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General Info: PLEASE READ
Note: Observing is weather dependant -see Weather Information note at right.

BAS Meeting Locations: (not weather dependant)
Note: No BAS meetings occur in January or February due to travel issues in winter months.
Meetings happen at 7 pm (first Wed of the Month) at Bailey Hall OSSDS or ES Fox Observatory (2019 dates TBA ) (washrooms available) (map)

Next BAS meeting is August 7, 2019 at ES Fox Observatory. (map)

BAS Observing Locations: (all locations are handicap accessible)
Observing happens mostly at the ES Fox Observatory (3092 Bruce Rd 13) but there are other venues periodically. See the list below for location details.

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bserving locations are “remote locations” meaning there are NO permanent on-site washroom facilities. A portable washroom is located near the Fox Observatory for the summer months only and the washrooms are available at the Learning Centre (key required) at other times.

BAS Observing Events (dates listed below) occur at the ES Fox Observatory (3092 Bruce Rd 13) at the Bluewater Outdoor Ed Centre. Viewing at the observatory is WEATHER DEPENDENT. See notes below for more about weather.

Best observing occurs during NM and LQ. When the Moon brightens the sky at FQ and FM fainter objects are not as easily seen. The Moon, planets, and star clusters are usually visible even during FM nights using our GOTO telescope. The complete list of Astronomy Events for 2019 is available here: ASTRONOMY EVENTS 2019. There is a separate list of BAS CLUB events for 2019 here : 2019 BAS CLUB EVENTS

Note: Observing events at the Fox Observatory are open to the public on public viewing nights ONLY. We are not open during weekdays or evenings during the school year. Refer to each listing below for details. School-aged children are always welcome to attend with parents or guardians on public nights. Contact us by phone (519-379-7709) or email stargazerjohn@rogers.com ahead of time. Donations to support our activities are gratefully accepted.

BAS member impromptu observing also occurs at the Fox Observatory. These are restricted to current members -please email Brett T. at bretttatton@gmail.com or John H. at stargazerjohn@rogers.com. for details.


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WEATHER INFORMATION
ALL observing events require clear skies. If it is overcast or raining, the observing event will NOT be possible. If you arrive at the venue, there may not be any BAS members there. However, BAS monthly (indoor) meetings occur rain or shine.

If skies are partly cloudy, check the ES Fox Observatory
Clear Sky Clock for weather prospects or call 519-379-7709 to confirm the event.


Stargazing at the Fox Observatory is only possible weather permitting and ONLY on official BAS-sponsored events. There is NO general public access to the facility at other times. When visiting the observatory, park in the lot near the Learning Centre and walk to the observatory please. Washrooms at the Learning Centre will be available for all BAS-sponsored events and a portable washroom is on site for the summer.
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Selected Astronomical and BAS Club events: Summer 2019:


(Times are in 24-hr format unless otherwise noted).

Note: there are no regular BAS meetings in Jan or Feb, only impromptu viewing at Fox Observatory or other locations (like Sauble Beach) weather-permitting. Contact Brett T. at bretttatton@gmail.com or John H. at stargazerjohn@rogers.com for possible impromptu observing.

A complete list of ASTRONOMY EVENTS FOR 2019 is available here: ASTRONOMY EVENTS 2019. Note that this list is amended periodically to correct or add events.

Alan Dyer’s astronomical calendar for 2019 (with diagrams of sky sights) is available for download here: Amazing Sky Calendar 2019. Be sure to visit Alan Dyer's website here: www.amazingsky.com


July 2019 (Some of these are also described in SKY SIGHTS)

July 3 BAS meets at 7 pm at the Fox Observatory. Click for MAP
This meeting features Brett T. speaking about the Apollo 11 trip to the Moon. Please note that the meeting site is not heated and warm dress is recommended, especially if you wish to do some stargazing afterwards (weather permitting). When visiting the observatory please park near the Learning Centre and walk to the observatory, being careful along the path as it is washed out in many places. It is possible to take a vehicle down the laneway but again it can be tricky due to ruts in the laneway. Bring lawn chairs and bug spray.

July 3 Mercury Mars and thin crescent Moon in West. Look west around 10 pm and it should be dark enough to see a thin crescent Moon a scant degree above the horizon. Just above and to the left are Mercury (3° up) and Mars (2° up). Mercury and Mars are both about the same brightness with Mercury on the left slightly brighter at 1.44 and Mars at 1.81. This is by no means an easy observation, but give it a try. The moon is very young as well, not a record by any means at 1.42 days old or 34 hours.

July 6, 2019 Dark of the Moon viewing at Fox Observatory. Click for MAP . Public is welcome. Please read weather information in SIDEBAR.
Also note that we ask for you to walk to the observatory (red flashlights are preferred, but point all lights downwards please). NB: ALL observing events require clear skies. If it is overcast or raining, observing will NOT be possible so if you arrive at the venue under those conditions, there may not be any BAS members there. See info above for contact phone numbers and emails if you are unsure about whether to attend due to weather. When visiting the Fox Observatory, please park at the main lot by the Learning Centre. Parking near the Fox is reserved for disability access and equipment drop-off.

July 11, 2019 Moon/planet viewing Robertson field Port Elgin. A free sponsored event by NPX starting at dark (around 9:30 pm or so). Views of the Moon, Jupiter and Saturn using BAS telescopes and experienced guides. Contact stargazerjohn@rogers.com for more info. See the NPX Facebook page here: https://www.facebook.com/npxinnovation

July 16, 2019 Saturn close to Full Moon The bright point of light beside the Moon tonight is not a star but the planet Saturn. When the moon rises, Saturn is about 3 degrees to its left but by the time the pair set in the west around 5 am, Saturn is only 1 degree to the Moon’s right. It appears to circle over the top of the Moon as the sky rotates. Since this is close to Saturn’s opposition is it a good time to observe the ringed planet and even in bright moonlight Saturn is a good view. If you were in the S.Pacific, you would see Saturn pass behind the Moon in an occultation.

July 20, 2019 Sat at 2:pm Apollo-50 Moon Landing Anniversary model rocket launch. Join the BAS Rocketeers for a commemorative model rocket launch on the football field of PSDS (Peninsula Shores District School (115 George St. Wiarton ON). We have a scale Saturn 5 to launch as well as some other rockets as well. Public invited. Free event.
NOTE: in the event of rain, or a forecast of thunderstorms or strong winds, we will postpone the launching to the following day at the same time and place.


July 26 to 28 Dark Sky Weekend at Bruce Pen National Park.
Register by end of June with Brett T. for free camping spots in exchange for sharing the views with your scope with campers after dark.

July 29: S. Delta Aquarid meteors
This is a minor shower of only 20 shooting stars per hour or so and unlike the Perseids in August which is near the FM, there is only an 11% sunlit crescent to brighten the night after 3 am in the morning. So up to then, skies will be relatively dark. Aquarius is on the meridian at 3 am so the circumstance are good for seeing a good part of the 20/h during the dark hours of July 29/morning of July 30.

August 2019 (Some of these are also described in SKY SIGHTS)

Aug 3, 2019 Dark of the Moon viewing at Fox Observatory. Click for MAP . Public is welcome. Please read weather information in SIDEBAR.
Also note that we ask for you to walk to the observatory (red flashlights are preferred, but point all lights downwards please). NB: ALL observing events require clear skies. If it is overcast or raining, observing will NOT be possible so if you arrive at the venue under those conditions, there may not be any BAS members there. See info above for contact phone numbers and emails if you are unsure about whether to attend due to weather. When visiting the Fox Observatory, please park at the main lot by the Learning Centre. Parking near the Fox is reserved for disability access and equipment drop-off.

Aug 7 BAS meets at 7 pm at the Fox Observatory. Click for MAP
This meeting features a Members’ Night where various members talk about subjects of their own choosing that others may find interesting. An interesting book, observation, piece of equipment or tall tale from astronomy are often featured. BAS members can contact John H. for a time slot of 10 or 15 minutes. Please note that the meeting site is not heated and warm dress is recommended, especially if you wish to do some stargazing afterwards (weather permitting). When visiting the observatory please park near the Learning Centre and walk to the observatory, being careful along the path as it is washed out in many places. It is possible to take a vehicle down the laneway but again it can be tricky due to ruts in the laneway. Bring lawn chairs and bug spray.

Aug 8, 2019 Moon/planet viewing Legion Park Kincardine. A free sponsored event by NPX starting at dark (around 9:00 pm or so). Views of the Moon, Jupiter and Saturn using BAS telescopes and experienced guides. Contact stargazerjohn@rogers.com for more info. See the NPX Facebook page here: https://www.facebook.com/npxinnovation

Aug 9 Mercury at Greatest Western Elongation from Sun 19°. The best time to see Mercury is when it is farthest from the Sun but it also has to be well placed in the sky above the horizon. This varies somewhat from appearance to appearance and this particular elongation in the morning sky west of the Sun is not too bad. On this date in the morning sky, at 5:22 am, a full hour before sunrise, Mercury is 5° above the horizon shining at -0.3 magnitude. You should be able to spot this fairly easily. Look “quick” as the planet is a real speedster and in a couple of weeks can speed back to the Sun and be lost in its glare.

Aug 12, 2019 Saturn close to Moon (again).
Another close approach of the Moon and Saturn occurs tonight and like last time, an occultation occurs when Saturn passes behind the Moon. Not for us however, you need to be in Australia or the S. Pacific to get the geometry to line up just right. Locally, the closest the pair get is at 3 am when they are setting in the west and about a degree apart. They get closer locally but only after both Moon and Saturn are below the western horizon.

Aug 13, 2019 Perseid Meteor Shower
The most eagerly awaited shower of the summer is going to be brightened considerably by the nearly full moon. The Moon rises at 7 pm while it is still daylight and by midnight when the shower should be going full strength, it is high on the meridian. It sets at 4 am and with a 3 am peak for the shower, only the brightest fireballs will be visible. Under ideal conditions, 90 meteors would appear per hour, but we will be lucky to get half this number. In any case, those bright fireballs will be worth making an effort to observe. Meteor diehards with and without cameras will likely be camped out at the Fox Observatory all night long if weather allows.

Aug 22-25 Starfest The largest amateur gathering in the summer is usually at the River Place campground where the North York Astronomical Association puts on a well-run show for amateur astronomers and the like. The program is varied and includes activities for kids as well as adults and stargazing with a variety of telescopes participants bring along. All love to share the views. Contact NYAA at www.nyaa.ca for more information.