Upcoming Events

Planetarium: "Old Stories of the New Season's Stars | Thu 26 Oct & 9 Nov PDF Print E-mail

The Halifax Planetarium at Dalhousie University presents:

Time:       Thursday, 26 Oct. & 9 Nov. at 7:15 pm ***
Location:  Rm. 120, Dunn Bldg, Dalhousie U., 6310 Coburg Rd
Presenter:  Chris Young

Title:       Old Stories of the New Season's Stars

Come tour the fall constellations named by the ancient Greeks and hear at least one story with a happy ending for the mortals!  We'll find our way from the "summer" stars still visible in the west and also visit the"winter" stars just beginning to rise in the east. All this, and more, in an hour at the Halifax Planetarium

*** Weather conditions permitting there will be roof-top observing after the show

Admission:  $5 (at the door); reductions for families (min. age 8 years)

Reservations Required: e-mail  planetarium AT dal DOT ca

State number of adults, the number of children aged 8 to 15, and the preferred show date.

The Show is about an hour long. Full details will be sent before the Show.
Please do not be late. No admission after the door closes.

Please note that shows are most suitable for ages 8 and up.

Sara Seager | Fri 20 Oct PDF Print E-mail

The Dan McLennan Memorial Lecture in Astronomy—Dr. Sara Seager


(RASC Halifax—this lecture is in place of your regular October meeting)


Speaker: Dr. Sara Seager, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Dr. Sara Seager


When: Friday, October 20,  7:00pm

Where: McNally Theatre Auditorium, Saint Mary's University, 923 Robie St
It is recommended that you book a free ticket.

Thousands of exoplanets are known to orbit nearby stars with compelling evidence that all stars in our Milky Way Galaxy likely have planets. Beyond their discovery, a new era of "exoplanet characterization" is underway with an astonishing diversity of exoplanets driving the fields of planetary science and engineering to new frontiers. The push to find smaller and smaller planets down to Earth size is succeeding and motivating the next generation of space telescopes to have the capability to find and identify habitable worlds. The ultimate goal is to discover planets that may have suitable conditions for life or even signs of life by way of atmospheric biosignature gases.

 Dr Seager's Biography

Dr. Seager is an Honorary Member of the

Royal Astronomical Society of Canada


International Observe the Moon Night | Sat 28 Oct PDF Print E-mail

International Observe the Moon Night: Saturday, 28 October


1. Halifax, Bishop's Landing, on the waterfront

Hosts: Paul Heath and other RASCals

7:00  p.m. until late

(cloud date: Sun 29 Oct)


2. Annapolis Royal, Fort Anne Historic Site 

295 St. George St.

Hosts: Bruce and Melody Hamilton

Time: starting at 6 pm  (no rain/cloud/fog date for this event)
Sponsored by the Annapolis Royal Regional Library



Free maps and other cool stuff!

Top Ten ways the Moon affects us

For general information visit the InOMN web page.

Enfield Night Sky Tour | Fri 27 Oct PDF Print E-mail

FREE! Enfield Night Sky Tour—Fri 27 Nov

Join amateur astronomers in viewing the Moon, Saturn and more!



 Friday, October 27, 6:00–9:00 p.m

Location:  137 Highway 2, Enfield, NS. Yellow house across from the RCMP station.


This event is free of charge.

All Ages Welcome!



Afternoon Astronomy Course in Mahone Bay | Oct 2–Nov 14 PDF Print E-mail

Afternoon Course: A Practical Guide to Observing the Night Sky


Photo: Tony Schellinck,  NGC 253, the Silver Dollar Galaxy


This is one of many courses offered to seniors (50 years and older) by the Seniors College Association of Nova Scotia. Go to theSCANS.org

to join and/or register for this and other courses.


Location: Mahone Bay Centre, 45 School Street, Mahone Bay


Dates and Time:

Tuesdays, 2:00–4:00 pm

October 10–November 14 (6 weeks)


After completing this course the participant should have a greater appreciation of and knowledge about what objects there are to see in the night sky and how to find and observe them. Topics covered include: how to find your way around the summer, fall, winter and spring night skies; how to observe the moon and planets; and what galaxies, globular clusters, open clusters, planetary nebula, diffuse nebula, double stars and interesting asterisms can be found. We will also cover how to view these objects using dark adapted eyes and averted vision, and practice observing using a variety of instruments from binoculars to telescopes. We will also explore topics of interest to participants. If the weather cooperates we will have a couple of nights when we will put into practice what we learned in class.Students are encouraged to bring a pair of binoculars to each class in order to practice observing with them in class. As well, our first field trip is scheduled for the evening of October 10 starting at about 7:00 - 7:30 in a dark field on Second Peninsula near Mahone Bay. Details will be discussed in class.

Your Instructor: Tony Schellinck

Tony has always had an interest in astronomy; but it wasn’t until age 55 that he became active as an amateur astronomer. A former Dalhousie professor, he knows that the best way to learn a topic is to teach it. He therefore participates in public viewing sessions around Nova Scotia, has become a regular presenter at the Halifax Planetarium, and has given lectures at parks and libraries around the province. His most recent innovation is his flat screen planetarium show held at the Astor Theatre in Liverpool and the Osprey Arts Centre in Shelburne where he shows people how to observe the night sky using binoculars.

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