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Total lunar eclipse Sunday evening

As the moon rises at 7 PM on 27 September residents of the Sunshine Coast will be able to view the last total lunar eclipse until January 2018. The SCC Observatory will be open from 6:30 at the Sechelt Airport (weather permitting) to view this event. The penumbral eclipse begins at 5:11 PM, the umbral ... Read More »

The best show off earth

Bring the family and join the Sunshine Coast Centre of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada for “Astronomy in the Park” on Saturday, Aug. 15th, from 1pm to 11:30 p.m. at Porpoise Bay Provincial Park in Sechelt. There will be club telescopes, an information booth with membership information, displays and astronomy related giveaways. There will ... Read More »

July’s celestial delights

In the month of July we will have a full moon on the 1st a new moon on the 15th and a second full moon or “blue moon” on the 31st. The δ Aquarid meteor shower peaks on the 29th, but the moon being nearly full will make it difficult to see fainter meteors. Mercury ... Read More »

New Coast observatory opens June 27

In 2004 we began as the Sunshine Coast Astronomy Club with a dream of one day building an observatory in order to provide public access to skies and give local astronomers the ability to do useful scientific observations. Many years were spent planning and fund raising and in April 2008 we became the Sunshine Coast ... Read More »

Venus and Jupiter slowly combine for a good show

In the month of June we will have a full moon on the 2nd and a new moon on the 16th. The Summer Solstice occurs at 9:38 PM on the 21st. Mercury can be seen in the morning sky from the 9th to the 30th. Venus can be seen in the evening sky and reaches ... Read More »

Stargazing: May skies full of wonder

In the month of May we will have a full moon on the 3rd and a new moon on Victoria Day, the 18th. The η Aquarid meteor shower will peak in the early morning hours of the 6th. Mercury is in a good position for viewing in the evening twilight in the West from the ... Read More »

Stargazing 101

We in the Royal Astronomical Society frequently have members of the public tell us that they have telescopes that they don’t know how to use,. At 7:30 PM, April 10, 2015, at the Sunshine Coast Arts Centre, 5714 Medusa St, Sechelt, we will have a Beginner’s Astronomy Night, where we will show people how to ... Read More »

Spring show in the heavens

Spring officially arrives in March and Jupiter and Venus continue to dominate the heavens, appearing in such brilliance you can’t miss them! This season Venus will rise unusually high in the sky due to the steep angle of the ecliptic. If you missed the gorgeous conjunction the nights of Feb 20 and 21, stay tuned ... Read More »

The night sky in February

February’s night skies are dominated by the most striking and best known asterism of all, the stars of Orion’s Belt in the constellation Orion the Hunter. Depicted in mythology as he fights off Taurus the Bull (to the upper right), the hunter is also accompanied by his two dogs, Canis Major and Canis Minor. As ... Read More »

An expert explains small observatories

At 7:30 PM, 9 January, 2015, at the Sunshine Coast Arts Centre, 5714 Medusa St. Sechelt, Charles Ennis, the President of the Sunshine Coast Centre of the RASC, will be doing a presentation on “Small Observatories”. Charles has interviewed the builders of over 120 small observatories around the world in the process of writing a ... Read More »

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