RASC AGM + Regular Meeting
Jan 9, 2017

RASC Annual General Meeting + Regular Meeting
TELUS World of Science – Margaret Zeidler Star Theatre
FREE and open to the public.

NOTE: Even though TWOSE is closed to the public on January 9,
IT WILL BE OPEN in the evening for the RASC Meeting.

7:00 PM Pre-meeting mix and mingle.
7:30 PM Annual General Meeting
8:15 PM Member’s Night
Astronomical Presentations by RASC Members

  • Lori Walton: SETI Update
  • Massimo Torri: Astroimaging Corner
  • Other regular features

If you want time on the agenda, email the President.

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

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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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RASC Regular Meeting
Nov 14, 2016
AlbertaSat’s Ex-Alta 1 and 2 Missions

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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

Tyler Hrynyk
AlbertaSat’s Ex-Alta 1 and 2 Missions and Vision for the Future

The Experimental Albertan #1 (Ex-Alta 1) is the pioneer cube satellite from the AlbertaSat team at the University of Alberta and will be the first built-in-Alberta satellite. This three-unit (3U) cube satellite is designed and assembled primarily by volunteer undergraduate students at the University of Alberta, with guidance from several researchers and faculty members. Once in orbit, Ex-Alta 1 will study space weather using a range of miniature scientific instruments. This flight will also be used to qualify the first model of a new suite of open source cube satellite subsystems being developed at the University of Alberta. Ex-Alta 1 is one of two Canadian satellites participating in the QB50 mission, coordinated by the Von Karman Institute in Brussels, Belgium. Ex-Alta 1 joined the QB50 mission in mid 2013 and is currently being integrated in the Netherlands with other satellites from the mission. On December 30th, 2016 Ex-Alta 1 will launch on the Antares VI rocket out of Wallops Virginia to be delivered to the International Space Station. In Q1 2017 Ex-Alta 1 will be deployed from the NanoRacks deployer on the ISS to begin its mission at an altitude of 400km.

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RASC Regular Meeting
Oct 17, 2016
New Thoughts on the Search for Extraterrestrial Life

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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

Seth Shostak
New Thoughts on the Search for Extraterrestrial Life

It has been more than 50 years since the first attempt to sift the skies for radio signals that would betray the existence of intelligent beings beyond Earth.  So far, nothing has been heard.

Does this failure mean anything?  Could it be that we simply need to give these experiments more time?  Or are the assumptions made in designing these efforts fatally flawed?

In this talk, Seth Shostak will explain how modern technology is rapidly increasing the speed and extent of our search for alien transmissions, and that new experiments could turn up a signal within a few decades or less.

He will also consider the anthropocentric nature of the searches so far, and suggest how our conservative assumptions about ET’s nature and behavior may be hindering our attempts to find him.

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RASC Regular Meeting
Sep 12, 2016
Member’s Night

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

7:00 PM Pre-meeting mix and mingle (with All-Star Telescope).
7:30 PM Member Presentations

RASC members share their interests, projects, skills and passions.

  • Roman Unyk: C14 Telescope Project
  • Massimo Torri: Astroimaging Corner
  • Rick & Susan Bramm: NPSP 2016
  • Dave Roles: The Dave Roles Show
  • Alan Dyer: Sky Scenes: Recent Astro Images from Alberta
After the meeting there will be a reception hosted by
All-Star Telescope & Alan Dyer.
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Shooting the Stars Workshop With Alan Dyer
Edmonton November 5

RASC Regular Meeting
June 6, 2016
Member’s Night

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

NOTE: This meeting is a week earlier than usual, on June 6, so that members may attend the public talk by Jocelyn Bell Burnell on June 13.

7:00 PM Pre-meeting mix and mingle.
7:30 PM Member Presentations

RASC members share their interests, projects, skills and passions.

  • Warren Finlay: Messier Bimarathon
  • Geoff Robertson: Movie
  • Dave Mussell: Observatory Project
  • Murray Paulson: Tribute to Barry Arnold
  • Massimo Torri: Astroimaging Corner
  • Dave Roles: The Dave Roles Show

RASC Regular Meeting
May 9, 2016
Globular Clusters and Their Weird Binary Stars

Hubble image of the nearby globular cluster NGC 6397. Credit: HST/NASA/ESA

RASC 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

Craig Heinke
Globular Clusters and Their Weird Binary Stars

Globular clusters are old, dense conglomerations of stars, which are also unique physical laboratories. The denser globular clusters have stars packed so tightly together that stars occasionally collide with each other. More often, binary stars (pairs of stars orbiting around each other) have their orbits disrupted by other stars, leading to the replacement of one star in the binary with the intruder star and the formation of unusual binaries. Binaries including extremely dense dead stars, like neutron stars or black holes, can produce X-ray binaries, where the dense star steals mass from its companion. As the matter spirals down from the companion to the dead star, it heats up to millions of degrees and emits X-rays, permitting us to study these exotic systems.

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RASC Regular Meeting
April 11, 2016
Member’s Night

RASC 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 Member Presentations

RASC members share their interests, projects, skills and passions.

  • Krista Stefan: Solar Eclipse Report 1
  • Ross Sinclair: RASC Fellows
  • Geoff Robertson & Jay Lavender: Transit of Mercury
  • Arnold Rivera: Solar Eclipse Report 2
  • Massimo Torri: Astroimaging Corner
  • Dave Roles: The Dave Roles Show