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Nova East registrants have access to all events, including all talks, workshops and presentations, two nights of observing (weather permitting!), the astronomers' breakfasts and the door prizes draw. When attending the talks, bring a folding chair for comfort. Nova East Registrants have onsite parking (if camping) or adjacent site parking (if not camping). Due to our fixed costs, refunds on t-shirts and registration will not be available.

Nova East 2017 Program Schedule

Upon arrival please check at the Nova East Event Building.

Friday, July 28th

  1:00 p.m. -
  7:00 p.m.
Registration
Hosts: Melody Hamilton & Liz Greenough
Event Building
  7:45 p.m. Welcome and Announcements
Hosts: Melody Hamilton & Judy Black
Event Building
  8:00 p.m. Nova East 2017 Guest Speaker: Pat Kelly
Topic: The Natural Satellites of Jupiter

Beyond Earth, Jupiter was the first planet discovered to have natural satellites, a significant scientific observation made by Galileo in 1610 using his newly constructed telescope. The “Galilean Moons” are Io, Europa, Ganymede, and Callisto (moving out from the planet). Since then, advances in astronomical technology (including bigger and better telescopes, astrophotography, and spacecraft flybys) have revealed that Jupiter has as many as 67 natural satellites, some in peculiar orbits! Pat will recount the history and science of Jupiter's moons, and then talk about the observable phenomena involving the brightest four, whetting everyone's appetite to observe them later in the evening.

Event Building
  9:00 p.m. -
  12 midnight
Starry Night
The Nova East Astronomers invite Smileys Park campers and the public to view the Universe through telescopes of all sizes and shapes.
Hosts: Nova East Astronomers
Observing Field
  10:00 p.m. Sky Tour
Host: Paul Heath
Event Building and Observing Field
  10:30 p.m. Binocular Table
Host: Tony Schellinck
Observing Field
  12 midnight. Nova East Registrant Observing and Astrophotography
No laser pointers after 12 midnight please.
Observing Field

Saturday, July 29th

Everyone is invited to participate and experience the fun and fascination of astronomy. We welcome newcomers of all ages!
   9:00 a.m. Astronomers' Breakfast
Hosts: Chris Young, Bruce & Melody Hamilton
Event Building
Coffee, pancakes and muffins will be available.
  9:00 a.m. -
  12:00 p.m.
Registration
Hosts: Melody Hamilton & Liz Greenough
Event Building
  10:00 a.m. Youth Activity
Host: Paul Heath
Observing Field
  all day Telescope Tours & Solar Observing
Hosts: Nova East Astronomers
Telescope tours
Solar observing
Observing Field
  11:00 a.m. Beginner Talk: Observing the Night Sky with a Telescope
Presenter: Kathy Walker
Event Building
  12:00 p.m. -
  1:00 p.m.
Lunch Break
  1:00 p.m. Beginner Talk: Wide-field Night Sky Photography
Presenter: Dave Chapman
Event Building
  2:00 p.m. From Trekkie to Teacher-My Celestial Journey
Presenter: Andrea Misner
Event Building
  3:00 p.m. Amateur Radio Astronomy
Presenter: Matt Paine
Event Building
  4:30 p.m. -
  6:30 p.m.
Nova East Potluck BBQ/Social
Event Building
  6:30 p.m. 2017 Group Photo
Observing Field
  7:00 p.m. Astrophotography Contest Award and Door Prizes
Host: Melody Hamilton
Event Building
  8:00 p.m. Observing the Night Sky with Binoculars
Presenter: Tony Schellinck
Event Building
  9:00 p.m. -
  12 midnight
Canada 150 National Star Party
The Nova East Astronomers invite Smileys Park campers and the public to view the Universe through telescopes of all sizes and shapes.
Hosts: Nova East Astronomers
Observing Field
  10:00 p.m. Sky Tour
Host: Paul Heath
Event Building and Observing Field
  10:30 p.m. Binocular Table
Host: Tony Schellinck
Observing Field
  12 midnight Nova East Registrant Observing and Astrophotography
No laser pointers after 12 midnight please.
Observing Field

Sunday, July 30th

  9:00 a.m. Astronomers' Breakfast
Hosts: Bruce & Melody Hamilton
Event Building
Coffee and muffins will be available.
  Social morning and pack up

No other formal events are planned for Sunday, July 30th. Relax, be social and help out cleaning up and packing up the gear from the weekend.

Sunset: 8:45 pm   End of dusk: 10:50 pm   Beginning of dawn: 3:50 am   Sunrise: 5:55 am
Moon 28/29 July: 6 days old, sets 11:50 pm     Moon 29/30 July: 7 days old, sets 12:20 am
Mercury low in evening sky.   Jupiter and Saturn high in evening sky.   Venus high in morning sky.

Impromptu events may be scheduled. Check at Registration or at the Bulletin Board by the Event Building for updates.

Nova East is presented by The Halifax Centre of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada and The Minas Astronomy Group.

Last Updated: April 2017