Feb 23: Potpourri & AGM *FREE* TEA/COFFEE/DONUTS

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 SE2074 in the William Davis Building.

Host: JO VANDENDOOL

PRESENTATIONS

Mississauga Centre Annual General Meeting
(Documents related to the AGM were sent to members by email in January.)

** Break **      FREE Coffee, tea and donuts!!!  

2018 RASC calendars and Explore the Universe Guides will be for sale

DENNIS GASPAROTTO: Review of Small Refractor and Portable Mounts for Wide Field Astrophotography

RANDY ATTWOOD: Mars in 2018

Directions to UTM (http://tinyurl.com/oxfxffw)
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.

All of our meetings at UTM are free and open to everyone.

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

February 9: Dr. Laura Parker: “THE DARK UNIVERSE” *** CANCELLED ***

Our speaker for tonight has had to cancel due to the weather.
We regret to do this again, but we have to cancel the meeting due to anticipated poor turnout and lack of replacement programming.

Dr. Laura Parker, Associate Professor, Dept. of Physics & Astronomy, McMaster University

Observational astronomers use telescopes that look at the furthest distances in the Universe to look back in time and trace the growth of structure in the cosmos. Recent multi-wavelength measurements have helped us to constrain the components that make up the Universe and how those components evolve.

We now know that most of the Universe is made up of dark matter and dark energy, but the nature of these components remains largely unknown. In this talk I will give an overview of the techniques used to map the universe on the largest scales, which have enabled us to measure dark energy and dark matter.

Dr. Laura Parker is an associate professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at McMaster University. Her research group is interested in questions related to galaxy evolution and observational cosmology. In particular her group is trying to understand the connection between observed galaxy properties and the properties of the environments in which we find them, including the relationship between galaxies and their host dark matter halos.

Dr. Parker completed her PhD in Physics at the University of Waterloo in 2005 and was then a postdoctoral fellow at the European Southern Observatory (ESO) in Munich before returning to Canada in 2007 to join the faculty at McMaster.

More on Dr. Laura Parker
(https://www.physics.mcmaster.ca/~lparker/Home.html)

For further information, check here: (http://earthshineastronomy.ca/events/)

2018 RASC calendars and Explore the Universe Guides will be for sale.

The meeting will be held from 8:00 to 10:00 p.m. at The University of Toronto,Mississauga Campus, in lecture hall SE2072 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!

Jan 12: Potpourri Night

*** NO GO – MEETING CANCELLED DUE TO WEATHER  ***

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 SE2074 in the William Davis Building.

Host: Leslie Strike

PRESENTATIONS

CHRIS MALICKI: The Constellation “Gemini”
DENNIS GASPAROTTO: Review of Small Refractor and Portable Mounts for Wide Field Astrophotography
LESLIE STRIKE: Report on the Dec 10 National Council mtg

** Break ** 2018 RASC calendars and Explore the Universe Guides will be for sale **

RANDY ATTWOOD: An Introduction to Spaceflight – Part 1
JOHN MARCHESE: Stars – Magnitude, Colour and Classification

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!

November 24: Tanya N. Harrison, Ph.D: The Past and Present of Water on Mars

Dr. Tanya Harrison is a “Professional Martian” and the Director of Research for the NewSpace Initiative at Arizona State University. She has worked on multiple NASA Mars missions in science and operations, and specializes in the geology of the Red Planet. Tanya holds a Ph.D. in Geology with a Specialization in Planetary Science and Exploration.

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. 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.

Nov 10: 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 SE2072 in the William Davis Building.

 

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 30: Riverwood Public Star Party – 7:30 PM – 9:00 PM ** CANCELLED **

*** THIS EVENT IS CANCELLED DUE TO WEATHER ***

WE HOPE TO SEE YOU WHEN WE START UP AGAIN IN THE SPRING.

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 7:30 p.m. on MONDAY OCT 30. This event is free.

Moon - phone adapterThe Moon should offer some great opportunities for images with your cellphone camera! We might catch Uranus and Neptune tonight, and should get a good look at some colourful double stars.

Here is  a link to Riverwood on Google maps: Riverwood

Oct 27: Randy Attwood – Voyager at 40

*** Due to construction we will meet in room SE2074  (just down the hall) ***
Randy Attwood is the Executive Director of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada (RASC). He has been fascinated with astronomy and space exploration since the days of the Apollo missions.

Randy’s talk will focus on the missions of the two Voyager spacecraft that were launched in 1977 – 40 years ago this year. Over a period of 12 years, they explored the four outer planets – Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune. The discoveries changed our understanding of our solar system.

This talk will look at the mission and the discoveries as well as some of the challenges Voyager engineers faced in taking late 1960’s spacecraft technology – which lasted only a couple years in space – and extended the lifetime to the required 12 years to complete the mission – and beyond. Now the two spacecraft are leaving the solar system and providing information on the heliopause – the boundary between our solar system and interstellar space.

For more information, see the Earthshine notice: Earthshine

Sept 26: Riverwood Public Star Party – 8:30 PM – 10:00 PM ** GO **

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 SEPT 26. This event is free.

Moon - phone adapterSaturn shines brightly near the Moon and should offer great views. The Moon should offer some great opportunities for images with your cellphone camera! Jupiter is low in the West.  We should get a good look at some colourful double stars.

Here is  a link to Riverwood on Google maps: Riverwood

September 22: Catherine Woodford: “The Discovery of Gravitational Waves”

*** Due to construction we will meet in room SE2072 (just down the hall) ***
Catherine Woodford,
University of Toronto

Get an up-close and personal take on the Gravitational Waves discovery that has changed science for the better. Considered the most influential discovery of the century, gravitational wave GW150914 broke records in physics, astronomy, and interferometry – with still more to come. We will talk about what went into the Laser Interferometer Gravitational wave Observatory (LIGO) that discovered GW150914 from theoretical, engineering, and computer simulation viewpoints, and discuss the outlooks on the future of gravitational wave astronomy.

Catherine Woodford is a 2nd year PhD candidate in the Physics Department at the University of Toronto and works at the Canadian Institute for Theoretical Astrophysics (CITA). Her research falls into two streams: binary black hole simulations and exoplanet simulations. She is a a member of the Simulating eXtreme Spacetimes (SXS) collaboration and the Centre for Planetary Sciences (CPS), as well as a planetarium operator for the Dunlap Institute and outreach fanatic. When she’s not thinking or looking at the sky and what lies beyond, she’s volunteering with the Rotary Club of Toronto, cycling, running, and snowboarding.

For further information, check out the Earthshine notice: Earthshineastronomy

The meeting will be held from 8:00 to 10:00 p.m. at The University of Toronto,Mississauga Campus, in lecture hall SE2072 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!

Sept 8: Potpourri Night – Eclipse Discussions – 8PM – 10PM

*** Due to construction we will meet in room SE2072 (just down the hall) ***

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 SE2074 in the William Davis Building.

Host: Randy Attwood

Presentations:

Fred Benedikt (and others): Partial Eclipse report from Riverwood
Various: Partial Eclipse reports

** Break **

Various: Total Eclipse reports
Jo VandenDool: The Sky this Month

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!