Saskatchewan Summer Star Party and General Assembly of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada
August 13, 2009 @ 12:00 am - August 16, 2009 @ 12:00 am EDT
In August 2009, come to the Cypress Hills Dark Sky Preserve and do something never done before at an RASC General Assembly: be armchair astronomers during the day and real astronomers at night! We are delighted that the 2009 RASC General Assembly has been awarded to the Saskatoon Centre of the RASC. The 2009 GA will be held in conjunction with the Saskatchewan Summer Star Party. 2009 is also the International Year of Astronomy and the 2009 GA will be held, for the first time, at a dark sky site. It is our goal to provide an affordable, memorable GA where participants can observe under some of the darkest skies in Canada, and still enjoy the traditional social & business activities of a GA.What better place to hold the GA than at the Cypress Hills Dark-Sky Preserve, with light pollution abatement featured as one of IYA's themes? The GA will include all the activities of past GAs but will also include observing and clinics under magnitude 7+ skies! Cabin, condo and hotel rooms are available. There is also ample room for tents and powered RV sites.
Planned day-time events include a BBQ, the Ruth Northcott Lecture, solar observing, an IYA "Galileo Moment", scientific presentations and poster sessions, a Wine and Cheese reception, the Fr. Lucien Kemble Lecture, Banquet, tours of the Maple Creek Winery and Fort Walsh, National Council meetings and Annual Meeting.
CHIPP and the Cypress Hills DSP are located in southwestern corner of Saskatchewan 30km south of Maple Creek on Hwy 21. Nearest fly-in centres are Saskatoon, Regina, Calgary (and possibly Medicine Hat, AB). Centre Representatives who are planning to fly in for the weekend should book into Saskatoon (YXE) where they will be met, housed, fed and transported to and from the SSSP/GA'09 by kind, friendly Saskatoon Centre chaperones. We will have some loaner telescopes and camping equipment available for reps that cannot bring their own. For those who can fly into Saskatoon on Tuesday August 11, we have arranged a tour of the Canadian Light Source (the "synchrotron") at the University of Saskatchewan campus on Tuesday evening.
For more information, contact the SSSP/GA organizing committee at: firstname.lastname@example.org.