The 31st annual Mt. Kobau Star Party will begin at dusk July 26, 2014 and will end at dawn August 03, 2014

Southeastern view

Overlooking Lake Osoyoos

101 days until 2014 MKSP

Lee Johnson

Lee Johnson's first MKSP was in 1986, and, like swallows returning to Capistrano, he keeps returning to Canada's astronomical equivalent of a Holy Mountain here in the southern interior of B.C.

He has, in recent years, inaugurated the MKSP list of talks with his 'Kobau Skies This Week' by calling attention to planets, comets, and deep-sky objects of current relevance. He follows the summary of what is in the skies with a few thoughts on other topics, some 'fun' and some more technical. Topics have included a 'Pizza List' of multiple deep-sky objects that can be found in one field of view.

If you become momentarily at a loss as to what to look for in the heavens while at Kobau, try the list of objects in one of Lee's annual handouts he brings to MKSP.

If you go through that list and need other ideas, you might try Lee at his 17.5" and get in on whatever rare and ancient photons he is finding.

The age of the Universe is thought to be around 13.7 billion years, give or take a few billion, and looking at distant deep-sky objects is to look back through time, although, from the point of view of the photons, no time has passed since the beginning of things--because travelling at the speed of light is to be timeless! It is Lee's hope that, in allowing timeless photons to fall on your retinas, your week at the MKSP will not age you one nanosecond but elevate you to a cosmic view that will seem as timeless as light itself.

If that does not happen, ask Lee for a sip of single-malt whisky!"