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September 2004

Chris Gainor

We are nearing the end of a summer that we will remember for an almost unbroken run of clear skies.

An exception to the rule was August 21, the day of our annual picnic at Pearson College, when it was grey and rainy. The weather had been so nice up to that day that no one begrudged the badly needed rain, and one of our veteran observers admitted that there had been so many clear nights that he was almost tired of astronomy.

The July weekend of the Island Star Party put on by our friends at the Cowichan Valley Starfinders gave us beautiful skies and memorable nights of observing, including an unusual (for these parts) Auroral display.

And there were many nights like those throughout the summer, which many of us took advantage of at our own observing sites and at the Centre of the Universe atop Little Saanich Mountain. August brought us excellent skies for the week of the Perseid meteor shower.

Although the planets of the spring had left the evening skies by mid summer, many of us feasted on the photos of Saturn and its moons sent back from the Cassini spacecraft, which entered the orbit of Saturn at the end of June. We look forward to more exciting data from Saturn and its largest moon Titan in the months to come.

As for the Centre of the Universe, our observers group concluded some successful meetings with the staff there, and we are moving toward an agreement that will improve our volunteering experience and, we hope, give us more and better access to Little Saanich Mountain.

Summer isn't over yet. Don�t forget that the RASC's annual Star Party at the Victoria Fish  and Game Association near the Malahat summit the weekend of September 17. There will good people, good food, good speakers, and good observing.

On a personal note, I will be gone to Edmonton to pursue an exciting new educational opportunity by the time you read this. My wife and I are keeping our home in Victoria, and I will be around for RASC events next spring and summer after the academic term.

I am stepping down as president this fall, and our long-time treasurer Lauri Roche will be leaving our executive. So we are looking for new people to continue the excellent work done by our current executive. Please consider helping out.

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