All posts by Jo VandenDool

I've been into Astronomy and involved with the Mississauga RASC for about 5 years. I serve on Council and with the following committees: •Explore the Universe Certificate Program •Telescope Loan Program •Solar Scope Custodians •Website Management Personally I enjoy observing and have worked on completing the following RASC certificates: •Explore the Universe (Completed) •Messier Objects (Nearly Completed) •Isabel Williamson Lunar Observing Program (in Progress) •Finest NGC Objects (in Progress) I also enjoy taking the odd astro-photo though I'm still working on my skills in this area.

June 23: Prof. Michael De Robertis: “Life Beyond Earth”

*** Due to construction we will meet in room SE2074  (just down the hall) ***
https://i1.rgstatic.net/ii/profile.image/AS%3A278839474311176%401443491919238_l/Michael_De_Robertis.pngProf. Michael De Robertis,
York University

“Is there life elsewhere” is one of the key questions that Astronomers face today. Join us as Prof. Michael De Robertis presents the latest scientific findings and techniques.

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. 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!

June 9: Potpourri Night

*** Due to construction we will meet in room SE2074  (just down the hall) ***

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.

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 Wednesday May 3nd 8:30pm

*** IT’S A GO! ***

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 8:30 p.m. on WEDNESDAY MAY 3.

Moon - phone adapterJupiter shines brilliantly near the Moon tonight, so be sure to get a look! 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!

Here is  a link to Riverwood on Google maps: Riverwood

April 29th – Rachel Ward-Maxwell, Ph.D. – Good Things Come in Small Packages

UntitledMeteroids, asteroids, comets and dwarf planets are some of the smallest bodies in our solar system and are the focus of several recent space missions: Rosetta, Dawn, and New Horizons. Learn about how Pluto, Ceres and these other tiny wonders continue to amaze and surprise us.

Rachel Ward-Maxwell received her PhD in astrophysics from McMaster University in 2015, where she used computer simulations to model the structure of interstellar clouds and formation of Sun-like stars. As the Researcher-Programmer in Astronomy and Space Sciences at the Ontario Science Centre, Dr. Ward-Maxwell develops astronomy program offerings, including planetarium shows, and supports the Research Live! program, an initiative where visitors participate in current active research studies conducted by visiting scientists. She is passionate about communicating science with the general public and is a strong advocate for women in STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) disciplines.

During her academic career, Dr. Ward-Maxwell developed content and organized free science programming for children and youth across Hamilton and surrounding communities. Her experience in education and public outreach also includes time spent over the past ten years as a science communicator and program developer for a variety of organizations.

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!

Observing Night and Auction!

April 12: Public Observing Night @ Riverwood *** IT’S A GO! ***

Our first Observing Night of the year kicks off at Riverwood Conservancy with Jupiter, The constellation of Leo, and the Moon as highlights.
Observing begins at dusk (about 8:30).

April 15: Auction

Our second annual auction will be held at 8:00 to 10:00 p.m. at The University of Toronto,Mississauga Campus, in lecture hall SE2082 in the William Davis Building. Only Members will be able to sell lots but anyone can bid.

Featured this year is a MEADE ETX-125 Goto Telescope.

Both of these meetings are open to the public and free.

Mar 18: 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 March 18th meeting will feature talks on Astrophotography and the March 9th Solar Eclipse.

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 Golla
Presentations:
Brian Gibson – AstroPhotography Processing/Stacking Process
Leslie Strike – March 9 Solar Eclipse from the South Pacific

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

Feb 26 (This Friday): James Edgar – Synthesis of Elements in Stars

http://static1.squarespace.com/static/5115d365e4b0b8b2ffe27887/t/56ae6f5c5827c33e6d7160e1/1454272360655/?format=300wAll stars are born from hydrogen and during their lives they produce elements through nuclear fusion. High-mass stars end their lives as supernovae, perhaps the most cataclysmic events in the universe, producing the heavy elements.

This talk merges James Edgar’s love of woodworking, astronomy, genealogy, chemistry, physics, and poetry from Northern Ireland, although the main thrust of the presentation is about how elements form within stars.

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.