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by Joe Carr

Brian Robilliard and a young astronomer using Victoria Centre's TakahashiInternational Astronomy Day - April 21st - Although the weather didn't cooperate, Astronomy Day was still a great success here in Victoria!  The inside exhibits at the Royal BC Museum during the day included: Ask an Astronomer booth, telescope making, Astro kids activities, tour the solar system, astrophotography. A special feature this year was the live music inspired by the stars with June Bugg and the Ugly Brothers. Later at the Centre of the Universe, a special presentation was given: Phoenix - an international mission to Mars - by Dr. Victoria Hipkin, as well as Telescope tours and Planetarium shows were held.

Many thanks go to our members who volunteered for this year's event, as well as our partners: Royal British Columbia Museum, Capital Regional District Parks, Dominion Astrophysical Observatory, University of Victoria, and Pearson College of the Pacific.

I wish I could report progress on the building of our new observatory shed at the old 16" site atop Observatory Hill, but nothing has happened on this front to date.  Victoria Centre has done everything we can to help the NRC with this building project, however they have made virtually no progress.  On a more positive note, we are still investigating the acquisition of our new 16" robotic telescope, and at present we are favoring buying a good robotic-capable equatorial mount with this year's funds.  The funds we received from the BC Gaming Commission were not adequate to purchase a whole robotic telescope system, but we feel if we have a good mount, it will serve us well into the future.  The two Vice Presidents and myself are handling this acquisition, so if you have any feedback or opinions you wish to share, we would be happy to hear from you.

Our regular meeting will be held May 9th, 7:30pm at UVic.  Russ Robb from UVic will be talking about his favorite subject: extrasolar planets. Considering the recent news coverage on some exciting new discoveries, it will be interesting to find out first hand how the science around these objects is done. Consult the Meeting Schedule for more information about this talk.

Joe Carr

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