Meeting Archives

201st Meeting
November 23 Speaker Meeting

Ian McGregorMayan Cosmology

Ian McGregor’s carreer spanned 35 years at the ROM, where he was the head science teacher. Ian has been a member of the RASC for for 48 years. He was also the founding vice-president of the Mississauga Astronomical Society and the RASC Mississauga Centre.

200th Meeting
November 9 Member Night

Phil Stooke

199th Meeting
October 26 Speaker Meeting

Phil Stooke, UWO:Mapping Mars—A Visual History of Mars Exploration

Phil Stooke did his PhD at the University of Victoria, with a dissertation on mapping asteroids, which involved inventing shape-modelling methods and new map projections for non-spherical worlds. Since then he has worked at the University of Western Ontario, continuing that work and more recently compiling historical atlases of lunar and martian exploration. He teaches cartography and planetary science courses, including a course in planetary image interpretation and geological mapping of planetary surfaces. His maps of asteroids, small moons and comet nuclei are available online from NASA’s Planetary Data System. His interests in mapping and space history are combined in his atlases, and his latest book, the International Atlas of Mars Exploration, will be the subject of this talk.

198th Meeting
October 12 Member Night

Host:Randy Attwood

Tom AllowayThe Malincam Xtreme and his experience with it so far

As part of the presentation, screen shots from the software used to control the Malincam and some very short exposures will be shown

Leslie StrikeA Demonstration of her new Vixen Polarie astrophotography mount

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Jo VandeDoolMy First Year of Astronomy

Many of our members started studying astronomy many moons ago, but one of our newest members started only a year ago. This begs the question; what is someone capable of in one year of astronomy in 2012? Jo VandeDool shows us just what exactly the new generation of astronomers can expect, and accomplish, in their first year of astronomy.

Randy AttwoodThe Sky this Month

plus potential bright comets and several upcoming eclipses of note.

After the meeting, join us at Crabby Joe’s at the South Common Mall for more fun.

Paul Delaney

197th Meeting
September 21 Speaker Meeting

Paul Delaney:Exoplanets Update: The Search for Earth 2

In this presentation, Paul will review some of the history of the exciting field of exoplanet research and set the stage for the release of Kepler data.

York University’s lead Sky Guide, Paul Delaney, is a member of York University’s Department of Physics and Astronomy, the Coordinator of York’s campus observatory, and Director of the university’s Division of Natural Science. He holds both a Bachelors and a Masters Degree of Science, has worked as a nuclear physicist for Atomic Energy of Canada, served as a support astronomer at Arizona’s McGraw-Hill Observatory, and was a Master of Bethune College. Paul is also passionately involved in public outreach and is the recipient of several teaching, lecturing, and outreach awards.

And don’t forget to tune into the weekly York Universe internet broadcast on Astronomy.FM, Mondays at 9:00 pm with host Paul Delaney.

John Hicks, our previously scheduled speaker, has had to cancel his presentation due to illness. We wish him a speedy recovery.

196th Meeting
September 7 Member Night

Host:Randy Attwood

Keith JarvieHistory of the Determination of the Speed of Light

Andrew OpalaBeginner Astrophotography: Equipment, techniques and results you should expect

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TBDThe Sky This Month

Allan Connery & Gerard ForaieMississauga Centre Telescope Loan Program

195th Meeting Summary
August 10 Member Night

Host:Terry Hardman

Leslie Strike & Allan ConneryAsteroid Attwood and see below

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James BeckwithAstronomy in the News

John MarcheseVideo presentation of Astronaut Mike Good’s July 2012 talk during Space Day at the University of Guelph.

Attending the meeting will be Paul and Karen Mortfield from the David Dunlap Observatory, RASC Toronto Centre, and Tom Glinos, the discoverer of Asteroids Attwood and Mississauga.

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