Sid Sidhu organised participation by several RASCALs in the Royal BC Museum's
Eternal Egypt exhibit on July 24, 2004. Please read his narrative below.
Egyptian Star Map
Stephen Courtin showing the Egyption night sky
Chris & Sandy
George & Sandy
Sid explaining the concepts
Sid, the organiser
Photos Copyright 2004 David Lee
Summer of 2004 - Adventures of the Victoria Centre members
Literally speaking, Astronomy is akin to Archeology. In both of these sciences
we look into the past and struggle to find the future. So this summer as a part
of Royal British Columbia Museum's "Pyramid Weekend Madness", a few of us had an
opportunity to visit the past, a really long, long time ago - a time when the
Pharaohs ruled Egypt. In our journey of investigation, we discovered a few
things about ourselves:
|Be honest, if you don't know the subject, make things up and tell your
audience that that is what you have done.|
|Do your homework. |
Early in July the Centre received a request from the Royal BC Museum for our
participation in the "Pyramid Weekend Madness" July 24 - 25.
We were given the task of "If possible, having some kind of demonstration
going on would be great. If you or someone else would like to give a slide show
we could do that downstairs in the conference room." We did not have much time
to dilly-dally. The same weekend was the Cowichan Valley Starfinder's Annual
Star Party. There were many questions, i.e. will there be enough willing
(without twisting their arms) volunteers? Speaker, no problem! I knew just the
right person to ask. But the type of demonstration, posed a problem! So the
frantic phone calls to some trusted members, who are always there when you need
them. Blair, who was the inspiration "don't give me the details, just do it,
don't care what you do, I will be there". To start things rolling I had a brain
storming session with Stephen Courtin to narrow the choices of what type of
demonstrations we could prepare in such a short time. Finally the participation
|Demonstration of the techniques used of aligning the Pyramids to the true
North and hands-on activities that the Museum patrons could use to build their
own Pyramid, so that their souls will go to an eternal place in the cosmos.
The RASC volunteers who had participated have already got their reservations.|
|Procession of the Poles.|
|Chris Gainer's slide presentations "The History of Mars Exploration"|
Chris's presentation was complimented by Michael Shepard's presentations of
the "Heavens of the Pharaohs"
As can be seen from the pictures David had taken, we all had lots of fun,
especially George who arrived in period costume, and learned a lot exploring the
mind of the chief architects of the Pyramids and pretending to be the workers
who bear the toll of hard work. My appreciation goes to Stephen Courtin, Sandy
Barta, Blair Pellat, David Lee, Brenda Stuart, George Gibson, Frank Jones, Don
Dundee, and Chris Gainer for their time and effort to make the event enjoyable.
As mentioned before their place is reserved.