Special one-hour "What's Up?": Exploring the summer night sky with Bill Burnyeat

Exploring the summer night sky with "Mr. Stargazer", Bill Burnyeat!

This presentation is a  special hour-long "What's Up?" tailored to newcomers to astronomy, including young families. This will be from  7:30PM-8:30PM  and will in place of our usual 7PM "What's Up?" segment, and our regular lecture.

RASC Vancouver's very own "Mr. Stargazer", Bill Burnyeat, will give us a tour of some celestial treasures of summer skies, and will also look ahead to astronomical treats of autumn. If you have a star wheel, be sure to bring it with you! Bill, who runs the BCIT planetarium, and is also currently serving as Education Chair for the RASC Vancouver, has been introducing the night sky to the public for decades including on summer-long tours of public dark sky sites throughout British Columbia. 

There will also be a free door prize : a beginner's telescope donated by Canadian Telescopes! Any audience member who is of grade-school age (17 years or under) is eligible!

This is the  Royal Astronomical Society of Canada - Vancouver monthly meeting and is shared with the general public at no charge.

We meet at 7:30 p.m. on the second Thursday of each month, downstairs in the auditorium of the H.R. MacMillan Space Centre.

Astro-juice, cookies, and coffee will be served at the Southam Observatory after the meeting.

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  • Helen S.

    My daughter and I thought it was funny that Bill kept referring to his "made from garbage" telescope and noted his obvious love for his new instrument. We wish we could find lenses in the garbage too!

    August 12, 2011

  • Don J.

    Really enjoyed the atmosphere - lots of interested people, young and old - and Bill, the presenter, has an excellent sense of humour and a great depth of knowledge - he presents highly detailed information in a non-threatening fashion.

    T'was a joy!

    August 12, 2011

  • Leigh C.

    Entertaining and educational as usual. Bill always teaches me something new and brings a chuckle or two as well. Thanks again Bill.

    August 12, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    Bill is very knowledgeable about the topic. Covered a lot of sky in a clear and concise manner, and put things together very well.
    The after lecture meeting in the Observatory as a bit of a let down. The problem with the alarm system in the Observatory was a bit of a nuisance. Also, only managed to talk with two people and then everyone disappeared!

    August 12, 2011

  • Howard T.

    If you are curious about what you can see in the gorgeous night skies of summer and fall, and the rich lore behind those stars, planets, and constellations, then you can't do better than to hear from and talk with "Mr. Stargazer", Bill Burnyeat! Bill is my "go to guy" on the night sky, and he should be yours, too!

    August 10, 2011

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