October 27: Randy Attwood: “Voyager at 40”

The two Voyager spacecraft were launched in 1977 – 40 years ago. 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.

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 main floor.) 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!

Oct 13: Potpourri Night – 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: John Marchese

Presentations:

Steve Mallia: Astrophotography and Current Cameras
Randy Attwood: The 60th Anniversary of Sputnik 1
John Golla: The Sky this Month

** Break **

Various: Total Eclipse reports

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!

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!

Aug 29: 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 AUG 29. This event is free.

Weather looks OK, we are GO for tonight!

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

Aug 21: **SPECIAL ** Riverwood Solar Eclipse Party: (Mon 1:10PM – 3:49PM)

The Riverwood Conservancy and the Mississauga Centre of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada present a Partial Solar Eclipse Party at the Riverwood Conservancy on Monday Aug 21. The eclipse starts at 1:10 pm and finishes at 3:49 pm. At it’s maximum at 2:33 pm, about 75% of the sun will be covered.

If the sky is completely overcast, the event will not take place.

Properly filtered telescopes will be set up and pointed at the Sun. Hand held solar viewers will be handed out as well as information sheets.

NOTE: DO NOT look directly at the Sun without proper protection. Specially designed solar viewers must be used. Do not look at the Sun with sunglasses, smoked glass or photographic films. Safe viewers will be available for use at the Riverwood event.

Here is  a link to Riverwood on Google maps: Riverwood

August 11: Potpourri Night – ECLIPSE!

*** Due to construction we will meet in room SE2074  (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: John Marchese

Presentations:

Jeff Booth and John Marchese: Solar Filters, other equipment and how to view the solar eclipse safely

Various Presenters: Planning for the partial solar eclipse at Riverwood

** Break **

David Makepeace: Solar Eclipse video

Various Presenters: Starfest Recap

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!

SATURDAY July 29: Riverwood – first National Star Party: (8:00 – 10:00 pm)

Canada 150
The Riverwood Conservancy, Earthshine Astronomy and Space Science Organization and the Mississauga Centre of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada present the first National Star Party at the RIVERWOOD CONSERVATORY at 8:00 p.m. on SATURDAY July 29.

On Saturday July 29, we’re holding the first National Star Party! Astronomy clubs across the country are holding a star party on the same night to celebrate Canada’s 150th anniversary since Confederation.

Members of the Mississauga Centre of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada will be setting up telescopes to show members of the public spectacular views of the Universe. Observing will take place on the green in front of Chappelle House. The event starts at dusk is free and open to everyone. Jupiter, Saturn and the Moon should be visible, along with perhaps a nebula or two! Get some good shots of the Apollo moon landing sites with your cellphone cameras! We should get a good look at some colourful double stars.

Here is  a link to Riverwood on Google maps: Riverwood

For further information visit the EarthShine site: Earthshine Event

Total Solar Eclipse: Monday, August 21 2017

On Monday, August 21,  a total solar eclipse will be visible across the United States. The eclipse will be visible as a partial eclipse (where only part of the sun is covered) from Canada, but that view pales in comparison with the darkened skies under a total eclipse, so make plans to travel South for a good view. For those who can’t make the trip, we’ll be setting up scopes at Riverwood for public viewing.

NASA have published a great 1 minute video of what will happen during this solar eclipse, showing the relative sizes of the Earth and Moon – give it a look! NASA: Flying Around The Eclipse Shadow