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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!

FEB 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 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! Please note that due to the number of talks, we will start promptly at 8:00 PM.

Host: Allan Connery

PRESENTATIONS

Ken Pituley: Nikon D3100 Astrophotography.
Ken donated this camera to the club and shows what you can do with it!

Chris Malicki: Finding objects using the drift method.
Chris is a master at finding “faint fuzzies” and here he shares one useful technique.

Fred Benedikt: Looking for S.T.E.V.E.
S.T.E.V.E. is an unusual atmospheric phenomenon identified in 2016 by Canadian aurora watchers.

** Break **

Leslie Strike: Pictures from the Jan 21 TLE
Leslie shows us some of her pictures from the recent Total Lunar Eclipse.

Scott Sutherland: TLE lunar impact!
Multiple videos showed the flash of an impact on the Moon during the recent TLE. Scott updates us with the latest news.

Randy Attwood: The Sky This Month
Randy walks us through what we can see in the night sky over the next few weeks (through breaks in the clouds?)

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 16: Riverwood Public Star Party 8:00PM-9:30PM *** GO ***

***  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 8:00 p.m. on TUESDAY Oct 16. This event is free.


Moon - phone adapter
The Moon is moving in the sky from Saturn to Mars in the sky from Oct 14 to Oct 17th.  On the night of our event it will be nearing Mars in the sky.  It will have just passed Pluto – but though you won’t see that dwarf planet through the telescope available, you should get some nice views of Saturn, Mars and the Moon. Get some great images of the Moon with your cellphone camera! We might catch a glimpse of Jupiter before it sets.  We should get a good look at some colourful double stars.

Here is  a link to Riverwood on Google maps:  Riverwood

Sep 28: Speaker Night: Michael Watson – Imaging the Southern Skies

Imaging the Southern Skies

In this talk and slide show, Michael Watson will discuss his recent month-long trip to Australia, which included several nights of stargazing and astrophotography from the dark skies of the Australian Outback.  He will talk about how he prepared for the trip, the equipment that he took, and how he produced the photos that you will see.  His astrophotos will be interspersed with photos of some of the sights from around the Land Down Under.

For more information go to:  Earthshine Astronomy

Event details:
http://mississauga.rasc.ca/wp/event/watsonsouthernskies/

 

 

Aug 22: WEDNESDAY Riverwood Public Star Party

***  RAIN DELAYED UNTIL WEDNESDAY AUG 22 ***

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 22. This event is free.

Moon - phone adapterThere’s a chance you’ll be able to catch Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn in one night!  We should get some views if the smoke from Western Canadian fires isn’t too thick. The Moon should offer some great opportunities for images 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