Category Archives: Annual General Meeting

feb 21: agm & SPEAKER NIGHT: Dr. Elaina Hyde

In the unlikely event of a cancellation, we will post a notice here by 4 PM Friday.

This is our Annual General Meeting, so we’ll have CAKE, COFFEE, DECAF AND TEA!

Topic: “Telescopes and Data Science, a Match Made in the Heavens”

This talk will cover York University’s Public Outreach program, an introduction to our one metre telescope, and a bit about why I am so interested in using this telescope for outreach as well as research in data science and astrophysics. We will investigate our Milky Way Galaxy and have a short discussion of how data science can be used to detect faint and sparse objects such as the dwarf satellites and streams that helped form the galaxy we live in. When trying to make detections of these mysterious stars, the advent of greater cloud computing capability means the sky really is no longer the limit (for programming or Astronomy)!

About Elaina:

Dr. Elaina Hyde is a new assistant professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at York University in Toronto. Her research ‘in and above the cloud’ combines astrophysics, data science, cloud computing, planetary sciences, optical engineering, telescope operations and telescope observations. Her current favorite programming languages are Python, C, R and SQL.
Elaina’s research focus is galactic archaeology and data science for astrophysics. While gathering data, she has worked with instrumentation and telescopes across the world. Her experience with optical telescopes provides technical leadership for the York University Allan I. Carswell Astronomical Observatory.
A key motivation for Elaina is the promotion of astronomy education and research through public telescope activities and exploration. As a lecturer, trainer, and consultant she is constantly innovating teaching methodologies for interdisciplinary audiences, across the sciences as well as for businesses, students at York and the public. 

More on Elaina Hyde

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.

Park in parking deck P4 or P8, across from the Recreation and Wellness (Fitness) Centre south of the Davis Building. The parking rate is $2 per hour or $6 maximum. Consider paying the maximum, which will allow you to park all night. If not, you should return to your vehicle before your time expires to avoid being ticketed.

Enter the Davis Building 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.

Feb 22: AGM & Randy Attwood – The Apollo 9 and 10 Missions – preparing a path for a manned lunar landing

Everything looks good, the meeting is a go!

In honour of our Annual Meeting, THERE WILL BE CAKE!

Apollo 9 LM “Spider”

Following our annual general meeting – where we will review the club activities and financials for last year – we’ll have a fascinating talk about the two Apollo missions that lead up to the Apollo 11 landing on the Moon, given by our resident expert on All-Things-Space, Randy Attwood.

By February 1969 – 50 years ago – NASA was still celebrating the successful Christmas Apollo 8 mission to the Moon. The Lunar Landing looked doable in 1969. Still, there was much to be done before the first landing attempt. In March and May 1969, two Apollo missions were flown to answer several questions – what was it like to fly the Lunar Module – first in the Earth environment, then in orbit around the Moon. The success of these two missions paved the way to a landing attempt in July 1969 on the Apollo 11 mission.

For more information: Earthshine Astronomy

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.

Park in parking deck P4 or P8, across from the Recreation and Wellness (Fitness) Centre south of the Davis Building. The parking rate is $2 per hour or $6 maximum. Consider paying the maximum, which will allow you to park all night. If not, you should return to your vehicle before your time expires to avoid being ticketed.

Enter the Davis Building 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.

Feb 10: Annual General Meeting & Potpourri Night

The Annual General Meeting is an important review of past club activities, as well as planning for the future. Your attendance is important as you contribute to the future direction of our club… and you get to eat DONUTS!

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: Jo VandenDool

Presentations

Mississauga Centre Annual General Meeting
(Documents related to the AGM were sent to members by email in January.)

** Break / coffee & donuts **

2016 Astrophotography Contest Slideshow and Awards

Introducing the 2017 Astrophotography Contest

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!