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‘Re-arranging the solar system’

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The Sunshine Coast Astronomy Club Centre welcomes Christa Van Laerhoven, whose topic will be “Major Migrations: Rearranging the Solar System”, Sept. 8 at 7:30pm at the Arts Centre in Sechelt. Van Laerhoven is a postdoctoral fellow at UBC. She gained her PhD from the Department of Planetary Sciences at the University of Arizona in May ... Read More »

Cosmic spectacular

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Sun seekers young and old flocked to Davis Bay on Aug. 21 to view the solar eclipse.  The moon passed between the earth and the sun at mid-morning, covering about 85 per cent of the sun at this latitude.  It could be seen – with special protective glasses – from anywhere, but hundreds opted to ... Read More »

Planets in morning view in September

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Mercury will be very low in the E morning twilight in September. Venus will be low in the E in the morning twilight. Mars will be very low in the E during twilight late in the month. Jupiter will be very low in the W soon after sunset but will be lost in twilight mid-month. ... Read More »

Meteor shower and eclipse this month

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There will be two spectacular shows in the skies above this month, one during the night, and one during the day. The Perseid meteor shower happens on Sat., August 12. It peaks during daylight hours (1pm) but continues on into the evening. Our observatory at Sechelt airport will be open that night at 9:30pm for ... Read More »

Eclipse over the Coast August 21

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Planet Mercury is not observable in August. Venus is very low in the E but will be difficult to observe by month’s end. Mars is very low in the W in the evening twilight but will be difficult to see. Jupiter can be seen in the SE after dark and transits near 11pm. Sets in ... Read More »

Stargazing for July

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Mercury can be seen very low in the WNW in the evening twilight in July but will be lost by mid-month. Venus will be very low in the E in the morning twilight. Mars is not observable in July. Jupiter will be seen low in the SW in the evening twilight and sets in the ... Read More »

A bright light on dark matter

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Sunshine Coast Chapter of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada welcomes Prof. Julio Navarro to the Arts Centre in Sechelt June 9 at 7:30pm. His topic will be “Dark Matter and Dark Energy: the puzzling forces that shape our Universe”. The universe is a puzzle still being solved. As a cosmologist, Prof. Navarro studies this ... Read More »

What’s in the sky

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Mercury is not observable this month. Venus can be seen very low in the E in the morning twilight. Mars will be very low in the W in the evening twilight, but will be lost after mid-month. Jupiter is in the SW after dark and sets in the W near 2am. Saturn rises in the ... Read More »

Special guest to address local stargazers

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Mercury is not observable in May. Venus will be seen very low in the E but will be difficult to see by the end of the month. Mars can be seen very low in the W in the evening twilight but with some difficulty. Jupiter will be very low in the SE after dark, transits ... Read More »

Young astronomer to speak at Arts Centre

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The Sunshine Coast branch of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada welcomes Francesca Crema, who will speak on April 14 on “Cosmic Rays in the Classroom: My experiences with muons, variable stars, and project-based learning.” The event starts at 7:30pm at the Arts Centre in Sechelt. Francesca is a 17-year-old grade 12 student in Vancouver ... Read More »

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