March 27 Dr Michael Reid – Misconceptions of the Big Bang

THE MARCH 27 MEETING OF THE RASC MISSISSAUGA CENTRE WILL FEATURE A TALK ON THE BIG BANG

The BiDr. Michael Reidg Bang Theory is one of the crowning achievements of modern science.  The basic premise–that the universe began expanding about 14 billion years ago from a very hot, dense state–has been independently verified many times over.  And yet there is widespread confusion and uncertainty about what the theory actually says–and what it doesn’t.  

Did the universe begin as some kind of atom?  If it’s expanding, what’s it expanding into?  Does it have an outside? Are there other universes? And why did it start? In this talk, he’ll clarify what we do and don’t know about the Big Bang.

Michael Reid is Lecturer and Public Outreach Co-ordinator for the Dunlap Institute. He has conducting his own research into the formation of massive stars (the process of turning vast clouds of gas and dust into stars), and has a passion for sharing astronomical discovery with the public.

 

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 untilyou 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!

Tue Mar 24 – 8:00 pm Riverwood Park Observing Night

Observing is a GO

This Tuesday Kicks off our Public Riverwood Observing Nights for 2015.

Come out and observe the universe at the Riverwood Conservancy! Join members of the Mississauga Centre of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada as they set up large telescopes to look at the Moon, planets and stars. Observing will take place on the green in front of Chappelle House. The event starts at dusk is free and open to everyone.

Large telescopes will be set up and pointed at the Moon, the planets Saturn and Mars and other objects beyond our solar system.

Look for meteors, artificial satellites and anything else in the skies over Mississauga.

Note: If the weather is cloudy, the observing will be delayed one day. Check this web site for GO/NO GO information on the afternoon of the 24th.

We should have great views of the Moon and two planets – Mars and Saturn!

4300 Riverwood Park Lane, Mississauga, Ontario L5C 2S7., Mississauga, ON

Fri Mar 13 – Astronomy 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.

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.

 

This Week’s Host:

 

Presentations

John Golla: Centre Activities Update

John Brugener: The Geography and Science of Comet and Meteor Impacts

** Break **

Steve Mallia: Barlow Lenses and Extenders

Simon Claughton:  Astronomy Topics in Philately

 

If you are a member and would like to make a presentation at an upcoming meeting, please contact our meetings coordinator:

Andrew Opala – MEMMTG@mississauga.rasc.ca.

After the meeting, join us at a local pub for more conversation and solcializing!

We hope to see you there on Friday.

Upcoming Meetings / Events

Tue Mar 24 or Wed Mar 25: City Star Party at Riverwood.

Fri Mar 27: Speaker at UTM – TBA.

Feb 27 8pm – Michael Watson, Astrophotography

THE FEBRUARY 27 MEETING OF THE RASC MISSISSAUGA CENTRE WILL FEATURE A TALK ON ASTROPHOTOGRAPHY.

Talk Title: Astrophotography with Portable Mounts

Speaker: Michael Watson, RASC (Unattached)

Astronomy magazines are filled with stunning images made by astrophotographers using expensive permanent pier telescopes in private observatories.  But aspiring astrophotographers with more modest budgets – or who live in light-polluted cities and have to drive to get to dark sites – can produce high-quality images using a variety of portable gear.  In this talk, illustrated with dozens of images of various well-known celestial targets, astrophotographer Michael Watson will discuss photographing the night sky using various types of equipment, from the simple tripod to the heavier but portable astrophotography mount.  He will give tips on how to use each type of mount to best advantage, and on additional equipment that can make your astrophotography experience easier and more productive.

 

Michael Watson joined the RASC in 1970, was a member of the Toronto Centre for many years, and is now an unattached life member.  He is past national Treasurer and Second Vice-President, as well as former legal counsel to the Society, and is recipient of the Service Award and the Simon Newcomb Award.  Michael has been expedition leader or co-leader for several solar eclipse expeditions, and is a long-time astrophotographer, having started in the old film days of the 1970s.  After a few years away from astronomy while his children were growing up, Michael is on a steep learning curve to catch up on the newest equipment and techniques in digital astrophotography.

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 untilyou 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!

Feb 13 8 pm Astronomy Talk and 2014 Annual General Meeting

The next Astronomy Potpourri Night of the RASC Mississauga Centre will be held this Friday February 13 from 8:00 to 10:00 p.m. at The University of Toronto, Mississauga Campus, in lecture hall SE2082 in the William Davis Building (AKA the South building).

The presentations will be followed by the RASC Mississauga Centre Annual General Meeting. Documents related to the AGM will be sent to members in a separate email.

Please note that the meeting will start at 8:00 PM sharp.

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 the lecture room.

Potpourri meetings feature a series of short presentations on various astronomy and space topics given by members of the Mississauga Centre.

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

Host: Andrew Opala

Presentations

Andrew Opala: Planning for the Long Point Star Party.

Movie: 25 Years of Hubble .

** Break **

Mississauga Centre Annual General Meeting, chaired by our president, Leslie Strike.

If you are a member and would like to make a presentation at an upcoming meeting, please contact our meetings coordinator:

Andrew Opala – MEMMTG@mississauga.rasc.ca.

After the meeting, join us at Cooper’s Pub at the First Pro Burmave Centre, 780 Burnhamthorpe Rd W (just W of Mavis) for more fun!

We hope to see you there on Friday.

Upcoming Meetings / Events

Fri Feb 27: Speaker at UTM – Michael Watson, RASC  Astrophotography with Portable Mounts..

Fri Mar 13: Astronomy Potpourri at UTM.

Tue Mar 24 or Wed Mar 25: City Star Party at Riverwood.

Fri Mar 27: Speaker at UTM – TBA.
Fri Apr 10: Astronomy Potpourri/Annual General Mtg at UTM.
Fri Apr 24: Speaker at UTM – TBA.

Tue Apr 28 or Wed Apr 29: City Star Party at Riverwood.

 

 

Fri Jan 23 8 pm – Chandrasekhar’s Limit

This talk by Keith Jarvie examines (at the level of an amateur enthusiast with minimal math skills) the interplay between the birth of quantum mechanics, and its application to understanding the life cycles of the stars’. The historical record is traced through the lives of the scientists who contributed to the field, each of whom provides clear evidence of their genius, and in numerous instances, their eccentricities. Central to the narrative are the points of collision between Dr. Subrahmanyan Chandrasekhar, and Sir Arthur Eddington, a ‘founding father’ and dominant force in early cosmology. The passage of almost 100 years provides ample context to reflect on the enduring brilliance of those early insights which remain the foundation for our current understanding of high-energy events within the cosmos.
Keith has had a life-long, casual interest in astronomy. His interest in visual observation was rekindled in “middle age” by the purchase of a good quality scope, sporadic periods of unemployment and membership in the RASC.  Keith’s academic work has been in the areas of psychology (Hon. B.Sc.) and pharmacology (M.Sc., Ph.D.). He worked in the pharmaceutical industry for almost 15 years conducting research into new drugs, primarily for use in the psychiatry and neurology. Presently he works as a Senior Advisor with the government of Ontario focusing on stakeholder engagement, economic and policy development for the life sciences industry.

Chris Malicki awarded 2015 RASC Service Award

It is my pleasure to announce that Chris Malicki has been chosen to receive an RASC Service Award for 2015. The RASC explains the award on its website: “The Service Award is a major award of the Society given to a member in recognition of outstanding service, rendered over an extended period of time, where such service has had a major impact on the work of the Society and/or of a Centre of the Society.”  

Chris has been the secretary of the Centre since its inception in 2006 and of the Mississauga Astronomical Society before that. He writes very concise minutes of all council meetings and for many years also wrote recaps of all Centre meetings. Chris is a very keen amateur astronomer, has travelled to numerous eclipses and has made many presentation to the Centre on his eclipse experiences and other astronomical phenomena. He is our observing guru and he is delighted to spend time pointing out objects in his telescope to fellow members and especially new members. He was instrumental in our purchase of the solar scope this past spring.

At the national level, he is one of the proofreaders of the Observer’s Handbook, checking for errors and inconsistencies within the many articles in the book – a time-consuming task that requires great attention to detail and a broad knowledge of a variety of astronomical topics. 

Chris, congratulations on receiving this most deserved award for such important contributions to the Centre and the Society. 

The award is a bronze medallion engraved with the winner’s name and year of presentation and will be presented (hopefully to Chris in person) at the General Assembly in Halifax in July.

Leslie

Fri Jan 9 – Astronomy 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.

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.

 

This Week’s Host: Andrew Opala

 

Presentations

Chris Malicki: The Wonderful Southern Sky of New Zealand.

Michael McCorkle: Book Review “Decoding the Heavens”.

** Break **

Steve Mallia: New Multi-Function Camera on the Market

Randy Attwood:  Photographing Comets.

Andrew Opala: Time Lapse Photography Continued.

 

If you are a member and would like to make a presentation at an upcoming meeting, please contact our meetings coordinator:

Andrew Opala – MEMMTG@mississauga.rasc.ca.

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

We hope to see you there on Friday.

Upcoming Meetings / Events

Fri Jan 23: Speaker at UTM – Keith Jarvie, Ph.D., RASC – Chandrasekhar’s Limit.

Fri Feb 13: Astronomy Potpourri/Annual General Mtg at UTM.

Fri Feb 27: Speaker at UTM – TBA.
Fri Mar 13: Astronomy Potpourri at UTM.

Tue Mar 24 or Wed Mar 25: City Star Party at Riverwood.

Fri Mar 27: Speaker at UTM – TBA.

Fri Dec 11 – Astronomy 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.

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.

 

This Week’s Host: Andrew Opala

 

Presentations

Leslie Strike: National Update

John Golla: Prague Astronomical Clock.
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** Break **

Randy Attwood:  2015 Observing Highlights.

Andrew Opala: Time Lapse Photography.

 

If you are a member and would like to make a presentation at an upcoming meeting, please contact our meetings coordinator:

Andrew Opala – MEMMTG@mississauga.rasc.ca.

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

We hope to see you there on Friday.

Upcoming Meetings / Events

Fri Jan 9: Astronomy Potpourri at UTM.
Fri Jan 23: Speaker at UTM – TBA.

Fri Feb 13: Astronomy Potpourri/Annual General Mtg at UTM.

Fri Feb 27: Speaker at UTM – TBA.
Fri Mar 13: Astronomy Potpourri at UTM.

Tue Mar 24 or Wed Mar 25: City Star Party at Riverwood.

Fri Mar 27: Speaker at UTM – TBA.

Fri Nov 28 8 pm – Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array

downloadTalk Title: New eyes on our origins: the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array

Speaker: Dr Rachel Friesen, David Dunlap Institute

With 66 radio dishes operating as a single telescope located 5 km above sea level on the Chajnantor plateau in northern Chile, the ALMA observatory was designed to probe fundamental questions about our universe, from the formation of galaxies to planets. I will talk about why we built ALMA, how it works, and describe some of my own work with ALMA studying the earliest stages of star formation.

Rachel Friesen studies the earliest stages of star formation by observing the cold, dense molecular clouds from which stars arise. She examines the light emitted by molecules within these regions to gain an understanding of the composition, structure, temperature and internal motions of these stellar nurseries—and thus gain a better understanding of the birth of stars and planetary systems.

Because this light is found at radio wavelengths, Friesen makes her observations using radio telescopes facilities like the Very Large Array, the Australia Telescope Compact Array, and the Atacama Large Millimeter Array. She also makes use of observations from space telescopes such as the Spitzer Space Telescope and the Herschel Space Observatory.

Friesen received her PhD from the University of Victoria, and joined the Dunlap Institute in August, 2012, from the North American ALMA Science Center at the NRAO in Charlottesville, Virginia.

I am a Dunlap Fellow at the Dunlap Institute for Astronomy & Astrophysics at the University of Toronto.

I study the early stages of star formation in isolation and in clusters. My research focuses on analysing the structure and composition of dense gas in star forming molecular clouds through observations at multiple single-dish and interferometer telescope facilities.

I completed my PhD in 2009 at the University of Victoria in beautiful British Columbia, working with James Di Francesco (see my thesis here). I next became involved in preparations for the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) as a Postdoctoral Fellow with the North American ALMA Science Center until 2012.

You can read more on my research page, or see my publication list here.

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 untilyou 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. Directions to UTM.

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