All posts by Allan Connery

Sep 11: ZOOM Speaker night!

This free meeting is open to the public and will be held via ZOOM on Friday Sep 11 from 8:00 to 10:00 p.m

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Speaker: Robert J. Sawyer, Award winning Canadian Science Fiction Writer and Fururist.

Topic:”Black Holes, and Project Orion – the space science behind Robert J. Sawyer’s new novel, The Oppenheimer Alternative”

Robert J. Sawyer is one of only eight writers ever to win all three of the world’s top awards for best science-fiction novel of the year: the Hugo, the Nebula, and the John W. Campbell Memorial Award. He has also won the Robert A. Heinlein Award, the Edward E. Smith Memorial Award, and the Hal Clement Memorial Award; the top SF awards in China, Japan, France, and Spain; and a record-setting sixteen Canadian Science Fiction and Fantasy Awards (“Auroras”). His latest novel—his 24th—is The Oppenheimer Alternative.

Rob’s novel FlashForward was the basis for the ABC TV series of the same name, and he was a scriptwriter for that program. He also scripted the two-part finale for the popular web series Star Trek Continues.

He is a Member of the Order of Canada, the highest honor bestowed by the Canadian government, as well as the Order of Ontario, the highest honor given by his home province; he was also one of the initial inductees into the Canadian Science Fiction and Fantasy Hall of Fame.

Rob lives just outside Toronto. His website and blog are at sfwriter.com, and on Facebook, Twitter, and Patreon he’s RobertJSawyer.
 
Website: https://sfwriter.com
Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/robertjsawyer
Facebook: https://facebook.com/robertjsawyer
Twitter: https://twitter.com/robertjsawyer (@RobertJSawyer)

More about The Oppenheimer Alternative is here: https://sfwriter.com/exoa.htm

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Aug 21: ZOOM POTPOURRI NIGHT

Potpourri meetings feature a series of short presentations on various astronomy and space topics given by members of the Mississauga Centre. This free meeting is open to the public and will be held via ZOOM on Friday Aug 21 from 8:00 to 10:00 p.m

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A beautiful shot of Neowise by member Brian Gibson

Host: Randy Attwood

Presentations

Randy Attwood: “Centre News and RASC COVID-19 Update”
Simon Claughton: “Postage Stamps and Covers from the Early Apollo Program”
Randy Attwood: “The Sky this Autumn”

** Break **

Kirby Alguire: “Comet NEOWISE recap”
Gary Crawford and Brian Gibson: “Recent Astrophotos”
Randy Attwood: “Three Solar Eclipses in the Next Three Years”

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July 24: ZOOM POTPOURRI NIGHT

Potpourri meetings feature a series of short presentations on various astronomy and space topics given by members of the Mississauga Centre. This free meeting is open to the public and will be held via ZOOM on Friday July 24 from 8:00 to 10:00 p.m

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A beautiful shot of Neowise by member Brian Gibson

Host: Randy Attwood

Presentations

Fred Benedikt: Conclusion to the 2 inch Focuser Upgrade

Simon Claughton: The Postal History of Apollo 13

** Break **

Leslie Strike: The Constellation Cygnus

Various Contributors: Comet NEOWISE – Photos and Observations

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July 10: zoom SPEAKER NIGHT: RANDY ATTWOOD

Topic: “Apollo 13 – The Flight That Failed”

By Randy Attwood

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Fifty years ago, the third mission was launched to land two people on the Moon. On the third day of the flight, a problem occurred which cancelled the plans for the lunar landing and instead, started a race to get the astronauts home alive. In this talk, the speaker will detail all the things which had to go right to save the Apollo 13 crew.

About Randy:

J. Randy Attwood is a resident of Mississauga and has been looking up at the night sky for nearly 50 years. He joined the The Royal Astronomical Society of Canada in 1970. He was President of the Toronto Centre 1982 – 1986, Society National President 1998 – 2000, the founder, a Past-President and Honorary President and currently President of the Mississauga Centre. He was the Society’s Executive Director and Publisher of SkyNews magazine from 2014 – 2019.

For more information, please see the Earthshine notice

The meeting will be held online from 8:00 to 10:00 p.m. via ZOOM.

Mar 20: SPEAKER NIGHT: RANDY ATTWOOD

Due to the COVID-19 crisis and the suspension of in-person classes at UTM, we have cancelled this meeting.

Topic: “Apollo 13 – The Flight That Failed”

By Randy Attwood

Fifty years ago, the third mission was launched to land two people on the Moon. On the third day of the flight, a problem occurred which cancelled the plans for the lunar landing and instead, started a race to get the astronauts home alive. In this talk, the speaker will detail all the things which had to go right to save the Apollo 13 crew.

About Randy:

J. Randy Attwood is a resident of Mississauga and has been looking up at the night sky for nearly 50 years. He joined the The Royal Astronomical Society of Canada in 1970. He was President of the Toronto Centre 1982 – 1986, Society National President 1998 – 2000, the founder, a Past-President and Honorary President and currently President of the Mississauga Centre. He was the Society’s Executive Director and Publisher of SkyNews magazine from 2014 – 2019.

For more information, please see the Earthshine notice

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.

Park in parking deck P4 or P8, across from the Recreation and Wellness (Fitness) Centre south of the Davis Building. The parking rate is $2 per hour or $6 maximum. Consider paying the maximum, which will allow you to park all night. If not, you should return to your vehicle before your time expires to avoid being ticketed.

Enter the Davis Building 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.

MAR 6: POTPOURRI NIGHT & New members welcome

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 Friday Mar 6 from 8:00 to 10:00 p.m. at The University of Toronto, Mississauga Campus, in lecture hall SE2074 in the William Davis Building.

Special raffle prize: 82 degree 8.8mm eyepiece – courtesy of Explore Scientific!

In the unlikely event of a cancellation, we will post a notice here by 4 PM Friday.

New Members Welcome at 7:15

Hosts: Betty Robinson and Randy Attwood

New members Mississauga Centre members are invited to a “New Members Welcome” prior to the Potpourri Night. Members of Council will welcome you to the Centre, give you more details on the Club and what we do, explain the benefits of joining the RASC and the Mississauga Centre, and invite you to share your interests with us. While this event is intended for new members, any member can attend.

Potpourri Meeting at 8:00

Host: Randy Attwood

Presentations

Dr Phil Groff, Executive Director RASC  
Dr. Groff will provide an update on Society activities and be available to answer questions.   

** Break **

Fred Benedikt: A Travelogue
Visits to the Lowell Observatory in Flagstaff, Arizona and the Adler Planetarium in Chicago

Scott Roberts, president at Explore Scientific:
Scott will talk about Explore Scientific giving some history of the company, the importance of outreach. He is also going to be offering up an 82 degree 8.8mm eyepiece as a raffle prize!

Steve Mallia: Backspace (astrophotography discussion)
Backspace  – what it is and how to determine what the requirement is for imaging and your camera.

Jo Vandendool: “Ray Tracing Apollo 11”
See what the views from the lunar surface would have looked like on Apollo 11 if Buzz Adrin wasn’t such a narcissist.

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!

feb 21: agm & SPEAKER NIGHT: Dr. Elaina Hyde

In the unlikely event of a cancellation, we will post a notice here by 4 PM Friday.

This is our Annual General Meeting, so we’ll have CAKE, COFFEE, DECAF AND TEA!

Topic: “Telescopes and Data Science, a Match Made in the Heavens”

This talk will cover York University’s Public Outreach program, an introduction to our one metre telescope, and a bit about why I am so interested in using this telescope for outreach as well as research in data science and astrophysics. We will investigate our Milky Way Galaxy and have a short discussion of how data science can be used to detect faint and sparse objects such as the dwarf satellites and streams that helped form the galaxy we live in. When trying to make detections of these mysterious stars, the advent of greater cloud computing capability means the sky really is no longer the limit (for programming or Astronomy)!

About Elaina:

Dr. Elaina Hyde is a new assistant professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at York University in Toronto. Her research ‘in and above the cloud’ combines astrophysics, data science, cloud computing, planetary sciences, optical engineering, telescope operations and telescope observations. Her current favorite programming languages are Python, C, R and SQL.
Elaina’s research focus is galactic archaeology and data science for astrophysics. While gathering data, she has worked with instrumentation and telescopes across the world. Her experience with optical telescopes provides technical leadership for the York University Allan I. Carswell Astronomical Observatory.
A key motivation for Elaina is the promotion of astronomy education and research through public telescope activities and exploration. As a lecturer, trainer, and consultant she is constantly innovating teaching methodologies for interdisciplinary audiences, across the sciences as well as for businesses, students at York and the public. 

More on Elaina Hyde

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.

Park in parking deck P4 or P8, across from the Recreation and Wellness (Fitness) Centre south of the Davis Building. The parking rate is $2 per hour or $6 maximum. Consider paying the maximum, which will allow you to park all night. If not, you should return to your vehicle before your time expires to avoid being ticketed.

Enter the Davis Building 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.

feb 7: 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 Friday Feb 7 from 8:00 to 10:00 p.m. at The University of Toronto, Mississauga Campus, in lecture hall SE2074 in the William Davis Building.

(Go / No Go will appear here after 4PM Fri)

Host: Randy Attwood

Presentations

Vineet Honkan: “A History of the ISRO (India Space Research Organization)”

** Break **

Ron Macnaughton: “A New Way to Present  Astronomy”

Randy Attwood: “The new Space Place Canada Initiative to Build a Large Planetarium in Toronto”

Randy Attwood: “A Review of Committees and Call for More Volunteers”

Plus one more – TBA

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!

Jan 24: SPEAKER NIGHT: Dan Falk

In the unlikely event of a cancellation, we will post a notice here by 4 PM Friday.

Topic: “Time Travel in Fact and Fiction”

By Dan Falk

Time travel has been a staple of science fiction for more than a century, from H.G. Wells’ novel The Time Machine to the Back to the Future trilogy to innumerable episodes of Star Trek.  But, could time travel actually happen in the real world?  Trying to answer that question involves both philosophy and physics, as we ponder everything from the “grandfather paradox” to the nature of time itself.  In this illustrated talk, award-winning science journalist Dan Falk explores the idea of time travel in both fact and fiction.

About Dan:

Dan Falk is an award-winning science journalist based in Toronto. His writing credits include Smithsonian, Scientific American, New Scientist, The Walrus, Quanta, Slate, NBCnews.com, and many other publications. He’s written three popular science books, most recently The Science of Shakespeare. Dan has appeared regularly on several CBC Radio programs and has contributed more than a dozen documentaries to CBC’s Ideas

He also co-hosts BookLab, a podcast that reviews popular science books In 2011 he was a Knight Science Journalism Fellow at MIT, and last winter he was the Science Communicator in Residence at York University.  Last fall, Dan was awarded the Fleming Medal for Excellence in Science Communication from the Royal Canadian Institute for Science.

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.

Park in parking deck P4 or P8, across from the Recreation and Wellness (Fitness) Centre south of the Davis Building. The parking rate is $2 per hour or $6 maximum. Consider paying the maximum, which will allow you to park all night. If not, you should return to your vehicle before your time expires to avoid being ticketed.

Enter the Davis Building 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.

Jan 10: 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 Friday Jan 10 from 8:00 to 10:00 p.m. at The University of Toronto, Mississauga Campus, in lecture hall SE2074 in the William Davis Building.

(Go / No Go will appear here after 4PM Fri)

Host: Randy Attwood

Presentations

Randy Attwood: “Venus and the Pleiades”

Dennis Gasparotto: “Remote imaging with ASIAIR”

Steve Mallia: “Mississauga Centre Bylaws”

Randy Attwood: “Call for Volunteers”

** Break **

Randy Attwood: “The Sky in 2020 / an Update on Betelgeuse”

Plans for 2020
Leslie Strike
: “About the Proposed 2020 Slate”
Allan Connery: “Telescope Loan Program”
Jo VandenDool: “Member Observing”
Randy Attwood: “Public Outreach”

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!