The volatile nature of the cosmos also means that there are myriad astronomical events happening all year round, which can make for a busy calendar for the amateur astronomer! On top of our regular monthly meetings and observing events, we’ve compiled a list of interesting celestial occurrences so you can plan your observing ahead of time. For the largest of these, we typically arrange special observing events in an official capacity, which will be posted here.
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University of Manitoba Astronomy Open House – May 2019
Monthly open houses in University College at the Fort Garry Campus of the University of Manitoba occur on the last Wednesday of the month beginning at sunset – rain or shine! This event is hosted jointly by the Department of Physics & Astronomy and the Winnipeg Centre of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada.
June 2019 Monthly Meeting
The monthly gathering of the Winnipeg RASC. This meeting is free to attend and open to everyone! Note that in most years, June is the month we take off for our annual BBQ. We’ve opted to push that to July due to a Blue Bombers game taking place on the date of our usual July meeting.
– Beginner’s Session
– What’s Up? – An overview of what you can see in the current night sky
– What’s New? – News stories from the science of astronomy
– Refreshment break
– Featured Presentation
Star Party 2019
See here for details this year’s SWSP: https://winnipeg.rasc.ca/spruce-woods-star-party/
Every second Friday of the month, we host our monthly meetings. They are free and open for all to attend, and are located in the Robert Schultz Lecture Theatre at St. John’s College in the U of M.
Meetings start at 7pm with our Beginner’s talk, which are designed for novice astronomers who are just beginning in the hobby. Then, we have updates on the latest astronomical news, and also discuss what is up to observe in the night sky that month. The main talk typically runs from 9pm to 10pm, where we have a variety of guest speakers who share their knowledge and expertise of astronomy.
Near the end of each summer, the Winnipeg RASC holds its annual Spruce Woods Star Party, held at Spruce Woods Provincial Park near Carberry, Manitoba. All current RASC members are welcome to join for a weekend of astronomy workshops and long nights of observing.