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The Dominion Radio Astrophysical Observatory will be hosting a Perseid Meteor Shower event on Saturday August 13, 2016. The gates will open to the public at 7:15 PM and the event kicks off with a presentation at 8:00. Members of the Okanagan Centre of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada will be on hand with telescopes. 
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Each year in mid August, the earth passes through the debris trail left by comet Swift-Tuttle (109P Swift-Tuttle). This debris burns up in the atmosphere giving us the often spectacular Perseid Meteor Shower. The name Perseid refers to the apparent point of origin of the meteors in the constellation Perseus. The peak should be on August 12 (Thursday after midnight) and a night before and after.
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The Okanagan Observatory will not be open tonight, Friday, Oct 10th. The net night for free public viewing will be Friday, Oct 17. Please phone 250-300-8759 after 3 pm that day for updates.

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SETI, the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence, is an exploratory 
science that seeks evidence of life in the universe by looking for some 
signature of its technology. Our current understanding of life’s origin 
on Earth suggests that given a suitable environment and sufficient time, 
life will develop on other planets. Whether evolution will give rise to 
intelligent, technological civilizations is open to speculation. 
However, such a civilization could be detected across interstellar 
distances, and may actually offer our best opportunity for discovering 
extraterrestrial life in the near future.

Find out more on this research: http://www.seti.org/node/61

Imagine a gallery of space pictures taken by your neighbours from the Okanagan. Why imagine? You can view hundreds of photos taken by local amateur astronomers.

You will see shots of the moon, distant nebulas and galaxies to eclipses and history of our Okanagan Observatory.

Visit www.ocrasc.ca and click on the Picture of the Month! You will be directed to our Zenfolio gallery.

Click “All my photos” near the top of the site to see them all.

Visit www.okanaganobservatory.ca for information on the 2013 Observatory Fundraising Dinner May 25th.

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Dr. Shostak is an American astronomer. He grew up in Arlington, VA and earned his physics degree from Princeton University and a Ph.D. in Astronomy from the California Institute of Technology.
He is the Senior Astronomer at the SETI Institute in Mountain View, California and the 2004 winner of the Klumpke-Roberts Award given by the Astronomical Society of the Pacific in recognition of his outstanding contributions to the public understanding and appreciation of astronomy.

Follow us on Twitter for notices about Okanagan Observatory public viewing, our facilities, astronomy trivia, and the fundraising dinner festivities. Our handle is @okobservatory.
For info on our speaker and dinner night visit www.okanaganobservatory.ca or contact Colleen at 250-763-3573 chohare@shaw.ca

Are We Alone? Dr Seth Shostak from the Search for Extra Terrestrial Intelligence (SETI) Institute will talk at the annual fundraising dinner for the Okanagan Observatory on May 25, 2013. The dinner will be held at the Kelowna Curling Club, 551 Recreation Ave, Kelowna. A Silent Auction and Door Prizes will round out the evening. $40.00 For tickets and more information contact Colleen, chohare@shaw.ca.
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