2022 Mt. Kobau Skies

This year (2022) during MKSP we have some suggestions as to what we might be able to look for in the night skies.

If you have some suggestions to share send an email to  Webmaster@mksp.ca and we can add them to this space.


Hour by Hour of what to expect on typical night on the Mountain.

Time What am I looking for? Other Thoughts
8-9 pm Sunset is around 1/2 past the hour. The sun is in the west. This is a time of Preparation. Typically the talks in the parking lot occur at this time, from the summit the colours of the mountains can be spectacular. It'S well worth just sitting and watching some evening.
9-10 pm

It's now becoming darker. Stars start to emerge. Arcturus will be first. This Year there's no bright planets in the South and West. We will see Saturn in the SE rising at this time.

We will see the Summer Triangle Overhead and Sagittarius and Scorpio to the south to the horizon.

The Talks are now over and most people are at their campsites, looking and taking pictures. there is time also to walk around and visit other MKSP Attendees. On some of the nights, there are Binocular Star Walks at this time.
10-11 pm

Darkness has fallen, Sagittarius is directly South. Jupiter rises in the East. the exact time will depend on your horizon

This is a good time for serious exploration of the Dark Sky.
11 pm to 1 am

Saturn is Transiting. Sag. is now setting. Mars is now rising in the NE. Might take a while to clear the hills.

We have moved beyond looking at the summer Milky Way, and now we have a selection of Globular Clusters, Nebulas and Galaxies to look at.
2-4 am We are moving to look at the things we see in the evening sky in a couple of months. Of course it is a good time to explore the Galaxies in the vicinity of Pegasus and other objects of interest associated with the Autumn skies.
4-6 am

This is the time to take a look for NGC 253, it Transits at 4:30am. Few locations west of Ontario give us access to this fine Galaxy in a close neighboring group of Galaxies.

This is when the winter Milky Way rises in the East, Orion, Gemini, Taurus come into view.
After 6am

Sunrise; a time to look for Venus that rises just before the Sun. There will be a waning crescent moon in the sky for most of the week before the New moon.

Time to plan to get some sleep.
7am - noon

Quiet Time

Many attendees are still sleeping. If you are up at this time, it is a good time to go on a hike and see the scenery on the mountain.

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Planets of 2022 MKSP

What to Expect
VenusAll weekWill be in the morning sky as it draws ever closer to the Sun at this time, about and hour and a half before sunrise. As Venus is brighter, you should be able to see it, if you have not already retired for the night.
UranusAll WeekCan be seen after midnight, where is can be found in Aries.
SunAll weekAt the time of the Star Party the Sun is in Leo. Don't expect to see anything that is in this part of the Sky at night!
SaturnAll WeekSaturn is in Capricorn and will be well placed for observing late in the evening, even better after midnight.

It passes opposition earlier in August. the North part of the ring plane is exposed with a 13° tilt from the sun
NeptuneAll WeekIt can be found near the boundary between Aquarius and Pisces.
MoonAug 27thMost of the week the moon will be in the early morning hours. Last Quarter occurs just before the Star Party Starts on the 19th. New Moon is on the final Saturday night (Aug 27th.)
MercuryAug 27thGreatest Elongation East.

It will only be a few degrees above the horizon in the west after sunset for about an hour, and still during twilight.
MarsAug 27thWill rise around midnight and will be in between Aldebaran and the Pleaides in Taurus.

The Last Quarter Moon passes it earlier in the week just before the Star Party starts.
JupiterAll WeekIn SW Cetus to the south-east at midnight. Rising around 10pm. there was a double shadow transit the week before MKSP, but no other events predicted the week of the Star Party. although on the evening of the 25th there are eclipses of the inner moons predicted.

Unaided Object List for Observation

This is a list of the Unaided List for Observers, with some notes on what to expect to see.

Don't forget to download the form, as you may not have the internet while observing. 

AntaresStarScorpiusAntares is the brightest star in the constellation of Scorpius. It has the Bayer designation α Scorpii, which is Latinised to Alpha Scorpii. Often referred to as "the heart of the scorpion", Antares is flanked by σ Scorpii and τ Scorpii near the center of the constellation.1
M7Open ClusterScorpiusMessier 7 or M7, also designated NGC 6475 and sometimes known as the Ptolemy Cluster, is an open cluster of stars in the constellation of Scorpius. The cluster is easily detectable with the naked eye, close to the "stinger" of Scorpius. With a declination of −34.8°, it is the southernmost Messier object.2
OphiuchusConstellationOphiuchusOphiuchus is a large constellation straddling the celestial equator. Its name comes from the Ancient Greek ὀφιοῦχος, meaning "serpent-bearer", and it is commonly represented as a man grasping a snake. The serpent is represented by the constellation Serpens.3
HerculesConstellationHerculesHercules is a constellation named after Hercules, the Roman mythological hero adapted from the Greek hero Heracles. Hercules was one of the 48 constellations listed by the second-century astronomer Ptolemy, and it remains one of the 88 modern constellations today. It is the fifth-largest of the modern constellations and is the largest of the 50 which have no stars brighter than apparent magnitude +2.5.4
M13Globular ClusterHerculesMessier 13 or M13, also designated NGC 6205 and sometimes called the Great Globular Cluster in Hercules or the Hercules Globular Cluster, is a globular cluster of several hundred thousand stars in the constellation of Hercules.5
SagittariusConstellationSagittariusSagittarius is one of the constellations of the zodiac and is located in the Southern celestial hemisphere. It is one of the 48 constellations listed by the 2nd-century astronomer Ptolemy and remains one of the 88 modern constellations. Its name is Latin for "archer". Sagittarius is commonly represented as a centaur pulling back a bow. It lies between Scorpius and Ophiuchus to the west and Capricornus and Microscopium to the east. The center of the Milky Way lies in the westernmost part of Sagittarius.6
M8 (Lagoon)Emission NebulaSagittariusThe Lagoon Nebula (catalogued as Messier 8 or M8, NGC 6523, Sharpless 25, RCW 146, and Gum 72) is a giant interstellar cloud in the constellation Sagittarius. It is classified as an emission nebula and as an H II region.
The Lagoon Nebula was discovered by Giovanni Hodierna before 1654 and is one of only two star-forming nebulae faintly visible to the eye from mid-northern latitudes. Seen with binoculars, it appears as a distinct cloud-like patch with a definite core. Within the nebula is the open cluster NGC 6530.
DenebStarCygnusDeneb is a first-magnitude star in the constellation of Cygnus, the swan. Deneb is one of the vertices of the asterism known as the Summer Triangle and the "head" of the Northern Cross. It is the brightest star in Cygnus and the 19th brightest star in the night sky, with an average apparent magnitude of +1.25.8
VegaStarLyraVega is the brightest star in the northern constellation of Lyra. It has the Bayer designation α Lyrae, which is Latinised to Alpha Lyrae and abbreviated Alpha Lyr or α Lyr9
AltairStarAquillaAltair is the brightest star in the constellation of Aquila and the twelfth-brightest star in the night sky. It has the Bayer designation Alpha Aquilae, which is Latinised from α Aquilae and abbreviated Alpha Aql or α Aql.10
Summer TriangleAsterismCyg, Aql,LyraThe Summer Triangle is an astronomical asterism in the northern celestial hemisphere. The defining vertices of this imaginary triangle are at Altair, Deneb, and Vega, each of which is the brightest star of its constellation.11
AlbireoStarCygnusAlbireo is a double star designated Beta Cygni. The International Astronomical Union uses the name "Albireo" specifically for the brightest star in the system.12
SagittaConstellationSagittaSagitta is a dim but distinctive constellation in the northern sky. Its name is Latin for 'arrow', not to be confused with the significantly larger constellation Sagittarius 'the archer'. It was included among the 48 constellations listed by the 2nd-century astronomer Ptolemy, and it remains one of the 88 modern constellations defined by the International Astronomical Union. Although it dates to antiquity, Sagitta has no star brighter than 3rd magnitude and has the third-smallest area of any constellation.13
DelphinusConstellationDelphinusDelphinus is a small constellation in the Northern Celestial Hemisphere, close to the celestial equator. Its name is the Latin version for the Greek word for dolphin.14
CygnusConstellationCygnusCygnus is a northern constellation on the plane of the Milky Way, deriving its name from the Latinized Greek word for swan. Cygnus is one of the most recognizable constellations of the northern summer and autumn, and it features a prominent asterism known as the Northern Cross15
LyraConstellationLyraLyra is a small constellation. It is one of the 48 listed by the 2nd century astronomer Ptolemy, and is one of the modern 88 constellations recognized by the International Astronomical Union.16
Great SquareAsterismPegasusThe Great Square of Pegasus is a large distorted 'square' asterism formed from stars Markab, Scheat and Algenib in Pegasus (Alpha (α)), Beta (β)) and Gamma (γ) Pegasi respectively) along with Alpheratz (Alpha (α) Andromedae).17
M31, AndromedaGalaxyAndromedaThe Andromeda Galaxy, also known as Messier 31, M31, or NGC 224 and originally the Andromeda Nebula, is a barred spiral galaxy with diameter of about 220,000 ly approximately 2.5 million light-years from Earth and the nearest large galaxy to the Milky Way18
CassiopeiaConstellationCassiopeiaCassiopeia is a constellation in the northern sky named after the vain queen Cassiopeia, mother of Andromeda, in Greek mythology, who boasted about her unrivaled beauty.19
NGC 869/884 Double ClusterOpen ClusterPerseusNGC 869 is an open cluster located 7460 light years away in the constellation of Perseus. The cluster is about 14 million years old. It is the westernmost of the Double Cluster with NGC 884. NGC 869 and 884 are often designated h and χ Persei, respectively.20
Big DipperAsterismUrsa MajorThe Big Dipper is an asterism in the constellation Ursa Major (the Great Bear). One of the most familiar star shapes in the northern sky, it is a useful navigation tool.21
Alcor & MizarDouble StarUrsa MajorMizar and Alcor are two stars forming a naked eye double in the handle of the Big Dipper asterism in the constellation of Ursa Major. Mizar is the second star from the end of the Big Dipper's handle, and Alcor its fainter companion.22
PolarisStarUrsa MinorPolaris is a star in the northern circumpolar constellation of Ursa Minor. It is designated α Ursae Minoris and is commonly called the North Star or Pole Star. With an apparent magnitude that fluctuates around 1.98, it is the brightest star in the constellation and is readily visible to the naked eye at night.23
Little DipperAsterismUrsa MinorUrsa Minor, also known as the Little Bear, is a constellation in the Northern Sky. As with the Great Bear, the tail of the Little Bear may also be seen as the handle of a ladle, hence the North American name, Little Dipper: seven stars with four in its bowl like its partner the Big Dipper.24
JupiterPlanetCetusJupiter is the fifth planet from the Sun and the largest in the Solar System. It is a gas giant with a mass more than two and a half times that of all the other planets in the Solar System combined, but slightly less than one-thousandth the mass of the Sun. See the Planets section of this page25
VulpeculaConstellationVulpeculaVulpecula is a faint constellation in the northern sky. Its name is Latin for "little fox", although it is commonly known simply as the fox. It was identified in the seventeenth century, and is located in the middle of the Summer Triangle26
SaturnPlanetCapricornusSaturn is the sixth planet from the Sun and the second-largest in the Solar System, after Jupiter. It is a gas giant with an average radius of about nine and a half times that of Earth. It has only one-eighth the average density of Earth; however, with its larger volume, Saturn is over 95 times more massive. See our listing regarding the Planets of MKSP.27
PleiadesOpen ClusterTaurusThe Pleiades, also known as The Seven Sisters, Messier 45 and other names by different cultures, is an asterism and an open star cluster containing middle-aged, hot B-type stars in the north-west of the constellation Taurus. At a distance of about 444 light years, it is among the nearest star clusters to Earth.28
HyadesOpen ClusterTaurusThe Hyades is the nearest open cluster and one of the best-studied star clusters. Located about 153 light-years away from the Sun, it consists of a roughly spherical group of hundreds of stars sharing the same age, place of origin, chemical characteristics, and motion through space29
Milky WayGalaxyThe Milky Way is the galaxy that includes our Solar System, with the name describing the galaxy's appearance from Earth: a hazy band of light seen in the night sky formed from stars that cannot be individually distinguished by the naked eye.30
Serpens CaputConstellationSerpensSerpens is a constellation in the northern celestial hemisphere. One of the 48 constellations listed by the 2nd-century astronomer Ptolemy, it remains one of the 88 modern constellations designated by the International Astronomical Union.31
Serpens CaudaConstellationSerpensSerpens is a constellation in the northern celestial hemisphere. One of the 48 constellations listed by the 2nd-century astronomer Ptolemy, it remains one of the 88 modern constellations designated by the International Astronomical Union32

Things to see this year - (work in progress)

NGC 253 in Sculptor