Feb 22: AGM & Randy Attwood – The Apollo 9 and 10 Missions – preparing a path for a manned lunar landing

In honour of our Annual Meeting, THERE WILL BE CAKE!

Apollo 9 LM “Spider”

Following our annual general meeting – where we will review the club activities and financials for last year – we’ll have a fascinating talk about the two Apollo missions that lead up to the Apollo 11 landing on the Moon, given by our resident expert on All-Things-Space, Randy Attwood.

By February 1969 – 50 years ago – NASA was still celebrating the successful Christmas Apollo 8 mission to the Moon. The Lunar Landing looked doable in 1969. Still, there was much to be done before the first landing attempt. In March and May 1969, two Apollo missions were flown to answer several questions – what was it like to fly the Lunar Module – first in the Earth environment, then in orbit around the Moon. The success of these two missions paved the way to a landing attempt in July 1969 on the Apollo 11 mission.

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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.

FEB 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 Feb 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.

It’s a GO! Please note that due to the number of talks, we will start promptly at 8:00 PM.

Host: Allan Connery

PRESENTATIONS

Ken Pituley: Nikon D3100 Astrophotography.
Ken donated this camera to the club and shows what you can do with it!

Chris Malicki: Finding objects using the drift method.
Chris is a master at finding “faint fuzzies” and here he shares one useful technique.

Fred Benedikt: Looking for S.T.E.V.E.
S.T.E.V.E. is an unusual atmospheric phenomenon identified in 2016 by Canadian aurora watchers.

** Break **

Leslie Strike: Pictures from the Jan 21 TLE
Leslie shows us some of her pictures from the recent Total Lunar Eclipse.

Scott Sutherland: TLE lunar impact!
Multiple videos showed the flash of an impact on the Moon during the recent TLE. Scott updates us with the latest news.

Randy Attwood: The Sky This Month
Randy walks us through what we can see in the night sky over the next few weeks (through breaks in the clouds?)

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!

JAN 25: SPEAKER NIGHT: MICHAEL WATSON AND RANDY ATTWOOD – THE 1979 TOTAL SOLAR ECLIPSE

The February 26, 1979 Eclipse from Gimli Manitoba

Forty years ago, the Toronto Centre mounted an expedition to observe the February 26, 1979 total solar eclipse from Gimli, Manitoba. Before organized tours to see eclipses were readily available, the Toronto Centre organized their own trip – with two chartered aircraft which left early eclipse morning and returned to Toronto later that day. The trip organizer, Michael Watson will review the circumstances of the eclipse and the efforts required to organize the expedition. A slide/audio presentation of the day trip was produced back in 1979. A newly edited video of the slide show, edited and produced by Randy Attwood, will be shown for the first time.

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JAN 11: 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 Jan 11 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: John Marchese

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Dec 7: Special Speaker Night: Andy Chaikin – Stories From Apollo 8

Talk Description:  Stories From Apollo 8
*** IT’S A GO FOR TONIGHT *** 

NOTE: This special event will be held in UTM Room 120 in the Instructional Center – located here: Campus Map

December 2018 marks the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 8 Moon mission. Andy Chaikin will share stories from the historic mission including anecdotes from his interviews with the 3 Apollo 8 astronauts, and details on the mission’s origins and aftermath from his own in-depth research.

Event details: Chaikin Special Event

For more information go to: Earthshine Astronomy

Nov 23: Speaker Night: Dr Mike Fich – New Frontiers In Observational Cosmology

Talk Description:  New Frontiers In Observational Cosmology

*** IT’S A GO ***

Our most recent generation of cosmology experiments, such as the Planck satellite and observations of distant supernovae, has reduced all of cosmology to the very precise measurement of eight parameters. This relatively simple model seems complete with no hints of additional elements required to explain the entire evolution of the universe from the big bang to some far distant future. These recent results include such things as the precise measurement of the contributors to the overall mass–energy density of the universe. We know with great precision the amount of dark energy, dark matter, neutrinos, baryons, etc., in the universe today. What we do not know is exactly what most of these things really are.

For more information go to: Earthshine Astronomy

Oct 26: Speaker Night: Dr Laura Parker – The Dark Universe

Talk Description:  The Dark Universe

*** IT’S A GO ***

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.

For more information go to: Earthshine Astronomy

Event details: Dark Universe

Oct 16: Riverwood Public Star Party 8:00PM-9:30PM *** GO ***

***  IT’S A 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 8:00 p.m. on TUESDAY Oct 16. This event is free.


Moon - phone adapter
The Moon is moving in the sky from Saturn to Mars in the sky from Oct 14 to Oct 17th.  On the night of our event it will be nearing Mars in the sky.  It will have just passed Pluto – but though you won’t see that dwarf planet through the telescope available, you should get some nice views of Saturn, Mars and the Moon. Get some great images of the Moon with your cellphone camera! We might catch a glimpse of Jupiter before it sets.  We should get a good look at some colourful double stars.

Here is  a link to Riverwood on Google maps:  Riverwood

Sep 28: Speaker Night: Michael Watson – Imaging the Southern Skies

Imaging the Southern Skies

In this talk and slide show, Michael Watson will discuss his recent month-long trip to Australia, which included several nights of stargazing and astrophotography from the dark skies of the Australian Outback.  He will talk about how he prepared for the trip, the equipment that he took, and how he produced the photos that you will see.  His astrophotos will be interspersed with photos of some of the sights from around the Land Down Under.

For more information go to:  Earthshine Astronomy

Event details:
http://mississauga.rasc.ca/wp/event/watsonsouthernskies/