Let's Explore the Night Sky & Learn About the Universe !
Leviathan Astronomy's mission is to promote exploration of the night sky and help people to better understand the universe around us. As a non-profit organization, we provide at no cost to our clients, both group and private tours of the night sky, audiovisual presentations and lectures. We also conduct workshops on using and building telescopes, we hold observing sessions with the "Leviathan" (a portable 28" f3.6 motor-guided truss telescope) and other activities related to expanding the public knowledge and appreciation of the universe around us.
Steven Pellarin (Your Host and Guide)
Steven, a high school physics, math and IT teacher for the past 26 years, is a veteran amateur astronomer and telescope maker. He has been providing observing tours and lectures to the public for more than 30 years in the Essex County area. He holds the post of Recording Secretary for the Windsor Center of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada and is a past president of the organization. He has been recognized with awards for outstanding service in promoting and advancing astronomy in the local community and also for excellence in telescope design and craftsmanship in a competition at the famous Stellafane Telescope-Makers Convention in 2009. He has appeared in both newspaper and on television and can be heard on the local radio airwaves promoting astronomical events. Steve has also been a featured speaker at the Manitoulin Star Party and Point Pelee National Park and has given many local astronomy public lectures. In 2012, he acted as Master of Ceremonies and lead astronomer for touring the night sky at the Manitoulin Star Party. As of September 2015, Steve will be teaching Astronomy as St. Clair College.
News and Events:
The Windsor Centre of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada (RASC) will be hosting a public evening of eclipse watching and observing at the Supermoon Eclipse at the Riverfront event being held at the Odette Sculpture Gardens on Windsor's riverfront on Sunday, September 27th, 2015. Admission is FREE and the event is open to all ages. Come down to the Sculpture Gardens near Rankin and Riverside Drive (east of the Ambassador Bridge) and join members of the local astronomy club as they share their telescopes and binoculars for views of the moon, Saturn, star clusters and other celestial objects as they watch the moon pass through the earth's shadow! Observing begins after dark (~ 8:30PM) and continues through until 11:00 PM. Stay as long as you like or as late as you can! Check back here for further details in the coming days....
Hallam Observatory Public Observing Night/ Saturday, September 19 (Activities begin at 8:00 PM). Click here for directions/map to the observatory.
Canada South Eco-tours and Explore Pelee offers a weekend cycling tour of Essex County Wineries and Pelee Island with a Guided Night Sky Tour and Observing by LeviathanAstronomy.com's Steven Pellarin out on Pelee Island. (For more information and pricing info call: Anne-Marie Fortin 519-325-8687)
RASC Windsor Monthly Meeting, Tuesday September 15th, 7:30 pm, Ojibway Park Nature Center, Malden Road, Windsor, Ontario Guest Speaker: The main speaker will be honorary president, Dr. Bill Baylis, talking about Exoplanets - planets around other stars in the Milky Way galaxy. Specifically he will discuss "Hot Jupiters" - extra large exoplanets that orbit very closely to their parent stars. Also, don't miss Brian Thomas as he gives our Director of Observing talk about all the sky happenings this month. Also there will be plenty of time to socialize with members of the club during the coffee break.
Point Pelee Dark Sky Nights
One night a month Point Pelee National Park remains open until midnight for visitors to experience the dark skies of this National Dark Sky Preserve. In September, no night has yet been listed by the park. However, when it is, all observing begins at dusk, but those bringing telescopes are advised to arrive at least an hour before sunset to allow for set-up time. Those wishing to observe with others with telescopes should try to meet at the park's visitor center at sunset.