Welcome to the RASC Edmonton Centre.
|The Edmonton Centre of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada exists to promote the advancement of astronomy and allied sciences as well as to increase public awareness of astronomy as an enjoyable hobby and as an important scientific endeavor.||
Oct 20, 2014, 7:30-9:30pm
RASC Regular Meeting
TELUS World of Science
FREE and open to the public.
Ph.D. Candidate in Condensed Matter Physics
University of Alberta
Real Life on Fake Mars
Mars seems tantalizingly close these days. With projects attempting to send humans to the Red Planet as early as 2023, public interest is growing daily. While Mars offers the promise of a second home for humanity, the technical challenges of getting there and back again are on a scale humanity hasn't seen since humans first set foot on the moon. To solve these challenges, analog missions are being conducted around the world, replicating different environments and testing various aspects that will be critical to future missions. The Hawaii Space Exploration Analog & Simulation (HI-SEAS) is one such study. Situated on the desolate lava fields of the Mauna Loa volcano in Hawaii, I am among the few who have lived through a simulated 120-day surface mission.
Ross Lockwood gave Nerd Nite Edmonton's inaugural presentation back in October 2012 on the subject of Warp Drives, and has been a Nerd Nite addict ever since. As a PhD Candidate in Physics at the University of Alberta, Ross has been a fixture at science related events around Edmonton, especially involving the University of Alberta's Observatory. With a background in experimental physics, MacGuyver-like skills, and a vast knowledge of how a single molecular defect in silicon works, Ross applied for and accepted the position of Chief Technologist and Systems Specialist with the HI-SEAS Mission 2A. After the completion of his Ph.D, he will direct his attention to sending cool stuff into space and building human-machine interfaces for future astronauts.
Oct 23, Partial Solar Eclipse
A partial solar eclipse occurs over Edmonton in the afternoon of October 23! The
RASC Observatory at TELUS World of Science
will be open, WEATHER PERMITTING, to safely view this partial eclipse through properly filtered telescopes. FREE!
Jasper Dark Sky Festival
Oct 23-25, 2014
Encompassing over 11,000 km2, Jasper National Park is one of the world's largest Dark Sky Preserves. A star gazing playground, this official status of DSP gives Jasper the responsibility of protecting and promoting the nocturnal environment and clarity of the dark skies. It also means supporting and encouraging public understanding of this natural wonder by creating activities and events to commemorate this natural phenomenon. The Jasper Dark Sky Festival, with events for everyone young and old, astronomy enthusiasts and those that simply appreciate the beauty of the dark sky, has something for everyone.
Feb 20-21, 2015
RASC Edmonton Centre Casino
The RASC Edmonton Centre is having another casino Fri-Sat, Feb 20-21, 2015. 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.
Download the Casino Volunteer Worker Application or get one at a Regular Meeting, fill it out and give it to Peter Hall at a Regular Meeting. If you have questions, email