Category Archives: Potpourri Night

Aug 21: ZOOM POTPOURRI NIGHT

Potpourri meetings feature a series of short presentations on various astronomy and space topics given by members of the Mississauga Centre. This free meeting is open to the public and will be held via ZOOM on Friday Aug 21 from 8:00 to 10:00 p.m

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Meeting ID: 843 2882 3463

A beautiful shot of Neowise by member Brian Gibson

Host: Randy Attwood

Presentations

Randy Attwood: “Centre News and RASC COVID-19 Update”
Simon Claughton: “Postage Stamps and Covers from the Early Apollo Program”
Randy Attwood: “The Sky this Autumn”

** Break **

Kirby Alguire: “Comet NEOWISE recap”
Gary Crawford and Brian Gibson: “Recent Astrophotos”
Randy Attwood: “Three Solar Eclipses in the Next Three Years”

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July 24: ZOOM POTPOURRI NIGHT

Potpourri meetings feature a series of short presentations on various astronomy and space topics given by members of the Mississauga Centre. This free meeting is open to the public and will be held via ZOOM on Friday July 24 from 8:00 to 10:00 p.m

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Meeting ID: 835 8126 3895

A beautiful shot of Neowise by member Brian Gibson

Host: Randy Attwood

Presentations

Fred Benedikt: Conclusion to the 2 inch Focuser Upgrade

Simon Claughton: The Postal History of Apollo 13

** Break **

Leslie Strike: The Constellation Cygnus

Various Contributors: Comet NEOWISE – Photos and Observations

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MAR 6: POTPOURRI NIGHT & New members welcome

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 Friday Mar 6 from 8:00 to 10:00 p.m. at The University of Toronto, Mississauga Campus, in lecture hall SE2074 in the William Davis Building.

Special raffle prize: 82 degree 8.8mm eyepiece – courtesy of Explore Scientific!

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

New Members Welcome at 7:15

Hosts: Betty Robinson and Randy Attwood

New members Mississauga Centre members are invited to a “New Members Welcome” prior to the Potpourri Night. Members of Council will welcome you to the Centre, give you more details on the Club and what we do, explain the benefits of joining the RASC and the Mississauga Centre, and invite you to share your interests with us. While this event is intended for new members, any member can attend.

Potpourri Meeting at 8:00

Host: Randy Attwood

Presentations

Dr Phil Groff, Executive Director RASC  
Dr. Groff will provide an update on Society activities and be available to answer questions.   

** Break **

Fred Benedikt: A Travelogue
Visits to the Lowell Observatory in Flagstaff, Arizona and the Adler Planetarium in Chicago

Scott Roberts, president at Explore Scientific:
Scott will talk about Explore Scientific giving some history of the company, the importance of outreach. He is also going to be offering up an 82 degree 8.8mm eyepiece as a raffle prize!

Steve Mallia: Backspace (astrophotography discussion)
Backspace  – what it is and how to determine what the requirement is for imaging and your camera.

Jo Vandendool: “Ray Tracing Apollo 11”
See what the views from the lunar surface would have looked like on Apollo 11 if Buzz Adrin wasn’t such a narcissist.

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!

feb 7: 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 Friday Feb 7 from 8:00 to 10:00 p.m. at The University of Toronto, Mississauga Campus, in lecture hall SE2074 in the William Davis Building.

(Go / No Go will appear here after 4PM Fri)

Host: Randy Attwood

Presentations

Vineet Honkan: “A History of the ISRO (India Space Research Organization)”

** Break **

Ron Macnaughton: “A New Way to Present  Astronomy”

Randy Attwood: “The new Space Place Canada Initiative to Build a Large Planetarium in Toronto”

Randy Attwood: “A Review of Committees and Call for More Volunteers”

Plus one more – TBA

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!

Jan 10: 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 Friday Jan 10 from 8:00 to 10:00 p.m. at The University of Toronto, Mississauga Campus, in lecture hall SE2074 in the William Davis Building.

(Go / No Go will appear here after 4PM Fri)

Host: Randy Attwood

Presentations

Randy Attwood: “Venus and the Pleiades”

Dennis Gasparotto: “Remote imaging with ASIAIR”

Steve Mallia: “Mississauga Centre Bylaws”

Randy Attwood: “Call for Volunteers”

** Break **

Randy Attwood: “The Sky in 2020 / an Update on Betelgeuse”

Plans for 2020
Leslie Strike
: “About the Proposed 2020 Slate”
Allan Connery: “Telescope Loan Program”
Jo VandenDool: “Member Observing”
Randy Attwood: “Public Outreach”

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!

dec 13: 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 Friday Dec 13 from 8:00 to 10:00 p.m. at The University of Toronto, Mississauga Campus, in lecture hall SE2074 in the William Davis Building.

(Go / No Go will appear here after 4PM Fri)

Host: Jo VandenDool

Presentations

Fred Benedikt: “Measuring our Solar System – Why use Planetary Transits?”
This talk will highlight the knowledge of the ancient Greeks and Romans to the late Renaissance European astronomers, who all tried to answer the question  – How far away are The Sun and The Moon?   The Venus Transits of 1761 and 1769 provided a key role to our understanding of our solar system … and beyond.

Steve Mallia: “Mississauga Centre Bylaws Update”

** Break **

Randy Attwood: “Apollo 12 – a Look Back”
A look back at the second manned lunar landing which took place just over 50 years ago in November 1969. The mission was successful but had its share of problems, which included one serious enough to potentially stop the mission after only 36.5 seconds!

Jo VandenDool: “The Sky This Month”
Jo will provide us with an overview of what to look for in the night skies in the next month or so.

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!

Nov 8: 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 Friday Nov 8 from 8:00 to 10:00 p.m. at The University of Toronto, Mississauga Campus, in lecture hall SE2074 in the William Davis Building.

(Go / No Go will appear here after 4PM Fri)

Host: Steve Mallia

Presentations

“SNOLAB Part 2”
On September 13th, 16 lucky Mississauga Centre members had the privilege of going deep underground on a tour of SNOLAB. In part 1, we told you about SNOLAB’s Mission and Purpose: An overview of the origins of SNOLAB from its inception as the Sudbury Neutrino Observatory (SNO), designed to answer the missing solar neutrino problem to its current focus on neutrino and dark matter physics. In part 2, we will cover some of the science in more detail. 

Allan Connery  – Brief Recap of Part

Chris Malicki – How we got the tour

Krishna Vedala – Supernova Neutrinos (SNOLAB’s discoveries already resulted in a NOBEL prize. What else is there to learn about neutrinos?) 

Krishna Vedala – Dark Matter (nobody knows what it is but Krishna will let us know what he thinks that it might be)

Ron Macnaughton – PICO (experiment to look for WIMPS, and bubbles in beer)

Kirby Alguire – Biological Experiments

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!

oct 4: 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 Friday Oct 4 from 8:00 to 10:00 p.m. at The University of Toronto, Mississauga Campus, in lecture hall SE2074 in the William Davis Building.

(Go / No Go will appear here after 4PM Fri)

Host: Allan Connery

Presentations

John Burgener: “The Influence of Dwarf Planets on the Stability of Objects in the Kuiper Belt”
The Kuiper Belt is believed to be the main source of short period comets. John shall review the orbits of dwarf planets traveling through the Kuiper Belt and the numbers of Kuiper Belt Objects, and shall show that KBOs often have their orbits changed by close passes to dwarf planets, causing a dramatically much higher rate of formation of short term comets than presently expected. This leads to the conclusion that Earth should be hit by comets often in history.

Randy Attwood: “Transit of Mercury”
Randy will tell us everything that we need to know about this relatively rare astronomical event that will next occur on November 11. Better not miss this one because the next one will be in 2032!

** Break **

Various presenters: “SNOLAB Part 1”
On September 13th, 16 lucky Mississauga Centre members had the privilege of going deep underground on a tour of SNOLAB. In part 1, we will tell you about SNOLAB’s Mission and Purpose: An overview of the origins of SNOLAB from its inception as the Sudbury Neutrino Observatory (SNO), designed to answer the missing solar neutrino problem to its current focus on neutrino and dark matter physics. (In part 2, which will be presented at the November 8 Potpourri meeting, we’ll cover some of the science in more detail.)

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!

Sep 6: 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 Friday Sep 6 from 8:00 to 10:00 p.m. at The University of Toronto, Mississauga Campus, in lecture hall SE2074 in the William Davis Building.

(Go / No Go will appear here after 4PM Fri)

New Members Welcome at 7:15

Hosts: Betty Robinson and Randy Attwood

New members Mississauga Centre members are invited to a “New Members Welcome” prior to the Potpourri Night. Members of Council will welcome you to the Centre, give you more details on the Club and what we do, explain the benefits of joining the RASC and the Mississauga Centre, and invite you to share your interests with us. While this event is intended for new members, any member can attend.

Potpourri Meeting at 8:00

Host: Randy Attwood

Presentations

Steve Mallia: “The two handshakes that allowed us to see”

Betty Robinson and Randy Attwood: “Some Astronomical Sights in Italy”
Randy and Betty will share some interesting astronomical sights they visited in Italy last May

** Break **

Various presenters: “Starfest 2019 Wrap-up”
Mississauga Centre members will provide their own reports on Starfest 2019, which took place on Aug 22 – 26. Including:
 – John Marchese: “Who was there, favourite talks, photos
 – Swapna Shrivastava will talk about her and her family’s first ever Starfest experience
 – Photo’s from Brian Gibson
 – and more TBD!

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!

JAN 11: 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 Friday Jan 11 from 8:00 to 10:00 p.m. at The University of Toronto, Mississauga Campus, in lecture hall SE2074 in the William Davis Building.

Host: John Marchese

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