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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)

Meetings happen at 7 pm (first Wed of the Month) at
Tom Thomson Art Gallery (map) Meeting Room Lower Level
.....Last 2017 meeting is
Dec 6, 2017 ( Note: new venue TBA for March 2018 )
or

ES Fox Observatory (ONLY on summer dates in 2018 TBA) (washrooms are available) (map)

The next meeting of BAS is Dec 6 at the Tom Thomson Art Gallery at 7 pm. Topic: Xmas social and 2017 recap

BAS Observing Locations: (all locations are handicap accessible)

Observing happens mostly at the ES Fox Observatory (click for map) but there are other venues periodically. See the list below for location details.

Most o
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.

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 free and 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 who must notify the organizer that you are coming. Members wishing to be put on the notification list please email Brett T. at bretttatton@gmail.com or John H. at stargazerjohn@rogers.com.
The list of Astronomy Events for 2017 is available here:
ASTRONOMY EVENTS 2017 -amended for Nov. There is a separate list of BAS CLUB events for 2017 available here: BAS 2017 Club Events (updated Aug 29)


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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.


This list was updated Nov 19 and includes events to the end of 2017.

Note: BAS meetings are NOT held in January and February but impromptu observing sessions continue on weekends at the Fox Observatory. Contact Brett T. at bretttatton@gmail.com or John H. at stargazerjohn@rogers.com to be put on the alert list for these.

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.

The next BAS meeting occurs on Dec 6, 2017 at 7 pm at the Tom Thomson Art Gallery.

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Selected Astronomical and BAS Club events -Nov & Dec 2017:


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

November 2017

Nov 01 Wed 19:00 BAS regular meeting 7 pm at Tom Thomson Art Gallery lower level. Tonight is a members’ night, so there is no telling what interesting things will come up. Members are asked to contact John H. to reserve a 10, 15 or 20 minute slot ahead of time.

Nov 05 Sun 02:00 Eastern Standard Time begins. Set your clocks back one hour. Note that at 8 pm Eastern STANDARD Time later today, there is an occultation of Aldebaran by the Moon.

Nov 05 Sun 21:19 Aldebaran 0.8°S of Moon The second last in the series of occultations of Aldebaran by the Moon (Last one for N. America until 2033 is on December 30). Look for Aldebaran to disappear on the bright Moon edge at 8:05 pm or so. Times can vary by several minutes depending on where you are located, so run a planetarium program like Starry Night or Sky Safari with the program set for your specific location to get your exact times. Reappearance occurs around 9:00 pm (Owen Sound) and Aldebaran will pop out into view in dark sky since the Moon is just past full and the trailing edge is in darkness.

Nov 13 Mon 01:00 Venus 0.3° N of Jupiter The two brightest planets in the sky get real close in the morning sky reaching minimum separation while the pair are still out of view. By the time Venus and Jupiter clear the eastern horizon, they are 17 min 11 seconds of arc apart and this slowly increases as twilight progresses. Both should be visible during daylight hours but a GOTO scope will help to locate them. The moons of Jupiter will be nicely lined up as shown on the diagram from Sky Safari on the SKY SIGHTS page showing the group at 6:05 am EST Nov 13 when they are less than half a degree above the horizon. The sky will brighten as the pair gets higher, but these are bright planets and should continue to be visible as light levels increase.

Nov 14 and Nov 15 (both mornings) the illuminated ISS transits the crescent Moon above the eastern horizon. See BAS WEBLOG for details.

Nov 17 Fri 12:00 Leonid Meteor Shower peaks. This is an off-year for the Leonids and expect only 20/hour, but the Moon is pretty much absent from the sky (only 1% illuminated) so this is a good year to view Leonids since moonlight will not interfere. The Leonids parent comet, Comet Temple-Tuttle, has left a trail of debris and every 33-34 years, Earth encounters the main mass of dust and we get a Leonid storm of several thousand meteors per minute! That last happened in 1966, then a more subdued storm at the end of the millennium. Our next storm is predicted for sometime around 2031-32. [I can hardly wait!]

EVENT CANCELLED: Nov 18 Sat 20:00 Dark of the Moon public viewing night. Meteor viewing continues. But join us for the last view of Saturn as it sinks in the SW and other deep sky objects like the Andromeda Galaxy and the Great Cluster in Hercules. As for all viewing nights this time of year, come dressed for cold and dewy nights. If you wish to meteor watch, a nice reclining lawn chair is good to have and bring a damp-proof cover to stay warm under.

Nov 23 Thu 19:00 Mercury at Greatest Elongation: 22.0°E. Look for Mercury in the evening sky after sunset for most of November. It gradually climbs higher towards Saturn which is sinking into west all November. On the 28th Mercury is about 3 degrees from Saturn at sunset and both set at the western horizon around 6 pm.

December 2017

Dec 06 Wed 19:00 BAS regular meeting 7 pm at Tom Thomson Art Gallery lower level. Tonight’s topic: Xmas social (please bring goodies to share) and 2017 recap. An informal meeting to socialize and recall the highlights of 2017 (and a few 2018 sights to look forward to).

Dec 13 Wed 01:00 Geminid Meteor Shower (120/h), moon only 14% and does not rise until 4 am. This is a good shower to observe before midnight because Gemini is rising in the east at sunset and over 50° high by midnight. It will be dark skies until the crescent Moon comes up 4 hours later. If weather co-operates this shower can really amaze. The slow fireballs typical of Geminids are often coloured. We will arrange to have permission for members to view from the Fox Observatory that Wed night. BAS members only can view from Fox Observatory after 9 pm (not an open public event -see Dec 16, the next entry which is our public event).

Dec 16 Sat 20:00 Dark of the Moon public viewing night. Meteor viewing continues as Geminids may still be visible. Also join us for views of winter sky objects like the Andromeda Galaxy, the Pleiades and the Great Nebula in Orion. As for all viewing nights this time of year, come dressed for cold nights. If you wish to meteor watch, a nice reclining lawn chair is good to have and bring a damp-proof cover to stay warm under.

Dec 21 Thu 11:29 Winter Solstice
The Sun reaches its lowest point in local skies just before noon today and from now on starts to climb higher and higher in our sky. Winter officially starts. Hang in there, folks, spring is only 3 months away.

Dec 30 Sun 18:20 to 19:20 Aldebaran 0.7°S of Moon
The last in the series of occultations of Aldebaran by the Moon visible from N. America for a long time. Look for Aldebaran to disappear on the dark leading edge of the not-quite-full Moon at 6:19 pm EST and reappear on the bright trailing edge at 7:20 pm EST. Times can vary by several minutes depending on where you are located, so run a planetarium program like Starry Night or Sky Safari with the program set for your specific location to get your exact times. The disappearance and reappearance occurs on the opposite limbs from the event of Nov 5 (which was clouded out in Owen Sound).




A list of ASTRONOMY EVENTS FOR 2017 is available here: ASTRONOMY 2017 (amended for Nov). Note there are three events that have been added to the November listing due to an omission in the original listing.

An astronomical calendar for 2017 (with diagrams of sky sights) is available for download from Alan Dyer's website here: www.amazingsky.com (It can also be found at the bottom of the "about Alan" page on that website.)