Meetings of Halifax Centre are from 1:00 PM to 4:30 PM on the FIRST SATURDAY of the month (except July and August). There may be exceptions if the date falls on a holiday weekend.

February 2020 Meeting

DATE: Saturday, February 1st, 2020

TIME: 1:00 - 4:30 PM

PLACE: Saint Mary's University, The Atrium, Room AT101 
923 Robie Street,
Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
B3H 3C3
 
The February meeting will be a regularly held Members' Meeting. Halifax Centre members and the general public are welcomed to attend. The meeting will include the usual What's Up? in the February night sky to observe, news from the Board of Directors, upcoming outreach events, and Food for the Soul. Paul Gray will give the Observer’s Handbook presentation regarding meteors. The Library will be available for members to browse.  Details to follow about our feature presentation.
 
2020 RASC Halifax Centre meetings: 
  • Saturday, February 1
  • Saturday, March 7
  • Saturday, April 4
  • Saturday, May 2
  • Saturday, June 6
  • no meetings in July and August
  • Saturday, September 12 (the weekend¬†after Labour Day)
  • Saturday, October 3
  • Saturday, November 7
  • Saturday, December 5 (includes¬†the AGM)¬†

We frequently continue our get-together with supper at a local restaurant after the meeting. Come and join us!

Enjoying a meal after the meeting

 

Members may be found observing at the St. Croix Observatory on almost every clear, dark night. Once a month, we encourage members and their guests to congregate at SCO, at which time new members are particularly welcome. 

Members are advised to sign up to the email discussion list to keep up to date on gatherings of fellow observers.

The viewing field at Nova East

For over 30 years, the RASC Halifax Centre and other local groups have hosted the Nova East Star Party. It was originally established as the camping and observing weekend for the Halifax Centre and has grown to include participants from other astronomy clubs in the Atlantic region, and a number of attendees from the northeastern United States.

All participants come to enjoy dark skies on a weekend near the new Moon phase towards the end of summer. Nova East is held at Smiley's Provincial Park, near Windsor, Nova Scotia. A limiting magnitude of +6 is the norm. 

Nova East registrants have access to all events, including all talks, workshops and presentations, three nights of observing (weather permitting!), the potluck BBQ, the astronomers' breakfasts and the door prizes draw. Nova East Registrants have onsite parking (if camping) or adjacent site parking (if not camping).

In 2019, the RASC Halifax Centre revised the structure and criteria of the astrophotography contest that had traditionally been part of Nova East. There are now 3 categories to enter favourite photos - Deep-Sky, Wide-Field and Solar System. The 2019 winners can be seen here.

 

One of Halifax Centre’s objectives is to stimulate interest and to promote and increase knowledge in astronomy and related sciences. Consequently, members of Halifax Centre are active in promoting astronomy education in Nova Scotia and are proud of the outreach events they hold every year.

The Centre participates in school and park presentations, youth group talks, outreach events such as the Kejimkujik Dark-Sky Weekend, the Centre‚Äôs Nova East Star Party, Saltscapes East Coast Expo and sidewalk astronomy sessions organized by members in their community and one in partnership with Atlantic Photo Supply. If there is a special astronomical event, such as an eclipse, the Centre attempts to organize special public sessions for all to enjoy.¬†Every year, our Centre provides Galileo moments (instances of personal astronomical experience or discovery) to more than 4,000 Nova Scotians. It‚Äôs wonderful to hear ‚Äúoh, wow‚ÄĚ ‚Äď a phrase the public and our members use when looking up and seeing our Universe in a new way.

Upcoming Outreach Events:

Details of these events will be provided as they become known.

  • April 24-26, 2020 ‚Äď Saltscapes (Halifax)
    • Public are welcome to talk to our volunteers at our table with Atlantic Photo Supply
  • September 26, 2020 ‚Äď International Observe the Moon (InOM)
    • International Observe the Moon Night is a worldwide celebration of lunar science and exploration, celestial observation, and our cultural and personal connections to the Moon. One day each year, everyone on Earth is invited to observe, learn about, and celebrate the Moon together.¬†

If there any questions about outreach, please contact our Outreach Chair.