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Aug 16: 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 Aug 16 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: Leslie Strike

Presentations

Wendy Belcher: “My Journey Through South America or How I Lost My …”
Wendy will talk about her trip to Easter Island, the Atacama, her eclipse experience and her visit to a major observatory.

Leslie Strike: “A Chilean Eclipse Adventure”
Leslie will talk about the astronomy facilities at the resort she was at in the Atacama, a couple of interesting tours she went on and the eclipse experience in the La Serena area. 

** Break **

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

Leslie Strike and John Marchese: “Starfest 2019 Update”
If you’re a Mississauga Centre member and are thinking about going to Starfest (Aug 22 – 26) please make sure to be here. Leslie and John will discuss the survey results and talk about how to make sure that we all find each other there. What’s Starfest? Starfest 2019

Chris Malicki and John Marchese: “SNOLAB Tour Update”
Chris and John will give a quick update on the plans for the 16 Mississauga Centre members that will be going on a tour of SNOLAB near Sudbury on Fri Sep 13 – our lucky day!

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!

Aug 7: Riverwood Public Star Party 8:30PM-10:00PM

WE ARE GO FOR TONIGHT – WED AUG 7

The Riverwood Conservancy, Earthshine Astronomy and Space Science Organization and the Mississauga Centre of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada present the CITY STAR PARTY at the RIVERWOOD CONSERVATORY at 8:30 p.m. on WEDNESDAY Aug 7. This event is free.


Moon - phone adapter
We’ll get views of Jupiter and Saturn this time around. We should get some good views of a young Moon, some colorful double stars, and some deep sky objects through our larger scopes. Get some great images of the Moon with your cellphone camera!

Here is  a link to Riverwood on Google maps:  Riverwood

We make the GO/NO-GO decision using the best weather information available at that time. Please check weather conditions yourself if you plan to attend, as weather conditions can change
quickly and force us to cancel an event or end it earlier than planned.

July 19: 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 July 19 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: Keith Jarvie

Presentations

Ron Macnaughton: “Teaching Neil to Land”
The lunar module’s first landing was on the Sea of Tranquility,  so Neil and Buzz had to practice in various simulators.  These were made using 1960’s technology including what might be the largest eyepiece ever made.

Manuel Guerrero: “Imaging Planets at Latitude 10 (Part 2)”
To produce great planetary images, I learned The importance of De-rotation using Winjupos when capturing large amounts of planetary data.
A sample of Manuel’s Imagery – Jupiter SkyNews photo of the week

** Break **

Kirby Alguire: “Southern Eclipse”
Kirby will tell us all about the specs and path of this particular eclipse and the trip he took to Bella Vista, Argentina, to observe it.  His presentation will also describe the photographic techniques he employed and share the results.  
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Solar_eclipse_of_July_2,_2019

Chris Malicki: “Southern Eclipse”

Jo VandenDool: “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Moon”

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!

July 9: Riverwood Public Star Party 9:00PM-10:30PM

***  IT’S A GO!  ***

The Riverwood Conservancy, Earthshine Astronomy and Space Science Organization and the Mississauga Centre of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada present the CITY STAR PARTY at the RIVERWOOD CONSERVATORY at 9:00 p.m. on TUESDAY July 9. This event is free.


Moon - phone adapter
We’ll get views of Jupiter as well as Saturn later in the evening. We should get some good views of the waxing gibbous Moon, some colorful double stars, and some deep sky objects through our larger scopes. Get some great images of the Moon with your cellphone camera!

Here is  a link to Riverwood on Google maps:  Riverwood

We make the GO/NO-GO decision using the best weather information available at that time. Please check weather conditions yourself if you plan to attend, as weather conditions can change
quickly and force us to cancel an event or end it earlier than planned.

June 11: Riverwood Public Star Party 9:00PM-10:30PM

***  IT’S A GO ***

The Riverwood Conservancy, Earthshine Astronomy and Space Science Organization and the Mississauga Centre of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada present the CITY STAR PARTY at the RIVERWOOD CONSERVATORY at 9:00 p.m. on TUESDAY June 11. This event is free.


Moon - phone adapter
Towards the end of the evening we might get a glimpse of Jupiter a day after opposition – most of our favorite planetary targets rise later in the evening (or are up in the morning) this time around. We will focus on the Moon, double stars, and some deep sky objects through our larger scopes. Get some great images of the Moon with your cellphone camera!

Here is  a link to Riverwood on Google maps:  Riverwood

Jun 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 June 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

Kirby Alguire: “Yerkes Observatory – The Birthplace of Astrophysics”
Kirby will tell us all about the equipment and research performed at this observatory in Wisconsin
Link to the Yerkes Wikipedia Page

John Marchese and Leslie Strike: “Preview of Starfest 2019”
Starfest is Canada’s (and one of the world’s) largest, annual star parties and it takes place only a couple of hours drive from Mississauga in August. Starfest is about dark skies for observing, great speakers, comradery and so much more. If you’re a star party newbie, we will let you know what to expect and we will preview Starfest 2019 specifically. We have had up to 40 Mississauga members and their friends attend past Starfests so, we will present our plan on how to share this experience as a group.
Link to Starfest 2019 Website

** Break **

Lukasz Tarkowski: “Space Engine and 360 videos for Virtual Glasses”
The presentation will be about Space Engine and 360 videos for Virtual Glasses using Space Engine And Screen Capture ShadowPlay Everything is explained in Description of the Youtube Video Here is my Space Engine Youtube Chanell

Randy Attwood: “RASC 2019 GA Preview”
The General Assembly is in a week!  An overview of the events will be presented and all will be encouraged to attend.
www.rasc.ca/general-assembly

Manuel Guerrero: “Imaging Planets at Latitude 10”
Manuel will share his recent experience imaging Planets at Latitude 10 on the Island of Baru, near the Colonial city of Cartagena de Indias, Colombia. He had the privilege of sharing this lifetime experience with his friend Christopher Go, a well known planetary imager from the City of Cebu in the Philippines.
A sample of Manuel’s Imagery – Jupiter SkyNews photo of the week

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!

May 14: Riverwood Public Star Party 8:30PM-10:00PM

***  IT’S A GO! ***

The Riverwood Conservancy, Earthshine Astronomy and Space Science Organization and the Mississauga Centre of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada present the CITY STAR PARTY at the RIVERWOOD CONSERVATORY at 8:30 p.m. on TUESDAY May 14. This event is free.


Moon - phone adapter
On the night of our event the Moon will be nearing Jupiter in the sky.  Unfortunately most of our favorite planetary targets rise later in the evening (or are up in the morning) this time around. We will focus on the Moon, double stars, and some deep sky objects through our larger scopes. Get some great images of the Moon with your cellphone camera!

Here is  a link to Riverwood on Google maps:  Riverwood

MAY 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 May 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: Steve Mallia

PRESENTATIONS

Fred Benedikt: “Travelogue on his visit to Kitt Peak Observatory in Arizona / Dark Energy Research” – Part 2
A visit to Kitt Peak Observatory and an overview of their new innovative instrument on the 4 meter Mayall telescope. The upgraded instrument will measure the effect of dark energy on the expanding universe by mapping the red-shift of 30 million preselected galaxies. (Fred will provide a quick recap of part 1, which was presented in April.)

Lara Awad: “The Apple and the Moon”
Development of the concept of gravity and Newton’s preliminary calculations that provided mathematical background to the theory.

** Break **

Chris Malicki: “SNOlab Announcement”
Chris will announce the details of our tour of SNOlab in Sudbury later this year. We will be taking sign-ups from Mississauga Centre members who are interested in and committed to being among the limited number of people that will get to go.

Randy Attwood: “The RASC 2019 General Assembly”
This year’s GA will be hosted by RASC National and will he held at York University in Toronto June 13 – 17. (This will be a joint meeting with the AAVSO.) www.rasc.ca/general-assembly

Steve Mallia: “The Sky This/Next Month”
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!

APR 9: Riverwood Public Star Party 8:00PM-9:30PM

***  NO GO ***

OUR NEXT SCHEDULED NIGHT IS MAY 14 @ 9:00PM

The Riverwood Conservancy, Earthshine Astronomy and Space Science Organization and the Mississauga Centre of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada present the CITY STAR PARTY at the RIVERWOOD CONSERVATORY at 8:00 p.m. on TUESDAY Apr 9. This event is free.

Moon - phone adapterSee a nice alignment of the Moon, Mars and the Pleiades (the “Seven Sisters” that form the basis of the Subaru logo). It’s estimated that the Pleiades will only last another 250 million years, so see them before they’re gone! Weather permitting, we’ll have a number of large and small telescopes to let you get a good look at a number of targets. Get some great images of the Moon with your cellphone camera! We should get a good look at some colourful double stars.

Here is  a link to Riverwood on Google maps:  Riverwood

FEB 22: 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 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.

*** It’s a GO! ***

Host: Wendy Belcher

PRESENTATIONS

Leslie Strike and Chris Malicki: 2018 Astrophotography Contest Leslie and Chris will show the winning photos!

Kirby Alguire: Arizona Sky Village (ASV)
Kirby is a part owner of a property there and has lots of photos of the houses, observatories and local surroundings.

Fred Benedikt: Travelogue on his visit to Kitt Peak Observatory in Arizona (10 mins)

** Break **

Leslie Strike: Mississauga Centre Awards
Call for members to nominate other members for awards

John Marchese: Stars part 3 – How Stars Die
Before we get into cool stuff like supernovae, John will Include a recap of parts 1 and 2

Jo VandenDool: Observing Certificates
Jo will share some videos how to work towards these

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!