Astronomy Day & Science Rendezvous 2021 (Virtual)

RASC Vancouver will be celebrating International Astronomy Day in conjunction (as we do annually) with Simon Fraser University’s Science Rendezvous. Due to COVID19, the event this year will be virtual.

RASC Vancouver will be hosting four astronomy-themed presentations and SFU’s Faculty of Science will be hosting a variety of science presentations as well as an afternoon forum of professors on astronomy-themed topics.

Registration in advance is required at EventBrite to receive the Zoom links. Registration is free. The Zoom links will be emailed out to registrants a week prior.

Events for RASC International Astronomy Day can be found at this link:

Events for SFU’s Science Rendezvous can be found at this link:

Highlights include:

RASC Vancouver:
11:00 am: NASA’s Voyager Missions: Matthew R. Borghese, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory’s Solar System Ambassador
11:45 am: Solar Observing (weather permitting): Gordon Farrell, President of RASC Vancouver Centre
1:00 pm: The Moon 101: Ted Stroman, Member of RASC Vancouver Centre
2:00 pm: The Jim Bernath Meteorite Collection: Suzanna Nagy, Secretary of RASC Vancouver Centre

SFU Faculty of Science:
11 am to 3 pm:

  • Chemistry in the Kitchen: experience the magic of chemical reactions right in your own kitchen
  • Get Inspidered: learn about spiders, get creative and build your own creature
  • Digestive System: see what happens inside your stomach and intestines, simulate your own digestive process
  • Robotic Forearm: see all the muscles, tissues and nerves up close and learn how to construct your very own robotic forearm
  • Anatomy Bone Word Search: get familiar with what your bones are called, and get busy in a word search
  • Indulge in Physics: from forces and motion, to electricity and magnetism, matter and optics

3:30 pm: Learn more about aerospace physiology, astrostatistics, and dying galaxies from SFU Scientists:

  • Dr. Andrew Blaber, Biomedical Physiology and Kinesiology – aerospace physiology
  • Dr. David Stenning, Statistics – astrostatistics, exoplanets
  • Dr. Joanna Woo, Physics/Trottier Observatory – astronomy: mysterious death of galaxies