Oak Bay Walk of the Inner Planets
The Salish Walk of the Planets : Don't forget that not only do the sun and moon rise in the East over Mount Baker, and set 12 hours later in the West, over Metchosin, but so do all the planets visible this month. The path they take is an "arc in the sky" which I call "The Salish Walk of the Planets". The astronomy community call the "walk" the "ecliptic".
This month, on Sunday March 15th, the Oak Bay News invites residents of Oak Bay to meet at the Oak Bay Municipal Hall at 10:00 am to join us on our inaugural Oak Bay "Walk of the Inner Planets". We plan to tread this Salish Walk of the Planets from Jupiter (Municipal Hall) via Mars (Gonzales Hill), Earth (Blueberry Hill) and Venus (Oak Bay Native Plant Garden/Oak Bay Beach Hotel) finally reaching Mercury (Willows Park). A fun, and easy 2 hour walk.
The Municipal Hall becomes Europa for the day. Europa is the Moon of Jupiter, and our starting point. Europa is where NASA believes there might be life under the ice. We will be checking for life in the Municipal Hall :-)
Around 10:00 am Hilary Coupland and Doreen Hall lead everyone on the trek around the Inner Planets.
To see the route as explored by Ole, the Jack Russell see the images below :
Hatties Heist - Stocking Stuffer
Did you know Pru Emery, your neighbour :
- Is a successful movie producer
- Has just completed an "award winning" short film which takes place in Oak Bay
- wrote the script
- Has a DVD out which makes an ideal Christmas Gift for everyone who loves Oak Bay
- Has some well known national figures in the film including news anchor Lloyd Robertson
The short film is perfect for any woman over 35 who feels she does not have enough money.
The Morning After the Big Party
30 years of Chinese Food Christmas Parties
Wednesday December 3rd, 2014 was a very special evening. It would not be until the next day that we all heard the sad news that the Oak Bay Beach Hotel had fallen into receivership. Tonight though was the time for celebration - the sight of Rowena Yipp once again organizing the wonderful Hampshire House "Chinese Food Christmas Dinner" that she has been doing since the condo was built over 30 years ago. 30 years of Chinese Food Christmas Parties. Thanks for doing this Rowena. It means so much to so many residents, many of whom were no doubt gazing down at us all and missing that amazing pleasure we humans get from a great Christmas Party.
Dr. Andrew Ross - Birds of Oak Bay - Nov 2014
7 different birds over 20 minutes on one tree. Not bad for a cold November day. November 26, 2014 in the grounds of Hampshire House, Oak Bay, BC, Canada.
Salish Sea by First Nations Artist Chris Paul
Cattle Point Star Park - Tonight's Stars
If you have a Windows PC, Click on the image below to see the night sky from Cattle Point (or from our Hampshire House 6th Floor Look-out). Apple does not support flash so this will not display on iPads or iPhones.
If you have a Windows PC, (ie you DO have flash), Click here to see the visualization of the Solar System.