RASC Mississauga Centre Meeting October 26, 2018
Oct
26
8:00 PM20:00

RASC Mississauga Centre Meeting October 26, 2018

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The October 26th meeting of the RASC Mississauga Centre will feature a talk on the Dark Universe.

Talk Title: The Dark Universe

Speaker: Dr Laura Parker, McMaster University

Abstract:

 A beautiful image from the Hubble Space Telescope showing a galaxy cluster made up of hundreds of galaxies (the orangish fuzzy objects in the image). Beautiful gravitational lensing arcs can also be seen. These arcs are actually background galaxies whose light has been distorted by the gravity of the galaxy cluster as it travels to us

A beautiful image from the Hubble Space Telescope showing a galaxy cluster made up of hundreds of galaxies (the orangish fuzzy objects in the image). Beautiful gravitational lensing arcs can also be seen. These arcs are actually background galaxies whose light has been distorted by the gravity of the galaxy cluster as it travels to us

Observational astronomers use telescopes that look at the furthest distances in the Universe to look back in time and trace the growth of structure in the cosmos. Recent multi-wavelength measurements have helped us to constrain the components that make up the Universe and how those components evolve. We now know that most of the Universe is made up of dark matter and dark energy, but the nature of these components remains largely unknown. In this talk I will give an overview of the techniques used to map the universe on the largest scales, which have enabled us to measure dark energy and dark matter.

 The Cosmological Pie - most of the stuff in the Universe is Dark Matter and Dark Energy, with only a small portion of normal matter (stuff made of atoms, like stars, planets and people)

The Cosmological Pie - most of the stuff in the Universe is Dark Matter and Dark Energy, with only a small portion of normal matter (stuff made of atoms, like stars, planets and people)

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Dr. Laura Parker is an associate professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at McMaster University. Her research group is interested in questions related to galaxy evolution and observational cosmology. In particular her group is trying to understand the connection between observed galaxy properties and the properties of the environments in which we find them, including the relationship between galaxies and their host dark matter halos. 

Dr. Parker completed her PhD in Physics at the University of Waterloo in 2005 and was then a postdoctoral fellow at the European Southern Observatory (ESO) in Munich before returning to Canada in 2007 to join the faculty at McMaster.

http://www.physics.mcmaster.ca/~lparker/

 Dr Parker on top of Mauna Kea on the Big Island in Hawaii. Two telescopes partly funded by Canada (The Gemini-North Telescope and the Canada France Hawaii Telescope) can be seen behind me.

Dr Parker on top of Mauna Kea on the Big Island in Hawaii. Two telescopes partly funded by Canada (The Gemini-North Telescope and the Canada France Hawaii Telescope) can be seen behind me.

The meeting will be held from 8:00 to 10:00 p.m. at The University of Toronto, Mississauga Campus, in room SE2074 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 untilyou 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. Directions

 

 

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RASC Mississauga Centre Meeting November 23, 2018
Nov
23
8:00 PM20:00

RASC Mississauga Centre Meeting November 23, 2018

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The November 23rd meeting of the RASC Mississauga Centre will feature a talk on observational cosmology.

Talk Title: New Frontiers in Observational Cosmology

Speaker: Dr Michel Fich, University of Waterloo

Abstract:

Our most recent generation of cosmology experiments, such as the Planck satellite and observations of distant supernovae, have reduced all of cosmology to the very precise measurement of eight parameters.  This relatively simple model seems complete with no hints of additional elements required to explain the entire evolution of the Universe from the Big Bang to some far distant future. 

 The Planck satellite

The Planck satellite

These recent results include such things as the precise measurement of the contributors to the overall mass-energy density of the universe.  We know with great precision the amount of Dark Energy, Dark Matter, neutrinos, baryons, etc in the Universe today.  What we do not know is exactly what most of these things really are.  In this talk I will discuss these elements and focus on the new experiments, now in development, that will give us insight into these areas of fundamental physics.  One of the new instruments that will carry out these instruments is CCAT-prime, a telescope that is currently under construction by an international team that includes a strong pan-Canadian group of astronomers.

 Dr. Michel Fich

Dr. Michel Fich



Dr. Fich is an astronomer specializing in studies of star formation, the interstellar medium, and the structure of galaxies. His recent research activities have focused on “small scale” formation studies of low and intermediate mass stars, circumstellar disks, and the formation of proto-solar systems.

 The proposed Cornell Caltech Atacama Telescope.

The proposed Cornell Caltech Atacama Telescope.



Dr. Michel Fich’s relationship with the university began during his final year of high school, when he was a student competitor in the Sir Isaac Newton Exam, which is run annually by UWaterloo in high schools across the province and even internationally.  Scoring very well on the exam, he received an undergraduate scholarship that allowed him to attend Waterloo. Encouraged by then professor, and future Dean of Science, Don Brodie, Dr. Fich chose to pursue a degree in physics rather than the path he’d planned in engineering.

That path led him to complete his BSc in Physics at Waterloo in 1978, followed by an MA (1981) and his PhD (1983) from the University of California, Berkeley and, ultimately, to a career in astronomy.  He has been a faculty member in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at Waterloo since 1986.

Today he studies the formation of planets, stars and galaxies using some of the largest instruments built for that purpose.  He is the Canadian leader in the HIFI instrument on the Herschel Space Observatory, SCUBA-2 for the James Clerk Maxwell Telescope in Hawaii, and most recently, the Cornell Caltech Atacama Telescope, a telescope to be built in the mountains of Chile. Dr. Fich says everyone at Waterloo - from students to senior administration - is very supportive of his research at all levels.


The meeting will be held from 8:00 to 10:00 p.m. at The University of Toronto, Mississauga Campus, in room SE2074 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 untilyou 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. Directions

 

 

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RASC Mississauga Centre Meeting December 7, 2018
Dec
7
8:00 PM20:00

RASC Mississauga Centre Meeting December 7, 2018

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The December 7th meeting of the RASC Mississauga Centre will feature a talk on the Apollo 8 mission.

 Earthrise as seen from Apollo 8 in lunar orbit December 24, 1968

Earthrise as seen from Apollo 8 in lunar orbit December 24, 1968

Talk Title: Stories From Apollo 8

Speaker: Andy Chaikin 

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Abstract:

December 2018 marks the 50th anniversary of the famous Apollo 8 Moon mission. Andy Chaikin will share stories from the historic mission including anecdotes from his interviews with the 3 Apollo 8 astronauts, and details on the mission’s origins and aftermath from his own in-depth research.

 The Apollo 8 crew - James Lovell, William Anders, Frank Borman

The Apollo 8 crew - James Lovell, William Anders, Frank Borman

Award-winning science journalist and space historian Andrew Chaikin has authored books and articles about space exploration and astronomy for more than three decades. Writer-director and explorer James Cameron (Titanic, Aliens of the Deep) called him “our best historian of the space age.”

 Author, Journalist, Space Historian Andrew Chaikin

Author, Journalist, Space Historian Andrew Chaikin

Chaikin is best known as the author of A Man on the Moon: The Voyages of the Apollo Astronauts, widely regarded as the definitive account of the moon missions. First published in 1994, this acclaimed work was the main basis for Tom Hanks’ 12-part HBO miniseries, From the Earth to the Moon, which won the Emmy for best miniseries in 1998. Chaikin spent eight years writing and researching A Man on the Moon, including over 150 hours of personal interviews with 23 of the 24 lunar astronauts (Apollo 13’s Jack Swigert was already deceased). Apollo moonwalker Gene Cernan said of the book, “I’ve been there. Chaikin took me back.”  

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The meeting will be held from 8:00 to 10:00 p.m. at The University of Toronto, Mississauga Campus, in room 120 in the Instructional Building. The meeting is open to the public and is free. Seating is limited - the room opens at 7:30. Seating is first come first served.

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 untilyou 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. Directions

 

 

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RASC Mississauga Centre Meeting September 28, 2018
Sep
28
8:00 PM20:00

RASC Mississauga Centre Meeting September 28, 2018

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The September 28th meeting of the RASC Mississauga Centre will feature a talk on the southern skies of Australia.

Talk Title: Under Southern Skies

Speaker: Michael Watson

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Abstract:

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.

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Michael is well known around the RASC as a 48-year member, an astrophotographer and a solar eclipse enthusiast, and a member of the Society's Board of Directors.  At the July General Assembly in Calgary, Michael gave a photographic presentation on the Milky Way titled “There’s No Place Like Home”.  He has been a guest speaker at previous Mississauga Centre meetings, and is looking forward to returning and sharing the results from his trip to Oz.

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The meeting will be held from 8:00 to 10:00 p.m. at The University of Toronto, Mississauga Campus, in room SE2074 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 untilyou 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. Directions

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Astronomy Evening at The Riverwood Conservancy Saturday September 15
Sep
15
8:00 PM20:00

Astronomy Evening at The Riverwood Conservancy Saturday September 15

Come out and observe the universe at the Riverwood Conservancy! Join members of the Mississauga Centre of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada as they set up large telescopes to look at the Moon and stars.

 Astronomy Night at Riverwood

Astronomy Night at Riverwood

Weather permitting, members of the Mississauga Centre of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada will be setting up telescopes to show members of the public spectacular views of the Universe. Observing will take place on the green in front of Chappelle House.  The event starts at 8:30 pm,  is free and open to everyone.

 The First Quarter Moon

The First Quarter Moon

 Large telescopes will be set up and pointed at the Moon and other objects beyond our solar system.  

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RASC Mississauga Centre Meeting May 11 2018
May
11
8:00 PM20:00

RASC Mississauga Centre Meeting May 11 2018

The May 11 meeting of the RASC Mississauga Centre will feature a talk on the Earth's moon.

Talk Title: Earth's Battered Moon: Understanding how impacts from space have shaped our planet

Speaker: Sara Mazrouei, PhD Candidate in Planetary Geology, University of Toronto

Abstract:

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.

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 Sara Mazrouei

Sara Mazrouei

 

Sara Mazrouei  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. 

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 untilyou 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. Directions

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

 

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Astronomy Evening at The Riverwood Conservancy Tuesday April 24
Apr
24
8:30 PM20:30

Astronomy Evening at The Riverwood Conservancy Tuesday April 24

Come out and observe the universe at the Riverwood Conservancy! Join members of the Mississauga Centre of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada as they set up large telescopes to look at the Moon and stars.

 Astronomy Night at Riverwood

Astronomy Night at Riverwood

Weather permitting, members of the Mississauga Centre of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada will be setting up telescopes to show members of the public spectacular views of the Universe. Observing will take place on the green in front of Chappelle House.  The event starts at 8:30 pm,  is free and open to everyone.

 The First Quarter Moon

The First Quarter Moon

 Large telescopes will be set up and pointed at the Moon and other objects beyond our solar system.  

 The sky Tuesday April 24 at 9 pm - look for brilliant Venus low in the SW. The winter constellations are low in the west during early evening in April - the end of winter - finally (Orion, Gemini, Taurus, Canis Major, Canis Minor, Auriga)

The sky Tuesday April 24 at 9 pm - look for brilliant Venus low in the SW. The winter constellations are low in the west during early evening in April - the end of winter - finally (Orion, Gemini, Taurus, Canis Major, Canis Minor, Auriga)

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RASC Mississauga Centre Meeting April 6 2018
Apr
6
8:00 PM20:00

RASC Mississauga Centre Meeting April 6 2018

The April 6 meeting of the RASC Mississauga Centre will feature a talk on distant galaxies.

Talk Title: The Most Distant Galaxies in the Universe: What we know, and what the James Webb Space Telescope will tell us

Speaker: Dr Adam Muzzin York University

Abstract:

The combined power of infrared observatories both in space and from the ground has allowed us to observe extraordinarily distant galaxies. Some of the most distant are observed just a few hundred million years after the Big Bang, when the universe was merely 2% of its current age. Dr. Muzzin will talk about what what observatories like the Hubble Space Telescope have shown us about these exotic young galaxies. He will also introduce the James Webb Space Telescope, NASA's $9 billion dollar IR-optimized successor to Hubble. Now is an exciting time, as JWST is preparing for launch in Oct 2018. The primary mission of this extremely powerful telescope is to show us the first stars forming in the first galaxies. He will present what we think those very young galaxies might look like.

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Adam Muzzin is an assistant professor at York University in Toronto.  His research focusses on galaxy formation and evolution, particularly the high-redshift universe. Most of his work is on how distant galaxies form and evolve, and how that evolution is related to their larger scale environment.  Due to the redshifting of light, studies of distant galaxies almost always involve infrared observations. 

 Dr. Adam Muzzin

Dr. Adam Muzzin

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 untilyou 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. Directions

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

 

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RASC Mississauga Centre Meeting March 9 2018
Mar
9
8:00 PM20:00

RASC Mississauga Centre Meeting March 9 2018

The March  9 meeting of the RASC Mississauga Centre will feature a talk on the solar system.

Talk Title: Making The Moon

Speaker: Dr Alan Jackson, CPS Postdoctoral Fellow, 

Centre for Planetary Sciences, University of Toronto

Abstract:

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.

 The formation of the Moon

The formation of the Moon

 Alan Jackson

Alan Jackson

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."

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 untilyou 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. Directions

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

 

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RASC Mississauga Centre Meeting February 9 2018
Feb
9
8:00 PM20:00

RASC Mississauga Centre Meeting February 9 2018

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The February 9 meeting of the RASC Mississauga Centre will feature a talk on dark matter and dark energy.

Talk Title: The Dark Universe

Speaker: Dr Laura Parker,  Associate Professor

Dept. of Physics & Astronomy McMaster University

 

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Abstract:

Observational astronomers use telescopes that look at the furthest distances in the Universe to look back in time and trace the growth of structure in the cosmos. Recent multi-wavelength measurements have helped us to constrain the components that make up the Universe and how those components evolve. We now know that most of the Universe is made up of dark matter and dark energy, but the nature of these components remains largely unknown. In this talk I will give an overview of the techniques used to map the universe on the largest scales, which have enabled us to measure dark energy and dark matter.

 

 Dr Laura Parker

Dr Laura Parker

Dr. Laura Parker is an associate professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at McMaster University. Her research group is interested in questions related to galaxy evolution and observational cosmology. In particular her group is trying to understand the connection between observed galaxy properties and the properties of the environments in which we find them, including the relationship between galaxies and their host dark matter halos. 

Dr. Parker completed her PhD in Physics at the University of Waterloo in 2005 and was then a postdoctoral fellow at the European Southern Observatory (ESO) in Munich before returning to Canada in 2007 to join the faculty at McMaster.

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 untilyou 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. Directions

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

 

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RASC Mississauga Centre Meeting November 24
Nov
24
8:00 PM20:00

RASC Mississauga Centre Meeting November 24

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The November 24th meeting of the RASC Mississauga Centre will feature a talk on the planet Mars.

Speaker: Tanya N. Harrison, Ph.D.  

Director of Research, NewSpace Initiative, Arizona State University

Title: The Past and Present of Water on Mars

From reading article comments online, many people seem to think that scientists are constantly discovering “water on Mars.” This talk summarizes of our current understanding of water in the martian past and present, and the implications of that for the habitability of the Red Planet.

 

Dr. Tanya Harrison is a “Professional Martian” and the Director of Research for the NewSpace Initiative at Arizona State University. She has worked on multiple NASA Mars missions in science and operations, and specializes in the geology of the Red Planet. Tanya holds a Ph.D. in Geology with a Specialization in Planetary Science and Exploration from the University of Western Ontario. 

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!

 

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Astronomy Evening at the Riverwood Conservancy
Oct
30
8:00 PM20:00

Astronomy Evening at the Riverwood Conservancy

Come out and observe the universe at the Riverwood Conservancy! Join members of the Mississauga Centre of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada as they set up large telescopes to look at the Moon, planets and stars.

Weather permitting, members of the Mississauga Centre of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada will be setting up telescopes to show members of the public spectacular views of the Universe. Observing will take place on the green in front of Chappelle House.  The event starts at 8:00 pm,  is free and open to everyone.

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 Large telescopes will be set up and pointed at the Moon, the planet and Saturn and other objects beyond our solar system.

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RASC Mississauga Centre Meeting October 27
Oct
27
8:00 PM20:00

RASC Mississauga Centre Meeting October 27

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The October 27th meeting of the RASC Mississauga Centre will feature a talk on the Voyager mission to the outer planets.

Talk Title: Voyager at 40

Speaker: Randy Attwood, Mississauga Centre

The two Voyager spacecraft were launched in 1977 - 40 years ago. Over a period of 12 years, they explored the four outer planets - Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune. The discoveries changed our understanding of our solar system.

This talk will look at the mission and the discoveries as well as some of the challenges Voyager engineers faced in taking late 1960's spacecraft technology - which lasted only a couple years in space - and extended the lifetime to the required 12 years to complete the mission - and beyond. Now the two spacecraft are leaving the solar system and providing information on the heliopause - the boundary between our solar system and interstellar space.

 

Randy Attwood is the Executive Director of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada (RASC). As Canada’s national astronomy organization, it can trace its roots back to 1868. With 5,000 members across the country, it is active in promoting astronomy research as well as education and public outreach. 

Attwood has been fascinated with astronomy and space exploration since the days of the Apollo missions. He is interested in astrophotography, he and his wife Betty travel the world to witness total solar eclipses and when it was flying, he witnessed twelve space shuttle launches.

Attwood is a Past President of the RASC, a Past President of the Toronto Centre of the RASC and the founder of the local Mississauga chapter of the Society. He is also President of the Earthshine Astronomy and Space Science Organization – a Mississauga not for profit charitable organization, which has partnered with the RASC to run public outreach astronomy programs at a local Mississauga park since 2009. Earthshine’s mandate is public outreach and it is working on generating support for a public science education facility in Mississauga, which would feature a planetarium and observatory telescope.

Attwood has been active in education and public outreach since 1980. He produced and hosted a local astronomy cable television show in the 1980’s.  He has appeared on local and national radio and television since 1981 to comment on various aspects of astronomical discoveries and space exploration – both manned and unmanned.  In 2012, the International Astronomical Union renamed asteroid 260235 “Attwood” in his honour.

 Randy Attwood with Voyager at JPL in California

Randy Attwood with Voyager at JPL in California

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 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!

 

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Astronomy Evening at The Riverwood Conservancy Tuesday September 26
Sep
26
8:00 PM20:00

Astronomy Evening at The Riverwood Conservancy Tuesday September 26

Come out and observe the universe at the Riverwood Conservancy! Join members of the Mississauga Centre of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada as they set up large telescopes to look at the Moon, planets and stars.

 Astronomy Night at Riverwood

Astronomy Night at Riverwood

Weather permitting, members of the Mississauga Centre of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada will be setting up telescopes to show members of the public spectacular views of the Universe. Observing will take place on the green in front of Chappelle House.  The event starts at 8:00 pm,  is free and open to everyone.

 The First Quarter Moon

The First Quarter Moon

 The planet Saturn

The planet Saturn

 Large telescopes will be set up and pointed at the Moon, the planet and Saturn and other objects beyond our solar system.  We also expect to see a pass by the International Space Station!

 ISS pass Tuesday night

ISS pass Tuesday night

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RASC Mississauga Centre Meeting September 22
Sep
22
8:00 PM20:00

RASC Mississauga Centre Meeting September 22

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The September 22 meeting of the RASC Mississauga Centre will feature a talk on gravitational waves.

Speaker: Catherine Woodford, University of Toronto, Canadian Institute for Theoretical Astrophysics

Title: The Discovery of Gravitational Waves

A video of what GW150914 would have looked like if we were close enough to see it

Abstract:

Get an up-close and personal take on the Gravitational Waves discovery that has changed science for the better. Considered the most influential discovery of the century, gravitational wave GW150914 broke records in physics, astronomy, and interferometry - with still more to come. We will talk about what went into the Laser Interferometer Gravitational wave Observatory (LIGO) that discovered GW150914 from theoretical, engineering, and computer simulation viewpoints, and discuss the outlooks on the future of gravitational wave astronomy.

 The detection of gravitational wave GW150914

The detection of gravitational wave GW150914

Bio: I'm a 2nd year PhD candidate in the Physics Department at the University of Toronto and work in the Canadian Institute for Theoretical Astrophysics (CITA). My research falls into two streams: binary black hole simulations and exoplanet simulations. I am a member of the Simulating eXtreme Spacetimes (SXS) collaboration and the Centre for Planetary Sciences (CPS), as well as a planetarium operator for the Dunlap Institute and outreach fanatic. When I'm not thinking or looking at the sky and what lies beyond, I'm volunteering with the Rotaract Club of Toronto, cycling, running, and snowboarding.

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!

 

 

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Partial Solar Eclipse August 21
Aug
21
1:00 PM13:00

Partial Solar Eclipse August 21

On Monday August 21, a total solar eclipse will be visible in the United States. 

Here in Mississauga, the eclipse will be partial.

Members of the Mississauga Centre of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada will have telescopes set up at The Riverwood Conservancy to observe the eclipse. 

Properly filtered telescopes will be set up and pointed at the Sun. Hand held solar viewers will be handed out as well as information sheets.

NOTE: do not look directly at the Sun without proper protection. Specially designed solar viewers must be used. Do not look at the Sun with sunglasses, smoked glass or photographic films. Safe viewers will be available for use at the Riverwood event. 

The eclipse will start at 1:10 pm. At 2:33 pm it will be maximum eclipse and approximately 75% of the Sun will be covered. The eclipse will end at 3:49 pm.

If the sky is completely overcast, then the observing event will not take place. 

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Astronomy Evening at The Riverwood Conservancy Saturday July 29
Jul
29
8:00 PM20:00

Astronomy Evening at The Riverwood Conservancy Saturday July 29

Come out and observe the universe at the Riverwood Conservancy! Join members of the Mississauga Centre of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada as they set up large telescopes to look at the Moon, planets and stars.

Saturday July 29 is the first National Star Party. Astronomy clubs across the country are holding a star party tonight to celebrate Canada's 150th anniversary since Confederation.

Weather permitting, members of the Mississauga Centre of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada will be setting up telescopes to show members of the public spectacular views of the Universe. Observing will take place on the green in front of Chappelle House.  The event starts at dusk is free and open to everyone.

A short lecture called "The Sky Tonight" will be presented at 8:00. 8:30, 9:00 and 9:30 pm in Chappelle House.  All are welcome. Announcements will be made at the telescope site announcing the talks.  

 The International Space Station will be visible low in the north at 9:36

The International Space Station will be visible low in the north at 9:36

 

Large telescopes will be set up and pointed at the Moon, the planets Jupiter and Saturn and other objects beyond our solar system.  We also expect to see a pass by the International Space Station!

 The First Quarter Moon will be visible 

The First Quarter Moon will be visible 

 The rings of Saturn are visible when viewed through a telescope.

The rings of Saturn are visible when viewed through a telescope.

 Magnificent Jupiter will be visible - we hope to see clouds and the Great Red Spot through telescopes.

Magnificent Jupiter will be visible - we hope to see clouds and the Great Red Spot through telescopes.

Note: If the weather is cloudy, the lectures in Chappelle House will still take place. Observing through the telescopes however wold not be possible.

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RASC Mississauga Centre Meeting Friday June 23
Jun
23
8:00 PM20:00

RASC Mississauga Centre Meeting Friday June 23

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Title: "Life Beyond Earth" 

Speaker: Dr Michael De Robertis, York University

Is there life beyond Earth?  Earth’s fossil records suggest that under the right conditions, simple life can emerge soon after a planet forms.  I will discuss what we mean by the “right conditions” and where these might be found in our own solar system and beyond. 

And what about complex life?  How ubiquitous might intelligent civilizations be among the billions of stars and galaxies in the observable universe?  Some have argued that the evolution of intelligence should be commonplace.  If so, others ask, where are they, why haven't we any evidence for these civilizations?  What might the prevailing silence mean? 

Finally, I will describe strategies used by scientists to search for evidence of extraterrestrial intelligence, speculate on whether these will succeed in the near future and what their success might mean for humankind. 

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.  

Directions: 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 untilyou 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!

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RASC Mississauga Centre Meeting May 26
May
26
8:00 PM20:00

RASC Mississauga Centre Meeting May 26

The May 26th meeting of the RASC Mississauga Centre will feature a talk on planets orbiting Proxima Centuari B.

Talk Title: Exoplanetary Update: Proxima Centauri B

Speaker: Paul Delaney, York University

The first exoplanet was found orbiting a Sun-like star in 1995. In the intervening 20 years, thousands of exoplanets and exoplanetary candidates have been detected suggesting that exoplanets are very common. That of course does not imply the Earth-like planets are common but again, recent statistics suggest that at least one star in 6 contains an Earth-like planet. With the detection of an exoplanet in the Habitable Zone of Proxima Centauri b, speculation and excitement has been aroused about the possibility of exploring that planetary system during the 21st century. Project Starshot even suggests that such a launch maybe only 20 years or so away. This presentation will summarize the state of exoplanetary research and look at the likelihood of exploring the Proxima Centauri star system in the relatively near future.

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.  

 Paul Delaney

Paul Delaney

Paul Delaney was born in South Australia and received his Bachelor of Science degree from the Australian National University in Canberra, Australia in 1978 and his Master of Science from the University of Victoria, British Columbia in 1981. Since that time, he has worked as a nuclear physicist for Atomic Energy of Canada and a support astronomer at McGraw Hill Observatory near Tucson, Arizona.

He has been a member of the Department of Physics and Astronomy at York University since 1986. He is a Senior Lecturer teaching a variety of astronomy related courses to science and non-science students. In addition he is the Coordinator of the campus Astronomical Observatory which offers a teaching laboratory environment for science students studying astronomy and extensive Public Outreach access to the community. Between 2002 and 2016 he was the Director of the Division of Natural Science, an academic unit that exposes nearly 12,000 undergraduate students annually to the world of science. He was the Master of Bethune College, one of York’s 8 undergraduate student Colleges, from 1994 until 2005.

He is a passionate educator and delights in discussing the wonders of the universe with people of all ages. Along with his undergraduate Observing Team, he coordinates an extensive Public Outreach program in astronomy including hosting a 1 hour internet radio program ‘YorkUniverse” every Monday evening (on astronomy.fm). He considers himself an amateur as well as professional astronomer and has been interested in astronomy and space science for as long as he can remember. He has been the recipient of York University’s Faculty of Science and Engineering Teaching Award (1991), a ‘top 10’ finalist in TV Ontario’s Best Lecturer competition (2005), a recipient of the University Wide Teaching Award (2006), was the winner of the Royal Canadian Institute’s 2010 Sanford Flemming Medal for outstanding contributions to the public understanding of science amongst Canadians, the 2015 recipient of the Qilak Award from the Canadian Astronomical Society recognizing his ongoing commitment to the public awareness and understanding of astronomy and was awarded in 2016 a University Professorship (essentially lifetime achievement) from York University.

Directions: 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 untilyou 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.

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RASC Mississauga Centre Meeting April 21
Apr
21
8:00 PM20:00

RASC Mississauga Centre Meeting April 21

The April 21st meeting of the RASC Mississauga Centre will feature a talk on the upcoming August 21 total solar eclipse.

Talk Title: Observing and photographing the August total solar eclipse

Speaker: Randy Attwood, Mississauga Centre Honourary President, Michael Watson , Toronto Centre 

The solar eclipse of August 21, 2017 presents an opportunity for many amateurs to observer their first total solar eclipse.

 Total Solar Eclipse, Second Contact / Diamond Ring March 2016 Side, Turkey  Photos by Randy Attwood

Total Solar Eclipse, Second Contact / Diamond Ring March 2016 Side, Turkey

Photos by Randy Attwood

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.

 2016 total solar eclipse. Photo by Randy Attwood

2016 total solar eclipse. Photo by Randy Attwood

The evening will cover all aspects of observing, enjoying, photographing and preparing for the experience which will last a scant two minutes.

Randy Attwood  is currently the Executive Director of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada - Canada's national astronomy organization. He is the founder and Honourary President of the Mississauga Centre of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada and a Past President of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada. In 2013 he was named as one of the first Fellows of the Society. He is currently the publisher of Canada's Astronomy magazine Skynews. 

He is a resident of Mississauga and has been looking up at the night sky for over 40 years. He is the President of The Earthshine Astronomy and Space Science Organization, a Mississauga based not for profit charity organization which runs public science outreach programs in Mississauga.  Randy has appeared on CTV, CBC, GLOBAL and the Discovery Channel to provide background information for space and astronomy related stories.  He has covered 12 space shuttle launches and landings as a journalist and photographer. He has travelled to various places around the world to observe and photograph total eclipses of the sun. He has written High School Astronomy text book units on astronomy and presented planetarium programming at schools.

Asteroid 260235 was renamed Asteroid Attwood in his honour.

Michael Watson is well known in the Society as an astrophotographer.  He is also a veteran eclipse-chaser, having organized or co-lead several eclipse expeditions starting in 1979.  He has seen seven total eclipses, two annular beaded eclipses, and one fully annular eclipse in his 47 years as a member of the RASC.  Michael was on the RASC's National Council for many years, and is the recipient of the Society's Service Award and Simon Newcomb award.

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

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 untilyou 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.

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RASC Mississauga Centre Meeting March 24
Mar
24
8:00 PM20:00

RASC Mississauga Centre Meeting March 24

The March 24th meeting of the RASC Mississauga Centre will feature a talk on supernovae.

Talk Title: Nature’s Supercolliders: Supernova remnants and how they are connected to our galaxy

Speaker: Jennifer West, David Dunlap Institute

The explosion of a star, or supernova, is one of the most extreme events in the universe, responsible for creating the heavy elements essential  for life. The resulting fast moving shock wave, the supernova remnant, produces super high-energy particles called cosmic rays. Understanding the nature of the magnetic fields is crucial to understanding the extreme processes that produce these cosmic rays. This talk will describe my PhD research, which investigates the magnetic fields of supernova remnants and how they are connected to the magnetic field of our Galaxy.

Jennifer is a Postdoctoral Fellow who uses large radio surveys and radio polarimetry to study magnetic fields in supernova remnants and in the Milky Way Galaxy. She is working with Prof. Bryan Gaensler to analyze data from the upcoming POSSUM (Polarisation Sky Survey of the Universe’s Magnetism) survey using the Australian Square Kilometre Array Pathfinder (ASKAP).

Jennifer is also enthusiastic about astronomy education and outreach and a long time member of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada (RASC). She is the recipient of the International Dark Sky Association’s Dark Sky Defender Award (2011) and the RASC’s Ken Chilton Prize (2010) for her contributions to astronomy education and outreach. Jennifer completed her PhD at the University of Manitoba in 2016, working with Dr. Samar Safi-Harb. She joined Dunlap in September 2016.

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.  Directions

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Royal Canadian Institute meeting on Thursday March 2
Mar
2
7:00 PM19:00

Royal Canadian Institute meeting on Thursday March 2

Growing Food in Space @ MISSISSAUGA: Central Library

Mar 2 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Growing Food in Space

Dr. Michael Dixon, University of Guelph

If humans hope to ever get to Mars or farther, we will need to be able to grow food in space. The space travel environment produces unique challenges to growing food, including microgravity, limited water, artificial light sources and many more. Research at the Controlled Environment Systems Research Facility at the University of Guelph is showing us how to grow food in space and, in the process, is developing beneficial technologies for earth-bound farming.

 

Dr. Mike Dixon is the Director of the Controlled Environment Systems Research Facility and program, and Chair of the Environmental Biology Department, University of Guelph.  Dr. Dixon joined the University in 1985 as an NSERC fellow after earning his PhD from Edinburgh University in Scotland and is now a full professor.

Off campus he is the Technology Exchange Coordinator for the International Advanced Life Support Working Group (IALSWG) which is a strategic planning group offering information and personnel exchange between international space agencies such as NASA, CSA, ESA, RSA and JAXA (Japan).  He also is Chair of the Space Exploration Advisory Committee of the Canadian Space Agency (CSA) and is a member of the Life Sciences and Technical Committee within the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics.

As project leader for the Canadian research team investigating the contributions of plants to life support in space, Dr. Dixon formed the Space and Advanced Life Support Agriculture (SALSA) program at the University of Guelph.  This program currently represents Canada’s prime contribution to the International Space program objectives in Life Support.

Dr. Dixon is also the project leader for the research team at Guelph investigating the biofiltration of indoor air as a method of alleviating what is commonly known as “sick building syndrome”.

Toronto Star article - Growing Food in space  

CTV interview - Putting greenhouses in space

The meeting will be held from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. at Central Library in Mississauga. The meeting is open to the public and is free. 

Lecture is in the Noel Ryan Auditorium, Ground Floor, Mississauga Central Library, 301 Burnhamthorpe Road W. Parking under the library is free after 6 p.m. Enter via the ramp accessed from the southbound lane on Duke of York Boulevard between City Centre Drive and Burnhamthorpe Road.

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RASC Mississauga Centre Meeting February 24, 2017
Feb
24
8:00 PM20:00

RASC Mississauga Centre Meeting February 24, 2017

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The February 24th meeting of the RASC Mississauga Centre will feature a talk on the search for Antarctic meteorites

Talk Title: "Hunting meteorites at the End of the World"

Speaker: Dr. Marianne Mader, Royal Ontario Museum

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 Transantarctic Mountains . 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.

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 untilyou 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. Directions are here.

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

 

 

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  RASC Mississauga Centre Potpourri Astronomy Evening December 9
Dec
9
8:00 PM20:00

RASC Mississauga Centre Potpourri Astronomy Evening December 9

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The December 9 meeting of the RASC Mississauga Centre will feature talks on the Apollo 17 mission, the Sky this Month and Planet 9.

Host: Randy Attwood

Ben Feist: Apollo 17

Ben Feist, a local here in Toronto, will outline his research efforts that have culminated in him creating Apollo17.org, a real-time reconstruction of humanity's last mission to the Moon. Ben's talk will coincide with the 44th anniversary of the mission and will detail newly added material that was created in collaboration with NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter team at Goddard Space Flight Centre.

Mohammad Shaban ; Planet Nine

Mohammad will talk about the recent theoretical evidence for the existence of a Planet Nine on the outskirts of our Solar system. He will also relate this to its effects on KBO's and other objects on the solar system and also to the obliquity of our solar system and how planet Nine has been hugely implicated in this respect. 

Randy Attwood: The Sky This Month

Leslie Strike; RASC National Report

Stephen Mallia - Astrophotography Contest update

Jo VandenDool - Announcements

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. 

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.  

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 untilyou 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!

 

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RASC Mississauga Centre Meeting November 25
Nov
25
8:00 PM20:00

RASC Mississauga Centre Meeting November 25

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The November 25th meeting of the RASC Mississauga Centre will feature a talk on Space Medicine.

Talk Title: Space Medicine

Speaker: Dr. Dave Dev

When looking at happy & floating astronauts aboard the ISS, all may look calm, but it is certainly not.  Come and hear about the myriad hazards to the body in near earth orbit.  Our talk will focus on various disease states from space travel, and the clever ways space medicine tries to mitigate the risks.  After the talk, you will think twice about taking a ride 200 km straight up.

 Space Medicine on Skylab

Space Medicine on Skylab

Bio:  Under daylight, Dr. Dave Dev is a mild mannered physician in the Toronto area.  U of T is Dave"s alma mater, and he's delighted to come back to familiar hallways for this presentation.   For the first time, Dave will not fear being confused in a lecture room.  It's finally his turn to confuse others.  His curiosity in space medicine began in undergraduate anatomy when he asked, "what would happen to a body in space ?"  The answers were odd and unexpected, and will be discussed at the talk.

 David Dev

David Dev

Under starlight, Dave's other passion emerges ; the pursuit of astrophotography.  Dave is an active member in many astronomy clubs, and is also the Director of the Astrophotography competition at Starfest.   

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 untilyou 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!

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RASC Mississauga Centre Meeting October 28
Oct
28
8:00 PM20:00

RASC Mississauga Centre Meeting October 28

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The October 28th meeting of the RASC Mississauga Centre will feature a talk on the status of amateur astronomy.

Talk Title: Amateur Astronomy - A Status Report

Speaker: Randy Attwood, Executive Director - The Royal Astronomical Society of Canada  

 

Amateur 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 stands in front of the telescope/camera used to discover Pluto in 1930.

Randy Attwood stands in front of the telescope/camera used to discover Pluto in 1930.

 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.


 

 

 

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 untilyou 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!

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RASC Mississauga Centre Meeting September 23
Sep
23
8:00 PM20:00

RASC Mississauga Centre Meeting September 23

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The September 23rd meeting of the RASC Mississauga Centre will feature a talk on the OSIRIS-Rex mission.

Talk Title:  There and Back Again

Speaker:  Julie Tomé 

NASA’s OSIRIS-REx spacecraft is on its way to asteroid Bennu on a sample return mission. What questions are mission scientists hoping to answer? Who gets to play with the space dirt? Why was Bennu chosen? Will we need Bruce Willis to blow it up? Learn the answers to these questions and more!

Julie Tomé has earned a Hon. BSc in Physics & Astronomy from York University (’03), a BEd from the University of Ottawa (‘04), and a graduate diploma in Science Communication from Laurentian University (’07). As a Museum Teacher at the Royal Ontario Museum, Julie shares her passion for all things science and history with young and old through school programs, camps, exhibitions, and special programs. 

 Julie Tomé

Julie Tomé

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 untilyou 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!

 

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  Astronomy Evening at Riverwood September 13
Sep
13
8:00 PM20:00

Astronomy Evening at Riverwood September 13

WE ARE GO FOR TONIGHT - TUESDAY SEPTEMBER 13 at 8:00 PM

Come out and observe the universe at the Riverwood Conservancy! Join members of the Mississauga Centre of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada as they set up large telescopes to look at the Moon, planets and stars.

Weather permitting, members of the Mississauga Centre of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada will be setting up telescopes to show members of the public spectacular views of the Universe. Observing will take place on the green in front of Chappelle House.  The event starts at dusk is free and open to everyone.

Large telescopes will be set up and pointed at the Moon, the planets Mars and Saturn and other objects beyond our solar system.   

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Look for meteors, artificial satellites and anything else in the skies over Mississauga.

Note: If the weather is cloudy, the observing will be delayed one day. Check this web site for GO/NO GO information on the afternoon of the 13th.

 

 

 

 

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  Astronomy Evening at Riverwood August 10
Aug
10
8:30 PM20:30

Astronomy Evening at Riverwood August 10

With the forecast looking clear tonight we are GO for observing at Riverwood at 8:30 pm Wednesday August 10.

Come out and observe the universe at the Riverwood Conservancy! Join members of the Mississauga Centre of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada as they set up large telescopes to look at the Moon, planets and stars.

Weather permitting, members of the Mississauga Centre of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada will be setting up telescopes to show members of the public spectacular views of the Universe. Observing will take place on the green in front of Chappelle House.  The event starts at dusk is free and open to everyone.

Park in the main parking lot. You will be directed by volunteers to the observing area.

Large telescopes will be set up and pointed at the Moon, the planets Mars and Saturn and other objects beyond our solar system.  We expect to see a pass by the International Space Station just after 10:00 pm.

In early June, Mars was at its closest to Earth since 2005.

 MARS AS SEEN BY THE HUBBLE SPACE TELESCOPE

MARS AS SEEN BY THE HUBBLE SPACE TELESCOPE

 TELESCOPES WILL BE SET UP FOR VISITORS TO LOOK THROUGH

TELESCOPES WILL BE SET UP FOR VISITORS TO LOOK THROUGH

 SATURN AND ITS BEAUTIFUL RING SYSTEM

SATURN AND ITS BEAUTIFUL RING SYSTEM

 The International Space Station will make a brief appearance at 9:10 tonight passing low in the north.

The International Space Station will make a brief appearance at 9:10 tonight passing low in the north.

 THE MOON will be  in the First Quarter phase on August 10.

THE MOON will be  in the First Quarter phase on August 10.

Look for meteors, artificial satellites and anything else in the skies over Mississauga.

Note: If the weather is cloudy, the observing will be delayed one day. Check this web site for GO/NO GO information on the afternoon of the 9th.

Directions to the Riverwood Conservancy.

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Jul
12
9:00 PM21:00

Astronomy Evening at Riverwood July 12

Weather looks good for Tuesday July 12 at 9 pm - we are GO!

Come out and observe the universe at the Riverwood Conservancy! Join members of the Mississauga Centre of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada as they set up large telescopes to look at the Moon, planets and stars.

Weather permitting, members of the Mississauga Centre of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada will be setting up telescopes to show members of the public spectacular views of the Universe. Observing will take place on the green in front of Chappelle House.  The event starts at dusk is free and open to everyone.

Park in the main parking lot. You will be directed by volunteers to the observing area.

Large telescopes will be set up and pointed at the Moon, the planets Jupiter, Mars and Saturn and other objects beyond our solar system.  

In early June, Mars was at its closest to Earth since 2005.

 MARS AS SEEN BY THE HUBBLE SPACE TELESCOPE

MARS AS SEEN BY THE HUBBLE SPACE TELESCOPE

 TELESCOPES WILL BE SET UP FOR VISITORS TO LOOK THROUGH

TELESCOPES WILL BE SET UP FOR VISITORS TO LOOK THROUGH

 SATURN AND ITS BEAUTIFUL RING SYSTEM

SATURN AND ITS BEAUTIFUL RING SYSTEM

 CLOUDS MAKE JUPITER A COLOURFUL PLANET.

CLOUDS MAKE JUPITER A COLOURFUL PLANET.

 THE MOON THIS WEEK WILL BE IN A WAXING GIBBOUS PHASE.

THE MOON THIS WEEK WILL BE IN A WAXING GIBBOUS PHASE.

Look for meteors, artificial satellites and anything else in the skies over Mississauga.

Note: If the weather is cloudy, the observing will be delayed one day. Check this web site for GO/NO GO information on the afternoon of the 12th.

Directions to the Riverwood Conservancy.

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RASC Mississauga Centre Meeting Friday, June 24
Jun
24
8:00 PM20:00

RASC Mississauga Centre Meeting Friday, June 24

The June 24 meeting of the RASC Mississauga Centre will feature a talk on Galaxies

Talk Title: Two Galaxies to rule them all

Speaker: George Conidis, PhD Candidate in Physics & Astronomy, York University

Our observable Universe hosts hundreds of billions of galaxies distributed unevenly in a sponge-like configuration known as the Cosmic Web. The web can be classified into four distinct groups: voids (empty regions with no/few galaxies), walls/sheets, filaments, and nodes/clusters. These structures are seeded to grow from physical processes at the earliest times in the Universe. Thus, internal to each void, sheet, filament, and node, there is embedded information about how the adolescent Universe behaved. One of the primordial signatures embedded in large scale structure is the organization of a member galaxy's orientation to their host Cosmic Web structure. Our host galaxy, the Milky Way, lives in a sheet of galaxies known as the Local Sheet. As it turns out, the Milky Way and its companion the Andromeda galaxy are the peculiar culprits behind bullying their neighbours into misalignment with the sheet and theoretical predictions.

 George Conidis  (Courtesy Toronto Star)

George Conidis  (Courtesy Toronto Star)

George Conidis was recently presented with the Mitacs Award for Outstanding Innovation for research that includes discovering 174 galactic neighbourhoods that mirror our own:

http://www.thestar.com/news/gta/2015/11/24/toronto-innovation-award-winner-talks-galaxies-existentialism-and-life-on-mars.html

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 untilyou 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!

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  Astronomy Evening at Riverwood June 14
Jun
14
9:00 PM21:00

Astronomy Evening at Riverwood June 14

Come out and observe the universe at the Riverwood Conservancy! Join members of the Mississauga Centre of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada as they set up large telescopes to look at the Moon, planets and stars.

Weather permitting, members of the Mississauga Centre of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada will be setting up telescopes to show members of the public spectacular views of the Universe. Observing will take place on the green in front of Chappelle House.  The event starts at dusk is free and open to everyone.

Large telescopes will be set up and pointed at the Moon, the planets Jupiter, Mars and Saturn and other objects beyond our solar system.  We also expect to see a pass by the International Space Station!

In early June, Mars was at its closest to Earth since 2005.

 Mars as seen by the Hubble Space Telescope   

Mars as seen by the Hubble Space Telescope

 

 Telescopes will be set up for visitors to look through

Telescopes will be set up for visitors to look through

 Saturn and its beautiful ring system

Saturn and its beautiful ring system

 Clouds make Jupiter a colourful planet.

Clouds make Jupiter a colourful planet.

 The Moon this week will be in a waxing gibbous phase.

The Moon this week will be in a waxing gibbous phase.

Look for meteors, artificial satellites and anything else in the skies over Mississauga.

Note: If the weather is cloudy, the observing will be delayed one day. Check this web site for GO/NO GO information on the afternoon of the 14th.

Directions to the Riverwood Conservancy.

 

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RASC Mississauga Centre Meeting Friday May 27, 2016
May
27
8:00 PM20:00

RASC Mississauga Centre Meeting Friday May 27, 2016

The May 27 meeting of the RASC Mississauga Centre will feature a talk on antimatter.

Talk Title:  Antimatter: from the subatomic to the cosmological scales

Speaker:  Dr. Wendy Taylor,  York University Physics & Astronomy

Dr. 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 Wendy Taylor, York University

Dr Wendy Taylor, York University

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 untilyou 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!

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