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The March 2014
from Colleen O'Hare...
The Third Annual Okanagan Observatory Fundraising Dinner will be held May 24, 2014 at the Kelowna Curling Club. Our very special speaker for the evening will be Mr. Jack Newton. Again, a wonderful dinner, Silent Auction and Door prizes will round out the evening.
We need your help! Silent Auction items and Door Prizes are needed! These can be anything. Last year we had books, wine, pictures, jewelry, gift certificates and lots of other items. They don’t need to be astronomical in nature. Think what businesses you come in contact with every day and ask them if they’d like to advertise by donating an article for the Silent Auction.
We can also make up baskets for them with books, wine, chocolates etc. that they can purchase and then personalize with something from their business. Maybe you have something around the house that would be appropriate. Just let the Dinner committee know and we will gladly pick it up.
Members of the OO Dinner committee are: Grant (firstname.lastname@example.org), Guy (email@example.com), Jim T (firstname.lastname@example.org), Penny (email@example.com), Frank S (firstname.lastname@example.org), Jean (email@example.com), Sharon (firstname.lastname@example.org), and Colleen (email@example.com).
And, of course, you can always join the committee and help put this great evening together!
Kelowna meeting Tues. March 11
Dave Gamble will take us on 'A Virtual Messier Marathon' which begins at late dusk and pursues the Messier objects until daybreak... a hectic chase through the celestial sphere as it covers an almost complete circle ending at daybreak. Many cups of coffee and exchange of cookies and other substances at the welcome breaks, intermittent rests, cowering beside the road in response to unwelcome oncoming car headlights at 3 in the morning, interaction with your fellow observers, and the great feeling of a foxhound chase in the footsteps left by Charles Messier.
Also on the agenda will be a Constellation of the Month (COTM) program by Colleen O'Hare who will introduce the Messier Marathon program with a brief but colourful biography of ‘Charles Messier'.
The meeting will be held at 7:30pm in the Lab Building at the Okanagan College Kelowna Campus in Room C368.
Penticton meeting Thurs. March 13
The main presentation at the March 13 Penticton meeting will feature Chris Purton who will outline 'Your long-term future in the Galaxy'. Where will you (or at least your atoms) be fifteen billion years from now? How many of your atoms, for example, will be part of cold rundown planets coursing freely through interstellar space? Those and other options, including ending up in a black hole, will be explored. Come and find out what's going to happen to you.
Also on offer will be an explanation of why these horrendously complicated calculations are being attempted.
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.
Vernon meeting Wed. March 26
The March 26 Vernon meeting will have two possibilities... if skies are clear and temperatures not too cold, the gathering will observe the sky from the Kalamalka Lake site... details to follow. If not promising, Raffaele Scotto Lachianca will speak on 'Favourite Messier Objects'.
John Karlsson and James Kanester will do another ' Mystery Constellation' COTM presentation.
A regular feature of Vernon meetings is a pre-meeting 'Novice Session' from 6.30 to 7.15pm. If there is a telescope or astronomy topic you would like to learn more about, contact James Kanester.
The regular meeting will start at 7.15pm, also in the basement of the main building
of the Okanagan Science Centre on the east side of Polson Park just off Highway 6.
The entrance to the nicely appointed room is from the rear of the building.
Picture of the Month
This month Frank Stariha and Mark Force, who is giving Richard Christie a break with his work load, faced what Frank described as the toughest selection in memory due to the wide selection of astro photos and sketches they had to choose from. This shows that members have been very active in capturing images and sketches through their telescopes and cameras.
In the end, their selection was Guy Mackie's sketch of Messier 31 which had the added distinction of having been published in the November issue of Sky & Telescope magazine.
Making the decision difficult was what the committee described as a 'treasure trove' of
sketches by John Karlsson. On the photo side, front runners included a number of recent photographs by Jim Failes including his 'The Sun at Mountain Rise' and David Player's image of Messier 42. All of these pictures and more can be viewed in our Zenfolio image gallery through www.ocrasc.ca or directly here: http://rascoc.zenfolio.com/f166015629
including pictures by Debra and Peter Ceravolo (January) and Dave Gamble (February) which were ineligible due to our two month waiting period.
Editor Hugh Pett welcomes submissions of astronomy observations, experiences and other ideas and topics. These should be forwarded to him by March 8. The issue will be sent out on March 15.
www ocrasc ca
The club website is updated by Andrew Bennett and Dave Gamble 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.
Remember to check out Dave Gamble’s ‘What’s Up’ page for a whole month full of observing musts as well at pictures contributes to by Jim Failes.
As well, Dave will be regularly sending What’s Up information to everyone on the AstroOkanagan email 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.
You can start to receive the messages by contacting Guy Mackie at firstname.lastname@example.org or Mikkel Steine at email@example.com.
President, RASC OC