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The June 2016
President's Report
from Olaf Lutz...



New and Noteworthy:

    The annual Gala, held on May 28th, was another success. About seventy-five guests attended and the speaker, D.R.A.O. Director Sean Dougherty, was well received. Many thanks to the Kelowna Curling Club for letting us use their facility again.

   It’s star party season again, so dust off your camping gear and get out there. See www.skynews.ca for some ideas.

UPCOMING MEETINGS:

Vernon: Wednesday, June 15

  The Novice Pre-Meeting will take place at 6.30pm and will feature member John Kerr showing the RASC National Light Pollution Abatement web pages and discussing how they might be used by our group in its light pollution work.
The main program at 7.15pm will be titled 'The Worlds of Jupiter' - our solar system's second 'solar system' by Dave Gamble who will trace the growing interest in Jupiter following the discovery of its main moons by Galileo in 1610, culminating in an exciting series of space vehicles to the giant planet. As well as the landmark discoveries by the Galileo spacecraft, Dave will feature news on the very latest probes including Juno which will arrive this July 4.
Member Jim Kanester will present some Observing Challenges for Summer.
The pre-meeting session and the regular meeting will NOT be in the Heritage Hall on the corner, but rather in the Basement Meeting Room of the main Okanagan Science Centre where internet access is available.

Kelowna: Tuesday, June 28

  The Constellation of the Month will be presented by Vlado Neykov on the subject 'Planet X: Where are You?', and 'What is in common between Carl Sagan, Martin Koning, Valia Balkanska and the Voyager space program?'
The Main Program will feature Richard Christie who will present: 'Chelyabinsk: The Greatest Fireball Witnessed in Modern Times'.
The meeting will be held at 7:30pm in the Lab Building at the Okanagan College Kelowna Campus in Room C368.

Penticton: Thursday, June 16

  The meeting will be held at 7.15pm in the regular C O2 meeting room in the Sunoka building of the Penticton campus of Okanagan College.

ASTRONOMICAL PICTURE OF THE MONTH:
Picture of the Month Selection Committee members Mark Force and Sharon Carter again had a lot of pictures to consider for the June Picture of the Month, including a number featuring the recent transit of Mercury. We are advised to stand by for further word on these. Combing through the wide selection it was decided that Dave Gamble's image of NGC 7822 in the constellation Cepheus, which Mark notes is also known as Cederblad 214, is the June Picture of the Month, and it can be seen with capture details here: http://rascoc.zenfolio.com/p538670507/h5b18430b#h5b18430b.

OKANAGAN OBSERVATORY:

There have been a number of events at the observatory already this year, including an orientation course for the
25inch telescope, put on by Dave Gamble. Eight members attended this course and another is being contemplated for later in the year. A couple of member’s nights have also been successful.

Outreach Events:
Yes, lots.

Links:
Observatory Clear Sky Chart
RASC Okanagan Centre
RASC National
Zenfolio
Focus
Live Comet Data
Satellite Tracker
Criminal Records Review Act
Criminal Record Check Information
Contact: Olaf Lutz