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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

 

 

Jun 7: Riverwood Public Star Party: (Wed 9:00 pm)

*** Riverwood is a GO tonight (Wed). See you all there!***

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 6.

This event is dependent on weather conditions, please check back after noon Wednesday for a Go / No Go.

Moon - phone adapterJupiter shines brilliantly in the June skies, and the Moon will be a nice waxing gibbous tonight (look it up!) so we should be able to get some good shots of the Apollo moon landing sites with your cellphone cameras! We should get a good look at some colourful double stars.

Here is  a link to Riverwood on Google maps: Riverwood

June 9: Potpourri Night

*** Due to construction we will meet in room SE2074  (just down the hall) ***

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.

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 21: Attwood & Watson: Observing and Photographing the August Total Solar Eclipse

*** Due to construction we will meet in room SE2074  (just down the hall) ***

Mississauga Centre Honourary President Randy Attwood and Toronto Centre member Michael Watson will cover all aspects of observing, enjoying, photographing and preparing for the experience which will last a scant two minutes.

These are rare events and may be overwhelming for the novice TSE observer. The presenters have seen several dozen eclipses and will share their experiences with advice to those planning to travel to the centre line.

For more information, see the Earthshine notice: Earthshine

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.

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

International Dark Sky Week 2017: Apr 22 to Apr 28

Created in 2003 by high-school student Jennifer Barlow, International Dark Sky Week has grown to become a worldwide event. In explaining why she started the week, Barlow said,

“I want people to be able to see the wonder of the night sky without the effects of light pollution. The universe is our view into our past and our vision into the future. … I want to help preserve its wonder.”

International Dark Sky Week draws attention to the problems associated with light pollution and promotes simple solutions available to mitigate it.

For more information: http://darksky.org/dark-sky-week-2017/

Mar 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 SE2082 in the William Davis Building.

Host: John Marchese

Presentations

Steve Mallia: Report on the March 4 Moon/Aldebaran Occultation/Graze

Fred Benedikt: My Next Steps in Astrophotography

Dave Dev: Power in the Field

** Break **

Mohammad Shaban: Exoplanet Discovery
Exoplanet Discovery!

John Marchese: Teaming up for the Aug 21 Eclipse
Please come to the meeting and share your plans or, if you don’t have any but want to go, find others to team up with!

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 24: Dr. Marianne Mader: Hunting Meteorites at the End of the World

Camping and working in the southernmost, coldest, highest, driest, windiest, least populated continent on Earth is no easy feat! Every year a team of meteorite hunters collects meteorites along the base of the Trans-Antarctic Mountains.

Photo: Brian Boyle

How do these explorers survive? What’s so special about these rocks? And why go all the way to Antarctica to find them? Come hear Dr. Marianne Mader, a participant of the 2012-2013 ANSMET (Antarctic Search for Meteorites) Program talk about her experience and then put yourself in her shoes by practicing a little meteorite hunting of your own!

Dr. Marianne Mader strives to enable curiosity and exploration. As the Managing Director for the Centres of Discovery in Earth & Space and Fossils & Evolution at the ROM, she helps people to understand the Earth, our solar system, and how life evolved over time. With over 12 years of field experience, Marianne has studied some of the oldest rocks on Earth in Greenland, explored impact craters across the globe, and most recently collected meteorites in Antarctica.

She has collaborated with Western University’s Centre for Planetary Science and Exploration, the Canadian Space Agency, NASA, and MDA (Canada’s largest space company) to plan and execute simulated lunar and planetary exploration missions, as well as developing insights into planetary impact cratering processes

Marianne has MScs in both Space Studies and Earth Sciences, and a PhD in planetary science from Western University. She is a Visiting Lecturer at the International Space University.

More on Dr. Marianne Mader

Members Update: New Nov 2016 Messenger Newsletter!

Brian Gibson - Orion Nebula
Brian Gibson – Orion Nebula

Members: keep up to date with the latest news about your club with the latest edition of your Messenger newsletter!

Turn green with envy over Jo’s new 16″ beast, be fascinated by Steve’s article on astrophotography, and be inspired by Brian Gibson’s photo of the Orion nebula!

Available to members only; click on the “MEMBER BENEFITS” menu item and select “MESSENGER NEWSLETTER”.