Welcome to the RASC Edmonton Centre.
|The Edmonton Centre of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada exists to promote the advancement of astronomy and allied sciences as well as to increase public awareness of astronomy as an enjoyable hobby and as an important scientific endeavor.||
Sep 23-28, 2014, Black Nugget Lake, AB
Northern Prairie Star Party
Join us for an unforgettable autumn weekend under the stars. Bring your telescope and your sense of wonder for stargazing under seriously dark skies.
Sep 25-26, 2014
ISSET Space Exploration Symposium 2014
The Institute for Space Science, Exploration and Technology (ISSET) at the University of Alberta presents the 2014 Space Exploration Symposium. The keynote speakers will be Prof. Steven Squyres of Cornell University, a prominent planetary scientist whose mission involvement includes Principal Investigator of the MER Mars Rover Mission, and Kevin Cocco, CTO of Ardusat, a company that specializes in small satellites for educational purposes.FREE Public Talks
sponsored in part by the RASC Edmonton Centre
Roving Mars: Spirit, Opportunity, and the
Exploration of the Red Planet
Thursday Sep 25, 7 PM
TELUS World of Science
Small Satellites, Big Opportunities
Friday Sep 26, 5 PM
ETLC Solarium, U of A North Campus
Sep 26-28, 2014
Edmonton Comic & Entertainment Expo
Call for volunteers for our booth at the Edmonton Expo event Sept 2-28. This event is the premier pop culture event in the city and is an excellent venue for exposure of the Centre to the younger crowd. Multiple shifts available on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.
Have a look at the signup sheet to see what shift might work for you. If you are willing to volunteer time at our booth, please email which shift you are able to fill. Volunteering gets you into the show at no charge which means you'll likely get a chance to wander around and check things out.
Oct 20, 2014, 7:30-9:30pm
RASC Regular Meeting
TELUS World of Science
FREE and open to the public.
Ph.D. Candidate in Condensed Matter Physics
University of Alberta
Real Life on Fake Mars
Mars seems tantalizingly close these days. With projects attempting to send humans to the Red Planet as early as 2023, public interest is growing daily. While Mars offers the promise of a second home for humanity, the technical challenges of getting there and back again are on a scale humanity hasn't seen since humans first set foot on the moon. To solve these challenges, analog missions are being conducted around the world, replicating different environments and testing various aspects that will be critical to future missions. The Hawaii Space Exploration Analog & Simulation (HI-SEAS) is one such study. Situated on the desolate lava fields of the Mauna Loa volcano in Hawaii, I am among the few who have lived through a simulated 120-day surface mission.
Ross Lockwood gave Nerd Nite Edmonton's inaugural presentation back in October 2012 on the subject of Warp Drives, and has been a Nerd Nite addict ever since. As a PhD Candidate in Physics at the University of Alberta, Ross has been a fixture at science related events around Edmonton, especially involving the University of Alberta's Observatory. With a background in experimental physics, MacGuyver-like skills, and a vast knowledge of how a single molecular defect in silicon works, Ross applied for and accepted the position of Chief Technologist and Systems Specialist with the HI-SEAS Mission 2A. After the completion of his Ph.D, he will direct his attention to sending cool stuff into space and building human-machine interfaces for future astronauts.
Jasper Dark Sky Festival
Oct 23-25, 2014
Encompassing over 11,000 km2, Jasper National Park is one of the world's largest Dark Sky Preserves. A star gazing playground, this official status of DSP gives Jasper the responsibility of protecting and promoting the nocturnal environment and clarity of the dark skies. It also means supporting and encouraging public understanding of this natural wonder by creating activities and events to commemorate this natural phenomenon. The Jasper Dark Sky Festival, with events for everyone young and old, astronomy enthusiasts and those that simply appreciate the beauty of the dark sky, has something for everyone.
Feb 20-21, 2015
RASC Edmonton Centre Casino
The RASC Edmonton Centre is having another casino Fri-Sat, Feb 20-21, 2015. This is our Centre's largest source of revenue which maintains a large part of our operational and outreach budgets, lets us purchase astronomical equipment and undertake innovative projects that bring astronomy to the general public, and helps bring fabulous speakers to Edmonton. Please help out by volunteering for a shift - it's fairly easy work and you get fed quite nicely.
Download the Casino Volunteer Worker Application or get one at a Regular Meeting, fill it out and give it to Peter Hall at a Regular Meeting. If you have questions, email