All posts by Allan Connery

Apr 1: Engineering Tiny Space Telescopes!

Cordell Grant is the Manager of Satellite Systems at the University of Toronto Space Flight Laboratory (UTIAS-SFL) and was project manager, systems engineer, opto-mechanical engineer and assembly/integration lead for the BRIght Target Explorer (BRITE) Constellation of six nanosatellites operated by a consortium of universities from Canada, Austria and Poland.

BRITE-CA-CanX45-AISSat-2-EV9-with-team[1]Mr. Grant will discuss the unique challenges associated with designing, building and testing not just space telescopes but tiny space telescopes. He will also provide a unique glimpse into the world of “rocket science” by providing insight into the design of the spacecraft that support, power and point those telescopes through launch and in orbit.

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!

Brian Gibson’s Astronomy and Nature Photography!

At the last potpourri meeting, Brian Gibson gave an excellent talk on astrophotography using equatorial tracking mounts. He’s generously made the PowerPoint presentation available for download! Click here to check out his blog: Brian Gibson’s blog . Even if you don’t want to download the presentation, you should check it out for a sampling of his wonderful nature shots – Highly Recommended.

Members Only: Our club newsletter ‘Messenger’ lives again!

Thanks to the efforts of our new councillor Betty Robinson, our members can once again enjoy the club newsletter, Messenger. Here is a link to the latest issue:

March 2016 Messenger!

The newsletter is a members-only privilege; you’ll need the username and password that were in the email from rascmississauga@yahoogroups.com. Note that most browsers allow you to save these credentials when you enter them; this will avoid you having to re-enter them in the future.

 

 

Riverwood Tues Nov 17th 7:00PM – It’s a GO

Join us for our last Riverwood night of the year! Weather permitting, we’ll have our telescopes out for public viewing. Get a shot of the crescent Moon through one of our telescopes using your phone with one of our phone camera adapters!

Weather is looking good, but check back Tuesday for a GO / NO GO.

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

Here is  a link to Riverwood on Google maps:  Riverwood

 

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!