The Royal Astronomical Society of Canada
Sunshine Coast Centre
Welcome to the Sunshine Coast CentreLocated on the beautiful Sunshine Coast of British Columbia, we are the newest centre of The Royal Astronomical Society of Canada.
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2nd FRIDAY OF EACH MONTH (EXCEPT JULY AND AUGUST)
FRIDAY, March 14, 2014 @ 7:30 pm @ Sunshine Coast Art Centre @ 5714 Medusa St. at Trail Ave. (Sechelt)
Dr. David J Helfand: "A Grand Tour of the Universe" — Astronomy is unlike other sciences in that there are no experiments we can perform or expeditions we can mount. We are reduced to passively observing the light the Universe sends us, some of which has traveled billions of years before falling on our telescopes. In this light, however, we can read the life cycles of stars and recount the entire history of the cosmos. Replete with colliding galaxies and a fly-through of the Universe set to the Blue Danube waltz, this lecture provides one-stop shopping for a comprehensive tour of all of space and time.
Dr. Helfand is the President of the American Astronomical Society as well as the President and Vice Chancellor of Quest University.
3rd FRIDAY OF EACH MONTH @ 8:30 pm @ Pier 17 (Davis Bay)
Tea and Coffee, Chat about Astronomy. Bring any astro toys or magazines ....
Astro-Cafés are held on the third Friday of the month at 8:30 pm. Bring your telescope, binoculars, or just yourself. When weather permits, scopes will be set-up at the washroom end of the Davis Bay Seawall following our tea/coffee and chat. But you need no equipment to attend. Members are reminded to dress warmly and to please purchase tea, coffee, or a snack from Pier 17.
recent newsFebruary 14, 2014 — Chris Gainor, 2nd VP of RASC spoke to us on the Avro Arrow. See the presentation slides here.
January 10, 2014 — Michael Bradley gave a talk on Solargraphy or "How to Capture the Path of the Sun with a Pinhole Camera". See the presentation slides here.
August 17, 2013 — A record-breaking Astronomy in the Park with 165 people attending the amphitheatre presentation by Adrian Payne about the Moon. There were long lines at the telescopes too. See all the pictures here.
April 12, 2012 — Dr. Stanley Yen of TRIUMF spoke on Seeing the Universe with Neutrinos to a packed audience at the Art Centre. See the presentation here.
February 8, 2012 — Mike Bradley spoke on Monitoring Solar Flares by Radio Astronomy. See the presentation here.
November 9, 2011 — Dr. Jaymie Matthews gave a talk on What the textbooks don't tell you: A tale of physics and duels, harems and heroines... and a cold case of murder to a big crowd at the Sunshine Coast Art Centre. See some pictures here.
August 19, 2011 — The club had its annual summer party at the co-housing complex in Roberts Creek. You can see a few pictures here.
July 1, 2011 — We exhibited during the Canada Day festivities in Sechelt. You can see a few pictures here.
May 11, 2011 — Gary Little and David Thompson gave interesting presentations on the Transit of Venus. Gary focused on Captain Cook's famous voyage to Tahiti to measure the transit in 1769 and David recounted the story of Jeremiah Horrocks, who was the first to observe a transit in 1639. You can find a copy of Gary's presentation here.
We are a member of the Coast Cultural Alliance. The CCA, founded in 1998, is a network of arts, cultural & heritage groups and individuals working to enhance the economic vitality of the Sunshine Coast through the cultural sector producing a daily interactive website, a weekly e-newsletter, a monthly printed calendar, a monthly coffeehouse & the yearly Purple Banner Studio & Gallery Guide.
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