Category Archives: Public Outreach

Sep 15: RASC National Star Party @ Riverwood 8:00 PM – 9:30 PM

We just learned that registration is required for this event. If you are not registered, you will be turned away. For safety reasons, attendance will be limited to the 300 people. To register online, go to the Riverwood RASC National Star Party website or call 905-279-5858.

In celebration of the 150th anniversary of the RASC, the Riverwood Conservancy, Earthshine Astronomy and Space Science Organization and the Mississauga Centre of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada present the RASC National Star Party at the Riverwood Conservancy at 8:00 p.m. on Saturday September 15 — weather permitting.

Please check here around 3:00 p.m. on Saturday for a “GO” or NO GO”. Also note that if the weather isn’t good, it will be cancelled. There is no rain date.

Aug 22: WEDNESDAY Riverwood Public Star Party

***  RAIN DELAYED UNTIL WEDNESDAY AUG 22 ***

The Riverwood Conservancy, Earthshine Astronomy and Space Science Organization and the Mississauga Centre of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada present the CITY STAR PARTY at the RIVERWOOD CONSERVATORY at 8:30 p.m. on WEDNESDAY Aug 22. This event is free.

Moon - phone adapterThere’s a chance you’ll be able to catch Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn in one night!  We should get some views if the smoke from Western Canadian fires isn’t too thick. The Moon should offer some great opportunities for images with your cellphone camera! We should get a good look at some colourful double stars.

Here is  a link to Riverwood on Google maps:  Riverwood

June 20: Riverwood Public Star Party ** DO-OVER **

***  SIGH! WE SHOWED UP BUT SO, UNEXPECTEDLY, DID THE CLOUDS. LETS HAVE A DO-OVER TONIGHT! ***

The Riverwood Conservancy, Earthshine Astronomy and Space Science Organization and the Mississauga Centre of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada present the CITY STAR PARTY at the RIVERWOOD CONSERVATORY at 9:00 p.m. on WEDNESDAY June 20. This event is free.

Moon - phone adapterJupiter offers great views as it’s very near opposition – the best time to view the planet. The Moon should offer some great opportunities for images with your cellphone camera! We might catch a glimpse of brilliant Venus before it sets, but Mars and Saturn are up much later, so we’ll miss them this time around.  We should get a good look at some colourful double stars.

Here is  a link to Riverwood on Google maps:  Riverwood

Apr 24: Riverwood Public Star Party **CANCELLED**

*** CANCELLED DUE TO WEATHER. NO BACKUP RAIN DAY ***

The Riverwood Conservancy, Earthshine Astronomy and Space Science Organization and the Mississauga Centre of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada present the CITY STAR PARTY at the RIVERWOOD CONSERVATORY at 8:30 p.m. on TUESDAY Apr 24. This event is free.

Moon - phone adapterThe Moon should offer some great opportunities for images with your cellphone camera! We might catch a glimpse of brilliant Venus before it sets, but Mars, Jupiter and Saturn are up in the morning skies, so we’ll miss them this time around.  We should get a good look at some colourful double stars.

Here is  a link to Riverwood on Google maps: Riverwood

Oct 30: Riverwood Public Star Party – 7:30 PM – 9:00 PM ** CANCELLED **

*** THIS EVENT IS CANCELLED DUE TO WEATHER ***

WE HOPE TO SEE YOU WHEN WE START UP AGAIN IN THE SPRING.

The Riverwood Conservancy, Earthshine Astronomy and Space Science Organization and the Mississauga Centre of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada present the CITY STAR PARTY at the RIVERWOOD CONSERVATORY at 7:30 p.m. on MONDAY OCT 30. This event is free.

Moon - phone adapterThe Moon should offer some great opportunities for images with your cellphone camera! We might catch Uranus and Neptune tonight, and should get a good look at some colourful double stars.

Here is  a link to Riverwood on Google maps: Riverwood

Sept 26: Riverwood Public Star Party – 8:30 PM – 10:00 PM ** GO **

The Riverwood Conservancy, Earthshine Astronomy and Space Science Organization and the Mississauga Centre of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada present the CITY STAR PARTY at the RIVERWOOD CONSERVATORY at 8:30 p.m. on TUESDAY SEPT 26. This event is free.

Moon - phone adapterSaturn shines brightly near the Moon and should offer great views. The Moon should offer some great opportunities for images with your cellphone camera! Jupiter is low in the West.  We should get a good look at some colourful double stars.

Here is  a link to Riverwood on Google maps: Riverwood

Aug 21: **SPECIAL ** Riverwood Solar Eclipse Party: (Mon 1:10PM – 3:49PM)

The Riverwood Conservancy and the Mississauga Centre of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada present a Partial Solar Eclipse Party at the Riverwood Conservancy on Monday Aug 21. The eclipse starts at 1:10 pm and finishes at 3:49 pm. At it’s maximum at 2:33 pm, about 75% of the sun will be covered.

If the sky is completely overcast, the event will not take place.

Properly filtered telescopes will be set up and pointed at the Sun. Hand held solar viewers will be handed out as well as information sheets.

NOTE: DO NOT look directly at the Sun without proper protection. Specially designed solar viewers must be used. Do not look at the Sun with sunglasses, smoked glass or photographic films. Safe viewers will be available for use at the Riverwood event.

Here is  a link to Riverwood on Google maps: Riverwood

SATURDAY July 29: Riverwood – first National Star Party: (8:00 – 10:00 pm)

Canada 150
The Riverwood Conservancy, Earthshine Astronomy and Space Science Organization and the Mississauga Centre of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada present the first National Star Party at the RIVERWOOD CONSERVATORY at 8:00 p.m. on SATURDAY July 29.

On Saturday July 29, we’re holding the first National Star Party! Astronomy clubs across the country are holding a star party on the same night to celebrate Canada’s 150th anniversary since Confederation.

Members of the Mississauga Centre of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada will be setting up telescopes to show members of the public spectacular views of the Universe. Observing will take place on the green in front of Chappelle House. The event starts at dusk is free and open to everyone. Jupiter, Saturn and the Moon should be visible, along with perhaps a nebula or two! Get some good shots of the Apollo moon landing sites with your cellphone cameras! We should get a good look at some colourful double stars.

Here is  a link to Riverwood on Google maps: Riverwood

For further information visit the EarthShine site: Earthshine Event

Total Solar Eclipse: Monday, August 21 2017

On Monday, August 21,  a total solar eclipse will be visible across the United States. The eclipse will be visible as a partial eclipse (where only part of the sun is covered) from Canada, but that view pales in comparison with the darkened skies under a total eclipse, so make plans to travel South for a good view. For those who can’t make the trip, we’ll be setting up scopes at Riverwood for public viewing.

NASA have published a great 1 minute video of what will happen during this solar eclipse, showing the relative sizes of the Earth and Moon – give it a look! NASA: Flying Around The Eclipse Shadow

 

 

Jun 7: Riverwood Public Star Party: (Wed 9:00 pm)

*** Riverwood is a GO tonight (Wed). See you all there!***

The Riverwood Conservancy, Earthshine Astronomy and Space Science Organization and the Mississauga Centre of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada present the CITY STAR PARTY at the RIVERWOOD CONSERVATORY at 9:00 p.m. on TUESDAY JUNE 6.

This event is dependent on weather conditions, please check back after noon Wednesday for a Go / No Go.

Moon - phone adapterJupiter shines brilliantly in the June skies, and the Moon will be a nice waxing gibbous tonight (look it up!) so we should be able to get some good shots of the Apollo moon landing sites with your cellphone cameras! We should get a good look at some colourful double stars.

Here is  a link to Riverwood on Google maps: Riverwood