great recap of the August 21 eclipse is captured in a special Eclipse Edition of the RASC NB newsletter Horizon. It includes experiences from all across the Province plus some members who were lucky enough to go to the States. By Curt Nason. Good stuff. Partial Solar Eclipse Day at Rockwood Bark Park, Sant John, NB.In Saint John, about 700 people showed up to witness the partial solar eclipse of the Sun at Irving Nature Park and Rockwood Park Bark Park.
Were you there? Lots of pics on our Partial Solar Eclipse page.

A different kind of Outreach~

Photo showing an ongoing Facebook Live feed by Astronomy by the Bay.A Facebook Live Feed provides a unique opportunity for people all across Canada and the globe to look through telescopes. Chris Curwin from Astronomy by the Bay has been sharing his views and the results are astounding. Over 120,000 viewers from April 2 to August 30, 2017! If you’re curious, you can view the figures on our Stats page.

Star Party at Irving Nature Park well attended~

A 360 pano of the National Star Party at Irving Nature Park celebrating Canada's Sesquicentennial in July of 2017.About 290 people showed up to look at the night sky in Irving Nature Park. For many, it was their first look at Saturn, Jupiter and its moons, double stars, and our Moon itself. Looking up at the National Star Party at Irving Nature Park, July 30, 2017Postponed from July 29 due to clouds, July 30th afforded beautiful viewing from the Irving Nature Park in Saint John, who hosted the event along with RASC.NB.
The Royal Astronomical Society of Canada celebrated Canada’s 150th birthday with a Canada-wide National Star Party. We hope wherever you were you were able to participate.

Expand your Horizons with RASC NB~

Graphic of the RASC NB Horizon Newsletter.The RASC NB Horizon Summer Newsletter is out. An awesome photo of M13 (Great Hercules Cluster), a report on the COW Mataquac Star Party, pics from Livingston Lake, a Time Capsule from 1969, and more.
More on our Newsletters & Brochures page.

Member Photos~

Photo of the Heart Nebula by astronomer Paul OwenAstounding images by Paul Owen~
Above– The Heart Nebula in the Constellation Cassiopeia, using a Stellarvue 105mm refractor telescope, modified Canon T3i camera, Skywatchers EQ6 Mount, guided with PHD, 30x300sec images, stacked and processed with photoshop.
Below– The North American and Pelican Nebula in Cygnus. Taken with Canon T3i and Canon L series 200mm F4 lens.
Photo of the North American and Pelican Nebula in the Constellation Cygnus by Paul Owen.

Stargazing is Like a Box of Chocolates~by Curt Nason

Photo of the Northern LightsA memorable line from the movie Forrest Gump compared life to a box of chocolates; you never know what you’re going to get. Although the night sky is full of predictable observing targets and events, it is the unexpected treasures that make stargazing so enjoyable.   Continue…

Astronomy by the Bay~

A 360° Panorama on a June evening at Saints Rest Beach in Saint John with Astronomy by the Bay
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, and calls his efforts Astronomy by the Bay. Above is a 360 panorama of a typical June evening beside the Bay of Fundy.
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…

Annual Perseid Meteors have Peaked for 2017~

Photo of the Perseids Meteor Shower courtesy Astronomy Picture of the Day (APOD).[Photo courtesy APOD] Despite being clouded out Saturday, August 12, many people were able to catch some of the Perseids on Friday and Sunday. The occasion also produced a widely circulated Facebook hoax claiming the meteor shower would be the biggest ever witnessed by Mankind. For a more definitive (and accurate) guide on where and how to check out the Perseids, see Curt Nason’s Sky at a Glance.

Free Astronomy Workshop Info now Available~

Free Astronomy Workshop # 6
The Free Astronomy Workshop Series has ended for 2017. You can access almost all of the information presented in the Series here in pdf form:
Telescope Basics
Imaging the Moon
Astrophotography~ImagesPaul Owen with a picture of John DobsonThese Free Workshops were hosted by Paul Owen and the SJAC. You can still ask questions about anything you are curious about or need clarification. Contact the host, Paul Owen.
Continue… Free Astronomy Workshops.

Radio Interview about Outreach on LocalFM.ca~

Chris, Matt, and Amelia from the Saint John Astronomy Club visit Rebecca on the Radio for a chat about what is going on with amateur astronomy in Saint John, New Brunswick. Check out her show on 107.3 FM, Saint John, LocalRadio.ca. Great stuff!

Now Showing–at a Universe Near You~

A photo showing locations of various Globular Clusters in the June night sky.
This is it folks! If you haven’t read them already, check out Curt Nason’s posts on Globular Clusters for June and Nebula to see in Sagittarius for July. Some of the best night sky observing of the year is here with binoculars or a telescope. With the right sky conditions, it will present the curious with a unique opportunity to see some of the sky’s best treasures, especially in the southern constellation region of Sagittarius, Scorpius, and Ophiuchus, where, as an added bonus, Saturn will be visible too.

Saturn rings are now at their maximum tilt for beautiful viewing. This from Chris Curwin’s Astronomy by the Bay:
“As Saturn completes it’s 29.5 year orbit around the Sun, it reveals it’s magnificent rings differently from our poiint of view. As it approaches opposition on June 15th, when the Sun and Saturn will be on opposite sides of the Earth, Saturn’s rings will be at their maximum brightness and reveal from our perspective in 15 years… and this view will be available to us all evening, all summer long. 🙂
See them through the eyepiece of my telescope from Saints Rest Beach…(weather permitting).”

RASC NB gets new Website~

Screenshot of the new RASC NB website.

A big shoutout to Emile Cormier, who has done a stellar job using a minimalist theme to redesign the RASC New Brunswick Centre website. The website is very inclusive for the whole Province. It also has links to any events sponsored by RASC New Brunswick.

Stuff you can use~

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


Summer Outreach Season is here~

A photo of an SJAC Solar observing outreach event at Queen Square Farmers Market in Saint John

Continue…Outreach~Summer 2017

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.

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

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