May 22: Prof. Bryan M. Gaensler PhD FAA

The May 22nd meeting of the RASC Mississauga Centre will feature a talk on the ways the universe could kill you.

SPEAKER: Dr Bryan Gaensler, Director Dunlap Institute for Astronomy and Astrophysics, University of Toronto
TITLE: How The Cosmos Will Kill You

http://api.profiles.sydney.edu.au/AcademicProfiles/profile/resource?urlid=bryan.gaensler

ABSTRACT: The stars of the night sky appear gentle, peaceful and unchanging. But this is a lie. The Universe is a violent and catastrophic place, with dozens of tools at its disposal to wipe out all life on Earth with almost no warning. Astronomers are still only beginning to appreciate the true scope of the dramatic forces that drive the Universe’s evolution.

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 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!

May 8: 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. 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 May 8 meeting will feature talks on Astrophotography and the night sky in May.

 

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

Host: John Marchese

Presentations:

Elina Hoodfar – First Durham Insurance A review of the RASC Insurance Benefit
Charlene Xia – Time Lapse Photography

** BREAK **

Phil Mozel – Various Astrophotos
John Marchese – Report on Amanda Peet’s Talk on Wed at the P.I.
Randy Attwood – The Sky this Month

If you are a member and would like to make a presentation at an upcoming meeting, please contact one of our potpourri meetings coordinators: John Marchese, Stephen Mallia, John Golla or Chris Malicki – MEMMTG@mississauga.rasc.ca.

After the meeting, join us at Montana’s Cookhouse – 2530 Hyde Park Gate, Oakville (off Dundas east of Hwy 403 in front of the Canadian Tire store) for more fun!

 

Tue April 28 – 8:00 pm Riverwood Park Observing Night

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 28th.

We should have great views of the Moon and two planets – Venus and Jupiter!

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

April 24: Phil Mozel – The Stars of 1812

THE April 24 MEETING OF THE RASC MISSISSAUGA CENTRE WILL FEATURE A TALK ON THE STARS OF 1812.

The last two years have seen numerous celebrations to commemorate the bicentennial of the War of 1812.  Many battles took place very close to the venue of Mississauga Centre meetings.  Of possible interest to amateur astronomers is the state of astronomical knowledge at this time when war raged not only across parts of Canada and the United States but in Napoleonic Europe as well.  As an amateur historian, Phil will also reveal, through his alter ego, his special connection to this period.

Phil is a founding member of the Mississauga Centre and a Past National Librarian.  As a Contributing Editor of the RASC Journal he wrote the “A Moment With…” column detailing the research interests of astronomers.  He has spent more time than he cares to remember in the dark, both outside and under various planetarium domes. His own observing extends to variable stars and photographing sunset and (occasionally) sunrise phenomena.  He enjoys combining hobbies as will be seen in this talk.

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!

Fri Apr 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:

 

Presentations

John Brugener: The Geography and Science of Comet and Meteor Impacts (Part II)

Chris Malicki: Solar Eclipse from a plane

** Break **

Leslie Strike: Solar Eclipse from Svalbard

Andrew Opala:  Lake Erie Star Party

 

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

Fri Apr 24: Speaker at UTM – Phil Mozel – The Stars of 1812.

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

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!