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Sep 15: RASC National Star Party @ Riverwood 8:00 PM – 9:30 PM

We just learned that registration is required for this event. If you are not registered, you will be turned away. For safety reasons, attendance will be limited to the 300 people. To register online, go to the Riverwood RASC National Star Party website or call 905-279-5858.

In celebration of the 150th anniversary of the RASC, the Riverwood Conservancy, Earthshine Astronomy and Space Science Organization and the Mississauga Centre of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada present the RASC National Star Party at the Riverwood Conservancy at 8:00 p.m. on Saturday September 15 — weather permitting.

Please check here around 3:00 p.m. on Saturday for a “GO” or NO GO”. Also note that if the weather isn’t good, it will be cancelled. There is no rain date.

Sep 14: 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 SE2074 in the William Davis Building.

Don’t forget the RASC National Star Party at Riverwood on SAT SEP 15 !

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Aug 22: WEDNESDAY Riverwood Public Star Party

***  RAIN DELAYED UNTIL WEDNESDAY AUG 22 ***

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 Aug 22. This event is free.

Moon - phone adapterThere’s a chance you’ll be able to catch Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn in one night!  We should get some views if the smoke from Western Canadian fires isn’t too thick. The Moon should offer some great opportunities for images with your cellphone camera! We should get a good look at some colourful double stars.

Here is  a link to Riverwood on Google maps:  Riverwood

July 25: Riverwood Public Star Party ** GO! ***

***  WE ARE 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 9:00 p.m. on WEDNESDAY July 25 (weather delay from Tuesday). This event is free.

Moon - phone adapterJupiter offers great views as it’s very near opposition – the best time to view the planet.  We should get some views of Saturn this time! The Moon should offer some great opportunities for images with your cellphone camera! We might catch a glimpse of brilliant Venus before it sets, but Mars is up to late, so we’ll miss it this time around.  We should get a good look at some colourful double stars.

Here is  a link to Riverwood on Google maps:  Riverwood

June 20: Riverwood Public Star Party ** DO-OVER **

***  SIGH! WE SHOWED UP BUT SO, UNEXPECTEDLY, DID THE CLOUDS. LETS HAVE A DO-OVER TONIGHT! ***

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 WEDNESDAY June 20. This event is free.

Moon - phone adapterJupiter offers great views as it’s very near opposition – the best time to view the planet. The Moon should offer some great opportunities for images with your cellphone camera! We might catch a glimpse of brilliant Venus before it sets, but Mars and Saturn are up much later, so we’ll miss them this time around.  We should get a good look at some colourful double stars.

Here is  a link to Riverwood on Google maps:  Riverwood

June 8: Dr. John Moores – “Solar System Exploration – An Update”

Dr. John Moores of York University will give a talk titled “Solar System Exploration – An Update”.

John is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Earth and Space Science and Engineering at York University and a Participating Scientist on the Curiosity Rover. He trained on MER in 2004 and contributed to the 2005 Huygens Mission to Titan and the 2008 Phoenix Mission to the Martian Arctic: Here is more information about John.

Over the last few years, rovers, orbiters and flyby missions have improved our understanding of our own solar system. At Mars, Curiosity and Maven have revolutionized our understanding of present and ancient Mars. Further out, Dawn has given us our first view of the hydrated asteroid Ceres. Meanwhile, Juno has shown us the surprising shape of the Jovian poles. And, of course, New Horizons at Pluto has uncovered the Solar System’s heart.

In the coming years, the tradition at Mars will be carried on by the Trace Gas Orbiter and Insight missions. Europa Clipper will take a closer look at Jupiter’s most enigmatic moon. Our first mission to the Jovian Trojans (Lucy) and to an iron asteroid (Psyche) will take place. New Horizons will arrive at the most distant object in the solar system ever visited. Throughout, we are gaining an underlying understanding of how planets work, setting us up to make discoveries in planetary systems around distant stars throughout our galaxy..

More on this and other events: Earthshine Astronomy

Directions to UTM
(http://www.utm.utoronto.ca/about-us/contact-us/maps-directions)

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. 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!