RCA Member Bob Yoesle will give an introduction to the the world of solar astronomy, solar outreach education, a bit of solar physics and sunspot cycles, solar filter and telescope construction and how to safely observe the sun's photosphere and chromosphere, and a bit about solar imaging. The presentation features many pictures taken by Bob with his solar telescopes.
New members are welcome to meet in the OMSI Planetarium at 6:30 before the General Meeting for an orientation and introduction to Rose City Astronomers.
To inform, inspire and keep up to date on current research and the state of our knowledge of the universe. This SIG meets in a private home so the address is not published on our website. Our Cosmology SIG leader can be reached through the Contacts page for more information.
Dark site star party for RCA Members and their guests. Learn more about becoming a member of RCA. No registration required.
Whether you're a beginner, intermediate or advanced astro-imager — whether you're using a CCD, DSLR, point-and-shoot or film camera — this group can help you achieve better images with less effort and frustrations.
Join us at noon on the first Fridays of every month for good conversation and good food at McMenamin’s on Broadway, 1504 NE Broadway, Portland. Everyone is welcome!
If you need help with a telescope project, need to clean or align your optics, or just want to talk about telescopes, come to the workshop. Activities include telescope building from scratch or a kit, telescope setup, cleaning, aligning, adjustment, and help using your telescope.
On Monday, 2019 November 11, Mercury will transit the Sun for the first time since 2016. The transit or passage of a planet across the face of the Sun is a relatively rare occurrence. As seen from Earth, only transits of Mercury and Venus are possible. There are approximately 13 transits of Mercury each century.
More information will be provided shortly, or by checking on the OMSI website.
Slides from Our General Meeting
It's October. It's time for officer elections, so it's time for another call for volunteers. There are eight officer positions open for nomination: President, Secretary, Treasurer, VP Programs, VP Observing, VP Membership, VP Communications, and VP Outreach. Position descriptions can be found on our website here. We have a tradition in RCA of people stepping forward to take up some volunteer work for a year or two or more, then stepping back to let someone else have a chance but staying in the club, then later volunteering for another activity. This gives us a lot of institutional memory, and makes the club stronger. If you've been thinking about it, now's your chance.
When I took the position of President, I told myself I'd do it for three years. I am now closing in on the end of my fourth year. I hereby announce publicly and officially that I will serve a fifth year, and will resign this position as of December 2020. That means we need someone to step forward for the President's position now. (Job description here.)
The President is the only club officer who needs to have served on the Board for a year before taking up the lead position. In the interests of a smooth transition, we're sending out a call for volunteers for any position on the Board, including the ones that are by appointment. I will mentor you through the year so that by December 2020, you will be prepared and able to take the club the direction you want it to go.
If you are interested, please contact me at email@example.com or our Secretary Duncan Kitchin at firstname.lastname@example.org. I will be glad to meet with you to discuss RCA's past and future. Let's make it a Go!
If it’s September, then it’s time for another round of Young Astronomers Awards. The summer has fled and it’s time to find another batch of applicants to encourage on their path to the sciences.
If any of our members knows a middle-school or high-school student in any public or private high school or a home school in Multnomah, Clackamas or Washington Counties, or in Clark County in Washington, who may be interested in applying for a certificate of recognition for a project of excellence and merit, plus a cash grant, please encourage them to submit an inquiry as soon as possible, and to submit the project to RCA by October 31. We will announce the winners at the November meeting and hand out the awards at the December potluck.
The kinds of projects we are looking for can include science journalism, such as writing an article about a recent astronomical development, or an art project, such as making a video or creating a graphic story on an astronomical theme, or doing a major outreach project such as starting an astronomy club at their school, or once again, taking on a research project of their own.
If you do not know of any students in this age range, but know a science instructor in one of these locations, please ask them to contact us right away about these awards. We are sincere in our desire to reach a broad spectrum of students and encourage them to take on the challenge of STEM education, and even more, we are interested and excited to see what kind of creative projects students of today come up with.