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Sep 20: SPEAKER NIGHT: Simon Claughton & Chris Malicki, RASC

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

Topic: “Astronomy and Space Exploration Philately”

Simon and Chris will present various examples from their stamp collections. Their presentation will include a basic introduction on stamp collecting and astro-philately. They will present selections from their collections on Canada’s early space activities and early U.S. launches, as well as stamps and covers from various solar eclipses.

Simon Claughton graduated with a Diploma in Power Engineering Technology from Niagara College in 1979 and a Masters Degree in Business Administration from the Ivey School at Western University in 1999. He started his work career at Berlet Electronics in 1979 and over the next 40 years has held just about every position available, finally becoming the CEO.
Since 1983 Simon has shared his life and interests with Victoria.
When he was about 11 he inherited his Granddads stamp collection, starting his own collecting interest. Besides his philatelic interests, Simon also collects coins and banknotes relating to places where he has lived. He is also interested in amateur and vintage radio, and in astronomy.

Chris Malicki has been an enthusiastic stamp collector since the age of 4 “after my father introduced me to his extensive collection”.  “My brother introduced me to astronomy in grade 6.  I became a passionate eclipse chaser when I witnessed my first total eclipse of the Sun in Manitoba in 1979.  Since then I have travelled all over the world with my wife Liz to see total solar eclipses.  I have tried to buy eclipse stamps and covers on these expeditions as well as collect eclipse stamps at shows and thanks to friends who add to my collection.”

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.

Sep 10/11: *** CANCELLED ** Riverwood Public Star Party 8:30PM-10:00PM

Please note that the Astronomy Night scheduled for tonight (WEDNESDAY) has been cancelled due to rain in the forecast.

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 TUESDAY Sep 10. This event is free.


Moon - phone adapter
We’ll get views of Jupiter and Saturn this time around. We should get some good views of a young Moon, some colorful double stars, and some deep sky objects through our larger scopes. Get some great images of the Moon with your cellphone camera!

Here is  a link to Riverwood on Google maps:  Riverwood

We make the GO/NO-GO decision using the best weather information available at that time. Please check weather conditions yourself if you plan to attend, as weather conditions can change
quickly and force us to cancel an event or end it earlier than planned.

Sep 6: 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 Sep 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.

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

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

Steve Mallia: “The two handshakes that allowed us to see”

Betty Robinson and Randy Attwood: “Some Astronomical Sights in Italy”
Randy and Betty will share some interesting astronomical sights they visited in Italy last May

** Break **

Various presenters: “Starfest 2019 Wrap-up”
Mississauga Centre members will provide their own reports on Starfest 2019, which took place on Aug 22 – 26. Including:
 – John Marchese: “Who was there, favourite talks, photos
 – Swapna Shrivastava will talk about her and her family’s first ever Starfest experience
 – Photo’s from Brian Gibson
 – and more TBD!

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!

NEW MEMBERS are invited to a New Members Welcome at 7:15 PM PRIOR TO THE POTPOURRI NIGHT

New members are invited to a New Members Welcome on Friday, September 6, at 7:15 p.m. in the UTM meeting room (2074), 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.) 

Aug 16: 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 Aug 16 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: Leslie Strike

Presentations

Wendy Belcher: “My Journey Through South America or How I Lost My …”
Wendy will talk about her trip to Easter Island, the Atacama, her eclipse experience and her visit to a major observatory.

Leslie Strike: “A Chilean Eclipse Adventure”
Leslie will talk about the astronomy facilities at the resort she was at in the Atacama, a couple of interesting tours she went on and the eclipse experience in the La Serena area. 

** Break **

John Golla: “The Sky This/Next Month”
John will provide us with an overview of what to look for in the night skies in the next month or so.

Leslie Strike and John Marchese: “Starfest 2019 Update”
If you’re a Mississauga Centre member and are thinking about going to Starfest (Aug 22 – 26) please make sure to be here. Leslie and John will discuss the survey results and talk about how to make sure that we all find each other there. What’s Starfest? Starfest 2019

Chris Malicki and John Marchese: “SNOLAB Tour Update”
Chris and John will give a quick update on the plans for the 16 Mississauga Centre members that will be going on a tour of SNOLAB near Sudbury on Fri Sep 13 – our lucky day!

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!

Aug 7: Riverwood Public Star Party 8:30PM-10:00PM

WE ARE GO FOR TONIGHT – WED AUG 7

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 7. This event is free.


Moon - phone adapter
We’ll get views of Jupiter and Saturn this time around. We should get some good views of a young Moon, some colorful double stars, and some deep sky objects through our larger scopes. Get some great images of the Moon with your cellphone camera!

Here is  a link to Riverwood on Google maps:  Riverwood

We make the GO/NO-GO decision using the best weather information available at that time. Please check weather conditions yourself if you plan to attend, as weather conditions can change
quickly and force us to cancel an event or end it earlier than planned.

July 19: 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 July 19 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: Keith Jarvie

Presentations

Ron Macnaughton: “Teaching Neil to Land”
The lunar module’s first landing was on the Sea of Tranquility,  so Neil and Buzz had to practice in various simulators.  These were made using 1960’s technology including what might be the largest eyepiece ever made.

Manuel Guerrero: “Imaging Planets at Latitude 10 (Part 2)”
To produce great planetary images, I learned The importance of De-rotation using Winjupos when capturing large amounts of planetary data.
A sample of Manuel’s Imagery – Jupiter SkyNews photo of the week

** Break **

Kirby Alguire: “Southern Eclipse”
Kirby will tell us all about the specs and path of this particular eclipse and the trip he took to Bella Vista, Argentina, to observe it.  His presentation will also describe the photographic techniques he employed and share the results.  
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Solar_eclipse_of_July_2,_2019

Chris Malicki: “Southern Eclipse”

Jo VandenDool: “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Moon”

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!

July 9: Riverwood Public Star Party 9:00PM-10:30PM

***  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 9:00 p.m. on TUESDAY July 9. This event is free.


Moon - phone adapter
We’ll get views of Jupiter as well as Saturn later in the evening. We should get some good views of the waxing gibbous Moon, some colorful double stars, and some deep sky objects through our larger scopes. Get some great images of the Moon with your cellphone camera!

Here is  a link to Riverwood on Google maps:  Riverwood

We make the GO/NO-GO decision using the best weather information available at that time. Please check weather conditions yourself if you plan to attend, as weather conditions can change
quickly and force us to cancel an event or end it earlier than planned.

JUN 21: SPEAKER NIGHT: Ben Feist, NASA

It’s a GO!

Ben at NASA's Neutral Buoyancy Lab

Ben Feist of Toronto, who worked on the 2019 Documentary Apollo 11

Topic: “Apollo 11 – bringing the Apollo program to a new generation”

Buzz Aldrin working at the Scientific Equipment Bay, being sure to not take any pictures of Neil . Photo by Neil Armstrong.

Ben Feist, a local from Toronto, is the creator of Apollo17.org, and was part of the team who made the 2019 Documentary Apollo 11. He will take RASC members through his latest project, Apollo 11 in Real Time: a website that presents the entire historical mission archive in a multimedia experience and contains over 11,000 hours of mission control audio that hasn’t been heard since 1969. Ben will also talk about his new job at NASA Johnson Space Center in Houston, where he is applying new ideas to mission data management and visualization based on his historical work

For more information: Earthshine Astronomy

More information on Ben’s work with NASA: http://benfeist.com/from-apollo-17-to-nasa/

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.

June 11: Riverwood Public Star Party 9:00PM-10:30PM

***  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 9:00 p.m. on TUESDAY June 11. This event is free.


Moon - phone adapter
Towards the end of the evening we might get a glimpse of Jupiter a day after opposition – most of our favorite planetary targets rise later in the evening (or are up in the morning) this time around. We will focus on the Moon, double stars, and some deep sky objects through our larger scopes. Get some great images of the Moon with your cellphone camera!

Here is  a link to Riverwood on Google maps:  Riverwood