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As the lazy days of summer fly past, planning is in full swing for our fall events. One of those events is the fall work party at the CAO. This year’s fall work party takes place a little earlier in the season on the weekend of September 13-15.
CAO is holding a joint fundraising event for our members and members of the Beaver Valley Bruce Trail Volunteers. These are the people who tend the trail near CAO and have visited us for an astronomy night last year. As a means of fundraising, we are presenting a day on the trails followed by a night under the stars. RASC members will be offered one of two guided hikes, a short one and a long one, at a trail near to the CAO but not the “normal” Margaret Paull side trail that we frequent.
You and your families are cordially invited to attend the 18th Annual Carr Astronomical Observatory (CAO) Open House and RASC Toronto Centre Awards Picnic on Saturday, June 6th, 2015. With ample shelter available in the house and observatory, this is a rain or shine event, so plan to be there. It provides a great opportunity to network and socialize with your fellow members. Tour the Geoff Brown Observatory with its C14 telescope and Paramount robotic mount, browse the Fred Troyer Library, enjoy a picnic in the country, and take part in the traditional model rocket launches.
UPDATE: WE HAVE 60% CLEAR SKIES AT THE CAO THIS EVENING AND ARE "GO" FOR LUNAR ECLIPSE VIEWING. You're invited to the Total Lunar Eclipse Viewing Party at the E. C. Carr Astronomical Observatory. An astronomy event invitation, jointly hosted by the Blue Mountains Library and the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada - Toronto Centre. Open to the public. Sunday 27 September 2015. Arrive any time after 8:30 PM. Eclipse begins about 9:11 PM. Full eclipse approx. 10:15 PM.
Shorter days. Longer nights. Astronomers get giddy. It also signals the E.C. Carr Astronomical Observatory (CAO) Fall Work Party on Blue Mountain is just around the corner. Please join us on October 17-18, 2015 (this is the weekend following Thanksgiving) as we prepare the facility for the winter season. There will be jobs for all skill levels both indoors and outdoors. All meals and drinks are provided to volunteers from Saturday breakfast to Sunday lunch.
You are invited to the transit of Mercury viewing party at the E.C. Carr Astronomical Observatory (CAO) in Blue Mountains. This daytime event is jointly hosted by the Blue Mountains Library and the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada - Toronto Centre and is open to the public. Monday, May 9, 2016. Arrive any time after 10:00 am. The planet Mercury will pass in front of the Sun. Our solar telescopes will allow you to view the sun safely. This is truly a rare event as the last transit took place in 2006. The next transit of Mercury will not occur until 2019.
UPDATE: 2016-05-26 Thanks to all the members who have volunteered for the Spring Work Party at the CAO. We are happy to report on the overwhelming offers to help from our membership and now the house is completely filled up (with overflow people camping as well), so we cannot accept any additional volunteers for this work party. Please keep an eye out for an announcement about a Star-B-Que to be held at the CAO in July, and mark your calendars for the Fall Work Party which is currently scheduled for the weekend of October 14 - 16, 2016