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Annual General Meeting and Elections

Notice is hereby given to all members of the RASC Ottawa Centre that the Annual Meeting will be held at 7:30pm on December 6, 2019 at the Canada Aviation and Space Museum as part of the regular monthly Centre meeting. The following business will be conducted:

(1) consideration and approval of the agenda for the meeting;

(2) consideration and approval of the minutes of the last annual meeting;

Observers' Challenges for November 2019

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Here are the Observers' Challenges for November 2019.
 
Beginner Challenge Intermediate Challenge Advanced Challenge Lunar Challenge

M32 "Le Gentil"
(NGC 221)

is a relatively-rare compact elliptical galaxy and mostly-eaten companion to the better-known M31, a mere 2.6 million lightyears away in Andromeda.

Photo: Sid Leach.

NGC 7640

 

 a barred spiral galaxy, also found in the Andromeda, but significantly further away at about 19 million lightyears.

Photo: Bob Frank.

Wolf–Lundmark–Melotte
(WLM)

is a dwarf, barred irregular galaxy discovered in 1909 by Max Wolf, located on the outer edges of our Local Group in the direction of the constellation of Cetus.

Image from Sedona Stargazer Observatory.

Crater Atlas

 

(and neighbouring Hercules) can be found near the NE limb of the Moon, near Lacus Temporis.

Photo by George Tarsoudis.

 
Everybody - not just members, and not just imagers - are strongly encouraged to submit reports by way of images, sketches, or even without any imagery. You can come up and give a verbal report about the conditions you observed under, the details of the equipment you used, what you'd had for dinner, and of course a description of the object as you observed it! Be sure to send them to me for inclusion in the next meeting at meetingchair[at]ottawa.rasc.ca
 

Observers' Challenges for October 2019

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Here are the Observers' Challenges for September 2019.
 
Beginner Challenge Intermediate Challenge Advanced Challenge Lunar Challenge

M74
(NGC 628)

a.k.a the Phantom Galaxy, a grand design spiral galaxy about 32 million lightyears distant in Pisces.

Image from seds.org

Caldwell 33

 

 is the eastern portion of the supernova remnant popularly known as the Veil Nebula located in Cygnus.

Image from amateurastronomy.co.uk

NGC 1

is an unremarkable Sbc-type spiral galaxy in Pegasus. How on Earth did it end up as the first entry in the General Catalogues, then the NGC?

Image by Astrophysical Research Consortium - SDSS9, CC BY-SA 4.0,

Palus Epidarium
(the Marsh of Epidemics... charming)
 
is a small mare southwest of Mare Nubium, noteworthy for Rimae Ramsden, as series of rilles in its western area.

Image from Derekscope (www.astrosurf.com)

 
Everybody - not just members, and not just imagers - are strongly encouraged to submit reports by way of images, sketches, or even without any imagery. You can come up and give a verbal report about the conditions you observed under, the details of the equipment you used, what you'd had for dinner, and of course a description of the object as you observed it! Be sure to send them to me for inclusion in the next meeting at meetingchair[at]ottawa.rasc.ca

Observers' Challenges for September 2019

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Here are the Observers' Challenges for September 2019.
 
Beginner Challenge Intermediate Challenge Advanced Challenge Lunar Challenge

M20
(NGC 6514)

a.k.a the Triffid Nebula, is a gaseous (HII) region in Sagittarius.

Image from huntsvillastronomy.org

Barnard 86
 
 is a dark nebula (a "Bok globule") also located in the  constellation of Sagittarius near NGC6520, which was possibly this open cluster.

Image from Coldpring Observatory

Abell 70

is a planetary nebula in the constellation of Aquila, and a challenging target at a mere 42" diameter.

Image from Astronomy Sketch of the Day

Montes Harbinger
 
is a cluster of mountains to be found on the north-wetsren border of Mare Imbrium and covers about 900 sq km.

Image from Lunar and Planetary Lab at U Arizona.
 

 
I still encourage more people submit reports than did this past month -- I encourage everyone to participate, not just imagers! You can submit reports by way of images, sketches, or even without any imagery, you can come up and give a verbal report that perhaps includes the conditions you made your observations under, and the details of the equipment you used -- and of course a description of the object as you observed it! Be sure to send them to me for inclusion in the next meeting at meetingchair[at]ottawa.rasc.ca

Observers' Challenges for August 2019

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Here are the Observers' Challenges for August 2019.
 
Beginner Challenge Intermediate Challenge Advanced Challenge Lunar Challenge

M8
(NGC 6523)

a.k.a the Lagoon Nebula, is an open star cluster with nebulosity in Sagittarius.

Image from Wikipedia

NGC 6886
 
NGC 6886 is a planetary nebula with a size of only about 0.3 X 0.45 light-year, located some 7,000 to 11,000 light-years away from Earth in the northern constellation of Sagitta.

Image from Courtney Seligman

Abell Galaxy Cluster 2151

also known as the Hercules Cluster (and not to be confused with the globular cluster M13)  comprises about 200 galaxies some 500 million light-years distant in the constellation Hercules. It is rich in spiral galaxies and shows many interacting galaxies.

Image source https://digilander.libero.it/astrovalfos/abell2151wide.htm

Rupes Kelvin & Promontorium Kelvin
 
Rupes Kelvin is a 78 km long escarpment near Promontorium Kelvin, a headland  located in the southeast of the Mare Humorum.

Image from Antonio Chidadao's "Moon Light Atlas"

 
I'd like to see more people submit reports than did this past month -- I encourage everyone to participate, not just imagers! You can submit reports by way of images, sketches, or even without any imagery, you can come up and give a verbal report that perhaps includes the conditions you made your observations under, and the details of the equipment you used -- and of course a description of the object as you observed it! Be sure to send them to me for inclusion in the next meeting at meetingchair[at]ottawa.rasc.ca

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