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Fri Oct 28th – Randy Attwood, “Amateur Astronomy Today – A Status Report”

randyAmateur astronomy has changed drastically over the past 50 years. Telescopes made in the basement have been replaced with high quality instruments capable of performing astronomical research. Those new to astronomy are confronted with computerized telescopes and unfortunately, disappearing skies due to light pollution

There is a great opportunity for amateur astronomers to reach members of the public and promote science literacy and critical thinking. Since young people are attracted to astronomy and space science, we have an opportunity to encourage young people to embrace “STEAM” and pursue careers in science and technology.

Randy Attwood has been looking up for most of his life. His interest in space and astronomy was sparked during the summer of 1969 with the first moon landing. Since then he has observed and photographed the night sky, chased solar eclipses across the globe and witnessed several space shuttle and rocket launches. He often appears in the media to comment on various astronomy and space exploration stories. To recognize his contributions to science public outreach, asteroid 265235 was named Asteroid Attwood in 2012.

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 SE2082 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!

Riverwood Tuesday Sep 13th 8:00PM: ** GO ** Mars, Saturn, and the Moon

Join us at Riverwood for a night of free public viewing through our telescopes!

Weather is looking good, so we are GO!

Moon - phone adapterSaturn and Mars are nearing the end of their visit this year, so be sure to see them before they go! We should get a good look at some colourful double stars. Use your phone to get a shot of the crescent Moon through a telescope with one of our phone camera adapters!

There are more details about the event on Earthshine’s site here: Earthshine

We’ll start when it gets dark at 8:00PM.

Here is  a link to Riverwood on Google maps: Riverwood

Riverwood Tues June 14th 9:00PM: Mars, Saturn, Jupiter and the Moon *** GO ***!

Join us at Riverwood for free public viewing through our telescopes!

Moon - phone adapterMars and Saturn are now visible in the evenings, so we sure to get a good look at them. Take a look at mighty Jupiter blazing in the night sky, or get a shot of the crescent Moon through one of our telescopes using your phone with one of our phone camera adapters!

The weather looks perfect! We’ll start when it gets dark at 9:00PM.

Here is  a link to Riverwood on Google maps: Riverwood

Fri May 27th – Dr. Wendy Taylor – Antimatter: From The Subatomic To The Cosmological Scales

WendyJTaylorDr. Wendy Taylor talks about the science of antimatter. What is it? How is it made, trapped, studied and used? And what can it tell us about how the universe works?

Dr. Taylor will produce antimatter during the talk, and beam it out into the audience, just for fun. Not really.

Wendy J. Taylor is Professor of Physics at York University and former Canada Research Chair in Experimental Particle Physics. She is a member of the university’s High Energy Physics Group and leads its ATLAS group.

ATLAS is a key experiment at the Large Hadron Collider at CERN where the Higgs Boson particle was discovered in 2012. Her current research focuses on the search for the hypothetical magnetic monopole particle. Her former research at the Fermilab Tevatron particle collider showed differences in the production of matter and anti-matter in high-energy collisions shedding light on the imbalance in matter and anti-matter in the early universe.

Professor Taylor is a member of the American Physical Society and the Canadian Institute of Particle Physics.

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. 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!

May 13: Astronomy 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. The May 13th meeting features talks on the recent Transit of Mercury, our Astrophotography techniques, and a talk on the shape of the Earth and the metric system.

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.

Host: John Golla
Presentations:
Chris Malicki – Report on the May 9 Transit of Mercury.
Lara Awad – Shape of the Earth and the Metric System, part 1.

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Lara Awad – Shape of the Earth and the Metric System, part 2.
Steve Mallia – Astrophotography Course.

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

Brian Gibson’s Astronomy and Nature Photography!

At the last potpourri meeting, Brian Gibson gave an excellent talk on astrophotography using equatorial tracking mounts. He’s generously made the PowerPoint presentation available for download! Click here to check out his blog: Brian Gibson’s blog . Even if you don’t want to download the presentation, you should check it out for a sampling of his wonderful nature shots – Highly Recommended.

Members Only: Our club newsletter ‘Messenger’ lives again!

Thanks to the efforts of our new councillor Betty Robinson, our members can once again enjoy the club newsletter, Messenger. Here is a link to the latest issue:

March 2016 Messenger!

The newsletter is a members-only privilege; you’ll need the username and password that were in the email from rascmississauga@yahoogroups.com. Note that most browsers allow you to save these credentials when you enter them; this will avoid you having to re-enter them in the future.

 

 

Nov 27 (This Friday): Dr. Ernie Seaquist – Canada’s engagement in the new “World Observatories”

Seaquister.jpgThe November 27th meeting of the RASC Mississauga Centre will feature a talk on Canada’s involvement in the development and use of new large telescopes.

In recent years Canada has become part of the international club participating in a series of what we might call “World Observatories”. These are astronomy facilities which are unique, or nearly so, and which are sufficiently costly ($1B or more) that they are affordable only by relatively large international consortia.

Examples are the Atacama Large Millimeter Array (ALMA), and the forthcoming facilities: the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST), the Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT), and the Square Kilometre Array (SKA). Canada is participating at some level in all of these.

Ernie will discuss the impact of these projects on Canadian astronomy and on our understanding of the universe and its origins. Ernie will also touch on the economic benefits and the politics, both national and international, underlying the achievement of membership in such partnerships. Of particular interest is whether engagement in such large projects leaves any room for smaller and less expensive national initiatives. Another important topic is the role of the RASC in this new era, and an examination of the mutual benefits of the current initiatives to both professional and amateur astronomers.

Ernie is Professor Emeritus at the Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics, University of Toronto. Until his retirement in 2004 his field of research was radio astronomy with emphasis on star formation in starburst galaxies and radio emission from active stars. He was Chair of the Department and Director of the David Dunlap Observatory between 1988 and 1999. Since retirement he has been involved various aspects of Canada’s engagement in the TMT and the SKA. He is currently Executive Director of the Association of Canadian Universities for Research in Astronomy (ACURA), the organization responsible for spearheading the successful effort to get funding for Canada’s role in TMT. He is also a member of the Board of Governors of the TMT International Observatory (TIO) which owns the TMT and will oversee the construction and ultimately its operation.

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. The meeting is open to the public and is free.