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!

Fri Nov 14 – 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

Jo VandenDool – Explore the Universe Certificate

Randy Attwood – Oct 23 Eclipse & photos

Gerard Foraie – Hoodies and Goodies (Centre Merchandise)

** Break **

Jo VandenDool – Trip To Spain

Andrew – Up-coming Gemenid Meteor Shower and the strange Palladian Asteroids

 

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 Nov 28: Speaker at UTM – Rachel Friesen, U of T. Topic: Star Formation.

Fri Dec 12: Astronomy Potpourri at UTM.

Tue Nov 4 – 7:00 pm Riverwood Park Observing Night

Observe the Moon and planets through large telescopes

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 4th.

We should have great views of the Moon and Mars!

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

Crowd Gathers to Worship the Sun

Solar Eclipse at Centennial Park
Solar Eclipse at Centennial Park

This past week a crowd of 20-30 members of the Mississauga RASC gathered to watch a Partial Solar Eclipse at Centennial Park in Etobicoke. The location that was chosen was at the top of a 60 foot ski hill so as to provide an excellent perspective as the sun set. Despite this detail many of the individuals present decided to carry heavy telescopes and camera equipment up the steep incline (with hopes of not forgetting anything in the car).

The Eclipse began at 5:40 pm and continued through sunset for an (admittedly) very picturesque event. Coincidentally, one of the largest sunspot groupings in 25 years was active the day of the eclipse and provided an added effect for the days observing.

Setting Sun
Setting Sun Over Mississauga ~ Jo VandenDool

Others decided to observe the eclipse from parts of Ontario not requiring climbing a 60 foot ski hill, and while some of these individuals were rewarded, others missed out on the action due to cloud cover.

Just as quick as the eclipse started, at approximately 6:20pm, with a green flash of the sunset, the crowd dispersed. Below are the images of member submitted photographs from this event (click any image to enlarge).

~ Article By Jo VandenDool ~

 

Eclipsed Sun with Plane ~ Randy Atwood
Eclipsed Sun with Plane ~ Randy Atwood
Featuring Sunspot Group AR2192 ~ Brian Gibson
Featuring Sunspot Group AR2192 ~ Brian Gibson

 

Just the Beginning ~ Simon Claughton
Just the Beginning ~ Simon Claughton
A Masterpiece ~ Brian Gibson
A Masterpiece ~ Brian Gibson
Powerline Silhouette ~ Jo VandenDool
Powerline Silhouette ~ Jo VandenDool
There's something in the water ~ Randy Atwood
There’s something in the water ~ Randy Atwood
Green Flash ~ Jo VandenDool
Green Flash ~ Jo VandenDool

 

 

Fri Oct 10 – 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

Jo VandenDool: Astronomy Trivia (with candy) .

Randy Attwood: Some Astronomical Sites in Southern England.

** Break **

Andrew Opala: Long Point Star Party.

TBD: Observing this Month.

 

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 Oct 24: Speaker at UTM – Dr Amy Shaw, York U. Topic: Near-Earth Asteroid Bennu and the OSIRIS-REx Sample Return Mission.

Tue Nov 4 or Wed Nov 5: City Star Party at Riverwood.

Fri Nov 14: Astronomy Potpourri at UTM.

Fri Nov 28: Speaker at UTM – Rachel Friesen, U of T. Topic: Star Formation.

Fri Dec 12: Astronomy Potpourri at UTM.

Wed Oct 1 – 7:30 pm Riverwood Park Observing Night

Observe the Moon and planets through large telescopes

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 06th.

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

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

Friday September 26: The Science of Shakespeare

The September 26 meeting of the RASC Mississauga Centre will feature a talk on the Science of Shakespeare.  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.

Dan Falk - Shakespeare Science

Speaker: Dan Falk

 

William Shakespeare lived at a time when the medieval world — a world of magic, astrology, witchcraft, and superstition of all kinds — was just beginning to give way to more modern ways of thinking. The methodical Galileo, the skeptical Montaigne, the daring Copernicus: these and other bold thinkers were putting forth new ideas about the human body, the earth, and the universe at large — ideas that would soon transform Western thought. Shakespeare was not a scientist — the word did not even exist at the time — but a handful of scholars are now examining Shakespeare’s interest in the scientific discoveries of his time: what he knew, when he knew it, and how he incorporated that knowledge into his work.

Fascinated by science and intrigued by history, Dan Falk explores the connections between Shakespeare’s plays and the beginnings of the Scientific Revolution and how, together, they changed the world. While Shakespeare was not the Carl Sagan of the Elizabethan Age, his plays reveal that he was conscious of the changing conception of the cosmos and that his observations of human nature were as revolutionary as those of the astronomers who studied the night sky.

Dan Falk is a science journalist, author, and broadcaster. His books include In Search of Time: Journeys along a Curious Dimension and Universe on a T-Shirt: The Quest for the Theory of Everything, winner of the 2002 Science in Society Journalism Award. He has written for the Globe and Mail, the Toronto Star, The Walrus, Astronomy, Sky & Telescope, and New Scientist; he has also been a regular contributor to CBC Radio’s Ideas. Falk recently completed a prestigious Knight Journalism Fellowship at MIT, where he undertook much of the research for this book.

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 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.Directions to UTM.

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