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2009 Calendar of Events

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December 31
 
 
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IYA (International Year of Astronomy) 2009

The Universe: Yours to Discover - One Earth, One Sky

2009
Fri, January 9
7:30-9:30 p.m.
Regular Meeting
 
Speakers:
Kim Hay (Kingston Centre) and Stephan Courteau (Queen's University)
 
Topic: International Year of Astronomy - An update on joint efforts of RASC, Queen's, and RMC to bring Astronomy to the public in the greater Kingston area.
 
Location: Stirling Hall Theatre A Queen's University
2009
Sat, January 10
7:30-9:30pm EST
KAON400 Public Observing IYA 2009 Kickoff Event!
Speaker: Dr. Judith Irwin, Galileo and Cardinal Barberini
Topic: Galileo -- What Did He Know Then? What Would He Think Now?
Location: Queen's Observatory [ Map ]

Report: Regulus, 2009 Feb, page 7.

2009
Tue, January 13
Wed, January 14
7:00 p.m.
IYA 2009 Special Lecture!:
 
POSTPONED due to continuing power outages at RMC
RESCHEDULED for Wednesday January 14th 7pm

Speaker: Dr. Sara Seager Topic: "Extrasolar Planets and the Search for Habitable Worlds"
Location: RMC Currie Hall

This lecture will be presented in English. It is free of charge, and open to the public.

For thousands of years people have wondered, "Are we Alone?" With over 300 planets discovered to orbit nearby stars, the existence of exoplanets is firmly established. Astronomers are now able to routinely measure planetary sizes, masses, and atmospheres for a subset of hot, big exoplanets. The race to find habitable exoplanets is on with the realization that big Earths orbiting small stars can be both discovered and characterized with existing technology. Professor Seager will preskrisent highlights of recent exoplanet discoveries and discuss when we might find another Earth and what kinds of "biosignatures" we are looking for.

Prof. Seager is the Ellen Swallow Richards Associate Professor of Planetary Science and Associate Professor of Physics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Her PhD is from Harvard University and her BSc in math and physics from the University of Toronto. Professor Seager was the 2007 recipient of the American Astronomical Society's Helen B. Warner Prize, and was ranked among "The Fifth Annual Brilliant 10" by Popular Science magazine for her work in developing simulations that have given scientists new tools for helping visualize what foreign planets may look like.

Prof. Seager's research focuses on theoretical models of atmospheres and interiors of all kinds of exoplanets - planets discovered to orbit around stars other than our sun. Her research has introduced many new ideas to the field of exoplanet characterization, including work that led to the first detection of an exoplanet atmosphere. She was part of a team that co-discovered the first detection of light emitted from an exoplanet and the first spectrum of an exoplanet.

2009
Fri, February 13
7:30-9:30 p.m.
Regular Meeting
Dr Gregg Wade will speak on recent "Large Programs" that have been established at the Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope. These are really exciting, and range from a census of the Virgo cluster to detailed mapping of individual stars. One of the four Large Programs is his own project called MiMeS, which is about stellar magnetism.
Location: Stirling Hall Theatre A, Queen's University

Report: Regulus, 2009 Mar, page 5.

2009
Sat, February 14
7:30-9:30pm EST
KAON Public Observing
How Has Galileo's Scope Evolved?
Speaker: Susan Gagnon
Location: Queen's Observatory [ Map ]

Report: Regulus, 2009 Mar, page 5.

2009
Thu, March 5
7:00 p.m.
Special Concert
The Galileo Project: Music of the Spheres
Performers: Tafelmusik [website]
Location: Grant Hall, Queen's University
2009
Fri, March 13
7:30-9:30 p.m.
Regular Meeting
The One Metre Initiative: A New Major Observatory in Canada
Speaker: Frank Roy, Elektra Observatories
Location: Stirling Hall Theatre A Queen's University

Report: Regulus, 2009 Apr, page 12.

2009
Sat, March 14
7:30-9:30pm EDT
KAON Public Observing
"IYA 100 Hours of Astronomy" and "Saturn"
Speaker: Terry Bridges
Location: Queen's Observatory [ Map ]

Report: Regulus, 2009 Apr, page 12.

March 16-28 Globe at Night 2009 [website]
March 28 Earth Hour [website]
2009
Sat, April 4
9:00-10:30p.m.
Public Observing, part of 100 Hours of Astronomy
 
This event will proceed regardless of clouds or rain!

Location: Queen's Observatory [ Map ]

Report: Regulus, 2009 May, page 3.

2009
Sat, April 4
Sun, April 5
1:00-4:00p.m.
Solar Observing, part of 100 Hours of Astronomy
 

UPDATE: This event has been postponed to Sunday April 5th, 1-4 p.m. If it is cloudy again Sunday, this event may be cancelled altogether. A go/no-go call will be made Sunday morning around 11 a.m.
 
Location: Confederation Park (Cloud date is Sunday)

Report: Regulus, 2009 May, page 3.

2009
Fri, April 10
7:30-9:30 p.m.
Regular Meeting
The Search for Dark Matter: A New Role for SNO
Speaker: Dr. Wolfgang Rau
Location: Stirling Hall Theatre A Queen's University

Report: Regulus, 2009 May, page 3.

2009
Sat, April 11
9:00-10:30p.m.
KAON Public Observing
Observing the Moon
Speaker: Fred Barrett
Location: Queen's Observatory [ Map ]

Report: Regulus, 2009 May, page 9.

2009
Thu, April 23
Sound in a Box 4
This box is packed with musicians, poets, writers, astrophysicists and sending it on a cosmic journey through space.
Two performances, 6 p.m. and 9 p.m. at 260 Brock Street, Kingston.

Report: Regulus, 2009 May, page 9.

2009
Saturday May 2
9 a.m.-3 p.m.
(approx)
Astronomy Day
Location: Market Square (behind City Hall)
in Kingston. Static telescope displays,
viewing with solar telescopes,
free handouts, starfinders,
astrocards, and more!

Report: Regulus, 2009 Jun, page 8.

2009
Fri, May 8
7:30-9:30 p.m.
Regular Meeting, also Star Trek opens
Amateur Radio Astronomy
Speaker: Marcus Leech, Shirley's Bay Radio Astronomy Consortium
Location: Stirling Hall Theatre A Queen's University

Report: Regulus, 2009 Sep, page 17.

Sat, May 9
pm
KAON Public Observing
Location: Queen's Observatory [ Map ]

Report: Regulus, 2009 Sep, page 10.

2009
Fri, June 5
7:00p.m.-late
Relay for Life Public Observing Session

Location: Royal Military College, Kingston

Report: Regulus, 2009 Jun, page 3.

2009
Fri, June 12
7:30-9:30 p.m.
Regular Meeting:
Members' Night

Location: Stirling Hall Theatre A Queen's University

Report: Regulus, 2009 Sep, page 10.

2009
Sat, June 13
9:00-10:30 pm EDT
KAON Public Observing
Location: Queen's Observatory [ Map ]

Report: Regulus, 2009 Sep, page 10.

2009
Tue, June 16
8:00 p.m.
2009 CAVE LectureIYA Public Lecture by UC Professor Sandra Faber
Location: Biosciences Room 1101, Queen's University
 
July 2009
No meeting
Summer meeting recess - No Meeting
Sat, July 11
9:00-10:30pm EDT
KAON Public Observing
Location: Queen's Observatory [ Map ]

Report: Regulus, 2009 Sep, page 10.

2009
Sat, July 18
8:30pm-late EDT
IYA Star Public Observing
Location: Murphy's Point Provincial Park
Slide show at 8:30 p.m. at the amphitheatre
followed by observing session.

Report: Regulus, 2009 Sep, page 12.

August 2009

August 2009
No meeting
Summer meeting recess - No meeting
Sat, August 8
9:00-10:30pm EDT
KAON Public Observing
Location: Queen's Observatory [ Map ]

Report: Regulus, 2009 Sep, page 11.

Thu-Sun
August 13-16
RASC General Assembly 2009
Location: Cypress Hills Interprovincial Park, Saskatchewan
Mon, August 24
8:30pm-late EDT
Charleston Lake Star Party #1
Location: Charleston Lake Provincial Park
Astro-talk by Terence Dickinson,
followed by telescope viewing.
Contact Phone: 613-659-2065

Report: Regulus, 2009 Sep, page 16.

Thu, August 27
8:30pm-late EDT
IYA Star Public Observing

Location: Murphy's Point Provincial Park
Slide show at 8:30 p.m. at the amphitheatre
followed by observing session.

Fri, August 28
8:30pm-late EDT
Charleston Lake Star Party #2

Location: Charleston Lake Provincial Park
Astro-talk by Terence Dickinson,
followed by telescope viewing.
Contact Phone: 613-659-2065

September 2009

Fri, September 11
7:30-9:30 p.m.
Members' Night
  • Summer Trips & the RASC GA -Kevin Kell
  • 3 Video Shorts by Richard Berry
    • M51: The Movie
    • Central Obstructions
    • Jupiter's Rotation
  • New Star Atlas Show and Tell -Susan Gagnon
  • Recent Imaging Adventures -Brian Hunter
  • Rooftop Observatory Update -Mark Kaye

Location: Stirling Hall, Theatre A [ Map ]
Bader Lane, Queen's University, Kingston, Ontario

Sat, September 19
6:30 p.m.-late
KAON Public Observing
Special Date, Time & Location:
Lake Ontario Park on King Street near Portsmouth Avenue in Kingston.

Report: Regulus, 2009 Oct, page 10.

September 25-27
(Fri-Sun)
Fall'N'Stars 2009 Star Party
Location: Vanderwater Conservation Area
Boy Scout Camping Area, Thomasburg, Ontario
Fall'N'Stars 2009 Logo

Report: Regulus, 2009 Oct, page 9.

October 2009

Fri, October 2
7:30 p.m. EDT
RASC Belleville Meeting
Malcolm Park (NYAA) will speak on astrophotography from Chile
Location: Loyalist College in the Quinte Business Development Center (Pioneer Building) in room P1 [ Map ] Belleville, Ontario
(The Pioneer building is a small flat one storey building south west of the main campus nearest Wallbridge Loyalist Road.)
Fri, October 9
7:30-9:30 p.m. EDT
Members' Night
Location: Stirling Hall, Theatre A [ Map ]
Bader Lane, Queen's University, Kingston, Ontario

Report: Regulus, 2009 Nov, page 9.

Sat, October 10
7:30-9:30 pm EDT
KAON Public Observing
The Galilean Moons
Speaker: Brian Hunter
Location: Queen's Observatory [ Map ]

Report: Regulus, 2009 Nov, page 2.

Mon, October 26
7:30 p.m. EDT

IYA Public Lecture
William Harris of McMaster University will speak on "Galileo, Shakespeare, and van Gogh: Creative Reactions to the End of the World" Four hundred years ago, Galileo made startling discoveries with the new telescope that dramatically changed the course of science and western culture. Modern-day astrophysics has seen a flood of equally amazing findings including the discoveries of hundreds of planets around nearby stars; the expanding universe; and giant black holes at the centers of galaxies. This talk will explore how we got here from Galileo's work; and more importantly, how writers, artists, and thinkers have reacted to these universe-changing events in different ways over the course of history -- a story of exhilaration, fear, depression, awe, and most of all, beauty.

Location: Stirling Hall, Theatre D [ Map ]
Bader Lane, Queen's University, Kingston, Ontario

Report: Regulus, 2009 Nov, page 1.

November 2009

Mon, November 2
8:00 p.m. EDT

The Queen's Physics, Enginerring Physics & Astronomy Department's
annual CAVE Public Lecture Series
What Banged?
Dr. Neil Turok,
Director of the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics

Over the last two decades, our knowledge of the Universe has improved enormously. Powerful new observations have lent overwhelming support to the notion that everything in the visible Universe emerged from a Big Bang, fourteen billion years ago. But what caused the Bang? And was the Bang the beginning of time? Only a few decades ago, these questions were considered beyond the reach of science. However, unified theories of high energy physics have allowed us to build mathematical models of the Bang itself, and to test them both for logical consistency, and against new observations. In the lecture, I will review two models: one in which the Universe began at the Bang, and the other in which the Bang was a violent event in a pre-existing Universe. The competition between these models lies at the heart of many deep questions about the Universe, and about our ultimate ability to understand it.

Dr. Neil Turok currently holds the Chair of Mathematical Physics at Cambridge University, where he is also the Director of the Centre for Theoretical Cosmology. He earned his PhD at Imperial College and, in 1994, became a Professor of Physics at Princeton University. Among his many honours, he was awarded the 1992 James Clerk Maxwell medal of the U.K. Institute of Physics.

Dr. Turok has worked in a number of areas of theoretical physics and cosmology, focusing on observational tests of fundamental physics. In the early 1990s, his group showed how the polarization and temperature anisotropies of the cosmic background radiation would be correlated, a prediction which has been confirmed in detail by recent precision measurements. The team also developed a key test for the presence of the cosmological constant, also recently confirmed.

With Stephen Hawking, he later developed the Hawking-Turok instanton solutions describing the birth of inflationary universes.

Location: Stirling Hall, Theatre D [ Map ]
Bader Lane, Queen's University, Kingston, Ontario

Wed-Fri,
November 11-13
9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Gemstones, Minerals and Fossils Sale and...METEORITES...
Great gifts and fundraising sale at the Miller Hall Museum of Geology, 36 Union Street, Queen's University (Union & Division Sts).
Fri, November 13
7:30-9:30 p.m. EST
Annual General Meeting and Elections

Location: Chernoff Auditorium [ Map ]
(next to the west side of Stirling Hall)
Bader Lane, Queen's University, Kingston, Ontario

Sat, November 14
10:30 a.m.
to 3:00 p.m. EST
History of Astronomy Jamboree
  • 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Morning Session
  • 12:30 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. Lunch
  • 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Afternoon Session

As part of our celebrations of the International Year of Astronomy, astronomy enthusiasts in Kingston will gather this Saturday to discuss various events and individuals that have shaped the oldest and most far-reaching science. This IYA jamboree includes twelve 12+3 minute Powerpoint lectures by Kingston astronomers and scholars. See the schedule below. The public is strongly invited.

Programme
Antikythera mechanism - Daryn Lehoux
Tycho Brahe - Bill Ballik
Johannes Kepler - Dick Henriksen
Galileo -- Glimpses of the Man - Judith Irwin
Astronomers' Royal - Brian Hunter
William Herschel - James Silvester
LUNCH at noon
George Lemaitre - Cedric Grenon
Fritz Zwicky - Stephane Courteau
Helen Sawyer Hogg - Terry Bridges
Fred Hoyle - Pascal Elahi
Discovery of the CMB - Larry Widrow
Allan Rex Sandage - David Hanes

Either bring your own lunch, or let us know if you want pizza ($2/slice). For more information, and/or to confirm your pizza order, e-mail courteau (at) astro (dot) queensu (dot) ca. Please bring your own refreshments and cups.

A KAON Observing session, preceded by a presentation by S. Courteau on "North American Telescopes", is also scheduled that same evening (Sat Nov 14) at the Queen's Observatory. Doors open at 7:30pm. See: http://observatory.phy.queensu.ca/upcoming_events.php

Location: Chernoff Auditorium [ Map ]
(next to the west side of Stirling Hall)
Bader Lane, Queen's University, Kingston, Ontario

Sat, November 14
7:30-9:30 pm EST
KAON Public Observing
North American Telescopes
Speaker: Stephan Courteau
Location: Queen's Observatory [ Map ]
Bader Lane, Queen's University, Kingston, Ontario

Report: Regulus, 2009 Dec, page 2.

Fri-Sun,
November 20-22
Canadian Space Summit 2009
"Multi-use missions: Opportunities for Collaboration on Space Technologies"
Location: Royal Military College of Canada - Kingston, ON, Canada.

The Canadian Space Summit is the annual event of the Canadian Space Society, dedicated to helping the Canadian space industry and related groups develop a wider understanding of the diverse space exploration and development projects undertaken by Canadians across the nation and around the world. Its mission is to foster collaborative connections between the many government agencies, companies and organizations involved.

For many years, the term 'dual use' has been applied to the idea of civil versus military when speaking of space applications. However, with the increased development of space assets, this duality of space applications has rapidly expanded to a multiplicity of uses in that any application for space can inherently be applied to more terrestrial applications or, for that matter, other areas of space research. The 2009 Space Summit theme, "Multi-use missions: Opportunities for collaboration on space technologies", is meant to highlight this inherent trait and educate the space community on the importance of considering additional applications for their research. It will emphasize the many short and long term issues, requirements and goals of the various constituencies that together make up the Canadian space sector and provide insight into the roles played by individuals, business leaders, public organizations and academic experts as they compete to define the issues the industry must address to move forward.

Preliminary topics to be covered are as follows:

Low Earth Orbit, including on-orbit servicing, debris removal/mitigation, space surveillance, microsatellite constellations, nanosatellites, space for Arctic sovereignty Astronomy, including metrology and precision space telescope structures, space telescope detector and receiver technologies (X-ray, UV, THz), attitude control and pointing technologies, space telescope optics technologies, and space astronomy science instrument concepts. Planetary Exploration, including robotic exploration on Earth and in the Solar System, Technology transfer: from planetary observation to Earth observation, Planetary science instruments for Earthly benefits Life Sciences, including Telemedicine, Medicine & Healthcare, Personal and public safety, Physiological & Behavioral Research, Cellular Mechanisms and Tissue Engineering, and Pharmaceutical Research Law and Policy, including space traffic management for all actors, potential legal regimes for space debris removal, international space surveillance/situational awareness, verification regimes for space arms control, applying the laws of armed conflict in space, space assets vs. space weapons Space Commercialization, in particular regulatory and financial issues surrounding the "dual use" theme, such as utilization of Industrial and Regional Benefits (IRB), credits to drive ongoing, dual-use sales, "dual use" of military space focused technologies, and export controls for "dual use" products Education and Training, including elementary, secondary and postsecondary programs, student participation in space missions, the role of government and industry, new roles for educational institutions, and communication of space activities to the public.

For more information, to register, and to submit a title and abstract for a poster presentation, visit www.css.ca.

December 2009

Fri, December 11
7:30-9:30 p.m.
Regular Meeting
A Perspective of Space Programs Beyond North America
Speaker: Second Lieutenant, Raymond Francis, former member of the European Space Agency
Location: Stirling Hall, Theatre A [ Map ]
Bader Lane, Queen's University, Kingston, Ontario

Report: Regulus, 2010 Jan, page 3.

Sat, December 12
7:30-9:30 pm EST
KAON Public Observing
Location: Queen's Observatory [ Map ]
Bader Lane, Queen's University, Kingston, Ontario

Report: Regulus, 2010 Jan, page 2.

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