Online Activities

Online Activities

May 2021

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Meeting

RASC Sunshine Coast Centre: Meet Harry Andinda

Event Date: 
Tuesday, May 4, 2021 - 11:00 to 12:00 EDT

Meet Harry Andinda

RASC Sunshine Coast Centre

Our Center sent a telescope to Ugandan high school student and amateur astronomer Harry Andinda in December 2020 and he’s been exploring the skies. Centre Past President and current RASC 1st Vice President Charles Ennis has previously been communicating with him by email, answering Harry’s questions and helping him set up his telescope. On Tuesday, 2021 April 6 I joined Harry on Zoom and had a conversation with him about his viewing experiences which is now available to view on YouTube HERE.

On Tuesday, May 4 at 8 AM PDT (11 AM EDT) (that’s 6 PM for Harry) we’ll be having another Zoom meeting with Harry.

If you’d like to join us, join the Zoom Meeting HERE!

 

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Recreational Astronomy Night

Event Date: 
Wednesday, May 5, 2021 - 19:30 to 21:30 EDT

Recreational Astronomy Night (ONLINE)

Wednesday, May 5, 2021 - 7:30pm to 9:30pm

Join us for our monthly recreational astronomy night meeting. This is where our members get to show their latest projects or give tutorials and tips on just about everything to do with astronomy.

Andy Beaton - The sky this month
Jenna Hinds - The RASC robotic telescope project
Alan Ward - Optical coatings & oilings for astronomical instruments

https://rascto.ca/content/recreational-astronomy-night-online-3

Who can attend: Everyone
Fee: Free
Registration: Not required
Organized by: RASC, Toronto Centre

Link: https://www.youtube.com/rasctoronto/live

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RASC Edmonton: What's Up Over Edmonton?: May 2021

Event Date: 
Wednesday, May 5, 2021 - 21:30 to 23:30 EDT

What's up over Edmonton?: May 2021 Edition 

RASC Edmonton 

A look at what one can see in the night sky of Edmonton during the month of May, with some space history thrown in.

The meeting will take place Wednesday, May 5th, 2021 @ 7:30 MDT (9:30 EDT)

Join the meeting via Zoom Here!

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Class

The Moon at Noon: Q3 and Q4

Event Date: 
Thursday, May 6, 2021 - 12:00 to 12:30 EDT

The Moon at Noon: Q3 and Q4

For the first time in this series, we'll be looking for the Moon in the morning (or really late at night, if you're a night owl). We'll spend some extra time on how to observe the Moon during the day, including which direction you should be looking and at what time you'll get the best view.

Register here! Sessions will also be livestreamed to YouTube and can be watched at any time.

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RASC Ottawa: Monthly Virtual Meeting

Event Date: 
Friday, May 7, 2021 - 19:30 to 21:30 EDT

Monthly Virtual Meeting

RASC Ottawa

Just a reminder of the upcoming virtual meeting on Friday, May 7th at 7:30 PM EDT.

They are looking for observation images. Please send these images to Dave Chisholm (meetingchair@ottawa.rasc.ca) and Chris Teron (chris@teron.ca) by end-of-day Monday, May 3rd for inclusion in the slides.

NOTE:  To allow more people to share, and keep the meeting from going on too long, they are now limiting observation reports to a maximum of 5 slides per presenter at 1 minute per slide.

If you would like to share more observations/content please contact Dave (meetingchair@ottawa.rasc.ca) so that he can schedule you for a specific time at an upcoming meeting.  He is looking for additional content and talks for our July and August meetings right now.

The agenda for this meeting is as follows:

- Ottawa Skies - Dave Chisholm
- Dr. Simon Hanmer - The Mars Atlas
- M&M Challenge (over the 5-minute break)
- Dr. Chris Herd - Mars Rock Collecting with Perseverance Rover
- Observations
- Observing Challenges

If you are NOT presenting a talk or observation you will need to register in advance for this Zoom webinar by clicking on the link HERE!
 
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

If you are presenting a talk or observation Chris Teron will send you your own private "Panelist" link. You do not need to register.

REMINDER:  All are welcome at our meetings.  Please forward this email to your friends and colleagues who might be interested.
 

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RASC Edmonton Centre: The Dragonfly Telephoto Array

Event Date: 
Monday, May 10, 2021 - 21:00 to 23:00 EDT

The Dragonfly Telephoto Array Presented by Deborah Lokhorst 

RASC Edmonton 

New eyes to reveal the faintest and largest structures in the Universe
RASC Regular Meeting - Monday, May 10, 2021 @ 7 pm MDT (9 pm EDT)

7:00 PM, Meet and Greet

7:30 PM, Meeting begins, including guest talk, News from Space, AstroImaging Corner, and other RASC news.

FREE and open to the public.

Join this meeting using this Zoom link.

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Class

Insider's Guide to the Galaxy: Galaxies in Plain Sight

Event Date: 
Tuesday, May 11, 2021 - 15:30 to 17:00 EDT

Insider's Guide to the Galaxy: Galaxies in Plain Sight

It's New Moon time! Usually to find galaxies you have to carefully study a star chart, point your telescope at the right patch of sky, and then try to see and focus on a fuzzy patch amid total blackness. But Chris has a trick up his sleeve! He’ll be helping us easily find galaxies using nextdoor-neighbour stars that guide us right to them. Bring a notebook; you’ll want to go out observing right after this session! 

Register here! Videos will also be livestreamed to The RASC YouTube Channel.

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Speaker

Helen Sawyer Hogg Prize Lecture: Prof. Andrea Ghez

Event Date: 
Tuesday, May 11, 2021 - 19:30 to 21:30 EDT

Helen Sawyer Hogg Prize Lecture 

Speaker: Prof. Andrea Ghez (UCLA), 2020 Nobel Prize for Physics Laureate 

Presented by: CASCA & RASC

The Helen Sawyer Hogg Prize Lecture was initiated in 1985 by the Canadian Astronomical Society with the participation of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada, the Planetarium Association of Canada, and the Royal Canadian Institute. It continues as an annual public lecture co-sponsored by Cascatrust and the RASC, given alternately at the annual meetings of both societies, in recognition of the sustained and diverse contributions of Helen Sawyer Hogg to public appreciation of the universe around us.

This year's speaker is Prof. Andrea Ghez (UCLA), 2020 Nobel Prize for Physics Laureate for her contribution to the discovery of the supermassive black hole Sagittarius A* located at the centre of our Galaxy, the Milky Way. The talk will be streamed online on Tuesday, May 11th at 7.30pm (EDT).

Join the Live Stream: 

Facebook Event (Facebook Live taking place on the CASCA Facebook page)
YouTube Live (YouTube Live taking place on the RASC YouTube channel)
 

THIS EVENT IS ONLINE, FREE AND REQUIRES NO REGISTRATION

PROF. GHEZ'S TALK WILL BE FOLLOWED BY A Q&A PERIOD 

Check out the Event Poster HERE!

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Class

The Moon at Noon: Q0

Event Date: 
Thursday, May 13, 2021 - 12:00 to 12:30 EDT

The Moon at Noon: Q0

We have a whopping 19 targets to cover this session, so we will spend lots of time focusing on how to find them! These include some optional lunar mission targets, like Luna 2 and Apollo 15, the Apollo mission with the first use of the LRV (so astronauts could do donuts on the Moon, instead of in abandoned parking lots). 

Register here! Sessions will also be livestreamed to YouTube and can be watched at any time.

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Meeting

RASC Winnipeg: Monthly Virtual Meeting

Event Date: 
Friday, May 14, 2021 - 19:00 to 23:45 EDT

Virtual Monthly Meeting May 2021

RASC Winnipeg

The monthly gathering of the Winnipeg RASC will take place Friday, May 15, 2021 @ 7 pm - 10 pm CDT (9 pm - 12 am EDT). Due to COVID-19 the meeting will be held via Zoom. The meeting link is can be found on the event listing HERE!

Agenda:

Beginners’ Session
Main Presentation
Break
Announcements
What’s Up
What’s New

Main Speaker: Dave Lane, RASC Halifax Centre – The Mini-Robotic Observatory (MRO) – An inexpensive “doghouse” style fully robotic and LIVE web browser accessible observatory (that you or your club could build)

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RASC Kitchener-Waterloo: Monthly Meeting

Event Date: 
Friday, May 14, 2021 - 19:30 to 21:30 EDT

Monthly Meeting: May 2021

RASC Kitchener-Waterloo

The Kitchener-Waterloo Centre will hold its monthly meeting on Friday, May 14, 2021, @ 7:30 pm EDT. Everyone is invited to attend.

Jim Goetz will present "10 Things I Like About Astronomy and why you can like them too!" We'll also have reports and presentations on recent comet activity, Astronomy News, What's Up and a lunar talk on "The Gang of Four."

Register in advance for this meeting HERE!
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email about joining the meeting

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RASC Sunshine Coast Centre: May 2021 Speaker Ray Kostaschuk

Event Date: 
Friday, May 14, 2021 - 22:00 to 23:45 EDT

May 2021 Speaker: Ray Kostaschuk

RASC Sunshine Coast

Topic: Rivers of the Solar System

"A river is a channel system constructed by naturally flowing liquids moving towards an ocean, sea, lake or another river. Rivers create diverse drainage patterns and a stunning variety of erosional and depositional landforms that provide important clues to the climate and geological framework of the landscape. Active rivers flow on Earth and Titan and ancient rivers are common on Mars and Venus. Rivers on the rocky planets are created by water flowing over rock or sediment but on Titan the rivers consist of liquid hydrocarbons eroding a crust of water ice."  

This talk will take place on Zoom Friday, May 14th, 2021 @ 7 pm PDT (10 pm EDT)

Ray Kostaschuk, a geoscientist specializing in sedimentary processes in rivers, lakes and estuaries. He was a Professor in the Department of Geography at the University of Guelph for 25 years. He is currently an Adjunct Professor in the School of Environmental Science at SFU where he works with Professor Jeremy Venditti and graduate students on sedimentation in the Fraser River.

Access the Zoom Meeting HERE!

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Star Party

RASC Victoria Centre: Virtual Star Party

Event Date: 
Saturday, May 15, 2021 - 22:00 EDT to Sunday, May 16, 2021 - 02:00 EDT

Virtual Star Party with the Friends of the Dominion Astrophysical Observatory

RASC Victoria 

The RASC Victoria Centre (RASC) and the Friends of the Dominion Astrophysical Observatory (FDAO) in
Victoria are joining forces to host a celebration of International Astronomy Day on Friday, May 15th, 2021 from 7
pm to 11 pm PDT (10 pm - 2 am EDT).

Our guest speaker, Dr Kim Venn, Professor of Astronomy and Director of the Astronomy Research
Centre at UVIC will be giving a presentation on “Fossils in our Galaxy”
. The fossils aren’t the usual
dinosaur bones but very old stars that give us clues to the formation of the galaxy billions of years ago.
We have the best of all worlds: solar telescope streaming early in the evening, night sky EAA
(Electronically Assisted Astronomy) as the sky gets darker and live views of the deep sky from the
historic Plaskett Telescope at the DAO.

There will be virtual tours of the DAO and Centre of the Universe and a live-streamed tour of the
Telescope facilities at the University of Victoria. We also have special presentations of “Ask an
Astronomer (or two)” and an Astrophotography Gallery with images taken by local RASC members with
accompanying music from our famous a capella choir, Vox Humana. Add in a Planetarium show and it
will be a complete evening filled with lots of entertainment and astronomical discoveries.

Please join us by registering for the Zoom event or stream on Youtube. Look for schedules and updated
information on our two websites: www.victoria.rasc.ca and www.centreoftheuniverse.org

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RASC Ottawa: International Astronomy Day

Event Date: 
Saturday, May 15, 2021 - 10:00 to 22:00 EDT

(Virtual) International Astronomy Day

RASC Ottawa

Saturday, May 15th, 2021 @ 10 am EDT

Virtual International Astronomy Day (vIAD) is a free all-day event hosted by the Ottawa Chapter using the Zoom webinar platform on Saturday, May 15th. Throughout the day we will be providing a variety of live streams from different amateur astronomers in the Ottawa area. You will have an opportunity to see live video streams from different types of telescopes, showing views of the Sun, Moon, and deep-sky objects such as galaxies and globular clusters. In addition to the live scope views, other local astronomers will be giving short astronomy-related presentations on various topics. This event is rain or shine and is meant for people of all ages.

To attend the event you are required to pre-register using the link HERE!  Pre-registration is free and only takes a few minutes to complete.  After completion, you will be provided with a link to attend the event.

For more information on the event, please visit the astrodayottawa.weebly.com website, or send us an email at astrodayottawa@gmail.com.

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RASC Montreal Centre: International Astronomy Day 2021

Event Date: 
Saturday, May 15, 2021 - 19:00 to 23:00 EDT

International Astronomy Day 2021

RASC Montreal & Explore Alliance 

On Saturday, May 15th, beginning at 7:00pm EDT (23:00 UTC) the RASC Montreal Centre will be co-hosting the 45th Global Star Party by the Explore Alliance. These Global Star Parties have been reaching audiences in the thousands, sharing our wonder of the Night Sky with enthusiasts of all ages. Over a dozen Montreal Centre members will share their experiences with the world during this year's International Astronomy Day event! The night's program will be divided into three parts: with Observing Stories leading off the event, followed by Outreach Stories and Imaging Stories with a short break between each Part. The night will end with an after-party where the audience can also join in to share their Astronomy stories.

The event will be simulcast on all the Explore Alliance Platforms and on the RASC Montreal Centre YouTube Channel.

 

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RASC Victoria Centre: Virtual Star Party

Event Date: 
Saturday, May 15, 2021 - 22:00 EDT to Sunday, May 16, 2021 - 02:00 EDT

Virtual Star Party with the Friends of the Dominion Astrophysical Observatory

RASC Victoria 

The RASC Victoria Centre (RASC) and the Friends of the Dominion Astrophysical Observatory (FDAO) in
Victoria are joining forces to host a celebration of International Astronomy Day on Friday, May 15th, 2021 from 7
pm to 11 pm PDT (10 pm - 2 am EDT).

Our guest speaker, Dr Kim Venn, Professor of Astronomy and Director of the Astronomy Research
Centre at UVIC will be giving a presentation on “Fossils in our Galaxy”
. The fossils aren’t the usual
dinosaur bones but very old stars that give us clues to the formation of the galaxy billions of years ago.
We have the best of all worlds: solar telescope streaming early in the evening, night sky EAA
(Electronically Assisted Astronomy) as the sky gets darker and live views of the deep sky from the
historic Plaskett Telescope at the DAO.

There will be virtual tours of the DAO and Centre of the Universe and a live-streamed tour of the
Telescope facilities at the University of Victoria. We also have special presentations of “Ask an
Astronomer (or two)” and an Astrophotography Gallery with images taken by local RASC members with
accompanying music from our famous a capella choir, Vox Humana. Add in a Planetarium show and it
will be a complete evening filled with lots of entertainment and astronomical discoveries.

Please join us by registering for the Zoom event or stream on Youtube. Look for schedules and updated
information on our two websites: www.victoria.rasc.ca and www.centreoftheuniverse.org

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Speaker's Night: What is DUNE?

Event Date: 
Wednesday, May 19, 2021 - 19:30 to 21:00 EDT

Speaker's Night: What is DUNE? Embark on the underground telescope to pierce the secrets of matter! (ONLINE)

Wednesday, May 19, 2021 - 7:30pm to 9:00pm

Speaker: Dr. Claire David, Assistant Professor, Physics and Astronomy, York University; Associate Scientist, Fermilab

The Deep Underground Neutrino Experiment (DUNE) is an international project dedicated to studying a mysterious particle called the neutrino. They are one of the most abundant elements in the cosmos, yet they barely interact with matter. Trillions are going through your body every second (harmlessly).

Physicists are very curious about the shy neutrinos as this particle alone could help us understand our entire Universe, especially solving a century old mystery: “Why, after the Big Bang, did matter overtake antimatter?”

https://rascto.ca/content/speakers-night-online-3

Who can attend: Everyone
Fee: Free
Registration: Not required
Organized by: RASC, Toronto Centre

Link: https://www.youtube.com/rasctoronto/live

 

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The Moon at Noon: Q1

Event Date: 
Thursday, May 20, 2021 - 12:00 to 12:30 EDT

The Moon at Noon: Q1

We have some niche topics today, including how to use math and your own photos of the Moon to measure the depth of craters. We'll also talk about lunar libration and how to observe some unique objects on the edge of the Moon by looking at the right time!

Register here! Sessions will also be livestreamed to YouTube and can be watched at any time.

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Insider's Guide to the Galaxy: Safely Viewing the Sun

Event Date: 
Tuesday, May 25, 2021 - 15:30 to 17:00 EDT

Insider's Guide to the Galaxy: Safely Viewing the Sun

Have you ever seen the Sun? Of course you have. But have you ever been able to safely look directly at the Sun? The Sun has begun to acquire spots now that it has passed through solar minimum. We’ll go over how to get into safe solar viewing, including how to use filters to safely see it with a telescope or binoculars, how to make a pinhole projector, and what features to look for. Then you'll be ready to view the partial solar eclipse that will be visible in much of Canada on June 10!

Register here! Videos will also be livestreamed to The RASC YouTube Channel.

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The Moon at Noon: Q-1

Event Date: 
Thursday, May 27, 2021 - 12:00 to 12:30 EDT

The Moon at Noon: Q-1

Today's targets will be more morning observations, and include the Apollo 16 landing site! Apollo 16 was the second Apollo mission to land in the highlands (all the others landed in the seas), and discovered some really cool stuff about mountain formation on the Moon. In honour of this mission, we'll talk about lunar geology.

Register here! Sessions will also be livestreamed to YouTube and can be watched at any time.

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