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Friday Feb 7 – Astronomy Potpourri and Annual General Meeting

Friday Feb 7, 2013 – UTM Rm SE2082

8:00-8:45

Our host this evening is Randy Attwood.   The following presenters and their topics will be showcased for the first part of the meeting.
Christopher Lansdale:
The Joys of Using Small Telescopes
Walter Merino: “Gravity” – a review of the recent movie which is generating Oscar buzz
Randy Attwood: Astronomy In The News (time permitting)

8:45-9:00

Break

9:00-10:00

The Mississauga Centre’s 2013 Annual Meeting (Chair: President Leslie Strike)

 

Park in lot 4 or the parkade, across from the fitness centre south of the Davis Building. (Parking rate: $2 per hour.) 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 lecture hall SE2082 in the William Davis Building (AKA the South building).

All of our meetings at UTM are free and open to everyone, however voting at the Annual General Meeting is for current membership only.

After the meeting, join us at Crabby Joe’s at the South Common Mall for more fun.

Pluto – is it a planet or not?

Friday, January 24, 2014 8:00 PM to 10:00 PM

Room 2082, William Davis Building (University of Toronto at Mississauga) 3359 Mississauga Road, Mississauga

Jesse Rogerson, York University.

In 2006, the International Astronomical Union made a landmark decision that ultimately reclassified the object we call Pluto as a Dwarf Planet. The resultant responses from both the astronomical community and the people of Earth as a whole have been mixed. In this talk I lay out the journey we have taken thus far in our understanding of the Solar System by touring its various objects, understanding its history (both formation/evolution and research thereof), and placing the ‘Pluto debate’ into a much broader discussion: the use of the scientific method.