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.

March 27 Dr Michael Reid – Misconceptions of the Big Bang

THE MARCH 27 MEETING OF THE RASC MISSISSAUGA CENTRE WILL FEATURE A TALK ON THE BIG BANG

The BiDr. Michael Reidg Bang Theory is one of the crowning achievements of modern science.  The basic premise–that the universe began expanding about 14 billion years ago from a very hot, dense state–has been independently verified many times over.  And yet there is widespread confusion and uncertainty about what the theory actually says–and what it doesn’t.  

Did the universe begin as some kind of atom?  If it’s expanding, what’s it expanding into?  Does it have an outside? Are there other universes? And why did it start? In this talk, he’ll clarify what we do and don’t know about the Big Bang.

Michael Reid is Lecturer and Public Outreach Co-ordinator for the Dunlap Institute. He has conducting his own research into the formation of massive stars (the process of turning vast clouds of gas and dust into stars), and has a passion for sharing astronomical discovery with the public.

 

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!

Tue Mar 24 – 8:00 pm Riverwood Park Observing Night

Observing is a GO

This Tuesday Kicks off our Public Riverwood Observing Nights for 2015.

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 24th.

We should have great views of the Moon and two planets – Mars and Saturn!

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

Crowd Gathers to Worship the Sun

Solar Eclipse at Centennial Park
Solar Eclipse at Centennial Park

This past week a crowd of 20-30 members of the Mississauga RASC gathered to watch a Partial Solar Eclipse at Centennial Park in Etobicoke. The location that was chosen was at the top of a 60 foot ski hill so as to provide an excellent perspective as the sun set. Despite this detail many of the individuals present decided to carry heavy telescopes and camera equipment up the steep incline (with hopes of not forgetting anything in the car).

The Eclipse began at 5:40 pm and continued through sunset for an (admittedly) very picturesque event. Coincidentally, one of the largest sunspot groupings in 25 years was active the day of the eclipse and provided an added effect for the days observing.

Setting Sun
Setting Sun Over Mississauga ~ Jo VandenDool

Others decided to observe the eclipse from parts of Ontario not requiring climbing a 60 foot ski hill, and while some of these individuals were rewarded, others missed out on the action due to cloud cover.

Just as quick as the eclipse started, at approximately 6:20pm, with a green flash of the sunset, the crowd dispersed. Below are the images of member submitted photographs from this event (click any image to enlarge).

~ Article By Jo VandenDool ~

 

Eclipsed Sun with Plane ~ Randy Atwood
Eclipsed Sun with Plane ~ Randy Atwood
Featuring Sunspot Group AR2192 ~ Brian Gibson
Featuring Sunspot Group AR2192 ~ Brian Gibson

 

Just the Beginning ~ Simon Claughton
Just the Beginning ~ Simon Claughton
A Masterpiece ~ Brian Gibson
A Masterpiece ~ Brian Gibson
Powerline Silhouette ~ Jo VandenDool
Powerline Silhouette ~ Jo VandenDool
There's something in the water ~ Randy Atwood
There’s something in the water ~ Randy Atwood
Green Flash ~ Jo VandenDool
Green Flash ~ Jo VandenDool