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The July 2017
President's Message



Okanagan Observatory Overnight (OOO-17)

  The details are in the works for a group member observing night on Saturday September 16th, 2017 (moved to September 23rd if weather does not cooperate – but NOT on both nights). Last year, Vernon members had a very successful overnight observing session and the OOO is an extension of that. This year we are looking to have members from all three Okanagan city groups involved. Details to follow in the August Message.

Members involved so far include:
• Roman Dusil (Vernon) – Lead rdusil50@gmail.com
• David Hawkins (Kelowna) david-hawkins@shaw.ca
• Guy Mackie (Kelowna)

  Please let both Roman and myself (Dave H.) know if you wish to be on the event mailing list or if you wish to volunteer to help at the OOO-17.

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

NEW AND NOTEWORTHY
  Colleen had an extremely successful Outreach Day in Kelowna on July 1st, Canada Day. It was held at Waterfront Park and there were 516 guests (WOW!!) sharing the view of the Sun. Thank you to Colleen, Dennis, Jim F., Olaf and Norm.

ONGOING
  LIGO is a GO. We now have a sufficient number of people for a tour booking. However, it is still not too late to join Colleen and the rest of us on the tour.
Tuesday August 22 at 2:00pm at LIGO Hanford.
  Colleen O’Hare has arranged for a guided tour of LIGO. LIGO is the “Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory”. The LIGO site at Hanford, Washington is one of two US sites being used to discover gravitational waves. Just last month LIGO detected a third event. It was the merging of two black holes 3 billion light years away.
  The visit to LIGO on Tuesday August 22 at 2:00pm. This is one day following the total solar eclipse. The LIGO site is in southern Washington state and is on your way back home from the eclipse path.
  If you would like to join us at the LIGO site, please contact Colleen O’Hare at chohare@shaw.ca .

UPCOMING RASC-OC MONTHLY MEETINGS: JULY 2017

Kelowna
- No meeting this month
- Next meeting is on Tuesday September 5th

Vernon
- No meeting this month
- Next meeting is in September

Penticton
- No meeting this month
- Next meeting is in September

Please see the RASC-OC website for meeting updates and further details. www.ocrasc.ca/meetings.html

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: JULY 2017
- by Mark Force and Sharon Carter

Debra Ceravolo: “Saturn, Mars & Antares Conjunction”

  The July Picture of the Month captures the essence of the summer sky. Picture of the Month selection committee members Mark Force and Sharon Carter selected Debra Ceravolo's photograph 'Saturn, Mars and Antares Conjunction' which was taken from their home on Anarchist Mountain in August 2016. Sharon and Mark noted that this photograph has long been on their waiting list. Sharon described it as 'classic', "an example of our search for the meaning and beauty in our surroundings." Mark added that he felt Debra's picture "captures those moments when you stop to have a tea break from observing. You stretch your body at the same time as you stretch your mind. You try and absorb the whole experience and are usually left humbled and awe-stricken by the vastness of the night sky."
  Congratulations to Debra on her winning photo, which can be found here:
http://rascoc.zenfolio.com
   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.

MONTHLY OBSERVING CHALLENGE
 – by Jim Kanester
  These challenges give some direction to our observing and a good reason to get outside to look at the night sky, either alone or with friends and family.
Find out more details of the Challenges at our website: www.ocrasc.ca . Then click on link to Observing (left hand column) and then go to Observing Challenges.

SUMMER 2017 CHALLENGES:
• Perseids Meteor Shower (easy)
• Brocchi’s Cluster (easy)
• M52 (moderate)
• Arrowhead Star Cluster (difficult)
Details of the Moderate Summer Challenge:
M52 Open Star Cluster in Cassiopeia
  Find the details on the easy and difficult summer challenges online.
http://rascoc.zenfolio.com/p747791005

OKANAGAN OBSERVATORY
  Friday public viewings nights have started once again. To find out if the Public Viewing Night is a Go/No-Go, call the Okanagan Observatory Event Line after 3pm on Friday afternoons: 250-300-8759.
  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 the alarms can be turned off in advance.
www.okanaganobservatory.ca

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 RASC-OC 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

PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE CONTACT:
David Hawkins david-hawkins@shaw.ca