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RASC OK Centre Upcoming Meetings

Kelowna meeting Tues. December 2

  For the December meeting, OC RASC member and DRAO staff member Wendell Schuster will take the meeting on an exploration of 'CHIME, 'The Canadian Hydrogen Intensity Mapping Experiment' at the Dominion Radio Astrophysical Observatory at White Lake. CHIME is a collaboration between DRAO, UBC, McGill University and the University of Toronto to measure the density of neutral Hydrogen atoms at a distance of from 7 to 11 billion light years and create a 3-dimensional map from the data. All of this to help answer the questions of 'why' and 'for how long' the expansion of the Universe has been accellerating.  

Due to the length of the main presentation there will be no COTM this month.

The meeting will be held at 7:30pm in the Lab Building at the Okanagan College Kelowna Campus
 in Room C368.

Penticton  meeting Thurs. December 4

The theme for the December 4 Penticton meeting will be a review of 'Coming Astronomical Hightlights of 2015'. The coming year will again offer some exciting things to look forward to seeing in the sky. Among them will be the Total Solar Eclipse next March which will traverse the north Atlantic above Norway which Vice President Dave Whalley and Alan Whitman plan to observe from an aircraft.

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. December 17

The pre-meeting session at 6.30pm will feature a presentation by Hugh Carter and James Kanester on
 'Star Magnitude - Estimating how bright a star is using your eyes or a telescope'.

The main program for the meeting will feature a discussion of  'Telescopes and Telescope Accessories'.  Members are being invited to bring their telescopes to the meeting and talk about their experiences with them. Each member will be allocated about five minutes to talk about their scope and experiences, and this should be of particular interest to new telescope users.

Also on the main program will be the  'Mystery Constellation of December' and a 'December Observing Challenge'  issued by John Karlsson and Jim Kanester. 

The pre-meeting gathering begins at 6.30pm with the regular meeting starting at 7.15pm,  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 is from the rear of the building.


Vernon Meeting Group
- Okanagan Science Centre
2704 Hwy 6, Vernon
See map

Kelowna Meeting Group
Okanagan College
- Science building
KLO Road, Kelowna. 
See map

Penticton  Meeting Group
Okanagan College
- Sunoka Building
583 Duncan Ave. W. Penticton

See map

Meetings held in Kelowna on the First Tuesday 
of the month at the
Okanagan College Science Building 
KLO Road

September 2, 2014    7:30 at OC
October 7, 2014    7:30 at OC
*November 4, 2014    7:15 at OC Kelowna (Tuesday)
December 2, 2014    7:30 at OC
January 6, 2015    7:30 at OC   
February 3, 2015                         7:30 at OC
March 3, 2015    7:30 at OC       
April 7, 2015    7:30 at OC
May 5, 2015                                 7:30 at OC
May 23, 2015    Gala Dinner (Kelowna 5PM)

Meetings held in Penticton on the
First Thursday of the month
at Okanagan College Penticton.
September 4, 2014       7:15 at OC
October 2, 2014             7:15 at OC
*November 4, 2014        7:15
Joint meeting at OC Kelowna (Tues.)
December 4, 2014         7:15 at OC
January 8, 2015              7:15 at OC
February 5, 2015            7:15 at OC
March 5, 2015                 7:15 at OC
April 2, 2015                    7:15 at OC
May 7, 2015                     7:15 at OC
May 23, 2015    Gala Dinner
(Kelowna 5PM

Meetings held in Vernon on Wednesdays
Last Wednesday of the month at the
OSC Okanagan Science Centre
2704 Hwy 6, Vernon
September 24, 2014              7:15 at OSC
October 29, 2014                    7:15 at OSC
*November 4, 2014                 7:15
Joint meeting at OC Kelowna (Tues.)

December 17, 2014                    7:15 at OSC
January 28, 2015                    7:15 at OSC
 February 25, 2015                    7:15 at OSC
 March 25, 2015                    7:15 at OSC
 April 29, 2015                    7:15 at OSC
 May 23, 2015    Gala Dinner
(Kelowna 5PM)

 June 24, 2015                    7:15 at OSC

* denotes a combined meeting between the Kelowna, Penticton and Vernon Chapters held at 7:15 at Okanagan College Kelowna


The Observatory www.okanaganobservatory.ca is in regular use, weather permitting. To learn how to access the location for observing please contact Guy Mackie at guy.m@shaw.ca. For the status of weekly public open nights call the Sky phone at at (250) 300-8SKY (8759) after 3:00PM Friday afternoons.