All posts by Allan Connery

Apr 6: Dr Adam Muzzin: “The Most Distant Galaxies in the Universe: What we know, and what the James Webb Space Telescope will tell us” ** GO **

We are GO for tonight’s meeting!

Dr Adam Muzzin, York University

The combined power of infrared observatories both in space and from the ground has allowed us to observe extraordinarily distant galaxies. Some of the most distant are observed just a few hundred million years after the Big Bang, when the universe was merely 2% of its current age. Dr. Muzzin will talk about what what observatories like the Hubble Space Telescope have shown us about these exotic young galaxies. He will also introduce the James Webb Space Telescope, NASA’s $9 billion dollar IR-optimized successor to Hubble. Now is an exciting time, as JWST is preparing for launch in Oct 2018. The primary mission of this extremely powerful telescope is to show us the first stars forming in the first galaxies. He will present what we think those very young galaxies might look like.

Adam Muzzin is an assistant professor at York University in Toronto.  His research focuses on galaxy formation and evolution, particularly the high-redshift universe. Most of his work is on how distant galaxies form and evolve, and how that evolution is related to their larger scale environment.  Due to the redshifting of light, studies of distant galaxies almost always involve infrared observations.

More on Dr Adam Muzzin

More on this and other upcoming speaker meetings
(http://earthshineastronomy.ca/events/)

2018 RASC calendars and Explore the Universe Guides will be for sale.

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!

Mar 27: Riverwood Public Star Party – CANCELLED

*** CANCELLED DUE TO WEATHER ***

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 7:30 p.m. on TUESDAY SEPT 26. This event is free.

Moon - phone adapterThe Moon should offer some great opportunities for images with your cellphone camera! Mars, Jupiter and Saturn are up in the morning skies, 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

Mar 23: Potpourri Night – Awards, Gemini & Spaceflight!

*** Tonight’s meeting is a GO ***

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.

Host: Stephen Mallia

PRESENTATIONS

Stephen Mallia: New President’s Address
Astrophotography Contest Committee: Contest Results & Awards!

** Break ** 2018 RASC calendars and Explore the Universe Guides will be for sale **

CHRIS MALICKI: The Constellation “Gemini”
RANDY ATTWOOD: An Introduction to Spaceflight – Part 1

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!

March 9: Dr Alan Jackson: “Making The Moon”

The meeting tonight is a GO!

Dr Alan Jackson, CPS Postdoctoral Fellow, Centre for Planetary
Sciences, University of Toronto

The Moon is an important part of our everyday lives. It regulates the tides
and stabilizes the tilt of Earth’s rotation axis, playing an important role in making our planet the place it is today. The lunar phases were also used to construct the first calendars, and was the first celestial body studied in detail by astronomers, not to mention the only one that has been visited
by humans so far. Compared to other satellites in the Solar system however, the Moon is unusual, so how did it come to be? I will discuss our current ideas for the formation of the Moon, and how they developed.

Alan Jackson is an astronomer and planetary scientist. Underlying his work is a deep interest in how planets, and the systems they reside in, form and evolve. To study these processes he works to predict the signatures we should see around other stars where planet formation is taking place, and the tell-tale clues that should have been left behind in our own Solar System. He is currently a postdoctoral researcher with the Centre for Planetary Sciences of the University of Toronto.

“I am an astronomer and planetary scientist. Underlying most of my work is a deep interest in how planets, and the systems they reside in, form and evolve. Within that central theme my work encompasses quite a broad range of investigations. The breadth of this topic also means that it touches on many different fields of expertise, and so I work closely with other researchers. I typically approach questions from a theoretical perspective, whilst always
endeavouring to link back to observational or experimental data.”

More on Alan Jackson:
(http://www.alanjacksonastronomy.com/)

More on this and other upcoming speaker meetings
(http://earthshineastronomy.ca/events/)

2018 RASC calendars and Explore the Universe Guides will be for sale.

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!

Feb 23: Potpourri & AGM *FREE* TEA/COFFEE/DONUTS

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.

Host: JO VANDENDOOL

PRESENTATIONS

Mississauga Centre Annual General Meeting
(Documents related to the AGM were sent to members by email in January.)

** Break **      FREE Coffee, tea and donuts!!!  

2018 RASC calendars and Explore the Universe Guides will be for sale

DENNIS GASPAROTTO: Review of Small Refractor and Portable Mounts for Wide Field Astrophotography

RANDY ATTWOOD: Mars in 2018

Directions to UTM (http://tinyurl.com/oxfxffw)
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.

All of our meetings at UTM are free and open to everyone.

After the meeting, join us at at a local watering hole (location announced during the meeting) for more fun!

February 9: Dr. Laura Parker: “THE DARK UNIVERSE” *** CANCELLED ***

Our speaker for tonight has had to cancel due to the weather.
We regret to do this again, but we have to cancel the meeting due to anticipated poor turnout and lack of replacement programming.

Dr. Laura Parker, Associate Professor, Dept. of Physics & Astronomy, McMaster University

Observational astronomers use telescopes that look at the furthest distances in the Universe to look back in time and trace the growth of structure in the cosmos. Recent multi-wavelength measurements have helped us to constrain the components that make up the Universe and how those components evolve.

We now know that most of the Universe is made up of dark matter and dark energy, but the nature of these components remains largely unknown. In this talk I will give an overview of the techniques used to map the universe on the largest scales, which have enabled us to measure dark energy and dark matter.

Dr. Laura Parker is an associate professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at McMaster University. Her research group is interested in questions related to galaxy evolution and observational cosmology. In particular her group is trying to understand the connection between observed galaxy properties and the properties of the environments in which we find them, including the relationship between galaxies and their host dark matter halos.

Dr. Parker completed her PhD in Physics at the University of Waterloo in 2005 and was then a postdoctoral fellow at the European Southern Observatory (ESO) in Munich before returning to Canada in 2007 to join the faculty at McMaster.

More on Dr. Laura Parker
(https://www.physics.mcmaster.ca/~lparker/Home.html)

For further information, check here: (http://earthshineastronomy.ca/events/)

2018 RASC calendars and Explore the Universe Guides will be for sale.

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 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!

Jan 12: Potpourri Night

*** NO GO – MEETING CANCELLED DUE TO WEATHER  ***

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.

Host: Leslie Strike

PRESENTATIONS

CHRIS MALICKI: The Constellation “Gemini”
DENNIS GASPAROTTO: Review of Small Refractor and Portable Mounts for Wide Field Astrophotography
LESLIE STRIKE: Report on the Dec 10 National Council mtg

** Break ** 2018 RASC calendars and Explore the Universe Guides will be for sale **

RANDY ATTWOOD: An Introduction to Spaceflight – Part 1
JOHN MARCHESE: Stars – Magnitude, Colour and Classification

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!

Oct 30: Riverwood Public Star Party – 7:30 PM – 9:00 PM ** CANCELLED **

*** THIS EVENT IS CANCELLED DUE TO WEATHER ***

WE HOPE TO SEE YOU WHEN WE START UP AGAIN IN THE SPRING.

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 7:30 p.m. on MONDAY OCT 30. This event is free.

Moon - phone adapterThe Moon should offer some great opportunities for images with your cellphone camera! We might catch Uranus and Neptune tonight, and should get a good look at some colourful double stars.

Here is  a link to Riverwood on Google maps: Riverwood

Oct 27: Randy Attwood – Voyager at 40

*** Due to construction we will meet in room SE2074  (just down the hall) ***
Randy Attwood is the Executive Director of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada (RASC). He has been fascinated with astronomy and space exploration since the days of the Apollo missions.

Randy’s talk will focus on the missions of the two Voyager spacecraft that were launched in 1977 – 40 years ago this year. Over a period of 12 years, they explored the four outer planets – Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune. The discoveries changed our understanding of our solar system.

This talk will look at the mission and the discoveries as well as some of the challenges Voyager engineers faced in taking late 1960’s spacecraft technology – which lasted only a couple years in space – and extended the lifetime to the required 12 years to complete the mission – and beyond. Now the two spacecraft are leaving the solar system and providing information on the heliopause – the boundary between our solar system and interstellar space.

For more information, see the Earthshine notice: Earthshine

September 22: Catherine Woodford: “The Discovery of Gravitational Waves”

*** Due to construction we will meet in room SE2072 (just down the hall) ***
Catherine Woodford,
University of Toronto

Get an up-close and personal take on the Gravitational Waves discovery that has changed science for the better. Considered the most influential discovery of the century, gravitational wave GW150914 broke records in physics, astronomy, and interferometry – with still more to come. We will talk about what went into the Laser Interferometer Gravitational wave Observatory (LIGO) that discovered GW150914 from theoretical, engineering, and computer simulation viewpoints, and discuss the outlooks on the future of gravitational wave astronomy.

Catherine Woodford is a 2nd year PhD candidate in the Physics Department at the University of Toronto and works at the Canadian Institute for Theoretical Astrophysics (CITA). Her research falls into two streams: binary black hole simulations and exoplanet simulations. She is a a member of the Simulating eXtreme Spacetimes (SXS) collaboration and the Centre for Planetary Sciences (CPS), as well as a planetarium operator for the Dunlap Institute and outreach fanatic. When she’s not thinking or looking at the sky and what lies beyond, she’s volunteering with the Rotary Club of Toronto, cycling, running, and snowboarding.

For further information, check out the Earthshine notice: Earthshineastronomy

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 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!