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.
November 9 Member Night
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.
October 12 Member Night
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
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.
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.
September 7 Member Night
Keith JarvieHistory of the Determination of the Speed of Light
Andrew OpalaBeginner Astrophotography: Equipment, techniques and results you should expect
TBDThe Sky This Month
Allan Connery & Gerard ForaieMississauga Centre Telescope Loan Program
195th Meeting Summary
August 10 Member Night
Leslie Strike & Allan ConneryAsteroid Attwood and see below
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.