Have Fun with Astronomy!

Hanwell Observatory

FREE -- Public outreach and observing sessions
are planned for
clear Saturday evenings in 2013, weather permitting.

Public invited... 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 (standard time)

Setup: at sunset
Observing begins: at end of civil twilight
Check sunset and twilight times here

Sidewalk Astronomer Program: We have begun with the first group;
a short Astronomy program for beginners of all ages
using the Sidewalk Astronomer booklet produced by the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada.
Details are available here.

With the Sidewalk Astronomer Program you will be introduced
to observing the constellations, planets, and the moon.

BONUS: We have the use of the big 400 mm telescope (16 inch)
for at least the month of November, and you will be treated
to a spectacular view of a deep sky galaxy or star cluster at each observing session!

Please let us know of your interest for future groups (Jan-Feb)... E-mail us.
This is offered to adults as well as children.

e-mail stars@hanwell.nb.ca for information


If the flag is waving, we will have public stargazing tonight
(this is not the waving flag)
Free Star Finders to every participant!
Bring binoculars, telescopes, keen interest etc.
22 Falcon Lane, Eaglewood subdivision
MAP

Click on the image below for the Hanwell Clear Sky Chart

TODAY'S MOON PHASE - - - THE MOON THIS MONTH

THE HANWELL SKY RIGHT NOW

This Week's Stargazing Tips

Turn out the lights and be dazzled

ASTRONOMY PICTURE OF THE DAY


The Hanwell Observatory invites all residents to join in exploring the wonders of the night sky.

The Hanwell Observatory (formerly the Astronomy Club of Hanwell and New Maryland [AstroHaM]) is an organization dedicated to sharing the wonders of starry skies with the public. Members are local residents who belong to the William Brydone Jack Astronomy Club, (WBJAC) a unit of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada's New Brunswick Centre. The WBJAC meets in Fredericton on the second Tuesday of every month excluding summer, and on other dates for observing sessions or special events. The New Brunswick Centre meetings are held here twice a year. ANYONE with an interest in astronomy is invited to attend any gathering.

Hanwell observing sessions are generally on clear Saturday nights, or anytime there is something exceptional to see. We observe and take photos of the planets, variable and double stars, comets, and deep sky objects. All of our events are open to the public and we encourage anyone with an interest in the sky to attend! Our pamphlet can be viewed here.

Our observing location is in Eaglewood subdivision. Our activities are possible because there are no street lights. We value the dark sky in this area (magnitude 6.5) and are doing what we can to encourage responsible lighting to avoid spilling unnecessary light pollution into the night sky. The views of the milky way, star clusters, and nebulas are truly fabulous here.

We also participate in the quest for the various RASC observing certificates. Check this page for details on the "Explore the Universe" certificate program.

To get on the alert list for observing sessions, or to contact us for directions to our observing site or more information, send an e-mail to stars@hanwell.nb.ca. Observers should wear warm clothes and bring binoculars if you have them.

The WBJAC includes amateur astronomers, teachers, professionals, youth, and anyone who has any interest in the night sky from many walks of life. Our meetings are held to discuss astronomy topics as well as what's up in the night sky. Many of us enjoy observing with our own telescopes but we love to share views of the heavens with others. We welcome all to come and join us and experience the wonders of our night sky.

Links:


Our organization's astro page - astroham.ca

WBJAC - frederictonastronomy.ca
Royal Astronomical Society - rasc.ca
New Brunswick Centre - nb.rasc.ca/
Hanwell clear sky clock - cleardarksky.com/c/HnwllNBkey.html?1
International Dark Sky Association - Lighting - darksky.org/lighting/