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.

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.

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