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Enjoy observing the winter night sky in Maple Ridge.

Members of RASC-Vancouver will have telescopes in Selvey Park and invite you to come view the winter sky with us.  If you have binoculars or a telescope, please feel free to bring them. 

Dress warm and wear suitable footwear for wet grass. There is no food or drink at the park.  The portable toilet is also not there in the winter.

Selvey Park is a nice dark site so please do not bring white flashlights and avoid using cameral flash.  A red flashlight will preserve our night vision so we can better see some of the fainter objects in the night sky.

The Moon will be one day past first quarter which means it will be overhead at the start of the evening.  This will give us a chance to view the lunar straight wall, also known as Rupes Recta. This feature is best viewed when the angle of lunar sunrise is just right as it will be on this night. It is a sloping escarpment 240 to 300 metres high by about 2.5 km long.

We will also be able to view Jupiter, the Pleiades, Orion Nebula, Andromeda galaxy and other bright winter time celestial objects.

The event is weather dependant and I will post by 6pm on the night if we have to postpone.  Hope to see you there.

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  • Jared K. B.

    It was cold, but had a great time. I was there with my friend Nathan, who got some pictures with his DSLR of M81/M82/SN2014J, M51, and M31. Look forward to attending more of these events.

    Thanks

    February 9, 2014

  • Michael L.

    Had a great time. Looking forward to more observing at this location, especially when the moon is new. As it happens, the drive from the site to my place (downtown Vancouver) is only about 45 minutes if there is no traffic and the traffic light gods are smiling.

    There were no clouds, but seeing was a challenge with the half moon and fairly high humidity. M31, M81 and M82 were good, but some of the other dark sky objects were challenging.

    Thanks Leigh and Jennifer.

    February 8, 2014

  • Simon M

    Thank you to Leigh and Jennifer for hosting the meet up! Jennifer's naked eye tour of the sky was great!

    February 8, 2014

  • Vince H.

    Wanted to say thanks to Leigh for hosting and for everyone else for coming out, had a great time.

    February 8, 2014

  • Leigh C.

    HI Everyone, the sky is clear here in Maple Ridge so I will be heading off to the park very soon. Looking forward to meeting you all there.

    February 7, 2014

  • Angela S

    I'm a cold bug sicko so going to stay in the warm tonight, clear skies all.

    February 7, 2014

  • Michael L.

    Does it still seem to be a go?

    February 6, 2014

  • Angela S

    Weather's looking disgust for Friday. Do we have a fall back to Saturday which looks better at the moment? :)

    February 6, 2014

    • Angela S

      Weather channel says mostly clear 9pm onwards Friday but Saturday looks better. What say Ye Our Fearless Leader Leigh???

      February 6, 2014

    • Leigh C.

      For now I am going on the premis that we are a go. I will make a final decission after I get home from work. I do have a permit for the park on Saturday night as a back up. Tuesday at SFU started out overcast but was part clear by 7:30 and real good by 9. Lets hope.

      February 7, 2014

  • Ling

    Hope the sky will be clear, and hope to see the supernova at M82. I know it won't be spectacular, but I haven't seen any supernova before.

    February 2, 2014

    • Ling

      Oh well, may have to wait for the next supernova then. :( This is supposed to be a "near" one and is yet so dim. Thank you Leigh for organizing! See you soon.

      February 3, 2014

    • Angela S

      I'll have my warm and light pollution blocking RV :)

      February 6, 2014

  • Angela S

    Csc Vancouver says clear Friday 2pm onwards. WC says Sat night partly cloudy. Guess I'll have to get my act together for Friday. If it turns crappy is there a good pub in Maple Ridge where we can spin astronomical stories?

    February 6, 2014

  • William L. (Bill) D.

    Love to go, but will be in Hedley under clear skies all week. Happy viewing.

    Bill

    January 31, 2014

    • Leigh C.

      Sorry and envy at the same time.

      1 · February 2, 2014

  • Moe

    Looking forward to meeting fellow star gazer's.

    January 19, 2014

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