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July 25: Riverwood Public Star Party ** GO! ***

***  WE ARE 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 WEDNESDAY July 25 (weather delay from Tuesday). This event is free.

Moon - phone adapterJupiter offers great views as it’s very near opposition – the best time to view the planet.  We should get some views of Saturn this time! The Moon should offer some great opportunities for images with your cellphone camera! We might catch a glimpse of brilliant Venus before it sets, but Mars is up to late, so we’ll miss it this time around.  We should get a good look at some colourful double stars.

Here is  a link to Riverwood on Google maps:  Riverwood

May 11: Sara Mazrouei: Earth’s Battered Moon

Sara Mazrouei, Phd Candidate In Planetary Geology, University Of Toronto will give a talk titled “Earth’s Battered Moon: Understanding how Impacts from Space have Shaped our Planet”.

Just like the Earth, the Moon is about 4.5 billion years old. It has been and continues to be constantly bombarded by meteorites. Some suggest that this rate of bombardment has remained constant in the past couple of billion years. The Moon’s surface without any substantial atmosphere or tectonic activity serves as a time capsule, helping us detangle Earth’s history. The only way to see if the bombardment rate has changed is to have an age for every single crater, an extremely difficult task using traditional crater dating methods. Recently, it has been shown that the rockiness of large craters’ ejecta provides an alternative means for estimating the ages of Copernican craters (younger than roughly one billion years old). This talk will focus on exploring the rate of bombardment in the past billion years.

Sara was one of the organisers of the inaugural Women in Planetary Science and Exploration conference, held at the University of Toronto in February: Women in Planetary Science and Exploration. She has been interested in outer space since an early age. “To pursue my passion, I enrolled in the Space Science program at York University and continued to do my master’s there. That is where I became more interested in planetary science. After finishing my master’s, I worked as a Young Graduate Trainee at the European Space Agency for a year and then started my doctorate at U of T. I’m doing my PhD at the department of Earth Sciences, using remote sensing techniques to understand the age of impact craters on the Moon. From that data, we can extrapolate the frequency and scale of meteorite impacts on the Earth over time, which is an important part of our planetary history.”

Sara Mazrouei’s thesis focuses on the cratering rate on the Moon. She is a science team member on the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter’s Diviner team. Sara received her MSc. from York University, where she studied rocks on asteroid Itokawa using data from the Japanese Hayabusa mission. In between her master’s and PhD studies, Sara worked at the European Space Agency, calibrating radio science data from the Venus Express.

More on this and other events: Earthshine Astronomy

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!

Mar 27: Riverwood Public Star Party – CANCELLED

*** CANCELLED DUE TO WEATHER ***

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 7:30 p.m. on TUESDAY SEPT 26. This event is free.

Moon - phone adapterThe Moon should offer some great opportunities for images with your cellphone camera! Mars, Jupiter and Saturn are up in the morning skies, so we’ll miss them this time around.  We should get a good look at some colourful double stars.

Here is  a link to Riverwood on Google maps: Riverwood

Mar 23: Potpourri Night – Awards, Gemini & Spaceflight!

*** Tonight’s meeting is a GO ***

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 SE2074 in the William Davis Building.

Host: Stephen Mallia

PRESENTATIONS

Stephen Mallia: New President’s Address
Astrophotography Contest Committee: Contest Results & Awards!

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

CHRIS MALICKI: The Constellation “Gemini”
RANDY ATTWOOD: An Introduction to Spaceflight – Part 1

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!

March 9: Dr Alan Jackson: “Making The Moon”

The meeting tonight is a GO!

Dr Alan Jackson, CPS Postdoctoral Fellow, Centre for Planetary
Sciences, University of Toronto

The Moon is an important part of our everyday lives. It regulates the tides
and stabilizes the tilt of Earth’s rotation axis, playing an important role in making our planet the place it is today. The lunar phases were also used to construct the first calendars, and was the first celestial body studied in detail by astronomers, not to mention the only one that has been visited
by humans so far. Compared to other satellites in the Solar system however, the Moon is unusual, so how did it come to be? I will discuss our current ideas for the formation of the Moon, and how they developed.

Alan Jackson is an astronomer and planetary scientist. Underlying his work is a deep interest in how planets, and the systems they reside in, form and evolve. To study these processes he works to predict the signatures we should see around other stars where planet formation is taking place, and the tell-tale clues that should have been left behind in our own Solar System. He is currently a postdoctoral researcher with the Centre for Planetary Sciences of the University of Toronto.

“I am an astronomer and planetary scientist. Underlying most of my work is a deep interest in how planets, and the systems they reside in, form and evolve. Within that central theme my work encompasses quite a broad range of investigations. The breadth of this topic also means that it touches on many different fields of expertise, and so I work closely with other researchers. I typically approach questions from a theoretical perspective, whilst always
endeavouring to link back to observational or experimental data.”

More on Alan Jackson:
(http://www.alanjacksonastronomy.com/)

More on this and other upcoming speaker meetings
(http://earthshineastronomy.ca/events/)

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!

Feb 23: Potpourri & AGM *FREE* TEA/COFFEE/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 SE2074 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 **      FREE Coffee, tea and donuts!!!  

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

DENNIS GASPAROTTO: Review of Small Refractor and Portable Mounts for Wide Field Astrophotography

RANDY ATTWOOD: Mars in 2018

Directions to UTM (http://tinyurl.com/oxfxffw)
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.

All of our meetings at UTM are free and open to everyone.

After the meeting, join us at at a local watering hole (location announced during the meeting) for more fun!

Nov 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 from 8:00 to 10:00 p.m. at The University of Toronto, Mississauga Campus, in lecture hall SE2072 in the William Davis Building.

 

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 29: Riverwood Public Star Party – 8:30 PM – 10:00 PM ** 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 AUG 29. This event is free.

Weather looks OK, we are GO for tonight!

Moon - phone adapterSaturn shines brightly near the Moon and should offer great views. The Moon should offer some great opportunities for images with your cellphone camera! Jupiter is low in the West.  We should get a good look at some colourful double stars.

Here is  a link to Riverwood on Google maps: Riverwood

Total Solar Eclipse: Monday, August 21 2017

On Monday, August 21,  a total solar eclipse will be visible across the United States. The eclipse will be visible as a partial eclipse (where only part of the sun is covered) from Canada, but that view pales in comparison with the darkened skies under a total eclipse, so make plans to travel South for a good view. For those who can’t make the trip, we’ll be setting up scopes at Riverwood for public viewing.

NASA have published a great 1 minute video of what will happen during this solar eclipse, showing the relative sizes of the Earth and Moon – give it a look! NASA: Flying Around The Eclipse Shadow