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The January 2017
President's Message



SHARE YOUR PASSION IN ASTRONOMY IN 2017

  The main observing event for this year is the August 21st Total Solar Eclipse. I am sure that all members are aware of this unique event. The closest destination spot – Madras, Oregon, is only a one day drive from the Okanagan. Much will be presented online, on the television and at our monthly meetings about this event. Do I need to mention the Total Solar Eclipse further?
  The public will be made aware of the Total Solar Eclipse for weeks ahead of August 21st. It would be a wonderful time to show off astronomy to the Okanagan public – except, no one from RASC-OC will be remaining in the Okanagan!
  However, not all events need not be as dramatic as a Solar Eclipse to attract individuals to astronomy. It may take only two objects close together.
  Two evening events that occur early in 2017 are:

March 29, 2017 (7:30pm): Mercury, Mars and the Moon
and  April 10, 2017 (8:00pm >): Moon meets Jupiter
  Mark these two dates on your calendar and take the opportunity to show a non-member the sky that night. Fascination with the night sky that lasts a life-time does not take anything more than the moon and a planet close together. Share your passion in astronomy in 2017.

Contact: david-hawkins@shaw.ca
David Hawkins, RASC-OC President 2016-2017

NEW AND NOTEWORTHY

  RASC-OC Annual Gala volunteers needed for the June 2017 Event
  The annual speaker and dinner meeting will be on Saturday June 3rd.
We require volunteers to assist with all aspects of the event including ticket sales, room set-up and for seeking donations for the auction.
  We require additional volunteers to assist/take over jobs that have been performed by the same members for the past several years. It is your turn?
  Thank you for your interest and I look forward to hearing from you in the next month.

David Hawkins.
Chair, 2017 Gala Committee
Contact: david-hawkins@shaw.ca


UPCOMING RASC-OC MONTHLY MEETINGS: JANUARY 2017

Kelowna: Tuesday January 17, 2017
- 7:30pm. Okanagan College KLO Campus.
- ROOM: TBA (see ocrasc.ca/meetings for update)
- COTM: Claude Lapointe “Great Moon Hoax of 1835”
- Main: Guy Mackie “The Okanagan Observatory”

Penticton: Thursday January 19, 2017
- 7:15pm. Okanagan College Penticton Campus
- Room C O2 SunOka Building
- Speaker: Tony Willis from DRAO “Gravitational Waves”

Vernon: Wednesday January 25, 2017
- 6:30pm. Novice Pre-Meeting
- James Kanester “Observing Features of our Moon”
- 7:15pm. Meeting. Okanagan Science Centre, Vernon (Heritage Hall)
- Speaker: artist Destanne Norris “Experiences as a Guest Artist at the 2016 Jasper Dark Sky Festival”
  Please see the RASC-OC website for meeting updates. www.ocrasc.ca

WEBSITE
  The club website is updated with a view to providing everything you ever wanted to know about RASC-OC. 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 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

PICTURE OF THE MONTH: JANUARY 2017

MURRAY HAINER: “Messier 42”
  You can find Murray’s photo of Messier 42 along with many other member’s astronomical photos in the Zenfolio section at:
http://www.ocrasc.ca/image_gallery.html
  If you have a picture that you would like considered for Picture of the Month be sure to upload to your Zenfolio Gallery and then alert Zenfolio moderator Dave Gamble at trailspublishing@telus.net so it will be in the running.

OKANAGAN OBSERVATORY
  Friday night public viewings will start in the spring of 2017 depending on depth of snow and other weather and viewing conditions.
  RASC-OC 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 in advance.
www.okanaganobservatory.ca

FOCUS
  Editor Hugh Pett welcomes submissions of astronomy observations, experiences and other ideas and topics. The deadline for submission of material is the 8th of the month. Focus is published on the 15th of each month from September to June.
  Non-members may be included on the Focus mailing list. If you know of a non-member who may be interested in receiving a copy of Focus by email, please let Hugh know.
Contact: Hugh Pett hughirenep@gmail.com

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 guy.m@shaw.ca

LINKS
www.ocrasc.ca/links.html

CONTACT:
David Hawkins david-hawkins@shaw.ca