Boy with tongue out while looking through telescope

This page is a list of various links for astronomy groups around Ottawa, as well as the main Twitter feed that has the latest updates, etc. I initially created this page for myself to stop having to chase links, and someone suggested I could share it with others, so here it is…just for background, I’m not only a member of the local chapter of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada, I also act as their RASC Ottawa Public Star Party Coordinator (2017-2019), and I try to attend special events whenever I can. I’m also on the Board of Directors for the AstroPontiac Initiative in Luskville.

Single source of info for all “events” — the shared Twitter feed!

** Look for latest GO / NO GO updates here **


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The Royal Astronomical Society of Canada – Ottawa Centre has:

Ottawa Clear Sky Chart

(current seeing conditions)  Ottawa Valley Astronomy and Observers Group (OAOG)

Ottawa Astronomy Friends Ottawa Astronomy Meetup Group Astropontiac Initiative (Luskville) Regroupement des Astronomes Amateurs de l’Outaouais Québécois (RAAOQ)



Ottawa Astronomy Events — 4 Comments

  1. Where is a good dark sky place near Ottawa / Kanata to see the Perseid meteor shower on Monday night? Or Sunday night?


    • So the “bad” news is that this year’s shower is likely to be quite poor — the bright moon will wash out most of the meteors. Normally you would see 100-150 at peak, but the moon’s glow will reduce that to about 10-15 per hour, and that is in the active period of midnight to 3:00 a.m.

      On the positive side, pretty much “anywhere” is good if you can get outside the city limits. If you google schools and churches outside the city limits, frequently they have easy access and wide spaces, with limited lighting. You might have a police officer come along to check you out, but as long as you’re not causing problems, most won’t do anything. Your mileage may vary. Alternatively, the Mill of Kintail is a great area near Almonte, but hours are limited (I think the gates close at 10:00 or something like that). Even a side road near Almonte would be good or frequently construction zones where they have a few houses built but the rest of the roads are just empty.

      Other than that, you can aim for any of the City of Ottawa parks. I would aim more for Stittsville than Kanata proper…

      Hope that helps!


  2. HI everyone,
    The president of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada, Dr. Chris Gainor, will be speaking at Algonquin College’s Pembroke Waterfront Campus on October 17th at 7 p.m. His topic will be Canada’s contribution to the Apollo mission on the 50th anniversary of the moon landing, however Dr. Gainor will also be holding a question and answer period to answer all questions on astronomy and space. Tickets are $16 in advance or $20 at the door. More information can be found at this link:

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