RASC Regular Meeting
Feb 9, 2015
Dynamics of Giant Planets

RASC Regular Meeting
TELUS World of Science
FREE and open to the public.

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

Moritz Heimpel
Department of Physics, University of Alberta
Dynamics of Giant Planets: Bands, Spots, and Dynamos

Dr. Heimpel’s main research interest is dynamics of planetary interiors. Planetary dynamos have implications for the dynamical evolution of several of the solar system planets, particularly Mercury, Earth, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune, as well as exoplanets. Cassini and Hooke described the bands and spots of Jupiter 350 years ago. More recently, cloud tracking observations from Earth and space missions have revealed bands and spots to be strong East-West zonal flows and vortices. A focus of this talk will be to relate the interior structure and dynamics to atmospheric features on Jupiter and Saturn.  It will be argued that planetary dynamos, which sustain global magnetic fields, and the large scale structures of the atmospheres of the Jovian planets are intimately coupled.
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RASC Edmonton Centre Casino
Feb 20-21, 2015

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 contact Peter Hall.
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RASC Regular Meeting
Mar 9, 2015
The Science of Shakespeare

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TELUS World of Science
FREE and open to the public.

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

Dan Falk
Science journalist, broadcaster, and author.
The Science of Shakespeare

William Shakespeare lived at a remarkable time – a period we now recognize as the first phase of the Scientific Revolution – and yet “Shakespeare” and “science” are rarely uttered in the same breath. But as award-winning journalist Dan Falk has found, a reassessment is at hand. In this illustrated talk, Falk will explore Shakespeare’s interest in the scientific discoveries of his time, with a particular focus on the changing conceptions of the cosmos, from Aristotle to Copernicus and Galileo. Copies of Dan’s latest book, “The Science of Shakespeare,” will be available for purchase and signing.
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