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This Week’s Sky at a Glance, 2023 Dec. 2 – Dec. 9
This Week’s Sky at a Glance, 2023 Dec. 2 – Dec. 9
Current Weekly Sky at a Glance ~by Curt Nason
Current Monthly Calendar
Click the pic to enlarge or here for the pdf.
Astronomy Photo of the Week
From Wolastoq Park
By SJAC Member
Had the scopes out to Wolastoq Park for the Xmas Tree Lighting
SJAC members have Asteroid’s named in their honor
(20020) Mipach = 1991 VT
Discovery: 1991-11-04 / Y. Mizuno, T. Furuta / Kani / 403
astronomers in New Brunswick, Canada. Motivated by the coronavirus lockdown to offer online
presentations, they created The Sunday Night Astronomy Show, a live, interactive, informal program
covering observing, equipment and special events. Over 150 editions have been produced.
Discovered 1987-Sep-16 by Debehogne, H. at La Silla
~Every Sunday @ 8pm~
The Sunday Night Astronomy Show
Join us for this week’s episode of the Sunday Night Astronomy Show in our new format.
We’ll be live for our one hour program beginning at 8pm ADT. We hope you can join us!
Be sure to tune in with Chris, Paul, and Mike to find out what’s new in Astronomy.
The next meeting of the Saint John Astronomy club will be this Saturday, December 2, at 7 pm in the Rockwood Park Interpretation Centre.
A supply of the 2024 RASC astronomy calendars will be available for sale at $20 for RASC members and $25 for others.
Saint John Astronomy Club is this Saturday, December 2 at 7 pm in the Rockwood Park Interpretation Centre.
We have a selection of astronomy books and telescopes that may be borrowed for a month at a time. Check the website (sjastronomy.ca) to reserve or show up at the meeting to make arrangements. Some books and telescopes are usually available at the meeting.
1. What’s Up (Y Kippers)
2. Observing Reports
3. Manual Astronomy (M Powell)
4. Show & Tell, Buy & Sell
5. Business: Speakers for January, Books and Telescopes, Winterfest at Rockwood Park on February 3 (or 10)
Recap of November meeting
1. T Almon described how she images landscape / astronomy objects such as moonrise through Split Rock.
2. Observing reports: C Nason, C Curwin and M Powell did an outreach event at Musquash; C Nason observed comet C/2023 H2 Lemmon; M Powell and M Thorn were at Saints Rest Beach for the Harvest Moon.
3. M West gave an informative talk on all about albedo.
4. S&T, B&S: C Nason showed a webcam/microphone that we can use for hybrid meetings. RASC NB eclipse glasses (cardboard) were given to each attendee who wanted one.
Good Messier targets with binoculars or telescope
December 21 from 6-8 pm. Winter solstice event at Dominion Park. Tentative First nations storyteller, bonfire, bannock and Tim Hortons hot chocolate. Request for viewing the Pleiades and other objects.
February 3 (most of the day). Winterfest at Rockwood Park. Multiple events, we can do solar and evening observing, and maybe something inside.
~Stuff you can use~
New or old to Astronomy, you can usually find some useful information in our Members’ Contributions Page. Check out Matt West’s Using Telescope Filters and Mike Powell’s Finders and How to use Them and Equipment Basics.
~RASC NB Horizon Autumn 2023 Newsletter~
What’s Up for Summer, new astronomy Club, updates on meetings, Star Parties & Outreach, a great book review, poetry, Astro Carols and more in the RASC NB Horison Summer Newsletter.
Messier Marathon List and Guides
Above~ Don Machholz, one of the founders of the Messier Marathon which is at optimum during the month of March. Click to view his suggested Messier Marathon Checklist. This is a short and sweet one page guide from March 2000 Sky and Telescope.Above~ Click to view the Ultimate Messier Object Log in pdf, a comprehensive guide.
Astronomy Day public observing will be held at the Irving Nature Park in Saint John Sept. 22 from 8 – 11:30 pm, with a back-up date of September 23.
Browse Books and Equipment you can borrow
Past SJAC Outreach
Incredible Images–RASC NB Photos of the Month
Click the pic to view the RASC NB Photos of the Month, a collection put together by Emile Cormier of the RASC NB. Emile also has an interesting website of his own images and sketches at emilecormier.net.
Shortages in telescopes, interest in the night sky has increased as Astronomy has revealed itself to be the perfect hobby during a pandemic. ~CBC/The Current/surging interest in Astronomy
Hobby Killers: What Telescopes not to Buy
Good article by Jerry Oltion of Sky and Telescope– Hobby Killers: What Telescopes not to Buy. Best universal advice from all sources: Join an astronomy club, attend an Outreach Event or Star Party, ask a few questions and just hang out. Lot easier on the pocketbook and nerves in the long run.
Seeing the Constellations with Different Eyes
The Obibwe Wintermaker and Hole-in-the-Sky
How other cultures view some of the constellations~by Curt Nason
Neat Planet Rotation Demo
Click the pic above to view a neat planet rotation demo Link to a planet rotation demo via James O’Donoghue and NASA. Try it full screen on your desktop.
Explore the Universe Astronomy Course
The Explore the Universe Course concluded in October 2017 with a great rundown on the life history of a star and an overview of some Deep Sky Objects. This course was offered by Curt Nason and the SJAC, and will be followed up by Night Time Imaging with Paul Owen in November.
This course was based on the Explore the Universe beginner’s observing program of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada (RASC). By locating, observing and recording 55 of 110 objects you can receive an Explore the Universe certificate and pin, and you do not have to be a member of the RASC
This can be achieved using only your eyes and binoculars, although a small telescope might be required to observe all 110 objects. Although the Course is now over, you can still participate.
What you need:
RASC Explore the Universe Program Requirements.pdf
RASC Fillable Application Form.pdf
Optional~ Explore the Universe Guide Book (2nd Edition)
Overview~RASC RASC.CA/Explore the Universe.
Note: You can view recaps of each four evenings on our page.
Questions? Contact Curt Nason.
RASC NB 20th Anniversary Newsletter Edition
See what stargazers in New Brunswick were up to 20 years ago in the RASC NB 20th Anniversary of the Horizon.
Astronomy for Everyone~
Go for a walk on the beach, have a look at the stars.
Above–telescopes set up at Saints Rest Beach in Saint John for public viewing. Just check the fb page of Astronomy by the Bay to see if anyone is going on a clear night.
Handy Guide for Star Pronunciation~
Ever wonder how to pronounce some of the stars? Click to pic above
Making Time Lapse Photographs of the Night Sky~
Making 360° Panoramas of the Night Sky~
Using “Sign Posts” to Navigate the Night Sky~
Constellations in our night sky can serve as “sign posts”… showing the way to other constellations and objects. One of the best is “The Big Dipper”… in Ursa Major. More…
A different kind of Outreach~
A Facebook Live feed provides a unique opportunity for people across Canada and the globe to look through telescopes. Chris Curwin from Astronomy by the Bay has been sharing his Facebook Live views since 2017 and the results are astounding. Over 325,000 viewers from April 2017 to June 2019!
Stargazing is Like a Box of Chocolates~by Curt Nason
A 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…
Free Astronomy Workshop Info now Available~
The Free Astronomy Workshop Series in early 2017 proved a success. You can access almost all of the information presented in the Series here in pdf form:
Imaging the Moon
These 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.
Note: Paul also hosted the Fall astronomy workshop series Photographing the Night Sky in November 2017.
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 3.393 people to his scope(s) in 2017, 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. Check out the 2017 Thank You Video from Chris.
Learning the Night Sky Hints with Chris Curwin~
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..
Astronomy Clubs across Canada~
Got cabin fever? Housebound? Why not take a trip across Canada and check out a few of the Astronomy Clubs in 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.
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!