Category Archives: Speaker Night

MAR 22: SPEAKER NIGHT: Professor Mark Rector – OH CANADA! Our Home and Inventive Land!

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The leg of the Lunar Module was designed and built in Canada!

Did you know Canadians invented and built everything from the legs on the NASA lunar lander (the lander itself was designed by a Canadian!) to the most advanced robot in this world (or out of it!)? The Canadarm 2 that built the entire International Space Station! We have invented or designed everything from the most advanced supersonic jet fighter of the 20th century, the Avro Arrow built right here in Mississauga, to the first geo-synchronous communications satellite to be launched into space.

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

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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.

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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.

JAN 25: SPEAKER NIGHT: MICHAEL WATSON AND RANDY ATTWOOD – THE 1979 TOTAL SOLAR ECLIPSE

The February 26, 1979 Eclipse from Gimli Manitoba

Forty years ago, the Toronto Centre mounted an expedition to observe the February 26, 1979 total solar eclipse from Gimli, Manitoba. Before organized tours to see eclipses were readily available, the Toronto Centre organized their own trip – with two chartered aircraft which left early eclipse morning and returned to Toronto later that day. The trip organizer, Michael Watson will review the circumstances of the eclipse and the efforts required to organize the expedition. A slide/audio presentation of the day trip was produced back in 1979. A newly edited video of the slide show, edited and produced by Randy Attwood, will be shown for the first time.

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Dec 7: Special Speaker Night: Andy Chaikin – Stories From Apollo 8

Talk Description:  Stories From Apollo 8
*** IT’S A GO FOR TONIGHT *** 

NOTE: This special event will be held in UTM Room 120 in the Instructional Center – located here: Campus Map

December 2018 marks the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 8 Moon mission. Andy Chaikin will share stories from the historic mission including anecdotes from his interviews with the 3 Apollo 8 astronauts, and details on the mission’s origins and aftermath from his own in-depth research.

Event details: Chaikin Special Event

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Nov 23: Speaker Night: Dr Mike Fich – New Frontiers In Observational Cosmology

Talk Description:  New Frontiers In Observational Cosmology

*** IT’S A GO ***

Our most recent generation of cosmology experiments, such as the Planck satellite and observations of distant supernovae, has reduced all of cosmology to the very precise measurement of eight parameters. This relatively simple model seems complete with no hints of additional elements required to explain the entire evolution of the universe from the big bang to some far distant future. These recent results include such things as the precise measurement of the contributors to the overall mass–energy density of the universe. We know with great precision the amount of dark energy, dark matter, neutrinos, baryons, etc., in the universe today. What we do not know is exactly what most of these things really are.

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Oct 26: Speaker Night: Dr Laura Parker – The Dark Universe

Talk Description:  The Dark Universe

*** IT’S A GO ***

Observational astronomers use telescopes that look at the furthest distances in the Universe to look back in time and trace the growth of structure in the cosmos. Recent multi-wavelength measurements have helped us to constrain the components that make up the Universe and how those components evolve. We now know that most of the Universe is made up of dark matter and dark energy, but the nature of these components remains largely unknown. In this talk I will give an overview of the techniques used to map the universe on the largest scales, which have enabled us to measure dark energy and dark matter.

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Event details: Dark Universe

June 8: Dr. John Moores – “Solar System Exploration – An Update”

Dr. John Moores of York University will give a talk titled “Solar System Exploration – An Update”.

John is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Earth and Space Science and Engineering at York University and a Participating Scientist on the Curiosity Rover. He trained on MER in 2004 and contributed to the 2005 Huygens Mission to Titan and the 2008 Phoenix Mission to the Martian Arctic: Here is more information about John.

Over the last few years, rovers, orbiters and flyby missions have improved our understanding of our own solar system. At Mars, Curiosity and Maven have revolutionized our understanding of present and ancient Mars. Further out, Dawn has given us our first view of the hydrated asteroid Ceres. Meanwhile, Juno has shown us the surprising shape of the Jovian poles. And, of course, New Horizons at Pluto has uncovered the Solar System’s heart.

In the coming years, the tradition at Mars will be carried on by the Trace Gas Orbiter and Insight missions. Europa Clipper will take a closer look at Jupiter’s most enigmatic moon. Our first mission to the Jovian Trojans (Lucy) and to an iron asteroid (Psyche) will take place. New Horizons will arrive at the most distant object in the solar system ever visited. Throughout, we are gaining an underlying understanding of how planets work, setting us up to make discoveries in planetary systems around distant stars throughout our galaxy..

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Directions to UTM
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The meeting will be held from 8:00 to 10:00 p.m. at The University of Toronto,Mississauga Campus, in lecture hall SE2072 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 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.

Post meeting plans: we usually continue the discussion post-meeting at a local bar – please join us!

Apr 6: Dr Adam Muzzin: “The Most Distant Galaxies in the Universe: What we know, and what the James Webb Space Telescope will tell us” ** GO **

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Dr Adam Muzzin, York University

The combined power of infrared observatories both in space and from the ground has allowed us to observe extraordinarily distant galaxies. Some of the most distant are observed just a few hundred million years after the Big Bang, when the universe was merely 2% of its current age. Dr. Muzzin will talk about what what observatories like the Hubble Space Telescope have shown us about these exotic young galaxies. He will also introduce the James Webb Space Telescope, NASA’s $9 billion dollar IR-optimized successor to Hubble. Now is an exciting time, as JWST is preparing for launch in Oct 2018. The primary mission of this extremely powerful telescope is to show us the first stars forming in the first galaxies. He will present what we think those very young galaxies might look like.

Adam Muzzin is an assistant professor at York University in Toronto.  His research focuses on galaxy formation and evolution, particularly the high-redshift universe. Most of his work is on how distant galaxies form and evolve, and how that evolution is related to their larger scale environment.  Due to the redshifting of light, studies of distant galaxies almost always involve infrared observations.

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2018 RASC calendars and Explore the Universe Guides will be for sale.

Directions to UTM
(http://www.utm.utoronto.ca/about-us/contact-us/maps-directions)

The meeting will be held from 8:00 to 10:00 p.m. at The University of Toronto,Mississauga Campus, in lecture hall SE2072 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 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.

Post meeting plans: we usually continue the discussion post-meeting at a local bar – please join us!

February 9: Dr. Laura Parker: “THE DARK UNIVERSE” *** CANCELLED ***

Our speaker for tonight has had to cancel due to the weather.
We regret to do this again, but we have to cancel the meeting due to anticipated poor turnout and lack of replacement programming.

Dr. Laura Parker, Associate Professor, Dept. of Physics & Astronomy, McMaster University

Observational astronomers use telescopes that look at the furthest distances in the Universe to look back in time and trace the growth of structure in the cosmos. Recent multi-wavelength measurements have helped us to constrain the components that make up the Universe and how those components evolve.

We now know that most of the Universe is made up of dark matter and dark energy, but the nature of these components remains largely unknown. In this talk I will give an overview of the techniques used to map the universe on the largest scales, which have enabled us to measure dark energy and dark matter.

Dr. Laura Parker is an associate professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at McMaster University. Her research group is interested in questions related to galaxy evolution and observational cosmology. In particular her group is trying to understand the connection between observed galaxy properties and the properties of the environments in which we find them, including the relationship between galaxies and their host dark matter halos.

Dr. Parker completed her PhD in Physics at the University of Waterloo in 2005 and was then a postdoctoral fellow at the European Southern Observatory (ESO) in Munich before returning to Canada in 2007 to join the faculty at McMaster.

More on Dr. Laura Parker
(https://www.physics.mcmaster.ca/~lparker/Home.html)

For further information, check here: (http://earthshineastronomy.ca/events/)

2018 RASC calendars and Explore the Universe Guides will be for sale.

The meeting will be held from 8:00 to 10:00 p.m. at The University of Toronto,Mississauga Campus, in lecture hall SE2072 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 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 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!

November 24: Tanya N. Harrison, Ph.D: The Past and Present of Water on Mars

Dr. Tanya Harrison is a “Professional Martian” and the Director of Research for the NewSpace Initiative at Arizona State University. She has worked on multiple NASA Mars missions in science and operations, and specializes in the geology of the Red Planet. Tanya holds a Ph.D. in Geology with a Specialization in Planetary Science and Exploration.

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. 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 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 mainfloor.) Look for the Mississauga Centre sign in front of the lecture room.