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The May 2015
President's Report
from David Player...



Annual Gala


If you haven’t already done so, please get your tickets to the Okanagan Centres’ Annual Gala
Dinner to be held Saturday May 23, 2015. This promises to be a very interesting event.
April 30 is the deadline for early bird registration to the 2015 General Assembly which will be
held in Halifax the first week of July.

Okanagan Observatory
The snow has gone and the observatory grounds are in good condition. As always, members
may use the observatory at any time they choose. Please 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 to ensure they listen to the message
on the Okanagan Observatory Event Phone, at 250-300-8SKY (8759) before they proceed to
the observatory.

Meetings

Kelowna – Tuesday May 5, 2015 7:30pm in Room C368 at Okanagan College on KLO road
Kelowna.
The main presentation at the May meeting in Kelowna will be by Chris Purton who will talk
about his Career in Astrophysics. We are fortunate in the Okanagan Centre to have so many
members who have worked or continue to work in various space sciences. Chris presented
his talk in Penticton last year and hearing about his work and colleagues and the locations
that his work took him to, made for an interesting evening indeed. This will be the final
presentation in Kelowna before September so don’t miss it!
The Constellation of the Month will feature Grant Thompson whose recent vacation to the
Yucatan inspired him to do some research into Mayan Astronomy and Cosmology. This will be a condensed version of what we hope Grant will develop into a full length presentation for a
later time.

Penticton – Thursday May 7, 2015 7:15pm in Room C02 Sunoka Bldg at Okanagan College
on Duncan Ave. West in Penticton
The program for the May 7 meeting in Penticton will feature ‘Observations of the March 20
Total Solar Eclipse’ by our intrepid eclipse chasers Sally Kilburg, Alan Whitman and Dave
Whalley. Their on the spot experiences along the path of totality in the north Atlantic will be
complemented by pictures and video.

Vernon - May 23, 2015. 5:00 pm Gala Dinner at Kelowna curling club 551 Recreation
Avenue, Kelowna, B.C.

All details including dates, time and places are located at http://www.ocrasc.ca/meetings.html


Focus
Editor Hugh Pett welcomes submissions of astronomy observations, experiences and other
ideas and topics. Deadline for material is the 8th of the month, to be published on the 15th;
September to June.

Website 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.

What's Up
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!

Google Group
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 guy.m@shaw.ca or Mikkel Steine at
deepskygazer@gmail.com.

David Player
President, RASC OC
davidplayer@telus.net