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The September 2017
President's Message




...AND WHAT AN ECLIPSE IT WAS!

  It was a beautiful August 21st morning in the Northwest United States. Just
perfect for the highly anticipated Great American Total Solar Eclipse 0f 2017.

Come tell us about your experience. Did it meet your expectations? Where did
you go to see the eclipse? Where was all that traffic? We want to hear your
story.

  Bring along two or three of your best or most interesting photos (on USB stick)
to share with your fellow members, or email them to Colleen at:
chohare@shaw.ca

  The Kelowna Meeting on September 5th will offer you a few minutes to share
your excitement. I hope to see you there!

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

NEW AND NOTEWORTHY

  New webpage for the Okanagan Observatory. Take a look! Thank you to Grant
Rice for taking the time to update the OO website.

ONGOING

  Did you take photos of the recent eclipse? Or, perhaps something else of
interest? Why not have your own Zenfolio folder? This would be a good time
to either add photos to your existing Zenfolio folder or start a new one.
Contact webmaster Dave Gamble: trailspublishing@telus.net for directions.

Okanagan Observatory Overnight (OOO-17)

    A separate email will be sent shortly with details and times of this event.
The details are still 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.
Member Contacts:
_ 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.

UPCOMING RASC-OC MONTHLY MEETINGS: SEPT.  2017

Kelowna: Tuesday September 5, 2017
_ 7:30pm. Okanagan College KLO Campus, Room C-368
o COTM: The Total Solar Eclipse – Your Experience
o Main: Terry Bridges “Globular Clusters in Early-Type
Galaxies”

Penticton: Thursday September 7, 2017
_ 7:15pm. Okanagan College Penticton Campus C02 SunOka
o Ryan Ransom: Testing Einstein’s Universe: An Overview and
Recap of the NASA/Stanford Gravity Probe B Mission

Vernon: Wednesday September 27, 2017
_ Heritage Hall, Okanagan Science Centre, Vernon
o 6:30pm. Novice Pre-Meeting. Astronomy Quiz Show
o 7:15pm. Dave Gamble “Journey to the Nearest Stars”
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: SEPT. 2017
- by Mark Force and Sharon Carter

See our website for details of this month’s winner.

OKANAGAN OBSERVATORY
    Check out the new webpage!
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 RASCOC
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.
  The Go/No-Go for the OOO-17 will be given via AstroOkanagan—so, you better
sign up soon!
Contact: Guy Mackie guy.m@shaw.ca

LINKS
www.ocrasc.ca/links.html
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PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE CONTACT:
David Hawkins david-hawkins@shaw.ca