Fri May 27th – Dr. Wendy Taylor – Antimatter: From The Subatomic To The Cosmological Scales

WendyJTaylorDr. Wendy Taylor talks about the science of antimatter. What is it? How is it made, trapped, studied and used? And what can it tell us about how the universe works?

Dr. Taylor will produce antimatter during the talk, and beam it out into the audience, just for fun. Not really.

Wendy J. Taylor is Professor of Physics at York University and former Canada Research Chair in Experimental Particle Physics. She is a member of the university’s High Energy Physics Group and leads its ATLAS group.

ATLAS is a key experiment at the Large Hadron Collider at CERN where the Higgs Boson particle was discovered in 2012. Her current research focuses on the search for the hypothetical magnetic monopole particle. Her former research at the Fermilab Tevatron particle collider showed differences in the production of matter and anti-matter in high-energy collisions shedding light on the imbalance in matter and anti-matter in the early universe.

Professor Taylor is a member of the American Physical Society and the Canadian Institute of Particle Physics.

The meeting will be held from 8:00 to 10:00 p.m. at The University of Toronto,Mississauga Campus, in lecture hall SE2082 in the William Davis Building. The meeting is open to the public and is free.

Enter off of Mississauga Road. Park in lot 4 or the parkade, across from the fitness centre south of theDavis 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 mainfloor.) Look for the Mississauga Centre sign in front of the lecture room.

Post meeting plans: we usually continue the discussion post-meeting at a local bar – please join us!

Riverwood Tues May 17th 9:00PM *** IT’S A GO ***

Join us at Riverwood for free public viewing through our telescopes! Take a look at mighty Jupiter blazing in the night sky, or get a shot of the crescent Moon through one of our telescopes using your phone with one of our phone camera adapters!

IT’S A GO – weather looks good! It should be somewhat chilly at ~ 9 degrees, so dress warmly.

We’ll start when it gets dark about 9:00PM.

Here is  a link to Riverwood on Google maps: Riverwood

May 13: Astronomy 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 from 8:00 to 10:00 p.m. at The University of Toronto, Mississauga Campus, in lecture hall SE2082 in the William Davis Building. The May 13th meeting features talks on the recent Transit of Mercury, our Astrophotography techniques, and a talk on the shape of the Earth and the metric system.

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.

Host: John Golla
Presentations:
Chris Malicki – Report on the May 9 Transit of Mercury.
Lara Awad – Shape of the Earth and the Metric System, part 1.

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Lara Awad – Shape of the Earth and the Metric System, part 2.
Steve Mallia – Astrophotography Course.

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

April 29th – Rachel Ward-Maxwell, Ph.D. – Good Things Come in Small Packages

UntitledMeteroids, asteroids, comets and dwarf planets are some of the smallest bodies in our solar system and are the focus of several recent space missions: Rosetta, Dawn, and New Horizons. Learn about how Pluto, Ceres and these other tiny wonders continue to amaze and surprise us.

Rachel Ward-Maxwell received her PhD in astrophysics from McMaster University in 2015, where she used computer simulations to model the structure of interstellar clouds and formation of Sun-like stars. As the Researcher-Programmer in Astronomy and Space Sciences at the Ontario Science Centre, Dr. Ward-Maxwell develops astronomy program offerings, including planetarium shows, and supports the Research Live! program, an initiative where visitors participate in current active research studies conducted by visiting scientists. She is passionate about communicating science with the general public and is a strong advocate for women in STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) disciplines.

During her academic career, Dr. Ward-Maxwell developed content and organized free science programming for children and youth across Hamilton and surrounding communities. Her experience in education and public outreach also includes time spent over the past ten years as a science communicator and program developer for a variety of organizations.

The meeting will be held from 8:00 to 10:00 p.m. at The University of Toronto,Mississauga Campus, in lecture hall SE2082 in the William Davis Building. The meeting is open to the public and is free.

Enter off of Mississauga Road. Park in lot 4 or the parkade, across from the fitness centre south of theDavis 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 mainfloor.) Look for the Mississauga Centre sign in front of the lecture room.

Post meeting plans: we usually continue the discussion post-meeting at a local bar – please join us!

Observing Night and Auction!

April 12: Public Observing Night @ Riverwood *** IT’S A GO! ***

Our first Observing Night of the year kicks off at Riverwood Conservancy with Jupiter, The constellation of Leo, and the Moon as highlights.
Observing begins at dusk (about 8:30).

April 15: Auction

Our second annual auction will be held at 8:00 to 10:00 p.m. at The University of Toronto,Mississauga Campus, in lecture hall SE2082 in the William Davis Building. Only Members will be able to sell lots but anyone can bid.

Featured this year is a MEADE ETX-125 Goto Telescope.

Both of these meetings are open to the public and free.

Apr 1: Engineering Tiny Space Telescopes!

Cordell Grant is the Manager of Satellite Systems at the University of Toronto Space Flight Laboratory (UTIAS-SFL) and was project manager, systems engineer, opto-mechanical engineer and assembly/integration lead for the BRIght Target Explorer (BRITE) Constellation of six nanosatellites operated by a consortium of universities from Canada, Austria and Poland.

BRITE-CA-CanX45-AISSat-2-EV9-with-team[1]Mr. Grant will discuss the unique challenges associated with designing, building and testing not just space telescopes but tiny space telescopes. He will also provide a unique glimpse into the world of “rocket science” by providing insight into the design of the spacecraft that support, power and point those telescopes through launch and in orbit.

The meeting will be held from 8:00 to 10:00 p.m. at The University of Toronto,Mississauga Campus, in lecture hall SE2082 in the William Davis Building. The meeting is open to the public and is free.

Enter off of Mississauga Road. Park in lot 4 or the parkade, across from the fitness centre south of theDavis 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 mainfloor.) Look for the Mississauga Centre sign in front of the lecture room.

Post meeting plans: we usually continue the discussion post-meeting at a local bar – please join us!

Brian Gibson’s Astronomy and Nature Photography!

At the last potpourri meeting, Brian Gibson gave an excellent talk on astrophotography using equatorial tracking mounts. He’s generously made the PowerPoint presentation available for download! Click here to check out his blog: Brian Gibson’s blog . Even if you don’t want to download the presentation, you should check it out for a sampling of his wonderful nature shots – Highly Recommended.

Members Only: Our club newsletter ‘Messenger’ lives again!

Thanks to the efforts of our new councillor Betty Robinson, our members can once again enjoy the club newsletter, Messenger. Here is a link to the latest issue:

March 2016 Messenger!

The newsletter is a members-only privilege; you’ll need the username and password that were in the email from rascmississauga@yahoogroups.com. Note that most browsers allow you to save these credentials when you enter them; this will avoid you having to re-enter them in the future.

 

 

Mar 18: Astronomy 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 from 8:00 to 10:00 p.m. at The University of Toronto, Mississauga Campus, in lecture hall SE2082 in the William Davis Building. The March 18th meeting will feature talks on Astrophotography and the March 9th Solar Eclipse.

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.

Host:  John Golla
Presentations:
Brian Gibson – AstroPhotography Processing/Stacking Process
Leslie Strike – March 9 Solar Eclipse from the South Pacific

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