RASC Regular Meeting, February 8, 2021

From the Big-Bang to Life on Earth

RASC Regular Meeting

7:30 PM, Monday February 8, 2021

FREE and open to the public.

Meeting will be hosted on Zoom using this link.

Guest Speaker:

Dr. Laurie Rousseau-Nepton

From the Big-Bang to Life on Earth: A Story on the Birth of the Stars

The galaxy M33

The evolution of our Universe has been shaped by different eras since its early fast expansion, the Big-Bang. It has been a long way from a world with only light and elementary particles, to a world of galaxies, stars, atoms and molecules. In this presentation, we will travel through space and time and see how the stars have transformed the Universe, filling their surrounding with light, and allowing a wide variety of chemical elements to propagate in space. Billions of years of star-formation eventually led to the formation planetary system, just like ours, enabling life to emerge. 

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Astro Café
Jan 20, 2021
How to Use A Telescope (via Zoom)

Did you get a telescope for Christmas but you aren’t quite sure how to use it?

FREE event open to the public.

It’s a common complaint among first-time telescope owners: “I’ve got this new telescope and I can’t see a thing through it”. The aim of this Astro Café is to help you get the most out of your new telescope.

The popular How to Use a Telescope Astro Café is back! But this time via Zoom breakout rooms. Experts from the RASC will help you how to make the most out of your telescope. Discover how to properly set up your telescope, how to find objects in the sky, what accessories would be useful to you and how to take care of your telescope.

Astro Café – How to Use a Telescope

Wednesday, Jan 20, 2021
7:30 PM to 9:30 PM

This event is SOLD OUT!

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AstroImaging Community Café Dec 16, 2020

AstroImaging Community Café

Wednesday, Dec 16, 2020
7:30 PM to 9:30 PM

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

The Astroimaging Community Café is a chance for RASC Edmonton Centre members to learn from each other. The focus will be on presentations, demos, and sharing best practices for astrophotography. The Astroimaging Community Cafe is normally a members only event but the December 16, 2020 Astroimaging Community Cafe is open to the public as well. Whether you are just getting started in astrophotography or you are interested in improving your skills, the Astroimaging Community Cafe is a great place to learn.

Live Stream the December 14th, 2020 Total Solar Eclipse

On Deember 14th a Total Solar Eclipse will be visible in southern Chile and Argentina.

Total solar eclipse

While we can’t be there to see it live there will be a number of live video streams set up along the path of totality.

Below are a couple links you can access to witness the eclipse as it happens.



This occurs in the morning hours Edmonton time. Maximum eclipse is at 9:13:28 MST, Times at the live stream sights will vary.

RASC Edmonton Regular Meeting: December 14, 2020

RASC Edmonton Online Meeting

Monday December 14th, 7:30PM MST

Zoom Meeting Format. Use the link below to join the meeting.

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Featured Speaker

Dr. Tyrone Woods:

Titans of the Early Universe: The birth of the first black holes


At the heart of every galaxy lies a giant—a supermassive black hole anywhere from millions to billions of times the mass of our Sun. Our understanding of these mysterious objects is growing quickly;  last year, the first image of a black hole was released by the Event Horizon Telescope, and this year the Nobel prize was awarded in part for the discovery of a supermassive black hole at the centre of our own Galaxy. Many basic questions remain unanswered, however, including how these black holes formed in the first place, and how they became so staggeringly massive. In this talk, I’ll show how the recent revelation that black holes a billion times the mass of the Sun already existed during the first billion years of cosmic history presents a stark challenge to our understanding of how they formed, and I’ll highlight the recent and upcoming efforts in Canada to unravel the mysterious origins of these primordial titans.