2019 NOVA EAST

Through the Looking-Glass Speaker Series

“The Stars Belong to Everyone”

(all activities in event pavilion unless otherwise noted)
Upon arrival, please check in at the Nova East Events Building to register. 

 

Friday, August 30

Noon - 6:30 PM

Registration

Host: Melody Hamilton

Events Building

7:45 PM

Welcome & Announcements

Host: Judy Black

Events Building

8:00 PM

Talk: ‘Night Lights’ and Outreach Under the Street Lights

Presenter: Charles White

Charles will explain how he uses television as an outreach tool with RASC Centres from Coast to Coast and doing outreach around the Maritime coasts, one hotel stay at a time.

9:00 - 11:30 PM

Public Observing (in field) — ALL WELCOME

Hosts: Nova East Astronomers

NO GREEN LASER POINTERS. NO MAGLITES AFTER 10:30 PM

9:00 PM

Hands-on Telescope Clinic

Hosts: Nova East Astronomers

"Telescope Medics" will provide one-on-one assistance to telescope users with setting up their telescope and troubleshooting problems. Meet your Medic at event pavilion then proceed to your telescope in the observing field prior to dark-sky observing.

9:00-9:45 PM

Sky Tour (in field)

Host: Paul Heath

For beginners learning the night sky, Paul will provide a tour of the planets and constellations in view. He will point them out and relate the legends and stories associated with them.

9:45-10:30 PM

Binocular Observing Program (in field)

Hosts: Judy Black and Melody Hamilton

For beginners of all ages in astronomy,
participants will use binoculars to find
objects in the sky.

Telescope Plaza (in field)

Host: Tony Schellinck

For beginners of all ages in astronomy, Tony
will have participants use telescopes to find
objects in the sky. 

10:00 PM - 2:00 AM

Astronomer's Lounge

Hosts: Nova East

Throughout the observing night, astronomers and astrophotographers are welcome to socialize in the Events Building in a red-light zone. Light snacks and beverages will be available.

11:30 PM - dawn

Nova East Registrant observing, astrophotography (in field)

2:00 - 8:00 AM

Quiet Time

 

Saturday, August 31

9:00 AM - Noon

Registration

Host: Melody Hamilton

Events Building

9:00 AM

Astro Breakfast - cooked food, pastries, fruit and beverages

Hosts: Chris Young and Friend

After a night of observing, what better way to get re-energized than to enjoy a breakfast with fellow astronomers. Pancakes and sausages along with a variety of muffins & donuts, fresh fruit, juice, coffee and tea will be provided.

All Day

Telescope Tours & Solar Observing (in field)

Hosts: Nova East Astronomers

Nova East astronomers will have their telescopes set up in the field. Come see the various telescopes in the light of day. Solar scopes will also be available for safe viewing of the sun.

10:00 AM

Youth Activity:

Host: Paul Heath

11:00 AM

Beginner Talk: Getting Started in Night Sky Photography

Presenter: Kathy Walker

This talk will introduce the main categories of night sky photography, and will describe the equipment needed for each.  You will learn some of the basic photographic and astronomical concepts involved in photographing the night sky.  This is a beginners-level overview, to help get started with astronomical imaging.  It will not go into much technical detail.

Noon - 1:30 PM

Lunch break & FREE TIME

Lunch is not provided by Nova East.

1:30 PM

Talk: Cluster of Fun – Exploring Galactic Clusters and the Stars Within

Presenter: John Read

John will discuss the science of the clusters including the age of the clusters, and other attributes such as number of stars and types of stars. He will also show how to build an HR (Hertzsprung-Russell) diagram for a cluster using images from the BGO. Finally, he will end with the “top 10 clusters to see tonight.”

2:30 PM

Talk: The Art of Seeing – Exploring the universe, Then and Now

Presenter: Tony Schellinck

3:30 - 4:30

FREE TIME for socializing, alone time, a nap or walk....

4:30 PM

Group photo - All Nova East Participants

All participants registered for Nova East are invited to join us for a group photo on the hill adjacent to the Events Building.

5:00 PM

POTLUCK BBQ Social

Registrants are invited to attend our amazing potluck! Chef Andy Hassler will be barbecuing brisket, sausages and burgers for all to enjoy. Salads, side dishes and desserts are being provided by Nova East registrants. A true feast you do not want to miss!

7:00 PM

Astrophotography, Observing Awards & Door Prizes

Hosts: 

The winner of the Astrophotography contest and the People's Choice award will be announced. The numerous Halifax Centre members who have received RASC observing certificates over the past year will be acknowledged and some will be awarded this evening. The door prize ticket you received when registering for Nova East is your ticket to winning a door prize (must be present to win).

8:00 PM

PUBLIC TALK: Tweeting to the Stars at the Burke-Gaffney Observatory

Presenter: Tiffany Fields

Recent upgrades at the Burke-Gaffney Observatory at Saint Mary’s University in Halifax have enabled users worldwide to see the sky for themselves. Through the use of Twitter, email, text, apps, and more, the automated telescope can accept image requests and respond to messages from anywhere in the world. This fully-automated, social-media-controlled Observatory is the first of its kind and has over 600 registered users worldwide and has been accepting requests from the public since 2014.

 9:00 - 11:30 PM

Public Observing (in field) — ALL WELCOME

Hosts: Nova East Astronomers

NO GREEN LASER POINTERS. NO MAGLITES AFTER 10:30 PM

9:00 PM

Hands-on Telescope Clinic

Hosts: Nova East Astronomers

"Telescope Medics" will once again provide one-on-one assistance to telescope users with setting up their telescope and troubleshooting problems. Meet your Medic at event pavilion then proceed to your telescope in the observing field prior to dark-sky observing.

9:00 - 9:45 PM

Sky Tour (in field)

Host: Paul Heath

Paul will once again provide a tour of the planets and constellations in view. He will point them out and relate the legends and stories associated with them.

9:45-10:30 PM

Binocular Observing Program (in field)

Hosts: Judy Black and Melody Hamilton

For beginners of all ages in astronomy,
participants will use binoculars to find
objects in the sky.

Telescope Plaza (in field)

Host: Tony Schellinck

For beginners of all ages in astronomy, Tony
will have participants use telescopes to find
objects in the sky. 

10:00 PM - 2:00 AM

Astronomer's Lounge

Hosts: Nova East

Throughout the observing night, astronomers and astrophotographers are welcome to socialize in the Events Building in a red-light zone. Light snacks and beverages will be available.

11:30 PM - dawn

Nova East Registrant observing, astrophotography (in field)

2:00 - 8:00 AM

Quiet Time

 

Sunday, September 1

9:00 - 10:00 AM

Astro Breakfast

Hosts: Chris Young and Friend

After a night of observing, what better way to get re-energized than to enjoy a breakfast with fellow astronomers. A variety of muffins & donuts, fresh fruit, juice, coffee and tea will be provided.

10:00 – 11:00 AM

Beginner Talk: How a Telescope Magnifies – an Introduction

Presenter: Professor Telescope (aka Dave Chapman)

Professor Telescope will walk you through the optics of how the eye forms an image of an object, how a magnifying glass works to make a nearby object look larger, and (finally) how you can magnify distant objects by adding an objective lens, thereby making a telescope. There will be hands-on activities. 

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

SPECIAL TALK: The Moon at your Feet: Tides and Tidal Bores

Presenter: Dr. Roy Bishop

Of all the star parties in North America, only for Nova East do dynamic influences of the Moon occur nearby. Minas Basin has the largest tides on Earth, and also tidal bores. On Friday the Moon was at its new phase and particularly close to Earth, resulting today in the largest tides of the summer of 2019. Roy will describe how the Moon causes tides, why Fundy tides are so large, and how the behaviour of waves can result in a tidal bore.

12:15 PM - 3:30 PM

Tidal Bore Field Trip

Host: Dr. Roy Bishop

12:15 Cars assemble for field trip

12:30 Depart

1:05: View the tidal bore on the Herbert River

 1:25: View the tidal bore on the Kennetcook River

 1:50: No-host restaurant lunch at Garland's Crossing (for those interested)

 3:30: Return to Smileys Park

3:30 - 10:00 PM

FREE TIME for socializing, alone time, a nap, a walk, fine tuning your telescope, star or planet watching....

10:00 PM

Nova East Registrant observing, astrophotography (in field)

ABSOLUTELY NO GREEN LASER POINTERS OR MAGLITES AT ANY TIME TONIGHT

2:00 - 8:00 AM

Quiet Time

 

Monday, September 2

 

No scheduled activities. Pack, say your goodbyes, and leave as you wish. See you next year!