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 calls his outreach and sidewalk astronomy efforts Astronomy by the Bay.
Have a Look Around~
Chris clocked an amazing 2,439 people to his scope(s) in 2016, and he posts on his FB page ahead of time if he is heading there. Even if you can’t make it down, check out his page–you’ll sometimes feel as if you were there. It’s interesting and it’s fun.
He is often joined by other astronomers as well, sometimes hosts Facebook Live Events, and will let you take pictures through the telescope with your phone.
The relative peace and quiet of Saints Rests Beach on the Bay of Fundy provides an ideal spot to get away from it all and maybe catch a glimpse of some of our celestial wonders in the night sky.
Check out the Thank You video below, a composite of SJAC Outreach Events and pics from Saints Rest Beach.
A different kind of Outreach~
A Facebook Live Feed provides a unique opportunity for people all across Canada and the globe to look through telescopes. Astronomy by the Bay has been sharing these views and the results are astounding. Over 120,000 views from April 2 to August 30, 2017!
This is Sidewalk Astronomy for everyone. If curious, you can check it out on our Stats page.
Articles from Astronomy by the Bay~