RASC Regular Meeting October 15, 2018, The Whole of the Moon

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

7:00 PM Meet and Greet

7:30 PM Guest Speaker

Dr. Mathieu Dumberry

The whole of the Moon: a journey to the center of our closest neighbor

The Lunar Interior

We know many things about our closest neighbor, the Moon.  Yet, its deepest part, close to the center, remains not well known.  In this presentation, I will give a brief overview of what we know about the Moon and its interior and how this information is obtained.  I will also show examples of the work that we do in my research group, where we use observations on the rotation of the Moon as a way to gather information about its deep interior.

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Astro Café
Sep 26, 2018
AstroImaging Community Café

AstroImaging Community Café

Wednesday, Sep 26, 2018
7:30 PM to 9:30 PM

Windsor Park Community League Hall*
11840 87 Ave

Members Only event.

* Note: Outside shoes are not permitted inside the hall.

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!

Keep reading to learn how to use SignUp to add your contribution to the self-guided potluck that is AstroImaging Community!
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Astro Café
September 23, 2018
Photographing the Full Harvest Moonrise

Photographing the Full Harvest Moonrise

FREE Members only event.

Presented by RASC members Alister Ling and Luca Vanzella.

If you have always wanted to photograph the Full Moon rising above a scenic landscape but you aren’t sure how to do it – this Astro Café is for you! Veteran Full Moon shooters Alister Ling and Luca Vanzella will guide you through all of the steps necessary to get that perfect shot.

This Astro Café is designed for people that own a DSLR (Digital Single-Lens Reflex) camera – we won’t be using any phone or point-and-shoot cameras. Some familiarity with your DSLR camera is beneficial but not absolutely required.

When:
Sunday, September 23, 2018
18:45 – 20:30

Cloud/Rain/Snow Backup:
NONE, it will be cancelled, check on EdmontonRASC Facebook page
https://www.facebook.com/groups/edmontonrasc/
We will post an update no later than 18:00. It is your responsibility to check.

Where:
Viewpoint across the road from
44 St Georges Crescent
Google Map Link: https://goo.gl/maps/JjRkgVYBtgm

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Athabasca Star Party, September 15, 2018

Athabasca Star Party

Join Athabasca University for an evening of art and stars for our first ever Star Party!Enjoy guided tours featuring artwork from one of Athabasca’s local artists, Pirkko Karvonen. Gain an appreciation of the night sky by participating in telescope viewing of planets and constellations. Telescopes will be available on-site for viewing the night sky but feel free to bring your own. An amateur astronomer will be in attendance hosting a telescope workshop where you can learn how to use a telescope or ensure your telescope is in top working order. And more! Witness nocturnal life firsthand on a guided nature walk. Learn to capture the evening’s beauty at a night photography session. Stay and enjoy some fun activities for the whole family.

When: September 15, 2018, 6pm – 11pm

Where: Athabasca, AB

Visit the event brite site for more information. 

FREE event!   * Weather Permitting

RASC Regular Meeting September 10, 2018, Black Holes Don’t Suck

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

7:00 PM Meet and Greet

7:30 PM Guest Speaker

Dr. Aarran Shaw
Black Holes Don’t Suck!

Colour composite image of Centaurus A.
Credit: ESO/NASA

Often portrayed as cosmic vacuum cleaners that ensnare everything that dares come close, black holes represent the ultimate end, in both science fact and science fiction. First theorized in the early 20th century, black holes have fascinated astronomers for the last 100 years. I will discuss the history of these systems, from the accidental discovery of Sagittarius A* at the centre of our Galaxy by Karl Jansky in the 1930s, to the violent accretion events occurring in X-ray binary systems and active galactic nuclei. I will show you that, contrary to popular belief, black holes don’t suck!

 

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