dec 13: POTPOURRI NIGHT

Potpourri meetings feature a series of short presentations on various astronomy and space topics given by members of the Mississauga Centre. The meeting is open to the public and is free. The meeting will be held Friday Dec 13 from 8:00 to 10:00 p.m. at The University of Toronto, Mississauga Campus, in lecture hall SE2074 in the William Davis Building.

(Go / No Go will appear here after 4PM Fri)

Host: Jo VandenDool

Presentations

Fred Benedikt: “Measuring our Solar System – Why use Planetary Transits?”
This talk will highlight the knowledge of the ancient Greeks and Romans to the late Renaissance European astronomers, who all tried to answer the question  – How far away are The Sun and The Moon?   The Venus Transits of 1761 and 1769 provided a key role to our understanding of our solar system … and beyond.

Steve Mallia: “Mississauga Centre Bylaws Update”

** Break **

Randy Attwood: “Apollo 12 – a Look Back”
A look back at the second manned lunar landing which took place just over 50 years ago in November 1969. The mission was successful but had its share of problems, which included one serious enough to potentially stop the mission after only 36.5 seconds!

Jo VandenDool: “The Sky This Month”
Jo will provide us with an overview of what to look for in the night skies in the next month or so.

Enter off of Mississauga Road. Park in lot 4 or in the parkade across from the fitness centre south of the Davis Building. Enter through the Fitness centre, walk up the stairs until you reach the main corridor then turn right. (If you need an elevator, follow the corridor to the right of the stairs, then go up to the main floor). Look for the Mississauga Centre sign in front of the lecture room.

After the meeting, join us at at a local watering hole (location announced during the meeting) for more fun!

NOV 22: SPEAKER NIGHT: Scott Sutherland

In the unlikely event of a cancellation, we will post a notice here by 4 PM Friday.

Topic: “InSight: What An Inside Look at Mars Can Tell Us”

NASA’s latest Mars mission touched down roughly a year ago. Tasked with detecting even the slightest tremor in the planet’s crust, tracking its weather 24.5 hours a day, and sensing its internal temperature, InSight is allowing us to explore Mars like never before.

Let’s take a look at what InSight has shown us so far, and what it could reveal to us about our second favourite terrestrial planet.

Scott Sutherland is a Meteorologist & Science Writer at The Weather Network. After focusing the first decade of his career on deciphering the machinations of Earth’s weather as a meteorologist, he has since expanded that focus to encompass weather, climate, space, astronomy, and science as The Weather Network’s science writer.
Email: ssutherland@pelmorex.com    Twitter: @ScottWx_TWN

The meeting will be held from 8:00 to 10:00 p.m. at The University of Toronto, Mississauga Campus, in lecture hall SE2074 in the William Davis Building.

Park in parking deck P4 or P8, across from the Recreation and Wellness (Fitness) Centre south of the Davis Building. The parking rate is $2 per hour or $6 maximum. Consider paying the maximum, which will allow you to park all night. If not, you should return to your vehicle before your time expires to avoid being ticketed.

Enter the Davis Building through the Fitness centre, walk up the stairs until you reach the main corridor then turn right. If you need an elevator, follow the corridor to the right of the stairs, then go up to the main floor. Look for the Mississauga Centre sign in front of the lecture room.

Nov 8: POTPOURRI NIGHT

Potpourri meetings feature a series of short presentations on various astronomy and space topics given by members of the Mississauga Centre. The meeting is open to the public and is free. The meeting will be held Friday Nov 8 from 8:00 to 10:00 p.m. at The University of Toronto, Mississauga Campus, in lecture hall SE2074 in the William Davis Building.

(Go / No Go will appear here after 4PM Fri)

Host: Steve Mallia

Presentations

“SNOLAB Part 2”
On September 13th, 16 lucky Mississauga Centre members had the privilege of going deep underground on a tour of SNOLAB. In part 1, we told you about SNOLAB’s Mission and Purpose: An overview of the origins of SNOLAB from its inception as the Sudbury Neutrino Observatory (SNO), designed to answer the missing solar neutrino problem to its current focus on neutrino and dark matter physics. In part 2, we will cover some of the science in more detail. 

Allan Connery  – Brief Recap of Part

Chris Malicki – How we got the tour

Krishna Vedala – Supernova Neutrinos (SNOLAB’s discoveries already resulted in a NOBEL prize. What else is there to learn about neutrinos?) 

Krishna Vedala – Dark Matter (nobody knows what it is but Krishna will let us know what he thinks that it might be)

Ron Macnaughton – PICO (experiment to look for WIMPS, and bubbles in beer)

Kirby Alguire – Biological Experiments

Enter off of Mississauga Road. Park in lot 4 or in the parkade across from the fitness centre south of the Davis Building. Enter through the Fitness centre, walk up the stairs until you reach the main corridor then turn right. (If you need an elevator, follow the corridor to the right of the stairs, then go up to the main floor). Look for the Mississauga Centre sign in front of the lecture room.

After the meeting, join us at at a local watering hole (location announced during the meeting) for more fun!

OCT 18: SPEAKER NIGHT: Chris Gainor

In the unlikely event of a cancellation, we will post a notice here by 4 PM Friday.

Topic: “History of the Hubble Space Telescope

The Hubble Space Telescope was launched 29 years ago in 1990. After overcoming problems caused by a defective main mirror, Hubble has made discoveries that have revolutionized our view of the universe we live in. This talk will cover the history of HST based on a history book the speaker is writing for NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center.

Chris Gainor is a historian specializing in the history of space flight and aeronautics. He has five published books. He is also President of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada, and editor of Quest: The History of Spaceflight Quarterly.

The meeting will be held from 8:00 to 10:00 p.m. at The University of Toronto, Mississauga Campus, in lecture hall SE2074 in the William Davis Building.

Park in parking deck P4 or P8, across from the Recreation and Wellness (Fitness) Centre south of the Davis Building. The parking rate is $2 per hour or $6 maximum. Consider paying the maximum, which will allow you to park all night. If not, you should return to your vehicle before your time expires to avoid being ticketed.

Enter the Davis Building through the Fitness centre, walk up the stairs until you reach the main corridor then turn right. If you need an elevator, follow the corridor to the right of the stairs, then go up to the main floor. Look for the Mississauga Centre sign in front of the lecture room.

OCT 8: Riverwood Public Star Party 8:00PM-9:30PM

WE ARE GO! SKIES LOOK GREAT!

The Riverwood Conservancy, Earthshine Astronomy and Space Science Organization and the Mississauga Centre of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada present the CITY STAR PARTY at the RIVERWOOD CONSERVATORY at 8:00 p.m. on TUESDAY Oct 8. This event is free.


Moon - phone adapter
We’ll get views of Saturn and Jupiter this time around. We should get some good views of a young Moon, some colorful double stars, and some deep sky objects through our larger scopes. Get some great images of the Moon with your cellphone camera!

The ISS  (International Space Station) will make a pass just before 8PM, so be sure to come on time if you’d like to see that.

Here is  a link to Riverwood on Google maps:  Riverwood

We make the GO/NO-GO decision using the best weather information available at that time. Please check weather conditions yourself if you plan to attend, as weather conditions can change
quickly and force us to cancel an event or end it earlier than planned.

oct 4: POTPOURRI NIGHT

Potpourri meetings feature a series of short presentations on various astronomy and space topics given by members of the Mississauga Centre. The meeting is open to the public and is free. The meeting will be held Friday Oct 4 from 8:00 to 10:00 p.m. at The University of Toronto, Mississauga Campus, in lecture hall SE2074 in the William Davis Building.

(Go / No Go will appear here after 4PM Fri)

Host: Allan Connery

Presentations

John Burgener: “The Influence of Dwarf Planets on the Stability of Objects in the Kuiper Belt”
The Kuiper Belt is believed to be the main source of short period comets. John shall review the orbits of dwarf planets traveling through the Kuiper Belt and the numbers of Kuiper Belt Objects, and shall show that KBOs often have their orbits changed by close passes to dwarf planets, causing a dramatically much higher rate of formation of short term comets than presently expected. This leads to the conclusion that Earth should be hit by comets often in history.

Randy Attwood: “Transit of Mercury”
Randy will tell us everything that we need to know about this relatively rare astronomical event that will next occur on November 11. Better not miss this one because the next one will be in 2032!

** Break **

Various presenters: “SNOLAB Part 1”
On September 13th, 16 lucky Mississauga Centre members had the privilege of going deep underground on a tour of SNOLAB. In part 1, we will tell you about SNOLAB’s Mission and Purpose: An overview of the origins of SNOLAB from its inception as the Sudbury Neutrino Observatory (SNO), designed to answer the missing solar neutrino problem to its current focus on neutrino and dark matter physics. (In part 2, which will be presented at the November 8 Potpourri meeting, we’ll cover some of the science in more detail.)

Enter off of Mississauga Road. Park in lot 4 or in the parkade across from the fitness centre south of the Davis Building. Enter through the Fitness centre, walk up the stairs until you reach the main corridor then turn right. (If you need an elevator, follow the corridor to the right of the stairs, then go up to the main floor). Look for the Mississauga Centre sign in front of the lecture room.

After the meeting, join us at at a local watering hole (location announced during the meeting) for more fun!

Sep 20: SPEAKER NIGHT: Simon Claughton & Chris Malicki, RASC

In the unlikely event of a cancellation, we will post a notice here by 4 PM Friday.

Topic: “Astronomy and Space Exploration Philately”

Simon and Chris will present various examples from their stamp collections. Their presentation will include a basic introduction on stamp collecting and astro-philately. They will present selections from their collections on Canada’s early space activities and early U.S. launches, as well as stamps and covers from various solar eclipses.

Simon Claughton graduated with a Diploma in Power Engineering Technology from Niagara College in 1979 and a Masters Degree in Business Administration from the Ivey School at Western University in 1999. He started his work career at Berlet Electronics in 1979 and over the next 40 years has held just about every position available, finally becoming the CEO.
Since 1983 Simon has shared his life and interests with Victoria.
When he was about 11 he inherited his Granddads stamp collection, starting his own collecting interest. Besides his philatelic interests, Simon also collects coins and banknotes relating to places where he has lived. He is also interested in amateur and vintage radio, and in astronomy.

Chris Malicki has been an enthusiastic stamp collector since the age of 4 “after my father introduced me to his extensive collection”.  “My brother introduced me to astronomy in grade 6.  I became a passionate eclipse chaser when I witnessed my first total eclipse of the Sun in Manitoba in 1979.  Since then I have travelled all over the world with my wife Liz to see total solar eclipses.  I have tried to buy eclipse stamps and covers on these expeditions as well as collect eclipse stamps at shows and thanks to friends who add to my collection.”

The meeting will be held from 8:00 to 10:00 p.m. at The University of Toronto, Mississauga Campus, in lecture hall SE2074 in the William Davis Building.

Park in parking deck P4 or P8, across from the Recreation and Wellness (Fitness) Centre south of the Davis Building. The parking rate is $2 per hour or $6 maximum. Consider paying the maximum, which will allow you to park all night. If not, you should return to your vehicle before your time expires to avoid being ticketed.

Enter the Davis Building through the Fitness centre, walk up the stairs until you reach the main corridor then turn right. If you need an elevator, follow the corridor to the right of the stairs, then go up to the main floor. Look for the Mississauga Centre sign in front of the lecture room.

Sep 10/11: *** CANCELLED ** Riverwood Public Star Party 8:30PM-10:00PM

Please note that the Astronomy Night scheduled for tonight (WEDNESDAY) has been cancelled due to rain in the forecast.

The Riverwood Conservancy, Earthshine Astronomy and Space Science Organization and the Mississauga Centre of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada present the CITY STAR PARTY at the RIVERWOOD CONSERVATORY at 8:30 p.m. on TUESDAY Sep 10. This event is free.


Moon - phone adapter
We’ll get views of Jupiter and Saturn this time around. We should get some good views of a young Moon, some colorful double stars, and some deep sky objects through our larger scopes. Get some great images of the Moon with your cellphone camera!

Here is  a link to Riverwood on Google maps:  Riverwood

We make the GO/NO-GO decision using the best weather information available at that time. Please check weather conditions yourself if you plan to attend, as weather conditions can change
quickly and force us to cancel an event or end it earlier than planned.

Sep 6: POTPOURRI NIGHT

Potpourri meetings feature a series of short presentations on various astronomy and space topics given by members of the Mississauga Centre. The meeting is open to the public and is free. The meeting will be held Friday Sep 6 from 8:00 to 10:00 p.m. at The University of Toronto, Mississauga Campus, in lecture hall SE2074 in the William Davis Building.

(Go / No Go will appear here after 4PM Fri)

New Members Welcome at 7:15

Hosts: Betty Robinson and Randy Attwood

New members Mississauga Centre members are invited to a “New Members Welcome” prior to the Potpourri Night. Members of Council will welcome you to the Centre, give you more details on the Club and what we do, explain the benefits of joining the RASC and the Mississauga Centre, and invite you to share your interests with us. While this event is intended for new members, any member can attend.

Potpourri Meeting at 8:00

Host: Randy Attwood

Presentations

Steve Mallia: “The two handshakes that allowed us to see”

Betty Robinson and Randy Attwood: “Some Astronomical Sights in Italy”
Randy and Betty will share some interesting astronomical sights they visited in Italy last May

** Break **

Various presenters: “Starfest 2019 Wrap-up”
Mississauga Centre members will provide their own reports on Starfest 2019, which took place on Aug 22 – 26. Including:
 – John Marchese: “Who was there, favourite talks, photos
 – Swapna Shrivastava will talk about her and her family’s first ever Starfest experience
 – Photo’s from Brian Gibson
 – and more TBD!

Enter off of Mississauga Road. Park in lot 4 or in the parkade across from the fitness centre south of the Davis Building. Enter through the Fitness centre, walk up the stairs until you reach the main corridor then turn right. (If you need an elevator, follow the corridor to the right of the stairs, then go up to the main floor). Look for the Mississauga Centre sign in front of the lecture room.

After the meeting, join us at at a local watering hole (location announced during the meeting) for more fun!