JUN 21: SPEAKER NIGHT: Ben Feist, NASA

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Ben at NASA's Neutral Buoyancy Lab

Ben Feist of Toronto, who worked on the 2019 Documentary Apollo 11

Topic: “Apollo 11 – bringing the Apollo program to a new generation”

Buzz Aldrin working at the Scientific Equipment Bay, being sure to not take any pictures of Neil . Photo by Neil Armstrong.

Ben Feist, a local from Toronto, is the creator of Apollo17.org, and was part of the team who made the 2019 Documentary Apollo 11. He will take RASC members through his latest project, Apollo 11 in Real Time: a website that presents the entire historical mission archive in a multimedia experience and contains over 11,000 hours of mission control audio that hasn’t been heard since 1969. Ben will also talk about his new job at NASA Johnson Space Center in Houston, where he is applying new ideas to mission data management and visualization based on his historical work

For more information: Earthshine Astronomy

More information on Ben’s work with NASA: http://benfeist.com/from-apollo-17-to-nasa/

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.

June 11: Riverwood Public Star Party 9:00PM-10:30PM

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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 9:00 p.m. on TUESDAY June 11. This event is free.


Moon - phone adapter
Towards the end of the evening we might get a glimpse of Jupiter a day after opposition – most of our favorite planetary targets rise later in the evening (or are up in the morning) this time around. We will focus on the Moon, double stars, and some deep sky objects through our larger scopes. Get some great images of the Moon with your cellphone camera!

Here is  a link to Riverwood on Google maps:  Riverwood

Jun 7: 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 June 7 from 8:00 to 10:00 p.m. at The University of Toronto, Mississauga Campus, in lecture hall SE2074 in the William Davis Building.

(Go / No Go will appear here after 4PM Fri)

Host: Randy Attwood

Presentations

Kirby Alguire: “Yerkes Observatory – The Birthplace of Astrophysics”
Kirby will tell us all about the equipment and research performed at this observatory in Wisconsin
Link to the Yerkes Wikipedia Page

John Marchese and Leslie Strike: “Preview of Starfest 2019”
Starfest is Canada’s (and one of the world’s) largest, annual star parties and it takes place only a couple of hours drive from Mississauga in August. Starfest is about dark skies for observing, great speakers, comradery and so much more. If you’re a star party newbie, we will let you know what to expect and we will preview Starfest 2019 specifically. We have had up to 40 Mississauga members and their friends attend past Starfests so, we will present our plan on how to share this experience as a group.
Link to Starfest 2019 Website

** Break **

Lukasz Tarkowski: “Space Engine and 360 videos for Virtual Glasses”
The presentation will be about Space Engine and 360 videos for Virtual Glasses using Space Engine And Screen Capture ShadowPlay Everything is explained in Description of the Youtube Video Here is my Space Engine Youtube Chanell

Randy Attwood: “RASC 2019 GA Preview”
The General Assembly is in a week!  An overview of the events will be presented and all will be encouraged to attend.
www.rasc.ca/general-assembly

Manuel Guerrero: “Imaging Planets at Latitude 10”
Manuel will share his recent experience imaging Planets at Latitude 10 on the Island of Baru, near the Colonial city of Cartagena de Indias, Colombia. He had the privilege of sharing this lifetime experience with his friend Christopher Go, a well known planetary imager from the City of Cebu in the Philippines.
A sample of Manuel’s Imagery – Jupiter SkyNews photo of the week

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!

May 24: SPEAKER NIGHT: Renée Hložek, Assistant Professor of Astrophysics, U of T

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Topic:”Echoes of Our Beginnings”

By listening to the cold, dim hiss of the universe, we can learn about its fiery beginning. Prof. Renée Hlozek’s talk will focus on how cosmologists use microwave instruments to measure this birth-light. She’ll describe the exciting new Simons Observatory in the Atacama Desert of Chile, and how it will allow us to learn about the beautiful universe we live in. As we learn about what the universe contains, how it started and ultimately how it is going to end.

Renée Hložek is an Assistant Professor of Astrophysics at the Dunlap Institute and in the Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics at the University of Toronto. She is a TED Senior Fellow and recently completed a postdoctoral fellowship at Princeton University. Before that she completed her DPhil in Astrophysics from Oxford University on a Rhodes Scholarship. Beyond her research she is passionate about outreach and the public understanding of science.

For more information: Earthshine Astronomy

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May 14: Riverwood Public Star Party 8:30PM-10:00PM

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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 May 14. This event is free.


Moon - phone adapter
On the night of our event the Moon will be nearing Jupiter in the sky.  Unfortunately most of our favorite planetary targets rise later in the evening (or are up in the morning) this time around. We will focus on the Moon, double stars, and some deep sky objects through our larger scopes. Get some great images of the Moon with your cellphone camera!

Here is  a link to Riverwood on Google maps:  Riverwood

MAY 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 Friday May 10 from 8:00 to 10:00 p.m. at The University of Toronto, Mississauga Campus, in lecture hall SE2074 in the William Davis Building.

(Go / No Go will appear here after 4PM Fri)

Host: Steve Mallia

PRESENTATIONS

Fred Benedikt: “Travelogue on his visit to Kitt Peak Observatory in Arizona / Dark Energy Research” – Part 2
A visit to Kitt Peak Observatory and an overview of their new innovative instrument on the 4 meter Mayall telescope. The upgraded instrument will measure the effect of dark energy on the expanding universe by mapping the red-shift of 30 million preselected galaxies. (Fred will provide a quick recap of part 1, which was presented in April.)

Lara Awad: “The Apple and the Moon”
Development of the concept of gravity and Newton’s preliminary calculations that provided mathematical background to the theory.

** Break **

Chris Malicki: “SNOlab Announcement”
Chris will announce the details of our tour of SNOlab in Sudbury later this year. We will be taking sign-ups from Mississauga Centre members who are interested in and committed to being among the limited number of people that will get to go.

Randy Attwood: “The RASC 2019 General Assembly”
This year’s GA will be hosted by RASC National and will he held at York University in Toronto June 13 – 17. (This will be a joint meeting with the AAVSO.) www.rasc.ca/general-assembly

Steve Mallia: “The Sky This/Next Month”
An overview of what to look for in the night skies in the next month or so.

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!

APR 26: SPEAKER NIGHT: CHARISSA CAMPBELL – MARTIAN WATER-ICE CLOUDS

The meeting is a GO – see you there!

Clouds on Mars have been observed from the surface and orbit to better understand the role of water in the Martian atmosphere. During aphelion, atmospheric temperatures are cool enough in the equatorial regions to allow water-ice to nucleate on dust particles, revealing the Aphelion Cloud Belt (ACB).

Both Opportunity and Curiosity have studied the ACB, while Phoenix was confined to cloud studies near the north pole.

Several properties of Martian water-ice clouds have been studied including optical depth, frequency through a sol (Martian day) and wind parameters. One parameter, altitude, is difficult to measure from the surface without a lidar instrument. Unlike Phoenix, Curiosity does not have a lidar and must rely on atmospheric models to help estimate altitude through correlations between observational and modelled results. Evaluating this parameter for the ACB can help determine the behaviour of water-ice clouds throughout the low and middle atmosphere.

Ms. Charissa Campbell completed her Bachelor of Science in Astronomy & Physics from Saint Mary’s University and is currently pursuing her Masters in Astronomy & Physics at York University under Dr. John Moores, where she is part of the MSL team analyzing the altitude of clouds on Mars. Her focus is on analyzing atmospheric movies to find the altitude of Martian clouds and has displayed her research progress at the 2017 Lunar and Planetary Science Conference (LPSC).

Watch Martian Clouds Scoot
(https://www.nasa.gov/feature/jpl/watch-martian-clouds-scoot-thanks-to-nasas-curiosity),
Thanks to NASA’s Curiosity and some amazing imagery created by Charissa as a member of a York University team led by John Moores.

For more information: Earthshine Astronomy

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APR 9: Riverwood Public Star Party 8:00PM-9:30PM

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OUR NEXT SCHEDULED NIGHT IS MAY 14 @ 9:00PM

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 Apr 9. This event is free.

Moon - phone adapterSee a nice alignment of the Moon, Mars and the Pleiades (the “Seven Sisters” that form the basis of the Subaru logo). It’s estimated that the Pleiades will only last another 250 million years, so see them before they’re gone! Weather permitting, we’ll have a number of large and small telescopes to let you get a good look at a number of targets. Get some great images of the Moon with your cellphone camera! We should get a good look at some colourful double stars.

Here is  a link to Riverwood on Google maps:  Riverwood

MAR 22: SPEAKER NIGHT: Professor Mark Rector – OH CANADA! Our Home and Inventive Land!

Everything looks good, the meeting is a go!

The leg of the Lunar Module was designed and built in Canada!

Did you know Canadians invented and built everything from the legs on the NASA lunar lander (the lander itself was designed by a Canadian!) to the most advanced robot in this world (or out of it!)? The Canadarm 2 that built the entire International Space Station! We have invented or designed everything from the most advanced supersonic jet fighter of the 20th century, the Avro Arrow built right here in Mississauga, to the first geo-synchronous communications satellite to be launched into space.

For more information: (NOT WORKING YET) Earthshine Astronomy

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FEB 22: 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.

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Host: Wendy Belcher

PRESENTATIONS

Leslie Strike and Chris Malicki: 2018 Astrophotography Contest Leslie and Chris will show the winning photos!

Kirby Alguire: Arizona Sky Village (ASV)
Kirby is a part owner of a property there and has lots of photos of the houses, observatories and local surroundings.

Fred Benedikt: Travelogue on his visit to Kitt Peak Observatory in Arizona (10 mins)

** Break **

Leslie Strike: Mississauga Centre Awards
Call for members to nominate other members for awards

John Marchese: Stars part 3 – How Stars Die
Before we get into cool stuff like supernovae, John will Include a recap of parts 1 and 2

Jo VandenDool: Observing Certificates
Jo will share some videos how to work towards these

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!