All posts by Allan Connery

Fri Oct 28th – Randy Attwood, “Amateur Astronomy Today – A Status Report”

randyAmateur astronomy has changed drastically over the past 50 years. Telescopes made in the basement have been replaced with high quality instruments capable of performing astronomical research. Those new to astronomy are confronted with computerized telescopes and unfortunately, disappearing skies due to light pollution

There is a great opportunity for amateur astronomers to reach members of the public and promote science literacy and critical thinking. Since young people are attracted to astronomy and space science, we have an opportunity to encourage young people to embrace “STEAM” and pursue careers in science and technology.

Randy Attwood has been looking up for most of his life. His interest in space and astronomy was sparked during the summer of 1969 with the first moon landing. Since then he has observed and photographed the night sky, chased solar eclipses across the globe and witnessed several space shuttle and rocket launches. He often appears in the media to comment on various astronomy and space exploration stories. To recognize his contributions to science public outreach, asteroid 265235 was named Asteroid Attwood in 2012.

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 SE2082 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!

Oct 14: Astronomy 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 SE2082 in the William Davis Building.

Host: John Golla

Presentations

Lara Awad: Art of the Sun Photography & Apparent Movement of the Sun

Sharon Tomas: Book Review – E=MC2

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Chris Malicki: Aurora Photos from Iceland

Steve Mallia: Mississauga Centre Strategic Plan

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 Tuesday Oct 11th 7:00PM: ** GO ** Mars, Saturn, and the Moon

Join us at Riverwood for a night of free public viewing through our telescopes!

Weather is looking good, so we are GO!

Moon - phone adapterSaturn and Mars are low in the Southern skies, near the end of their visit this year, so be sure to see them before they go! 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!

We’ll start when it gets dark at 7:00PM.

Here is  a link to Riverwood on Google maps: Riverwood

Fri Sep 23th – Julie Tomé, “There and Back Again”

NASA’s OSIRIS-REx spacecraft will soon be headed to asteroid Bennu on a sample return mission.

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What questions are mission scientists hoping to answer? Who gets to play with the space dirt? Why was Bennu chosen? Will we need Bruce Willis to blow it up? Learn the answers to these questions and more!

Julie Tomé has earned a Hon. BSc in Physics & Astronomy from York University (’03), a BEd from the University of Ottawa (‘04), and a graduate diploma in Science Communication from Laurentian University (’07). As a Museum Teacher at the Royal Ontario Museum, Julie shares her passion for all things science and history with young and old through school programs, camps, exhibitions, and special programs.

The meeting will be held from 8:00 to 10:00 p.m. at The University of Toronto,Mississauga Campus, in lecture hall SE2082 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!

Riverwood Tuesday Sep 13th 8:00PM: ** GO ** Mars, Saturn, and the Moon

Join us at Riverwood for a night of free public viewing through our telescopes!

Weather is looking good, so we are GO!

Moon - phone adapterSaturn and Mars are nearing the end of their visit this year, so be sure to see them before they go! 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!

There are more details about the event on Earthshine’s site here: Earthshine

We’ll start when it gets dark at 8:00PM.

Here is  a link to Riverwood on Google maps: Riverwood

Sep 9: Astronomy 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 SE2082 in the William Davis Building.

Host: John Marchese

Presentations

Fred Benedikt: My Budget DYI Astronomy Projects

Jo VandenDool: The Sky this Month

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Allan Connery: Mississauga Centre Telescope Loan Program

Great Course Video from “Our Night Sky” with prof E.M. Murphy, U of Virginia

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 Wed Aug 10th 8:30PM: Mars, Saturn, and the Crescent Moon *** IT’S A GO ***

 

join us at Riverwood for free public viewing through our telescopes!

Moon - phone adapterSaturn and Mars should put on a nice show in the warm evening, so be sure to get a good look at them. We should get a good look at some colourful double stars. Get a shot of the crescent Moon through one of our telescopes using your phone with one of our phone camera adapters!

There are more details about the event on Earthshine’s site here: Earthshine

You might get to see a low pass of the ISS (the International Space Station), starting  at 9:08PM.

We’ll start when it gets dark at 8:30PM. The event is weather permitting (for obvious reasons) so check back here for a GO/NO GO on Tuesday afternoon.

Here is  a link to Riverwood on Google maps: Riverwood

July 15: Astronomy 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 SE2082 in the William Davis Building. The June 1oth meeting features talks on the James Webb Space Telescope, a report on the 2016 RASC General Assembly, and more:

Host: Steve Mallia

Presentations

Leslie Strike: Award Presentation

Randy Attwood: Trip to Paris / 2017 Total Solar Eclipse Preview

Fred Benedict: Enjoy the Sky – Both Day and Night

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Steve Mallia: Mississauga Centre Strategic Plan

John Marchese: Visit to the Udvar-Hazy Center in Washington / Starfest 2016 Update

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 Tues July 12th 9:00PM: Mars, Saturn, Jupiter and the Crescent Moon ** IT’S A GO **

Join us at Riverwood for free public viewing through our telescopes!

Moon - phone adapterJupiter, Mars and Saturn are now visible in the evenings, so we sure to get a good look at them. Get a shot of the crescent Moon through one of our telescopes using your phone with one of our phone camera adapters!

We’ll start when it gets dark at 9:00PM.

Here is  a link to Riverwood on Google maps: Riverwood

Fri June 24th – George Conidis: “Two Galaxies To Rule Them All”

George ConidisOur observable Universe hosts hundreds of billions of galaxies distributed unevenly in a sponge-like configuration known as the Cosmic Web. The web can be classified into four distinct groups: voids (empty regions with no/few galaxies), walls/sheets, filaments, and nodes/clusters.

These structures are seeded to grow from physical processes at the earliest times in the Universe. Thus, internal to each void, sheet, filament, and node, there is embedded information about how the adolescent Universe behaved.

One of the primordial signatures embedded in large scale structure is the organization of a member galaxy’s orientation to their host Cosmic Web structure. Our host galaxy, the Milky Way, lives in a sheet of galaxies known as the Local Sheet. As it turns out, the Milky Way and its companion the Andromeda galaxy are the peculiar culprits behind bullying their neighbors into misalignment with the sheet and theoretical predictions.

George Conidis is a PhD Candidate in Physics & Astronomy at York University. He was recently presented with the Mitacs Award for Outstanding Innovation for research that includes discovering 174 galactic neighborhoods that mirror our own: Article in The Star

The meeting will be held from 8:00 to 10:00 p.m. at The University of Toronto,Mississauga Campus, in lecture hall SE2082 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!