RASC Sunshine Coast Centre: Explore the Universe Challenge

Event Date: 
Friday, June 11, 2021 - 22:00 to 23:45 EDT

Explore the Universe Challenge

RASC Sunshine Coast Centre

On Friday, June 11, 2021, @ 7:00 pm PDT (10:00 pm EDT), online on Zoom, the Sunshine Coast Centre of the RASC presents the Explore the Universe Challenge.

Sunshine Coast Member Charles Ennis will introduce the RASC’s Explore the Universe Program and teach viewers how to find the objects in the Summer viewing portion of the program. Later this year Charles will come back on Zoom to teach the Fall and Winter segments.

The RASC Explore the Universe program (awarded since 2002) is aimed at novice visual astronomers. Those who complete the program may apply for a certificate and pin—this is open to all, RASC members and non-members alike.

This program will:

  • Stimulate an interest in observational astronomy.
  • Introduce good observing practices and techniques.
  • Provide an introduction to all aspects of visual astronomy including stars and constellations, lunar, Solar System, deep sky, double stars, and some optional activities, including variable stars.
  • One of the special features of this program is that it can be completed entirely using binoculars and the unaided eye. 

NOTE: If you choose to use a telescope, automatic (GoTo) functions are not to be used.

A choice of objects is provided so that you can start the program at any time of the year and easily complete the requirements in three to six months time.

Want to get started? Download the Explore the Universe program requirements and start your observing program today! All you need to do is find half of the 110 objects on the program list.

If you are looking for a guide to getting started, consider purchasing the Explore the Universe Guide (2nd Edition) in the RASC store.

Go to our website for a link to the Zoom meeting: www.coastastronomy.ca