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
Synthesis of Elements in Stars
All stars are born from hydrogen and during their lives they produce elements through nuclear fusion. High-mass stars end their lives as supernovae, perhaps the most cataclysmic events in the universe, producing the heavy elements.
This talk merges James Edgar’s love of woodworking, astronomy, genealogy, chemistry, physics, and poetry from Northern Ireland, although the main thrust of the presentation is about how elements form within stars.
About James Edgar:
James Edgar’s interest in astronomy began in the early 1970s when he and his family went into the dark of night to see Comet Kohoutek. Unfortunately, it didn’t present itself at naked-eye brightness. James started by volunteering with the Vancouver Museum, going into schools, talking to children about the Sun and the stars. In 1999, he bought his first telescope. One year later, his son bought him a membership in The Royal Astronomical Society of Canada (RASC) and, as they say, the rest is history. James has attended every General Assembly of the Society since 2001. He is now National President of the RASC, production manager of the Society’s bi-monthly Journal, and is excited to be the next editor of the RASC Observer’s Handbook.