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!

Feb 26 (This Friday): James Edgar – Synthesis of Elements in Stars

http://static1.squarespace.com/static/5115d365e4b0b8b2ffe27887/t/56ae6f5c5827c33e6d7160e1/1454272360655/?format=300wAll stars are born from hydrogen and during their lives they produce elements through nuclear fusion. High-mass stars end their lives as supernovae, perhaps the most cataclysmic events in the universe, producing the heavy elements.

This talk merges James Edgar’s love of woodworking, astronomy, genealogy, chemistry, physics, and poetry from Northern Ireland, although the main thrust of the presentation is about how elements form within stars.

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.

Feb 12: Cosmic Rays & AGM

Ted Rudyk
We’re happy to announce  guest lecturer Ted Rudyk will be giving a short talk on Cosmic Rays followed by a Live Demonstration at our February 12th meeting.
We will kick off the meeting with the Annual General Meeting. Documents related to the AGM will be sent to members in a separate email. Please note that the meeting will start at 8:00 PM sharp.

Agenda:
Mississauga Centre Annual General Meeting, chaired by our president, Leslie Strike.

** Break **

Cosmic Rays with Demonstration – Ted Rudyk
 

If you are a member and would like to make a presentation at an upcoming meeting, please contact one of our potpourri meetings coordinators: John Marchese, Stephen Mallia, John Golla or Chris Malicki – MEMMTG@mississauga.rasc.ca.

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

Coming Up in 2016!

As we kick off into 2016 we wanted to let you know what we have in store to look forward to…

  • 8 Public Star Parties
  • 9 Guest Lecture Speaker Nights
  • 2nd Annual BBQ Just for Members
  • 2nd Annual Equipment Auction (April)~ And New This Year ~
  • Astrophotography Contest

It all starts off Friday January 15th at 8pm with our potpourri evening featuring:

Randy ~ Sights of London

Jo ~ Cepheid Variable Stars

Leslie ~ Astrophotography with a tripod

Hope to See You There!

Nov 27 (This Friday): Dr. Ernie Seaquist – Canada’s engagement in the new “World Observatories”

Seaquister.jpgThe November 27th meeting of the RASC Mississauga Centre will feature a talk on Canada’s involvement in the development and use of new large telescopes.

In recent years Canada has become part of the international club participating in a series of what we might call “World Observatories”. These are astronomy facilities which are unique, or nearly so, and which are sufficiently costly ($1B or more) that they are affordable only by relatively large international consortia.

Examples are the Atacama Large Millimeter Array (ALMA), and the forthcoming facilities: the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST), the Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT), and the Square Kilometre Array (SKA). Canada is participating at some level in all of these.

Ernie will discuss the impact of these projects on Canadian astronomy and on our understanding of the universe and its origins. Ernie will also touch on the economic benefits and the politics, both national and international, underlying the achievement of membership in such partnerships. Of particular interest is whether engagement in such large projects leaves any room for smaller and less expensive national initiatives. Another important topic is the role of the RASC in this new era, and an examination of the mutual benefits of the current initiatives to both professional and amateur astronomers.

Ernie is Professor Emeritus at the Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics, University of Toronto. Until his retirement in 2004 his field of research was radio astronomy with emphasis on star formation in starburst galaxies and radio emission from active stars. He was Chair of the Department and Director of the David Dunlap Observatory between 1988 and 1999. Since retirement he has been involved various aspects of Canada’s engagement in the TMT and the SKA. He is currently Executive Director of the Association of Canadian Universities for Research in Astronomy (ACURA), the organization responsible for spearheading the successful effort to get funding for Canada’s role in TMT. He is also a member of the Board of Governors of the TMT International Observatory (TIO) which owns the TMT and will oversee the construction and ultimately its operation.

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.