Eclipsed Eclipsers

As with many plans, sometimes things never quite work out as intended. Take for example, my initiative to buy 300 pairs of solar viewing glasses from American Paper Optics, LLC. […]

Eclipse Viewers

In order to meet the unexpected demand for viewers for the 21 August solar eclipse, I have ordered 50 from the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada (RASC) of which I […]

Tonight will be the first sidewalk astronomy session of the year for me. Chris Vessey will be taking his 8-inch Dobsonian telescope  to Indigo parking lot on University Avenue and I plan to join in the fun with some handouts.

Plans are to be set up from 9-11PM this evening. 

Featured objects will be Saturn at 9.4 AU distance and Luna which is waxing gibbous at about 72% illumination. If possible Jupiter will also be shown and maybe we can catch a peek at the GRS as it moves across the face of the giant planet.

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Solar viewers, commonly known as “eclipse glasses”,  are perfectly safe for observing the Sun at any time including during a solar eclipse. On some days when the Sun is very […]

Another double ISS pass tonight. This second one is also high and long duration.

Time: Tue Jul 25 2:58 AM, Visible: 6 min, Max Height: 77°, Appears: 10° above WNW, Disappears: 10° above ESE 0

 On Monday morning, 24 July there will be an early pass of the International Space Station visible from Charlottetown,

Details are as follows:

Time: Mon Jul 24 3:50 AM, Visible: 6 min, Max Height: 66°, Appears: 10° above WNW, Disappears: 10° above SE

This is a nice long-duration pass high in the sky and is best observed by the naked eye or with binoculars. 0

If you want an exciting experience for your family, consider borrowing one of the quality telescopes from the many sources made available by the Sidewalk Astronomers of Charlottetown. These easy-to-use […]

There is a 2nd ISS Pass tonight (actually early morning)

Time: Sat Jul 22 3:58 AM, Visible: 6 min, Max Height: 66°, Appears: 10° above WNW, Disappears: 10° above ESE


On 21 August there will be a partial solar eclipse visible from Prince Edward Island. Approximately 58% of the Sun will be eclipsed beginning mid-afternoon. Viewing the eclipse with the […]

Good news for Charlottetown star gazers. I delivered a six-inch Dobsonian telescope to the Robertson Library at UPEI this morning.

They now have all the components (easy-carry telescope bag, books, lens pen, etc.) necessary to start their library telescope loaner program.

I am hoping we will see the announcement of the program in the next week or two. The telescope will be available for students and the public at large. Contact the library at (902) 566-0583 for more information.

This makes another option for budding astronomers in our area. With the Charlottetown Public library having two telescopes, and the libraries in Stratford and Cornwall each having one this makes four available locally. In addition , the Montague Rotary Library also has a telescope available for public use.

Check back for another announcement shortly about another telescope loaner option.