Northern Prairie Star Party 2021

The 2021 Northern Prairie Star Party (NPSP) dates are Tuesday, September 7 to Saturday, September 11. The COVID-19 pandemic remains a key factor for us in planning the program and any onsite set up for this year’s NPSP. We are exploring various options, so please check back here and the Stardust Newsletter for more details.

Nevertheless, we have booked the northern part of the campground for use by our members and potential NPSP attendees, as outlined in the update in the March 2021 Stardust. If you are interested in using one of the sites during the reserved time, please email the NPSP Coordinators Susan and Rick Bramm indicating the dates and site preference. We will allocate them on a first-come, first-served basis and follow up with you regarding payment.

If you need more information or have questions, please email the NPSP Coordinators Susan and Rick Bramm.

RASC Regular Meeting, April 12, 2021

Planets under construction: how to study a million year process

RASC Regular Meeting, Monday April 12, 2021

7:00 PM, Meet and Greet

7:30 PM, Meeting begins, including guest talk, News from Space, AstroImaging Corner, and other RASC news.

FREE and open to the public.

Zoom link for this meeting

Guest Speaker:

Dr. Nienke van der Marel

Planets under construction: how to study a million year process

Planets around other stars, also called exoplanets, are seen everywhere! In the last 25 years, thousands of exoplanets have been found throughout the Milky Way. How do we find these planets? What are the chances of discovering life there? And if they are so common, why is it that we still don’t know how they are formed? With the ALMA telescope we can now finally zoom into the birth cradles of planets: dusty disks around young stars. The spectacular images have given us new insights, but also raised many more questions on the process of planet formation.

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What’s up over Edmonton?

What’s up over Edmonton?  : April 2021

A look at what one can see in the night sky of Edmonton during the month of April, with some space history thrown in.

Wednesday March 31 @ 7:30 PM MDT

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AstroImaging Community Café March 17, 2021

AstroImaging Community Café

Wednesday, March 17, 2021
7:30 PM to 9:30 PM

Members Only event.

Due to the COVID-19 situation, this meeting will be held via Zoom.

Presenters

Abdur Anwar
Abdur will be doing a presentation on making a time-lapse of a passing asteroid using DeepSkyStacker and PIPP. Many brighter asteroids can be imaged using nothing more than a DSLR camera and lens.

Dave Mussell
Dave will be doing a presentation on NINA. He will connect to his observatory PC and demonstrate the interface, setting up sequences, and an overview of the important tabs. NINA is a great free software that is a complete solution for an automated imaging setup.

Members Only event.

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AstroImaging Community Café is a potluck of shorter and longer presentations by astroimagers for astroimagers! Do you enjoy taking and/or viewing pictures of the sky? Are you looking for some pointers to up your skill set or turn that “nice” shot into “calendar image!”? Maybe in the last couple of months you have 5 images, or made 4 time-lapses that are too much for the AstroImaging Corner at our Regular Meetings. Whether you take 4 minutes or want to share a 20 minute backstory for a specially composed a shot, or demo a technique others can benefit from, bring it to our community! To participate: email the AstroImaging Community Café coordinator.

RASC Regular Meeting, March 8, 2021

Stellar Obituaries

RASC Regular Meeting, Monday March 8, 2021

7:00 PM, Meet and Greet

7:30 PM, Meeting begins, including guest talk, News from Space, AstroImaging Corner, and other RASC news.

FREE and open to the public.

Meeting will be hosted on Zoom using this link .

Guest Speaker:

Dr. Sharon Morsink

Stellar Obituaries

 
Cas A Supernova Remnant

Cas A Supernova Remnant. Imaged by NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory.

Stars have long lifespans that range from millions of years to hundreds of billions of years. But eventually all stars run out of fuel and die. When stars die, they can leave behind a white dwarf star, a neutron star, a black hole, or nothing but a bit of hot gas!
There have been a lot of discoveries in the field of stellar death in the last couple of years. In this talk I’ll introduce the main ideas behind white dwarf stars, neutron stars, black holes, and supernovae. Some of the recent observations of black holes and neutron stars include the first image of “the black hole’s shadow”, the measurements of colliding black holes and neutron stars, and observations of X-rays from binary systems containing a stellar corpse. I will provide a report on the most interesting stellar obituaries from the last couple of years, and explain what they tell us about how stars die, and how they change when they begin their new life as a black hole or neutron star.

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