All posts by Allan Connery

August 7: Astronomy Potpourri Night

RocketPotpourri 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 August 7 meeting will feature talks about DIY rocketry, a travelogue on a trip to an Irish observatory, Starfest information, and a report on the recent GA in Halifax.

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.

Host: Jo Vandendool

Presentations:

Christopher Lansdale – DIY Rocketry

Steve Mallia – report on his visit to the Dunsink observatory in Dublin, Ireland

** BREAK **

Leslie Strike – on the Halifax GA

John Marchese – Starfest 2015 preview

If you are a member and would like to make a presentation at an upcoming meeting, please contact one of our potpourri meetings coordinators: John Marchese, Stephen Mallia, John Golla or Chris Malicki – MEMMTG@mississauga.rasc.ca.

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

 

Riverwood Tues July 28 9:00PM ** ITS A GO **

Get your kids away from video games and looking up at the sky!

We’ve got more phone camera adapters to make it easier for you to get great shots with your phone through our telescopes!

Come out in the gorgeous (if warm) weather to see Jupiter and Venus early in the evening, and great shots of the Moon and Saturn until we pack up late in the evening.

Weather is looking good, so it’s a GO. We’ll start when it gets dark about 9:00PM.

June 19th: Dr. Paola Rodriguez Hidalgo: UNDERSTANDING QUASARS

The June 19th meeting of the RASC Mississauga Centre will feature a talk on QUASARS!

SPEAKER: Dr. Paola Rodriguez Hidalgo, York University
TITLE: “UNDERSTANDING QUASARS (and their extremely(!) high velocity outflows)”

Quasar

Quasars are among the most luminous objects in the sky. These very energetic regions lie at the center of massive galaxies and powered by a super-massive black hole. While it has been found that there is a correlation between the mass of these super-massive black holes and the mass of the surrounding galaxies, the co-evolution of galaxies and quasars is barely understood. Outflows launched from the vicinity of super-massive black holes are a key piece in this puzzle, possibly linking the small and the large scale phenomena.

We have discovered that some of this gas is out-flowing at very high speeds (up to 216 million km/h!). To better characterize these outflows, our group is conducting an encompassing multi-wavelength study of quasar outflows. All these results have implications for current theoretical models and will help us better understand quasars.

Hidalgo

Paola Rodriguez Hidalgo is from Spain, and studied at the Instituto of Astrofisica de las Islas Canarias. She earned her doctorate at the University of Florida, a postdoctoral position at the Pennsylvania State University, and another postdoctoral position at York University. She was a visiting assistant professor at the University of Toronto, and is currently back to YorkU as a Research Associate. She love astronomy, music and touring the city.

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 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!

June 13: ** Members-Only ** BBQ

RASC Mississauga Members: Please join us for our First Annual RASC Mississauga BBQ!

Saturday, June 13th from Noon to 4PM (food served between 1 and 2 PM) at the Meadowvale Conservation Area. ** No alcohol allowed **

Bring lawn chairs, bug repellant, hats, frisbees, and your appetite! $5 per family if you haven’t yet signed up because you have a problem with commitment.

See our new solar scope in action, and get trained so you can borrow it!

Here’s an overview of the location:
RASC Mississauga BBQ

Here’s a link to the site on google maps

Here’s a brochure:

Download (PDF, 704KB)

 

June 5: 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 5 meeting will feature talks on the upcoming BBQ; a travelogue on a trip to an Irish observatory, Starfest information, the sky this month, and more.

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.

Host: John Marchese

Presentations:

Leslie Strike – BBQ update
(Mississauga Centre members – last chance to sign-up in advance for the BBQ)

Gord Williams – photos from Starfest 2014

John Marchese – Starfest 2015 preview

** BREAK **

Steve Mallia – report on his visit to the Dunsink observatory in Dublin, Ireland

Allan Connery / Chris Malicki – Solar telescope loan program

Randy Attwood – The Sky this Month

If you are a member and would like to make a presentation at an upcoming meeting, please contact one of our potpourri meetings coordinators: John Marchese, Stephen Mallia, John Golla or Chris Malicki – MEMMTG@mississauga.rasc.ca.

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

 

May 22: Prof. Bryan M. Gaensler PhD FAA

The May 22nd meeting of the RASC Mississauga Centre will feature a talk on the ways the universe could kill you.

SPEAKER: Dr Bryan Gaensler, Director Dunlap Institute for Astronomy and Astrophysics, University of Toronto
TITLE: How The Cosmos Will Kill You

http://api.profiles.sydney.edu.au/AcademicProfiles/profile/resource?urlid=bryan.gaensler

ABSTRACT: The stars of the night sky appear gentle, peaceful and unchanging. But this is a lie. The Universe is a violent and catastrophic place, with dozens of tools at its disposal to wipe out all life on Earth with almost no warning. Astronomers are still only beginning to appreciate the true scope of the dramatic forces that drive the Universe’s evolution.

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 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!