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by Joe Carr

January 2007

Happy New Year to everyone involved with Victoria Centre.  Let's hope the weather improves from the dismal time we've had since I wrote my last message in late November 2006. As I mentioned last month, I'm a fairly dedicated observer, so I'm really hoping we see some clear winter weather over the next while so we can get out and observe and photograph the night sky.

The coming year has some celestial events worth mentioning:

bulletTotal eclipses of the Moon on March 3 and August 28 (NASA Eclipse info)
bulletJupiter will return to view by summertime, and will be close to Earth
bulletMars will be particularly bright by the end of 2007
bulletMars will be occulted by the Moon on December 24
bulletThe Pleiades will be occulted by the Moon March 23, June 13, and Sep 3
bulletSaturn will be occulted by the Moon on April 25 and June 19
bulletOther lunar occultations will occur in 2007 - see the Observer's Handbook for detailed info

I expect we will stage some public events around at least one or two of these events, so please stay tuned for more information.

Victoria Centre has also planned two major events for 2007:

bulletInternational Astronomy Day - April 21, 2007 being held at the Royal BC Museum and the Centre of the Universe
bulletRASCALS Star Party - August 24-26, 2007 being held at the Victoria Fish and Game, Malahat

Coming up this month on January 10th, our regular monthly meeting will see Dr. Mark Adams highlight three exciting radio astronomy projects which have Canadian involvement.  For more info please browse our online Meeting Schedule.

There is an open invitation to any members of Victoria Centre to attend the upcoming Council meeting scheduled for Jan 17th.  Please contact me for further info, or if you wish to add an item to the agenda.

We currently have four jobs in the Job Jar.  Why don't you volunteer to take one on?

Joe Carr

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