Introducing "What's Up?", a new prelude to our monthly meetings

Starting at 7pm , half an hour before each monthly meeting, “What’s Up?” features a brief presentation of things to see in the sky that month.  Usually the presenter will also speak a few words on a topic of interest to new astronomers, especially young ones.

Our first “What’s Up?” presentation will take place at 7pm on February 10, 2011.  The topic will be ““Where’s the centre of the universe? What’s it expanding into? And where is the limit of our vision into space?” RASC President and SFU Professor Howard Trottier will demonstrate a do-it-yourself expanding universe and take questions from the audience.  He’ll also tell you how to find the Orion nebula and the moons of Jupiter!

Whats Up? February2011-PDF

Ongoing Event: SFU Astronomy Workshops for Grade-School Students

Simon Fraser University (SFU) will host astronomy workshops for grade-school students, to be held at SFU
and at schools throughout the BC Lower Mainland. Schools which attend these workshops will receive (at no-charge) a set of basic but high-quality refractor telescopes, and SFU staff will provide students and teachers with the training that is crucial to ensuring a positive first experience with a personal telescope. (First-come, first-served,
while supplies last! See below for details on the telescope to be donated.) At our daytime workshops, to be held during school hours, students will learn how to point and focus these telescopes using terrestrial objects, and will be engaged in an interactive multi-media presentation on the stars, planets, and other celestial objects currently in the
night sky. Students will receive and learn how to use a star wheel and “Sidewalk Astronomy” booklet provided by the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada (RASC). In addition, we will host evening “star parties” at SFU and at various community locations, in collaboration with volunteers from the Vancouver Centre of the RASC. Students
who attend our daytime workshops will be invited to these star parties with their teachers and families, where they can use their school’s new telescopes under the guidance of our experienced staff. Our star parties will also be open to the general public, and our guests will get to look through high-end amateur telescopes that will be operated by
staff from SFU and the Vancouver RASC. SFU and its funding partners will donate 10-15 telescopes to each school that attends a workshop (first-come, first-served, while supplies last!). These are basic but high-quality telescopes with a 50mm objective lens, and which come with a finderscope, tripod, and two eyepieces. Teachers will be asked
to be responsible for loaning the telescopes that are donated to their schools to their students, after they complete our workshop, for use either on their own, or at one of our evening star parties.

For more information, please visit http://www.sfu.ca/starrynights/.

2008 Annual General Meeting of the RASC Vancouver Centre

 

     

The Royal Astronomical Society of Canada

Vancouver Centre

Annual General Meeting Agenda – December 11, 2008, 7:30 pm

H.R. MacMillan Space Centre Auditorium

 

 

1)      Pre-Meeting Business

a.      Additions to Agenda

b.      Acceptance of Agenda

 

2)      Meeting called to Order

 

3)      Minutes of the 2007 AGM                      – Jason Rickerby       

        Note: The 2006 minutes were not available at the last AGM and will be summarized here. 

 

4)      President’s Report                                 – Pomponia Martinez

      VC Volunteer of the Year Award

 

5)      Secretary’s Report                                 – Jason Rickerby

 

6)      Treasurer’s Report                                 – Bruce MacDonald

 

7)      Legacy Fund Report                               – Ron Jerome

 

8)      National Representative’s Report        – Doug Montgomery

 

9)      Director of Telescopes’ Report            – Bob Parry

 

10)  AOMO Report                                         – Wayne Lyons

 

11)  CGRT Report                                          Craig Breckenridge

 

12)  Election of New Council                        – Karl Miller

 

 

13)  Meeting Adjourned

 

 

Notes:

 

Copies of reports will be posted on the RASC Vancouver website:

rasc-vancouver.com

October 9th: Observations of a Telescope Designer – Building the Thirty meter telescope

This is the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada – Vancouver monthly meeting.

Craig Breckenridge and members of the world’s premier Observatory design team at Empire Dynamic Structures took a trip to see the facility currently hailed as the largest optical telescope in the world. This marvel of engineering is soon to be eclipsed by the construction of the Thirty Meter Telescope which is currently being designed by this local company located in Port Coquitlam. Facets of the LBT’s design seldom seen by outsiders will be presented in all their glory with commentary by our resident expert designer.

We meet at 7:30 p.m. on the second Thursday of each month, downstairs in the auditorium of the H.R. MacMillan Space Centre.

Free Admission, Open to the public

Astro-coffee and astro-cookies will be served at the Southam Observatory after the meeting.

Sept. 13: THE 2008 PAUL SYKES LECTURE ON ASTRONOMY – "Mapping the Lakes and Rivers on Saturn’s Moon Titan"

Location: Room 201 of the Hennings Physics Building at UBC (adjacent to the SUB)
Description: THE 2008 PAUL SYKES LECTURE ON ASTRONOMY

This year’s speaker is Guinness Book of Record holder Dr. Rosaly M.C. Lopes from NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Her talk: “Mapping the Lakes and Rivers on Saturn’s Moon Titan” will show us just how similar the Earth is to the largest moon in the solar system.
Start Time: 19:00
Date: 2008-09-13

This year’s speaker is Guinness Book of Record holder Dr. Rosaly M.C. Lopes from NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Her talk: “Mapping the Lakes and Rivers on Saturn’s Moon Titan” will show us just how similar the Earth is to the largest moon in the solar system.

Dr. Lopes is a Principal Scientist at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory and Lead Scientist for Geophysics and Planetary Geosciences. Her major research interests are in planetary and terrestrial geology and volcanology. Continue reading “Sept. 13: THE 2008 PAUL SYKES LECTURE ON ASTRONOMY – "Mapping the Lakes and Rivers on Saturn’s Moon Titan"”

July 10, 2008 – Great Moments in Planetary Exploration

Time: 7:30 PM
Location: H.R. MacMillan Space Centre, downstairs auditorium
Topic: “Come along for a trip down memory lane as we review the Great Moments in Planetary Exploration.  Our path will go from Mercury to Pluto and beyond.”
Speaker: Aaron Clevenson

Aaron Clevenson is an Astronomy Professor at Lonestar College in Houston, Texas in the US, Observation Chairman, and past president of the North houston Astronomy Club.

Free Admission, Open to the public

Astro-coffee and astro-cookies will be served
at the Southam Observatory after the meeting.