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1970s

Coverage is incomplete because the Centre's collection of newsletters for this period is incomplete, although additional information was gleaned from the Society's Annual Reports for 1970-1977. Further information will be gratefully received from anyone having any.

1970 Calendar of Events

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1971 Calendar of Events

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1972 Calendar of Events

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1973 Calendar of Events

Meetings were held in room 323 of Ellis Hall at 8:30 p.m.

1973
November
10

Transit
of
Mercury

Approximately 10 members of the Q.U.A.C. and R.A.S.C. dragged themselves out of bed at entirely unreasonable hours to see this phenomena.

Although some heavy cloud obscured the sun for parts of the time, the event was viewed quite satisfactorily. The image of the sun was projected through the eyepiece of the telescope onto a screen, where it could be viewed safely and easily. Mercury, appearing as a black dot, moved slowly across the disk. The final contact was observed under good cloud conditions (i.e. their absence!) at 8:18 as predicted by the Ephemeris.

I should point out that several of the group present that morning arrived even much earlier than 6:30 a.m. (5:00) in order to do some general observing before morning twilight set in. Saturn was the main object of interest observed. That pretty well sums up another of our famous observing sessions.
[Reference: Newsletter, November 1973 #2]

November
13
Dr. W.Y. Chau will lecture on "Black Holes".
[Reference: Newsletter, November 1973 #1]
November
27
A film "Crab Nebula" will be shown. It has been recommended to us by Mrs. Mary Grey, the Secretary of the Ottawa Centre, where the film was well received. We will be seeing it courtesy of the Earth Physics Branch of the Department of Energy, Mines and Resources.
[Reference: Newsletter, November 1973 #2]

1974 Calendar of Events

Meetings were held in room 323 of Ellis Hall at 8:30 p.m.
January
22
Dr. Bridle will discuss his experiments to determine if intelligent life exists outside our solar system. Also, this is the annual meeting of the R.A.S.C.,... [Reference: Newsletter, January 1974 #1]
February
5
Film and observing (if weather permits)
[Reference: Newsletter, January 1974 #2]
February
26
Two films from the National Film Board will be shown. The first is entitled, What On Earth (guaranteed to give you a laugh a minute (9½ laughs), 1966, 09:35) and the second is called Auroral Rocket (more serious, 1964, 14:22). Both films are in colour. [Reference: Newsletter, February 1974]
March
12
Meeting.
1974
March
22

Special meeting...especially for those members interested in observing - both seeing and photographing. We will start with a film or short lecture to get things going. While we have some coffee and cookies to get us primed for the cold upstairs on the roof, we will let those who have put on projects already, display some of their results (lets get some good prints, you photofreaks). Then we will start a long observing session on the 15" and other small telescopes that our observers' group will bring.

We will have several hours of films if the weather is bad, so no one need worry about that. [References: Newsletter March 1974 #1, March 1974 #2]

March
26
Last meeting of the [school] year.
[References: Regulus March 1974 #1, March 1974 #2]

1975 Calendar of Events

No information.

1976 Calendar of Events

Meetings were held in room 222 of Ellis Hall at 8:30 p.m.
November
9
Agenda: T-shirt designs, Toronto field trip.
[Reference: Newsletter, November 1976 #1]
1976
November
16
...instead of our regular observing session, 13 club members braved the cold of Fort Henry Hill to watch the Leonid Meteor shower, and a few submarine races (say no more, say no more! nudge, nudge!) A good time was had by all, although the Leonids were rather scarce. chris Ingold kept a tally of who saw what, and will be bringing the results to this meeting.
[Reference: Newsletter, November 1976 #2]
1976
November
23
Two films will be presented:
1) The Universe [1960, 28:53] (the one that bombed on us during our first meeting)
2) A surpirse package
[Reference: Newsletter, November 1976 #2]
November
27
Trip to T.O.: ...nine members made the trip...to the Toronto Planetarium... [Ref] Cost was $8. [Ref]
December
7
This (last meeting of 1976) will be a short seminar/workshop... [Reference: Newsletter, December 1976]

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