Jun 25-30, 2014 -
General Assembly 2014 - to be held
at the University of Victoria. 2014 is Victoria Centre's centennial year. We are
pleased to welcome RASC members from across the country to help us celebrate
this milestone during the national General Assembly!
- a handy calendar grid format listing Victoria Centre events for
the current month and beyond.
- a listing of our meetings and speakers for upcoming months, as well as
detailed information about the next meeting. Regular monthly meetings are
held the second Wednesday of most months, starting at 7:30pm, Elliott
Lecture Theatre, Room 060, University of Victoria. No monthly meetings
in July, August and November.
Past Meetings &
- an archive of presentations made at past meetings, as well as photos and
videos of past events.
- enjoy good company along with coffee, cookies and observing on clear
nights at the Astronomy Café. You are welcome to attend any Monday evening
(Sept-May). Please call Malcolm at (778) 430-2804 if you have any questions or
to get directions.
Cattle Point: Astronomy in the Star Park - enjoy observing with RASC
Members once a month on Friday evenings at Canada's second designated
Urban Star Park, located along the shoreline of Oak Bay. Take advantage
of observing under dark skies located right within the city!
New Observer's Group meet at Sid Sidhu's
home, the 4th Friday of each month. This observer's group meets at a dark
site in the Highlands of Victoria, BC. Members are able to use the Centre's
telescopes to learn basic observing and telescope operation skills. Location:
1642 Davies Road (off Millstream Lake Road) at 8:00pm Please call Sid
at (250) 391-0540 for details.
Clear Sky Clock
Telescope Program - Please call Sid at (250) 391-0540 to
volunteer for this important outreach program
Messier Marathon - each
Spring during a new Moon weekend, Victoria Centre holds a marathon observing event at the
Victoria Centre Observatory (VCO) and environs on Observatory Hill.
International Astronomy Day -
Victoria Centre stages a special event every year to celebrate International
Astronomy Day - usually in April or May of each year.
RASCals Star Party
RASC Victoria Centre
has held successful RASCals Star Parties annually from 2000 through to
Starting in 2010, the new location is the Metchosin Cricket Field.
Annual General Meeting and Dinner
- held in November - replaces our usual
monthly meeting for November.
Other Astronomy Events
Public Observing at
The Centre of
the Universe - NRC/HIA/DAO -The National Research Council/ Herzberg
Institute of Astrophysics/Dominion Astrophysical Observatory, atop
Observatory Hill (aka Little Saanich Mountain) near Victoria, B.C. These evening
sessions are typically held during summer months. Victoria
Centre members make their telescopes available for public viewing. Viewing times
vary according to the time of year (darkness). Presentations in the NRC/HIA/DAO
dome give a history and overview of the facilities and astronomy in general. For
more information browse
Centre of the
Universe, call the NRC at (250) 363-0001 for a recording of times
they are open.
- the University of Victoria hosts regularly scheduled seminars open to the
public (age 19+) at public venues around the Victoria area, starting in the
early evening. Complimentary admission; appetizers
and beverages are provided. Café Scientifique is an informal seminar series
hosted by the UVic Centre for Biomedical Research that provides insight into
general science topics of popular interest to the general public. These
seminars are opportunities for the public to meet local researchers and
discuss some of the most interesting and sometimes contentious research
currently underway in Canada. In a Café, we pull science away from its usual
habitats of the classroom and the laboratory, and into, well,...a café or
bar! A Café Scientifique is more informal and accessible than a public
lecture. It is for people who are genuinely interested in science, but who
don't have the opportunity to discuss their views with scientists. No
previous scientific knowledge is required to participate. All you need is
a willingness to listen to others, to discuss, ask questions and express
Please note: All observing
events held outside are subject to weather permitting. It is wise
to check with the event coordinator before you travel to an event.