Category Archives: Speaker Night

NOV 22: SPEAKER NIGHT: Scott Sutherland

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

Topic: “InSight: What An Inside Look at Mars Can Tell Us”

NASA’s latest Mars mission touched down roughly a year ago. Tasked with detecting even the slightest tremor in the planet’s crust, tracking its weather 24.5 hours a day, and sensing its internal temperature, InSight is allowing us to explore Mars like never before.

Let’s take a look at what InSight has shown us so far, and what it could reveal to us about our second favourite terrestrial planet.

Scott Sutherland is a Meteorologist & Science Writer at The Weather Network. After focusing the first decade of his career on deciphering the machinations of Earth’s weather as a meteorologist, he has since expanded that focus to encompass weather, climate, space, astronomy, and science as The Weather Network’s science writer.
Email: ssutherland@pelmorex.com    Twitter: @ScottWx_TWN

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.

OCT 18: SPEAKER NIGHT: Chris Gainor

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

Topic: “History of the Hubble Space Telescope

The Hubble Space Telescope was launched 29 years ago in 1990. After overcoming problems caused by a defective main mirror, Hubble has made discoveries that have revolutionized our view of the universe we live in. This talk will cover the history of HST based on a history book the speaker is writing for NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center.

Chris Gainor is a historian specializing in the history of space flight and aeronautics. He has five published books. He is also President of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada, and editor of Quest: The History of Spaceflight Quarterly.

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.

Sep 20: SPEAKER NIGHT: Simon Claughton & Chris Malicki, RASC

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

Topic: “Astronomy and Space Exploration Philately”

Simon and Chris will present various examples from their stamp collections. Their presentation will include a basic introduction on stamp collecting and astro-philately. They will present selections from their collections on Canada’s early space activities and early U.S. launches, as well as stamps and covers from various solar eclipses.

Simon Claughton graduated with a Diploma in Power Engineering Technology from Niagara College in 1979 and a Masters Degree in Business Administration from the Ivey School at Western University in 1999. He started his work career at Berlet Electronics in 1979 and over the next 40 years has held just about every position available, finally becoming the CEO.
Since 1983 Simon has shared his life and interests with Victoria.
When he was about 11 he inherited his Granddads stamp collection, starting his own collecting interest. Besides his philatelic interests, Simon also collects coins and banknotes relating to places where he has lived. He is also interested in amateur and vintage radio, and in astronomy.

Chris Malicki has been an enthusiastic stamp collector since the age of 4 “after my father introduced me to his extensive collection”.  “My brother introduced me to astronomy in grade 6.  I became a passionate eclipse chaser when I witnessed my first total eclipse of the Sun in Manitoba in 1979.  Since then I have travelled all over the world with my wife Liz to see total solar eclipses.  I have tried to buy eclipse stamps and covers on these expeditions as well as collect eclipse stamps at shows and thanks to friends who add to my collection.”

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.

JUN 21: SPEAKER NIGHT: Ben Feist, NASA

It’s a GO!

Ben at NASA's Neutral Buoyancy Lab

Ben Feist of Toronto, who worked on the 2019 Documentary Apollo 11

Topic: “Apollo 11 – bringing the Apollo program to a new generation”

Buzz Aldrin working at the Scientific Equipment Bay, being sure to not take any pictures of Neil . Photo by Neil Armstrong.

Ben Feist, a local from Toronto, is the creator of Apollo17.org, and was part of the team who made the 2019 Documentary Apollo 11. He will take RASC members through his latest project, Apollo 11 in Real Time: a website that presents the entire historical mission archive in a multimedia experience and contains over 11,000 hours of mission control audio that hasn’t been heard since 1969. Ben will also talk about his new job at NASA Johnson Space Center in Houston, where he is applying new ideas to mission data management and visualization based on his historical work

For more information: Earthshine Astronomy

More information on Ben’s work with NASA: http://benfeist.com/from-apollo-17-to-nasa/

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.

May 24: SPEAKER NIGHT: Renée Hložek, Assistant Professor of Astrophysics, U of T

Check back for a GO / NO Go on Fri May 24 by 4 PM

Topic:”Echoes of Our Beginnings”

By listening to the cold, dim hiss of the universe, we can learn about its fiery beginning. Prof. Renée Hlozek’s talk will focus on how cosmologists use microwave instruments to measure this birth-light. She’ll describe the exciting new Simons Observatory in the Atacama Desert of Chile, and how it will allow us to learn about the beautiful universe we live in. As we learn about what the universe contains, how it started and ultimately how it is going to end.

Renée Hložek is an Assistant Professor of Astrophysics at the Dunlap Institute and in the Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics at the University of Toronto. She is a TED Senior Fellow and recently completed a postdoctoral fellowship at Princeton University. Before that she completed her DPhil in Astrophysics from Oxford University on a Rhodes Scholarship. Beyond her research she is passionate about outreach and the public understanding of science.

For more information: Earthshine Astronomy

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APR 26: SPEAKER NIGHT: CHARISSA CAMPBELL – MARTIAN WATER-ICE CLOUDS

The meeting is a GO – see you there!

Clouds on Mars have been observed from the surface and orbit to better understand the role of water in the Martian atmosphere. During aphelion, atmospheric temperatures are cool enough in the equatorial regions to allow water-ice to nucleate on dust particles, revealing the Aphelion Cloud Belt (ACB).

Both Opportunity and Curiosity have studied the ACB, while Phoenix was confined to cloud studies near the north pole.

Several properties of Martian water-ice clouds have been studied including optical depth, frequency through a sol (Martian day) and wind parameters. One parameter, altitude, is difficult to measure from the surface without a lidar instrument. Unlike Phoenix, Curiosity does not have a lidar and must rely on atmospheric models to help estimate altitude through correlations between observational and modelled results. Evaluating this parameter for the ACB can help determine the behaviour of water-ice clouds throughout the low and middle atmosphere.

Ms. Charissa Campbell completed her Bachelor of Science in Astronomy & Physics from Saint Mary’s University and is currently pursuing her Masters in Astronomy & Physics at York University under Dr. John Moores, where she is part of the MSL team analyzing the altitude of clouds on Mars. Her focus is on analyzing atmospheric movies to find the altitude of Martian clouds and has displayed her research progress at the 2017 Lunar and Planetary Science Conference (LPSC).

Watch Martian Clouds Scoot
(https://www.nasa.gov/feature/jpl/watch-martian-clouds-scoot-thanks-to-nasas-curiosity),
Thanks to NASA’s Curiosity and some amazing imagery created by Charissa as a member of a York University team led by John Moores.

For more information: Earthshine Astronomy

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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.

For more information: (NOT WORKING YET) Earthshine Astronomy

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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.

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.

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.

For more information: Earthshine Astronomy

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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

For more information go to: Earthshine Astronomy