RASC Regular Meeting
Dec 12, 2016
Alpha-Centauri: Unveiling the Secrets of our Nearest Stellar Neighbor

2016212_Proxima_CentauriRASC Regular Meeting
TELUS World of Science – Margaret Zeidler Star Theatre
FREE and open to the public.

7:00 PM Pre-meeting mix and mingle.
7:30 PM Guest Speaker

Martin Beech
Alpha-Centauri: Unveiling the Secrets of our Nearest Stellar Neighbor

Our closest stellar neighbor provides us with many astrophysical mysteries, but, for all this, it also provides us with numerous opportunities for discovery. While a single star to the naked-eye, alpha-Centauri is actually a triple-star system – the more massive binary component, alpha-Centauri A & B, bookends in mass what our Sun could have been and it provides us with clues as to the future evolution of our solar system. The third component, Proxima Centauri, an example of the most common type of star in the galaxy, was discovered 101 years ago, and is now known to host at least one Earth-mass planet.

In this talk Martin Beech will explore some of the as yet unsolved astronomical problems relating to the alpha-Centauri system, and he will also discuss the on-going search for associated planets. Finally, looking to the distant future, I will briefly review some of the current ideas concerning the possibility of directly exploring the system with interstellar space probes.

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Astro Café
Jan 18, 2017
How to Use A Telescope

20170116-astro-cafe Astro Café – How to Use a Telescope

Wednesday, Jan 18, 2017
7:00 PM to 9:00 PM

Windsor Park Community League Hall*
11840 87 Ave

FREE event open to the public.

* Note: Outside shoes are not permitted inside the hall.

Did you get a telescope for Christmas but you aren’t quite sure how to use it?

It’s a common complaint among first-time telescope owners: “I’ve got this new telescope and I can’t see a thing through it”.
The aim of this Astro Café is to help you get the most out of your new telescope.

Bring your telescope to the 2nd annual How to Use a Telescope workshop and experts from the RASC will help you learn how to use it. Let us show you how to make the most out of your telescope. Discover how to properly set up your telescope, how to find objects in the sky, what accessories would be useful to you and how to take care of your telescope.

If people are interested and have the time, they can bring their telescope outside the hall after the Astro Café ends at 9:00 PM, to learn how to use their telescope under the real sky (weather permitting) with help from expert RASC members.

RASC Edmonton Centre Casino
Jan 31-Feb 1, 2017

Our next casino is on Tuesday Jan 31 and Wednesday Feb 1, 2017 at the Grand Villa Edmonton Casino in the ICE District.

This is our Centre’s largest source of revenue which maintains a large part of our operational and outreach budgets, lets us purchase astronomical equipment and undertake innovative projects that bring astronomy to the general public, and helps bring fabulous speakers to Edmonton. Please help out by volunteering for a shift – it’s fairly easy work and you get fed quite nicely.

Click on the images below to download the Casino Volunteer Worker Application and the Volunteer Booking Form or get one at a Regular Meeting. Fill out the forms and give them to Peter Hall at a Regular Meeting. If you have questions contact Peter Hall.
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