SATURDAY July 29: Riverwood – first National Star Party: (8:00 – 10:00 pm)

Canada 150
The Riverwood Conservancy, Earthshine Astronomy and Space Science Organization and the Mississauga Centre of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada present the first National Star Party at the RIVERWOOD CONSERVATORY at 8:00 p.m. on SATURDAY July 29.

On Saturday July 29, we’re holding the first National Star Party! Astronomy clubs across the country are holding a star party on the same night to celebrate Canada’s 150th anniversary since Confederation.

Members of the Mississauga Centre of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada will be setting up telescopes to show members of the public spectacular views of the Universe. Observing will take place on the green in front of Chappelle House. The event starts at dusk is free and open to everyone. Jupiter, Saturn and the Moon should be visible, along with perhaps a nebula or two! Get some good shots of the Apollo moon landing sites with your cellphone cameras! We should get a good look at some colourful double stars.

Here is  a link to Riverwood on Google maps: Riverwood

For further information visit the EarthShine site: Earthshine Event

Total Solar Eclipse: Monday, August 21 2017

On Monday, August 21,  a total solar eclipse will be visible across the United States. The eclipse will be visible as a partial eclipse (where only part of the sun is covered) from Canada, but that view pales in comparison with the darkened skies under a total eclipse, so make plans to travel South for a good view. For those who can’t make the trip, we’ll be setting up scopes at Riverwood for public viewing.

NASA have published a great 1 minute video of what will happen during this solar eclipse, showing the relative sizes of the Earth and Moon – give it a look! NASA: Flying Around The Eclipse Shadow

 

 

July 7: Potpourri Night

*** Due to construction we will meet in room SE2074  (just down the hall) ***

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 SE2074 in the William Davis Building.

Host: John Marchese

Presentations:

Leslie Strike: Report on the 2017 GA in Ottawa

Francois van Heerden: Astro-video, Mallincams and Public Outreach.
(Francois is an accomplished public speaker, who comes to us from the RASC Toronto centre. In this talk he will show us that, when it comes to public outreach, the Mallincam is in fact “ready for prime time”. His talk will be followed-up with a live demo at an upcoming star party at Riverwood.)

** Break **

Randy Attwood: Spacefest – Report on the Recent Spacefest VIII Conference in Tucson https://www.spacefest.info/

Jeff Booth: The Sky this Month

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.

After the meeting, join us at at a local watering hole (location announced during the meeting) for more fun!

June 23: Prof. Michael De Robertis: “Life Beyond Earth”

*** Due to construction we will meet in room SE2074  (just down the hall) ***
https://i1.rgstatic.net/ii/profile.image/AS%3A278839474311176%401443491919238_l/Michael_De_Robertis.pngProf. Michael De Robertis,
York University

“Is there life elsewhere” is one of the key questions that Astronomers face today. Join us as Prof. Michael De Robertis presents the latest scientific findings and techniques.

The meeting will be held from 8:00 to 10:00 p.m. at The University of Toronto,Mississauga Campus, in lecture hall SE2074 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 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 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!

Jun 7: Riverwood Public Star Party: (Wed 9:00 pm)

*** Riverwood is a GO tonight (Wed). See you all there!***

The Riverwood Conservancy, Earthshine Astronomy and Space Science Organization and the Mississauga Centre of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada present the CITY STAR PARTY at the RIVERWOOD CONSERVATORY at 9:00 p.m. on TUESDAY JUNE 6.

This event is dependent on weather conditions, please check back after noon Wednesday for a Go / No Go.

Moon - phone adapterJupiter shines brilliantly in the June skies, and the Moon will be a nice waxing gibbous tonight (look it up!) so we should be able to get some good shots of the Apollo moon landing sites with your cellphone cameras! We should get a good look at some colourful double stars.

Here is  a link to Riverwood on Google maps: Riverwood

June 9: Potpourri Night

*** Due to construction we will meet in room SE2074  (just down the hall) ***

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 SE2074 in the William Davis Building.

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.

After the meeting, join us at at a local watering hole (location announced during the meeting) for more fun!

May 26: Prof. Paul Delaney: Exoplanetary Update: Proxima Centauri b

*** Due to construction we will meet in room SE2074  (just down the hall) ***

Prof. Paul Delaney, York University

Thousands of exoplanets and exoplanetary candidates have been detected suggesting that exoplanets are very common. In 2016 it was discovered that the very closest star to our own Sun, Proxima Centauri b, harbours a planet.

This presentation will summarize the state of exoplanetary research and look at the likelihood of exploring the Proxima Centauri star system in the relatively near future.

For more information, see the Earthshine notice: Earthshine

The meeting will be held from 8:00 to 10:00 p.m. at The University of Toronto,Mississauga Campus, in lecture hall SE2074 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 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 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!

May 12: Potpourri Night

*** Due to construction we will meet in room SE2074  (just down the hall) ***

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 SE2074 in the William Davis Building.

Host: John Marchese

Presentations:

Jo Vandendool: The Explore the Universe, Explore the Moon, Messier, finest NGCs, Deep Sky Challenge, Isabel Williamson Lunar, & Astrophotography certificate programs offered by the RASC.

Jeff Booth: The Sky this Month.

** Break **

Dave Dev: Refractor Restoration Project.

Leslie Strike & Dave Dev: Starfest 2017. Learn about Canada’s largest star party!

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.

After the meeting, join us at at a local watering hole (location announced during the meeting) for more fun!

Riverwood Wednesday May 3nd 8:30pm

*** IT’S A GO! ***

The Riverwood Conservancy, Earthshine Astronomy and Space Science Organization and the Mississauga Centre of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada present the CITY STAR PARTY at the RIVERWOOD CONSERVATORY at 8:30 p.m. on WEDNESDAY MAY 3.

Moon - phone adapterJupiter shines brilliantly near the Moon tonight, so be sure to get a look! We should get a good look at some colourful double stars. Use your phone to get a shot of the crescent Moon through a telescope with one of our phone camera adapters!

Here is  a link to Riverwood on Google maps: Riverwood

Apr 21: Attwood & Watson: Observing and Photographing the August Total Solar Eclipse

*** Due to construction we will meet in room SE2074  (just down the hall) ***

Mississauga Centre Honourary President Randy Attwood and Toronto Centre member Michael Watson will cover all aspects of observing, enjoying, photographing and preparing for the experience which will last a scant two minutes.

These are rare events and may be overwhelming for the novice TSE observer. The presenters have seen several dozen eclipses and will share their experiences with advice to those planning to travel to the centre line.

For more information, see the Earthshine notice: Earthshine

The meeting will be held from 8:00 to 10:00 p.m. at The University of Toronto,Mississauga Campus, in lecture hall SE2074 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 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 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!