Fri Apr 11 – Astronomy Potpourri Night

Neil-Degrasse-Tyson[1]Jo Vandendool & Stephen Mallia: A Review of Neil deGrasse Tyson’s March 21 Presentation in Toronto.

Andrew Opala: Web-cam Astronomy with a Home-assembled Web-cam.

** Break **

Lukasz Tarkoski: Will show his Online Blog and Talk about the Vixen Polarie Star Tracker.

Matt Grinter: Observing Tonight – What’s the Forecast?

Randy Attwood: Final Preparations for the Upcoming Lunar Eclipse and some Interesting Lunar Eclipse Software for Astrophotographers.
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.

Enter off of Mississauga Road. Park in lot 4 or 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.

Post meeting plans: we usually continue the discussion post-meeting at a local bar – please join us!

Fri Mar 25 – 8 pm Observing the April Total Lunar Eclipse

Randy_Attwoodd7b492[1]Observing the April Total Lunar Eclipse

The April 15 Total Lunar Eclipse is the first eclipse visible from Southern Ontario for over three years. The Moon will pass through the shadow of the Earth in the early morning hours of April 15.

What can we expect to see? What causes eclipses? How often do they occur? How can I photograph the eclipse. All of this and more will be covered during this presentation.
Randy Attwood is the President of The Earthshine Astronomy and Space Science Organization, a Mississauga based not for profit charity organization. He is a resident of Mississauga and has been looking up at the night sky for over 40 years.
Randy is the founder and Past-President of the Mississauga Centre of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada. He is a Past President of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada – Canada’s national astronomy organization. In 2013 he was names as one of the first Fellows of the Society.
Randy has appeared on CTV, CBC, GLOBAL and the Discovery Channel to provide background information for space and astronomy related stories. He has covered 12 space shuttle launches and landings as a journalist and photographer.
Randy has travelled to various places around the world to observe and photograph total eclipses of the sun. He has written High School Astronomy text book units on astronomy and presented planetarium programming at schools.
Randy is currently a Contributing Editor for Canada’s Astronomy magazine, Skynews.
Asteroid 260235 was renamed Asteroid Attwood in his honour.
We hope to see you there on Friday.

How to get here

The next Speaker Night of the RASC Mississauga Centre will take place on Friday February 21 at 8:00 p.m. at The University of Toronto, Mississauga Campus, in lecture hall SE2082 in the William Davis Building (AKA the South building).

Park in lot 4 or the parkade, across from the fitness centre south of the Davis Building. (Parking rate: $2 per hour.)

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 all the way to the end, then go up to the main floor.) Look for the Mississauga Centre sign in front of the lecture room.

Upcoming Meetings / Events

Tue Apr 8 or Wed Apr 9: Public Star Party at Riverwood.
Fri Apr 11: Meeting at UTM.
Fri Apr 25: Speaker at UTM – Roberto Abraham, U of Toronto,”Ultra-low Surface Brightness Imaging with Project Dragonfly”.
Tue May 6 or Wed May 7: Public Star Party at Riverwood.
Fri May 9: Meeting at UTM.
Fri May 23: Speaker at UTM – Pat Hall, York U, “Black Holes and Quasars”.
Tue Jun 3 or Wed Jun 4: Public Star Party at Riverwood.
Fri Jun 6: Meeting at UTM.
Fri Jun 20: Speaker at UTM – Keith Vanderlinde, U of Toronto, “CHIME: Mapping the Universe with Canada’s newest Radio Telescope”.

 

Fri Mar 7 – Astronomy Potpourri Night

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Please note room change to SE2072 for this meeting only.

A Trip to the Sudbury Neutrino Laboratory – Catherine Carr,
Movie Review of Europa Report – Walter Merino and
A look back at two memorable solar eclipses and a look ahead at future ones – Randy Attwood

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.

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.

Enter off of Mississauga Road. Park in lot 4 or 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.

Post meeting plans: we usually continue the discussion post-meeting at a local bar – please join us!

Fri Feb 21 – 8 pm Searching for Water Across the Solar System

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Searching for Water Across the Solar System

Abstract: In our exploration of the solar system, the most repeated motto might be “Follow the Water.” What does this mean in a planetary context and why are we so interested in such a common molecule? This talk will describe where the solar system’s water originated, how it was distributed and what that has meant for the evolution of the planets and of smaller bodies.

Particular emphasis will be placed on the changing environment of Mars and how a planet with a warm and wet past became the cold and arid world we know today. The environments of the icy moons of the outer solar system will also be discussed. Here, our search for water is a search for pockets of liquid in a sea of stony ice. It is the observations described by planetary spacecraft that unite these twin quests. However, at the root of it all is a desire to know ourselves and our own world a little bit better.
Dr. Moores is an Assistant Professor at York University in Toronto, Canada. He is the recipient of three NASA Group Achievement Awards and has published 25 peer-reviewed papers on Planetary Science. It was during John’s undergraduate work in Aerospace Engineering at the University of Toronto that he realized that his true passion lay in exploring other worlds.

Following receipt of his B.A.Sc., this brought him to the Lunar and Planetary Laboratory at the University of Arizona, where he earned his PhD working for Peter Smith on planetary atmospheres. During this time, he was a participant on several space missions including the Phoenix Mars Mission and the Huygens mission to Titan.

Since graduating, John has held research positions with Environment Canada and the Centre for Planetary Science and Exploration at the University of Western Ontario. He is presently a Participating Scientist with theMars Science Laboratory.

http://www.yorku.ca/jmoores/jmoores.html

 

How to get here

The next Speaker Night of the RASC Mississauga Centre will take place on Friday February 21 at 8:00 p.m. at The University of Toronto, Mississauga Campus, in lecture hall SE2082 in the William Davis Building (AKA the South building).

Park in lot 4 or the parkade, across from the fitness centre south of the Davis Building. (Parking rate: $2 per hour.)

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 all the way to the end, then go up to the main floor.) Look for the Mississauga Centre sign in front of the lecture room.

 

Upcoming Meetings

Fri Mar 7: Meeting at UTM.
Fri Mar 21: 2014 Dunlap Prize Lecture – Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson at 8 pm, in Convocation Hall, U of T, Toronto
http://dunlap.utoronto.ca/events/2014-dunlap-prize-lecture/
Fri Mar 28: Speaker at UTM – Randy Attwood “Observing the Upcoming Total Lunar Eclipse”.
Tue Apr 8 or Wed Apr 9: Public Star Party at Riverwood.
Fri Apr 11: Meeting at UTM.
Fri Apr 25: Speaker at UTM – Roberto Abraham, U of Toronto, topic TBA.
Tue May 06 or Wed May 07: Public Star Party at Riverwood.
Fri May 09: Meeting at UTM.
Fri May 23: Speaker at UTM – Pat Hall, York U “Black Holes and Quasars”.

Friday Feb 7 – Astronomy Potpourri and Annual General Meeting

Friday Feb 7, 2013 – UTM Rm SE2082

8:00-8:45

Our host this evening is Randy Attwood.   The following presenters and their topics will be showcased for the first part of the meeting.
Christopher Lansdale:
The Joys of Using Small Telescopes
Walter Merino: “Gravity” – a review of the recent movie which is generating Oscar buzz
Randy Attwood: Astronomy In The News (time permitting)

8:45-9:00

Break

9:00-10:00

The Mississauga Centre’s 2013 Annual Meeting (Chair: President Leslie Strike)

 

Park in lot 4 or the parkade, across from the fitness centre south of the Davis Building. (Parking rate: $2 per hour.) 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 lecture hall SE2082 in the William Davis Building (AKA the South building).

All of our meetings at UTM are free and open to everyone, however voting at the Annual General Meeting is for current membership only.

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

Past President Randy Attwood Honoured

Shortly before Christmas, the RASC announced that Randy Attwood has been honoured with one of the first three Fellowship awards that the Society has conferred for extraordinary contributions to the Society over many years.  The award of Fellow of the RASC is the most senior national award, and is given to those individuals whose efforts have played a significant role in the advancement of the Society’s goals.

Congratulations, Randy. This award is very well-deserved.

Pluto – is it a planet or not?

Friday, January 24, 2014 8:00 PM to 10:00 PM

Room 2082, William Davis Building (University of Toronto at Mississauga) 3359 Mississauga Road, Mississauga

Jesse Rogerson, York University.

In 2006, the International Astronomical Union made a landmark decision that ultimately reclassified the object we call Pluto as a Dwarf Planet. The resultant responses from both the astronomical community and the people of Earth as a whole have been mixed. In this talk I lay out the journey we have taken thus far in our understanding of the Solar System by touring its various objects, understanding its history (both formation/evolution and research thereof), and placing the ‘Pluto debate’ into a much broader discussion: the use of the scientific method.

Directly Imaging Extrasolar Planets, Thayne Currie

November 29 Speaker Meeting at UTM

8:00 – 10:00 PM

Currie[1]Direct imaging is the new frontier in exoplanet detection and the means by which we will eventually discover a true Earth twin around a Sun-like star. In this talk, I introduce the instrumentation, observing techniques, and image processing methods used to directly image planets. I will describe in detail several imaged exoplanetary systems which have surprising properties, in particular their atmospheres/sources of emission.

The next 5-10 years will see an explosion of new discoveries in this field due to the commissioning of ground-based extreme adaptive optics imagers capable of revealing young Jupiter/Saturn planets and (perhaps) molten super-Earths almost ten million times fainter than the host stars at small angular separations. I will close by discussing one such project with which I am involved: the Subaru Coronagraphic Extreme Adaptive Optics (SCExAO) project.

Thayne Currie is currently a McLean Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics at the University of Toronto. His research primarily focuses on imaging and characterizing young extrasolar planets around nearby stars. In the past year, he has played a leading role in identifying and/or confirming the nature of several imaged planet-mass companions, including the newly-announced ROXs 42Bb and the “eye of Sauron” planet Fomalhaut b. He received his PhD in 2008 from UCLA, conducting his thesis research with Scott Kenyon at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics. From 2009 to 2012, he was a NASA Postdoctoral Fellow at Goddard Space Flight Center and has been at U of T for the past year. Thayne is originally from rural Kansas and first took an interest in astronomy from observing the night sky on the family farm.

Link to an interview with Thayne Currie and Carol Grady (from Sky and Telescope)

Park in lot 4 or the parkade, across from the fitness centre south of the Davis Building. (Parking rate: $2 per hour.) 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 lecture hall SE2082 in the William Davis Building (AKA the South building).

All of our meetings at UTM are free and open to everyone.

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