The 34th annual Mt. Kobau Star Party will begin at dusk July 22, 2017 and will end at dawn July 30, 2017

Star trails

A 25 inch telescope

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2015 Events

Talks at 2015 MKSP
DATE TIME SPEAKER LOCATION TOPIC
Wednesday
Aug 12
3:00pm Lee Johnson The Mt.Kobau Flats Mt. Kobau Skies This Week - The Hockey Stick in Draco another Canadian-content special, tracing the wonders to be found from iota to theta (the blade), then to eta and zeta and possible to phi, if we are willing to bend the top of the shaft slightly. "The Sampler" (NGC 5985 group in the blade of the hockey stick), 5907 (and friends) off the tip, and other galaxies in the shaft, leading up to the Cat's Eye (6543) and the whopper galaxy 6503, would be main attractions
Wednesday
Aug 12
7:00pm Rob Edward of Lower Similkameen Indian Band The Mt.Kobau Flats The story of Tsxqin (Kobau)
Wednesday
Aug 12
8:45pm Murray Paulson The Mt.Kobau Flats A Solar Eclipse over the North Sea and Moroccan Delights - On March 20 this year, Murray and Joanne took part in their first jet intercept eclipse expedition.  As he’ll discuss in the talk, it will also be their last!  Find out why in this pictorial twilight talk.  The story includes the eclipse chase, beautiful Mosques, meteorites in the desert and a camel ride to a secluded camp.
Thursday
Aug 13
8:45pm Dr. Ryan Ransom of Okanagan College The Mt.Kobau Flats The Curious Case of Sharpless 2-174
Sharpless 2-174 is an old planetary nebula that has been interacting with the interstellar medium for tens of thousands of years.
Radio observations completed at the Dominion Radio Astrophysical Observatory reveal that the history of this interaction is remarkable and perhaps unique. In this presentation, you'll be introduced to the field of interacting planetary nebulae, look at what might be considered the 'typical case', and then discover the journey taken by Sharpless 2-174.
Thursday
Aug 13
Nightfall Murray Paulson meet at The Mt. Kobau Flats Binocular Star Walk
Saturday
Aug 15
3:00pm MKSP Organizers The Mt.Kobau Flats Awards and prizes
Group Picture

2015 Speakers

Dr. Ryan Ransom

Professor of Physics and Astronomy, Okanagan College. Iím also a Visiting Scientist at DRAO.

Ph.D.: Completed October 2003, York University, Toronto, ON Thesis Title: Very-Long-Baseline Interferometry (VLBI) Imaging and Astrometry of the Gravity Probe B Guide Star IM Pegasi. (Note: VLBI is a radio astronomy technique using radio telescopes from all over the globe.)

Thesis Overview: I reduced and analyzed 31 epochs of VLBI data for the radio-bright star IM Pegasi as well as two quasars. IM Pegasi served as the guide star for the satellite-based NASA/Stanford general relativity test called Gravity Probe B, which collected data between September 2004 and August 2005. Our observations determined the proper motion of IM Pegasi with respect to the quasars to better than 0.1 milli-arcseconds/yr. The accuracy of our measurement ultimately contributed to the success of this precision test of general relativity.

Previous Academic Positions:
- Post-doctoral fellow January 2004-December 2006, York University and in collaboration with the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics. Continued astronomical support for Gravity Probe B.
- Post-doctoral fellow January 2007-August 2008, DRAO; Reduced and analyzed polarization data from the Canadian Galactic Plane Survey (CGPS).

Lee Johnson

Although Kobau regular Lee Johnson has retired from his day job, he still is a full-time Kobauite who has returned to the Holy Mountain every year since he started in 1986. Jobs may come and go, but the Universe abides. Lee has, in recent years, inaugurated the MKSP list of talks with his 'Kobau Skies This Week' by calling attention to planets, comets, and deep-sky objects of current relevance. He follows the summary of what is in the skies with a few thoughts on other topics, some 'fun' and some more technical.

Murray Paulson

Murray is a frustrated astrophysicist whose heart dwells in the Milky Way or chasing some meteorite to its home on the Canadian prairies. Solar eclipses may entice him to strange lands, but he always comes back to Mt. Kobau to drink in the dark skies and warm friendship here on the top of the mountain.

Murray is an ardent planetary observer and writes the Planets section of the RASC Observerís Handbook.

Murray will conduct his ever-popular Binocular Star Walk once again this year.