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The October 2016
New and Noteworthy:
Our RASC-OC AGM is on Tuesday October 18th in Kelowna. It is important that all members attend this meeting. The AGM gives members the opportunity to meet our elected representatives for the coming year. In addition, the number of members attending this meeting determines the number of Directors that may be elected to Council.
Thanking you in advance for your attendance.
UPCOMING OC-RASC MONTHLY MEETINGS
Kelowna: Tuesday October 18, 2016 Annual General Meeting
- 7:15pm. Okanagan College KLO Campus (Room C368)
- Election of Officers/Council; Appointments
COTM - Alan Whitman (Experiences as an Astronomical Author)
COTM - Richard Christie (Comparing White Dwarfs to Neutron Stars to
Black Holes in 20 Minutes or Less)
Please see our website for details. www.ocrasc.ca
Photo of the month for October is: TBA.
The club website is updated with a view to providing everything you ever wanted to know about Okanagan Centre RASC. As well as Outreach and many other club activity pages, the What's Up page provides heads up notes of what is in the sky on particular nights. The About Us page links to the club Library and other services. The website is also a portal to many links including our Zenfolio Image Gallery. www.ocrasc.ca 4
Members may use the observatory site at any time they choose. However, members must advise one of the security team before proceeding to the observatory so alarms can be turned off/on in advance.
Please let the public know about the Friday night public nights and ensure they listen to the message on the Okanagan Observatory Event Phone, at 250-300-8SKY (8759) before they proceed to the observatory site. The phone message is updated at 3:00pm on Friday afternoons and advises the listener if the observatory site will be open that evening and if so, the start and end times.
Editor Hugh Pett welcomes submissions of astronomy observations, experiences and other ideas and topics. Deadline for material is the 8th of the month. Focus is published on the 15th of each month from September to June.
Contact: Hugh Pett email@example.com
When was the last time you submitted an article to Focus?
ASTRO OKANAGAN E-MAIL DISCUSSION GROUP
Another great reason to join in!
The Google Discussion Group is a real-time link between members of our OC RASC meeting groups. A message might give you a heads-up on a new celestial phenomenon, an alert about an Outreach event you could take part in or other timely news.
Contact: Guy Mackie firstname.lastname@example.org 5
CONTACT: David Hawkins email@example.com
Tackling Light Pollution
What does a picture of the artificial light of North America at night represent to you? (Yes, I know we live in Canada and not the US).
To anyone involved with astronomy it represents the invasion of night light into our night sky – “light pollution”. Each decade the amount of night light grows. This excess light will grow to the point where most people in cities will no longer be able to view night stars other than the very brightest? …unless there is change.
Our Okanagan Observatory site was specifically selected as a location in a Dark Sky Zone. However, in the long term even this location will be threatened by light pollution.
Until a national policy is developed by the federal government, any changes must be done at a local level. Our local municipal politicians need to be informed and our concerns presented. Do our stadium lights need to be on until midnight? The game ended at 10pm! Street lights can be directed downward where then light needs to be? No one is driving in the sky! A few basic changes in city and commercial lighting regulations would help preserve our night skies for future generations.
Reducing light pollution has other benefits other than visual astronomy. Excess light wastes energy and money. Also, did you know that light pollution affects wildlife and ecosystems?
What is OC-RASC doing? John Kerr, Vernon member, is the chairman of our Special Light Abatement Committee and he invites volunteers to join him in an effort to limit Okanagan light pollution. John is expanding his Okanagan efforts and is looking for two members from each of Kelowna and Penticton to join the Committee. It could be you!!
Protect the night sky. If not for you, then for your children and our wildlife.
What do you want future generations to see in the night sky? 3
Contact John Kerr: firstname.lastname@example.org