Science Fair Director Receives the Order of Canada

Science Fair Foundation of BC Director, Bryan Tisdall, was awarded the Order of Canada in Ottawa on Thursday September 6th, 2018 for his contributions to improving youth science literacy and for his dedication to fostering a love of science among the residents of British Columbia. The award was presented to him by Her Excellency the Right Honourable Julie Payette, Governor General of Canada.

Tisdall came to Vancouver and spent nearly two decades as CEO of Science world, from 1997 to 2016. In his time at Science World he was pivotal in building the organization to become the renowned, not-for-profit, leading symbol of the science community it is today. He joined the Science Fair Foundation of BC (SFF BC) Board of Directors in 2010. Tisdall is a trusted advisor on the SFF BC Board of Directors and continues to volunteer as emcee at the annual Science Fair Fun Run.

Part of Tisdall’s success in the Science Community of BC, he attributes to learning to think like a scientist. “It’s being analytical. It’s being questioning. It’s being open,” he said. “It’s appreciating you may never have all the answers.”

 

Astronomy Weekend at Manning Park

RASC Vancouver is participating in the Manning Park Dark Sky – Astronomy Weekend on October 12th-14h, 2018.

Milky way over mountains

The Dark Sky in Manning Park offers some of the best stargazing around. With multiple viewing locations and very limited light pollution (Bortle class 2), the views are incredible!

The event includes presentations  on Beginner Astronomy 101, an Introduction to Astro-photography, and the Basics of Observational Astronomy.

On Friday and Saturday night, weather permitting, RASC members will have telescopes setup for stargazing, observing planets (Mars, Uranus and Neptune will be visible) and hunting for deep-sky objects such as nebula, globular clusters, and galaxies.

The complete schedule, including several other family-friendly activities, can seen at http://manningpark.com/event/astronomy-weekend/

 

 

 

Observing and Imaging at the Trottier Observatory

Selected nights at the SFU  Trottier Observatory are currently allocated, by the kind auspices of Howard Trottier, for the use of the telescope by members to observe and image the night sky.

We would like to offer any members who may be interested in astrophotography or similar scientific pursuits ( or simply observing) to schedule sessions using the telescope hosted by the Director or Telescopes  or another RASC council member.

To be added to an email list notifying users of available time, please email the Director of Telescopes (please include your name and the target you are interested in studying).  Whenever there is time available, the Director of Telescopes will schedule a session, send out an email to interested members and ensure that the session is hosted.

Email – [email protected]