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January Zoom Meeting | Jan 15, 2021

Join us this Friday for our Meeting of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada (RASC) Sudbury Centre at 7:00PM Friday January 15, online via Zoom. This meeting will feature Clark Muir of KW RASC, talking about Sudbury’s Vatican mirror.

  1. Welcome: Sudbury RASC President – Alan Ward
  2. Sudbury’s Historical Vatican Mirror – Clark Muir: As urban legends go, Sudbury’s ‘Vatican Mirror’ delivered a most curious twist. This 20″ telescopic mirror laid idle for decades and has a checkered past that goes back 120 years. Its origins were only discovered by remarkable coincidences and a passion for exploring  Canada’s astronomy history. We’ll introduce it to those not familiar with the story and discuss its future.
  3. Show & Tell – Stargazer Steve
  4. Break  (10min)
  5. Silvering: An Old Idea New Again – Peter Pekurar: Mirror Coatings – ATMs have developed a breakthrough in refining a chemical process that can easily be performed at home using very obtainable economical materials.
  6. What’s Up, Doc? – Astronomical Events to plan for.
  7. Closing Comments/News Etc – An Open Forum for what you’d like to discuss.

Special Note: If any of our members would like to order a 2021 calendar, please go to www.RASC.ca and place an order in the e-Store. The 2021 Calendar is priced at $17.95 Cdn. With taxes and shipping, the price will be $28.48

A big THANK YOU to all of the members who have renewed their membership and a reminder to those who have not yet done so. We really appreciate your support.
To all NEW MEMBERS, welcome to our club. We hope that you enjoy your participation with us.

About the Guest Speaker:

Clark Muir currently lives in Kitchener, Ontario and has had a lifelong interest in astronomy.  In earlier years,  this was in particular with visual observing. Later on, he developed an interest in researching the history of astronomy with a focus on Canada. He is currently the Chair of the RASC History Committee.

Note: To anyone who isn’t already subscribed to our newsletter and would like to receive it, please use our contact form on our website (www.sudburyastronomyclub.com) with the subject ‘Newsletter Subscription’ and we will add you to the list. You will receive your invitation to the meeting separately via email. Or alternatively, PM Patrick on Facebook for a link. Remember, even if we are in isolation does not mean we still can’t share the wonders of the universe together.

 

 

December Zoom Meeting | Friday Dec 4th, 2020

Join us for the  December Meeting of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada (RASC) Sudbury Centre at 7:00PM Friday December 4th, online via Zoom. This special meeting will feature guest-speaker Dr Raymond Francis of NASA’s JPL. Notes about the speaker below.

  1. Welcome: Sudbury RASC President – Alan Ward
  2. Preparing the Mars 2020 Rover Mission – Dr Raymond Francis: The Perseverence Mars Rover is en-route to Mars with landing scheduled for February 18 2021. This presentation will describe the Rover, its science instruments, and the principal goals of the mission, as well as the development process that led to its launch earlier this year.
  3. Break  (10min) – Live Demo from Peter Pekurar
  4. Mars Rovers Planetary Drives – Peter Pekurar: A Made in Canada Story
  5. Show & Tell: Members show off their great images of Mars.
  6. What’s Up, Doc? – Once in a lifetime events will be emphasized
  7. Closing Comments/News Etc – An Open Forum for what you’d like to discuss.

Special Note: If any of our members would like to order a 2021 calendar, please go to www.RASC.ca and place an order in the e-Store. The 2021 Calendar is priced at $17.95 Cdn. With taxes and shipping, the price will be $28.48

A big THANK YOU to all of the members who have renewed their membership and a reminder to those who have not yet done so. We really appreciate your support.
To all NEW MEMBERS, welcome to our club. We hope that you enjoy your participa-tion with us.

About the Guest Speaker:

Dr Raymond Francis is an engineer at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California. He has worked in Mars rover operations since the Curiosity rover landing in 2012, and is part of the mission science and operation teams for both the Curiosity and Perseverance rovers. He is also the lead system engineer for the AEGIS autonomous instrument targeting software used on the rovers, and has previous experience in ISS payload development, stratospheric balloon experiments, and air-borne science operations. Originally from Sudbury, Ontario, he holds a PhD in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of Western Ontario, an MSc in Physics from the Royal Military College of Canada, and a BASc in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Ottawa. He is also a licenced pilot and gliding instructor.

 

Note: To anyone who isn’t already subscribed to our newsletter and would like to receive it, please use our contact form on our website (www.sudburyastronomyclub.com) with the subject ‘Newsletter Subscription’ and we will add you to the list. You will receive your invitation to the meeting separately via email. Or alternatively, PM Patrick on Facebook for a link. Remember, even if we are in isolation does not mean we still can’t share the wonders of the universe together.

 

 

November Zoom Meeting | Nov 6, 2020

The September Meeting of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada (RASC) Sudbury Centre will be held at 7:00PM Friday November 6, online via Zoom. This meeting features Steve Holmes of KW-RASC and our very own Dr. Norm Hey

Agenda:

  1. Welcome: Sudbury RASC President – Alan Ward
  2.  The Search for Extra-Terrestrial Civilizations –  Steve Holmes, KW-RASC:  The search for extra-terrestrial civilizations around other stars that are a staple of science-fiction, and detecting definitive signs of another civilization that would rank among the greatest discoveries in history. Are Extra-Terrestrial Civilizations rare, or plentiful? How can we estimate the probabilities? This presentation will present astronomical information that will help us to determine their numbers.
  3. Break  (10min)
  4. PixInsight is EZ! – Dr Norm Hey: How some great folks have made the world’s  widely used dedicated astro-imaging processing program now as easy as pushing 4 buttons!
  5. What’s Up, Doc? – Once in a lifetime events will be emphasized

Special Note: If any of our members would like to order a 2021 calendar, please go to www.RASC.ca and place an order in the e-Store. The 2021 Calendar is priced at $17.95 Cdn. With taxes and shipping, the price will be $28.48

A big THANK YOU to all of the members who have renewed their membership and a reminder to those who have not yet done so. We really appreciate your support.
To all NEW MEMBERS, welcome to our club. We hope that you enjoy your participa-tion with us.

Note: To anyone who isn’t already subscribed to our newsletter and would like to receive it, please use our contact form on our website (www.sudburyastronomyclub.com) with the subject ‘Newsletter Subscription’ and we will add you to the list. You will receive your invitation to the meeting separately via email. Or alternatively, PM Patrick on Facebook for a link. Remember, even if we are in isolation does not mean we still can’t share the wonders of the universe together.

 

October Zoom Meeting | Oct 2nd 2020

The September Meeting of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada (RASC) Sudbury Centre will be held at 7:00PM Friday October 2nd, online via Zoom. This meeting features an important guest from the RASC Head Office,  Executive Director, Phil Groff, Ph.D.

Agenda:

  1. Welcome: Sudbury RASC President – Alan Ward
  2.  Why Sudbury is a great place for astronomy – Stargazer Steve and Alan Ward will feature major events and projects by our club and its members over the years.
  3. Break  (10min)
  4. A Welcome from the RASC National Office – “Everything you wanted to know about RASC but were afraid to ask.” Phil Groff would like to use this opportunity to get to know us all and give us some updates from the National Office and answer any questions we may have about RASC.
  5. What’s Up, Doc? – Once in a lifetime events will be empasized
  6. Closing Comments/News etc. – An open forum for what you would like to share.

Note: To anyone who isn’t already subscribed to our newsletter and would like to receive it, please use our contact form on our website (www.sudburyastronomyclub.com) with the subject ‘Newsletter Subscription’ and we will add you to the list. You will receive your invitation to the meeting separately via email. Or alternatively, PM Patrick on Facebook for a link. Remember, even if we are in isolation does not mean we still can’t share the wonders of the universe together.

RASC -Sudbury Centre Newsletter October 2020

See what you’ve missed on Friday

This past Friday, Sept 4th, we had our monthly meeting via Zoom, with guest speaker Dr Thomas Spirock of the Springfield Telescope Makers of Vermont, speaking about planetary imaging using the Lucky Imaging Technique, with results from both the 13″  F/10 Schuppmann at Stellafane, and the 9″ Warney & Swasey Refractor at Mt. Wilson. This is the edit featuring only the Guest Speaker.  Full version of the meeting will be available later.

 

September Zoom Meeting

You may have realized by now, that due to the Covid-19 pandemic, Laurentian University students are not currently in their classrooms. At this time, Sudbury RASC members will not be in the Doran Planetarium either. Centre President Alan Ward has put together an interesting meeting agenda for all would-be attendees to experience on that date!

The September Meeting of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada (RASC) Sudbury Centre will be held at 7:00PM Friday September 4th, online via Zoom.

The details of this safe, virus free, meeting experience, including feature speakers will be revealed in the Sudbury RASC Centre Newsletter set to appear on during the first week of September.

Note: To anyone who isn’t already subscribed to our newsletter and would like to receive it, please use our contact form on our website (www.sudburyastronomyclub.com) with the subject ‘Newsletter Subscription’ and we will add you to the list. You will receive your invitation to the meeting via email. Or alternatively, PM Patrick on Facebook for a link. Remember, even if we are in isolation does not mean we still can’t share the wonders of the universe together.

August Zoom Meeting – Friday, Aug 7

You may have realized by now, that due to the Covid-19 pandemic, Laurentian University students are not currently in their classrooms. At this time, Sudbury RASC members will not be in the Doran Planetarium either. Centre President Alan Ward has put together an interesting meeting agenda for all would-be attendees to experience on that date!

The August Meeting of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada (RASC) Sudbury Centre will be held at 7:00PM Friday July 5th, online via Zoom.

The details of this safe, virus free, meeting experience, including feature speakers will be revealed in the Sudbury RASC Centre Newsletter set to appear on during the first week of August.

Note: To anyone who isn’t already subscribed to our newsletter and would like to receive it, please use our contact form on our website (www.sudburyastronomyclub.com) with the subject ‘Newsletter Subscription’ and we will add you to the list. You will receive your invitation to the meeting via email. Remember, even if we are in isolation does not mean we still can’t share the wonders of the universe together.

Agenda:

    1. Welcome
    2.  Guest Speaker – Trevor Chandler
      part 1: A unique Digital Planetarium (15 min)
      part 2: Astronomy 101 – a book review (1 hour)
    3.  Break (10 min)
    4.  Comet Update – Elllen Pappenberg (20 min)
    5. Observers Report – That’s You!  (5 min)
    6. Show & Tell – A Tool for observing Mars
    7. What’s Up, Doc? – Upcoming Observing Events
    8. Outreach Update – Linda Pulliah

Comet NEOWISE Photos

We are lucky to be blessed with having so many talented photographers in the area. The comet is possibly the most photographed comet since Hale-Bopp and can easily be seen by naked-eye in the evening by looking in the Northwest, slightly below the Big Dipper. Here is a sample of what some of our local photographers have sent in or posted to our Facebook Group. Click on them for an expanded view. If you have any pictures you’d like to share, you can either post them in our Facebook Group or send them in via email.


Colin Durocher, July 16th


Colin Durocher, July 17th.


Robert Pothier, July 17th, 2 AM


Robert Pothier, July 20th, 3:30 AM


Michelle Lim, July 19th


Pat Bedard, July 15th


Allison Beaulieu @ Killarney


Comet and Aurora, Christina Emonds, St-Charles.


Dave Mäkelä, July 19th


Dave Mäkelä, July 19th


Patrick Dodson, July 23rd

July Zoom Meeting – July 5th, 2020

You may have realized by now, that due to the Covid-19 pandemic, Laurentian University students are not currently in their classrooms. At this time, Sudbury RASC members will not be in the Doran Planetarium either. Centre President Alan Ward has put together an interesting meeting agenda for all would-be attendees to experience on that date!

The July Meeting of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada (RASC) Sudbury Centre will be held at 7:00PM Friday July 5th, online via Zoom.

The details of this safe, virus free, meeting experience, including feature speakers will be revealed in the Sudbury RASC Centre Newsletter set to appear on during the first week of July.

Note: To anyone who isn’t already subscribed to our newsletter and would like to receive it, please use our contact form on our website (www.sudburyastronomyclub.com) with the subject ‘Newsletter Subscription’ and we will add you to the list. You will receive your invitation to the meeting via email. Remember, even if we are in isolation does not mean we still can’t share the wonders of the universe together.

Next Meeting Notice

You may have realized by now, that due to the Covid-19 pandemic, Laurentian University students are not currently in their classrooms. At this time, Sudbury  RASC members will not be in the Doran Planetarium either. Centre President Alan Ward has put together an interesting meeting agenda for all would-be attendees to experience on that date!

The June Meeting of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada (RASC) Sudbury Centre will be held at 7:00PM Friday June 5th,  online via Zoom.

The details of this safe, virus free, meeting experience will be revealed in the Sudbury RASC Centre Newsletter set to appear on April 29/2020.

Note: To anyone who isn’t already subscribed to our newsletter and would like to receive it, please use our contact form on our website (www.sudburyastronomyclub.com) with the subject ‘Newsletter Subscription’ and we will add you to the list.  You will receive your invitation to the meeting via email. Remember, even if we are in isolation does not mean we still can’t share the wonders of the universe together.