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.

Nov 27 (This Friday): Dr. Ernie Seaquist – Canada’s engagement in the new “World Observatories”

Seaquister.jpgThe November 27th meeting of the RASC Mississauga Centre will feature a talk on Canada’s involvement in the development and use of new large telescopes.

In recent years Canada has become part of the international club participating in a series of what we might call “World Observatories”. These are astronomy facilities which are unique, or nearly so, and which are sufficiently costly ($1B or more) that they are affordable only by relatively large international consortia.

Examples are the Atacama Large Millimeter Array (ALMA), and the forthcoming facilities: the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST), the Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT), and the Square Kilometre Array (SKA). Canada is participating at some level in all of these.

Ernie will discuss the impact of these projects on Canadian astronomy and on our understanding of the universe and its origins. Ernie will also touch on the economic benefits and the politics, both national and international, underlying the achievement of membership in such partnerships. Of particular interest is whether engagement in such large projects leaves any room for smaller and less expensive national initiatives. Another important topic is the role of the RASC in this new era, and an examination of the mutual benefits of the current initiatives to both professional and amateur astronomers.

Ernie is Professor Emeritus at the Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics, University of Toronto. Until his retirement in 2004 his field of research was radio astronomy with emphasis on star formation in starburst galaxies and radio emission from active stars. He was Chair of the Department and Director of the David Dunlap Observatory between 1988 and 1999. Since retirement he has been involved various aspects of Canada’s engagement in the TMT and the SKA. He is currently Executive Director of the Association of Canadian Universities for Research in Astronomy (ACURA), the organization responsible for spearheading the successful effort to get funding for Canada’s role in TMT. He is also a member of the Board of Governors of the TMT International Observatory (TIO) which owns the TMT and will oversee the construction and ultimately its operation.

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.

Nov 13: 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 Sept. 11th meeting will feature a talk on Observing and part II of the Great Courses video series we began last month.

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:

Chris Malicki – “Observing High-Proper Motion Stars”
Allan – Solar Scope Lending program
** Break **
 
Great courses video: “Comet Shoemaker-Levy 9 and Jupiter”

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!

Oct 30: Professor Paul Delaney, York University

Dwarf Planet Revealed: New Horizons at Pluto

The search for Pluto started in 1781 with the confirmed observation of Uranus.

It took until 1930 for an astronomer to find the “9th planet.”  Little did Clyde Tombaugh know the excitement his discovery would generate in the 21st century.  However, the secrets of the last of the “classical planets” would not be revealed until the fly by of the New Horizons spacecraft in July 2015.  This lecture will summarize the history of Pluto and the results sent back to date from New Horizons.  The revelations are unexpected!

Professor Paul Delaney

 

Paul Delaney is a senior lecturer and professor of physics and astronomy at York University in Toronto. He is also the director of the Division of Natural Science within the Faculty of Science at York, as well as the Master of Bethune College at York.

Delaney has his Master’s degree in science. He has taught at York University since 1986. He earned his Bachelors in Science in Experimental Physics at the Australian National University in Canberra and his Master’s degree in astronomy at the University of Victoria. Delaney has been the recipient of many faculty of science and engineering awards at York University. One of his classes deals with the possibility of life on Mars. Delaney is also the director of the observatory at the York University, and its outreach program. In the past, he has also worked as a nuclear physicist at the Atomic Energy of Canada, and a support astronomer with the McGraw-Hill Observatory in TucsonArizona.

He holds both Australian and Canadian citizenship, and resides in Simcoe County with his wife – whom he met while attending the University of Victoria – and their two sons.

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 untilyou 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 16: 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

Mohammad Shaban: Star Formation and Death.

Jo VandenDool: Back to School part 2: Basic Math in Astronomy.

** Break **

Understanding the Universe: An Introduction to Astronomy 

We are considering purchasing the above video set. We plan to show one 31-minute lesson on Friday and, if we like it, buy our own set for the club. For more information about this course, click here.

RASC 2016 calendars will be on sale for only $15 each!

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.

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!

Sept. 25th: Ivan Semeniuk –

Over four fifths of the matter in the universe is an unseen, unidentified substance known as dark matter. Astronomers posited the existence of dark matter in the 20th century but discovering its true nature had become a key goal for experimental physicists in the 21 Century. Scientists are now closing in on the elusive stuff with major experiments underway on three fronts — in space, in deep underground laboratories and in the heart of the world’s largest particle accelerator. The coming 18 month are expected to be crucial because it is a period during which dark matter with either be found or a wide range of possible explanations for it will be ruled out.

Simulation of the large-scale structure of matter in the universe, with galaxies distributed

Ivan Semeniuk is an award-winning science journalist and broadcaster. He reports on science for The Globe and Mail and is the writer and host of the astronomy TV series Cosmic Vistas.

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 untilyou 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!

Sept. 11: 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 Sept. 11th meeting will feature talks about Ancient Greek Astronomy, information about the upcoming Lunar Eclipse, and reflections on Starfest.

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:

Various Presenters: Starfest Recap.

John Marchese: Halifax GA Experience / Visit to the Montreal Planetarium.

** Break **

Jo VandenDool: Back to School part 1: Basic Math in Astronomy.

Randy Atwood: Planning for the Sep 27 Lunar Eclipse / Pics from DDO’s 80th / More Halifax GA pics

 

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!

July 10: Starfest, LHC, Pluto, & $$ AUCTION $$ !

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.

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:

Ken Knox (NYAA): Starfest 2015 Preview

Mohammad Saban: CERN LHC.

** Break **

Randy Attwood: RASC HQ update / Pluto flyby.

$$$ Auction (Conducted by Simon): Members will have the opportunity to sell astronomy equipment and related items that they no longer need. Anybody can buy. (See details below).

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!

 

Auction Rules and Procedures.
Only Members in good standing may contribute lots.
Each lot must have a tag with the member’s name and a description of the item and a reserve bid
Only 15 lots will be allowed per meeting, Members are encouraged to bring one or two lots, where the second lot will be added to the auction if space allows.
Members, visitors and guests may contribute items to the auction that are donated to the Centre, all proceeds will be to the benefit of the Centre.
All persons present at the meeting where an auction takes place may bid on items including councilors and the auctioneer.

Minimum bid starts at $0.50 with increments of $0.50, up to $5.00.
The next level starts at $5.00 with increments of $1.00, up to $10.00.
The next level starts at $10.00 with increments of $2.00, up to $50.00.
The next level starts at $50.00 with increments of $5.00, up to $100.00.
The next level starts at $100.00 with increments of $10.00, up to $250.00.
After $250.00 the auctioneer will set the increment discretionary.
Cut bids will only be allowed once.

Once a lot is won, it must be settled with the treasurer at once.
Members will receive their settlement at the end of the evening less a 10% commission to the Centre.

 

Tue April 28 – 8:00 pm Riverwood Park Observing Night

Come out and observe the universe at the Riverwood Conservancy! Join members of the Mississauga Centre of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada as they set up large telescopes to look at the Moon, planets and stars. Observing will take place on the green in front of Chappelle House. The event starts at dusk is free and open to everyone.

Large telescopes will be set up and pointed at the Moon, the planets Saturn and Mars and other objects beyond our solar system.

Look for meteors, artificial satellites and anything else in the skies over Mississauga.

Note: If the weather is cloudy, the observing will be delayed one day. Check this web site for GO/NO GO information on the afternoon of the 28th.

We should have great views of the Moon and two planets – Venus and Jupiter!

4300 Riverwood Park Lane, Mississauga, Ontario L5C 2S7., Mississauga, ON

April 24: Phil Mozel – The Stars of 1812

THE April 24 MEETING OF THE RASC MISSISSAUGA CENTRE WILL FEATURE A TALK ON THE STARS OF 1812.

The last two years have seen numerous celebrations to commemorate the bicentennial of the War of 1812.  Many battles took place very close to the venue of Mississauga Centre meetings.  Of possible interest to amateur astronomers is the state of astronomical knowledge at this time when war raged not only across parts of Canada and the United States but in Napoleonic Europe as well.  As an amateur historian, Phil will also reveal, through his alter ego, his special connection to this period.

Phil is a founding member of the Mississauga Centre and a Past National Librarian.  As a Contributing Editor of the RASC Journal he wrote the “A Moment With…” column detailing the research interests of astronomers.  He has spent more time than he cares to remember in the dark, both outside and under various planetarium domes. His own observing extends to variable stars and photographing sunset and (occasionally) sunrise phenomena.  He enjoys combining hobbies as will be seen in this talk.

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 untilyou 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!

Fri Apr 10 – 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.

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.

 

This Week’s Host:

 

Presentations

John Brugener: The Geography and Science of Comet and Meteor Impacts (Part II)

Chris Malicki: Solar Eclipse from a plane

** Break **

Leslie Strike: Solar Eclipse from Svalbard

Andrew Opala:  Lake Erie Star Party

 

If you are a member and would like to make a presentation at an upcoming meeting, please contact our meetings coordinator:

Andrew Opala – MEMMTG@mississauga.rasc.ca.

After the meeting, join us at a local pub for more conversation and solcializing!

We hope to see you there on Friday.

Upcoming Meetings / Events

Fri Apr 24: Speaker at UTM – Phil Mozel – The Stars of 1812.

Tue Apr 28 or Wed Apr 29: City Star Party at Riverwood.