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2012 Meeting Reports

2012
Sat January 14
6:00-7:15 p.m.
Regular Meeting

Location: Queens University Ellis Hall Room 324
The speaker will be James Silvester Ph.D. candidate Queen's/RMC.

Topic: "New analysis of stellar magnetic fields, rotational velocities and the distribution of rare elements"

Location: Queen's University Ellis Hall Room 324.

This location is accessible. Free parking is available on all University surface parking lots. The closest parking lcoations to Ellis Hall are: Bader Lane (just west off University Avenue), behind Grant Hall, the Macintosh-Corry Parking Lot on Union and Albert Sts or the Jackson Hall Lot (near the Campus Bookstore).

Report: Regulus, 2012 Feb, page 6.

2012
Sat January 14
7:30-9:00 p.m.
KAON Public Observing night
at Queen's University Ellis Hall Observatory (4th floor).

Report: Regulus, 2012 Feb, page 3.

2012
January 14-23

GLOBE at Night Campaign
at Globeatnight.org More stars. Less light. Participate in GLOBE at Night!

Calling all Earthlings! Take a few minutes to get involved in the GLOBE at Night campaign to preserve dark skies! GLOBE at Night is a citizen-science campaign open to people all over the world to raise awareness of the impact of light pollution by inviting citizen-scientists to measure their night sky brightness and report their observations to a website from a computer or smart phone. Light pollution threatens not only our "right to starlight", but can affect energy consumption, wildlife and health. Through 2011, people in 115 countries contributed 66,000 measurements, making GLOBE at Night one of the most successful light pollution awareness campaigns to date. Please join us to participate in the 2012 campaign an hour after sunset til about 10pm January 14 through 23, February 12 through 21, March 13 through 22, and April 11 through 20. For information and resources, visit us at www.globeatnight.org.

2012
Saturday
February 11
6:00-7:15 p.m.
Regular Meeting

Location: Queens University Ellis Hall Room 324
We are doing a member's night. Last month there was little time for observing reports and we are short on communication time with members. Bring out a photo or two, a project you are working on: gadget or observing plan, you name it.

Report: Regulus, 2012 Mar, page 3.

2012
Saturday
February 11
7:30-9:00 p.m.
KAON Public Observing night
at Queen's University Ellis Hall Observatory.

Guest Speaker: Prof. Larry Widrow (Queen's University) Title: "Bars, Spirals, Halos and PAndAS: Galactic Dynamics in the Nearby Universe" Talk Begins: @ 7:35pm Location: Ellis Hall, Room 324
If clear skies, there will be observing out on the Deck.

Report: Regulus, 2012 Mar, page 3.

2012
Saturday March 10
10:30-17:00
RASC National Council Meeting

Location: Toronto, Ontario

Report: Regulus, 2012 Apr, page 2.

2012
Saturday March 10
6:00-7:15 p.m.
Regular Meeting

Location: Queens University Ellis Hall Room 324

Report: Regulus, 2012 Apr, page 3.

2012
Saturday March 10
7:30-9:00 p.m.
Prof. Kristine Spekkens (RMC)KAON Public Observing night
at Queen's University Ellis Hall Observatory.
Guest Speaker: Prof. Kristine Spekkens (Royal Military College)

Title: Cold Astronomy
Talk Begins: @ 7:35pm
Location: Ellis Hall, Room 324 & 4th Floor
Observing Activities: View planets, stars, nebulae and galaxies in our 16-inch dome telescope. Peruse our outdoor observing deck with several telescopes and high power binoculars, touring Kingston's night sky.

Report: Regulus, 2012 Apr, page 3.

2012
Thursday March 29
8:00pm
CAVE Lecture poster CAVE Memorial Lecture
 
Location: Stirling Hall Theatre D, Bader Lane, Queen's University

Chris Impey (University of Arizona) CAVE lecturer
"The Search for Life in the Universe - Are we alone in the Universe?"

Free admission, refreshments following.

Report: Regulus, 2012 May, page 7.

2012
Saturday April 14
7:30-8:45 p.m.
Regular Meeting Location: Queens University Ellis Hall Room 324

Report: Regulus, 2012 May, page 3.

2012
Saturday April 14
9:00-10:30 p.m.
Kingston Astronomy Outreach Network (KAON) Public Observing night
at Queen's University Ellis Hall Observatory.
Guest Speaker: Mr. Henry Ngo (Queen's University)
Title: Where No Dinosaur Has Gone Before: Surviving an Asteroid Threat
Talk Begins: @ 9:05pm
Location: Ellis Hall, Room 324 & 4th Floor
Observing Activities: View planets, stars, nebulae and galaxies in our 16-inch dome telescope. Peruse our outdoor observing deck with several telescopes and high power binoculars, touring Kingston's night sky.

Report: Regulus, 2012 May, page 3.

2012
Saturday April 28
7:30-8:45 p.m.
International Astronomy Day
The Kingston Centre will be celebrating by holding a solar daytime event at Confederation Basin Park from 1-3 p.m., weather permitting. We may also be able to do some daytime Venus observing. Hope to see you there.
2012
Saturday May 12
7:30-8:45 p.m.
Regular Meeting
Location: Queens University Ellis Hall Room 324
Topics: Members night: images from Brian Hunter, Leslie Roberts, Rose Marie Burke and Preparing for the Transit of Venus
** This meeting will be broadcast on the internet as a web conference.**
You will be able to hear the presenter, see their presentation and ask typed questions. You will need highspeed internet as dialup will not do.
Click on this URL at 7:30pm EDT anymeeting.com/rasckc1

This will also be recorded and available for viewing by members the next day.

Report: Regulus, 2012 Jun, page 3.

2012
Saturday May 12
9:00-10:30 p.m.
Kingston Astronomy Outreach Network (KAON) Public Observing night as part of Science Rendezvous
at Queen's University Ellis Hall Observatory.
Guest Speaker: Mr. Terence Dickinson (Editor of SkyNews Magazine)
Title: A Visit to the World's Largest Astronomical Observatory
Talk Begins: @ 9:05pm
Location: Ellis Hall Auditorium & 4th Floor
Observing Activities: View planets, stars, nebulae and galaxies in our 16-inch dome telescope. Peruse our outdoor observing deck with several telescopes and high power binoculars, touring Kingston's night sky.

Report: Regulus, 2012 Jun, page 3.

2012
Thursday May 17
06:00-16:00
Building Power Outage to Web Server
There is a scheduled 8 hour power outage for the building where this web server resides. It will be unavailable during this time and will hopefully automatically restart when the power comes back on. If not it may be until Friday Morning 08:00 until it comes back.
2012
Tuesday, June 5
setup ~ 5 p.m.
TOV 2012 Observing Site Transit of Venus
Location: Just south of the Hamlet of Newburgh in the Township of Stone Mills. From the intersection of County Road #27 and #1 go south up the hill to the 2nd field on the west. Parking on the field close to the road is allowed, otherwise on the road. From highway 401, take the exit north to Camden East. Turn left at Camden East to Newburgh. At the stop sign in Newburgh turn left/south UP the hill for 50-100 meters.

Bring your observing gear, a chair, and clothing appropriate for the country in early June.

We will be at the spot marked by the mouse cursor.
Lat: 44 deg 19 min 7 sec N
Long: 76 deg 52 min 17 sec W
Alt: 170 m

2012
Tuesday June 5
afternoon-
evening
TOV Image

TRANSIT OF VENUS
Location: An observing location in the Kingston area has been selected a Center member group event of this last in a lifetime event. For more details, check the members only section.
We will not be holding a public observing event, as we will be observing, recording and an alyzing.

More information:

Report: Regulus, 2012 Jun, page 1.

2012
Saturday June 9
7:30-9:00 p.m.
Regular Meeting
Location: Queens University Ellis Hall Room 324
Topics: Transit of Venus Reports, Imagery and notes.

Report: Regulus, 2012 Jun, page 4.

2012
Saturday June 9th
9:00-10:30 p.m.
CANCELLED - Kingston Astronomy Outreach Network (KAON) Public Observing night
at Queen's University Ellis Hall Observatory.
(Due to renovations)
2012
Friday June 15 10:00pm EDT
Kingston Field Naturalists Bio Blitz.
The Bio Blitz takes place this year on the west end of Amherst Island June 15/16, the astronomy session would take place on Friday June 15th at 10:00 p.m. There is an area where people can camp overnight, they always bring in one of those portable toilet setups so a bathroom is available. It's usually fun, and you get a good audience, the people that go to Bio Blitzes are genuinely interested in the field trips and presentations.
RASC-KC will be holding a viewing session then. Ferry service is limited so you may need to be prepared to camp overnight. Volunteers can contact Susan Gagnon.

Report: Regulus, 2012 Jun, page 13.

Saturday July 14
9:00-10:30 p.m.
Dr. Poonam ChandraKingston Astronomy Outreach Network (KAON) Public Observing night
at Queen's University Ellis Hall Observatory.
Guest Speaker: Dr. Poonam Chandra (Royal Military College)
Title: Cosmic Explosions: Seeds of Life
Talk Begins: @ 9:05pm
Location: Ellis Hall, Room 324 (talk) & 4th Floor (observatory)

Report: Regulus, 2012 Sep, page 2.

July & August No regular RASC-KC meetings during the summer
Saturday August 11
9:00-10:30 p.m.
CANCELLED
Kingston Astronomy Outreach Network (KAON) Public Observing night
at Queen's University Ellis Hall Observatory.
Cancelled due to Observatory Renovations
Friday August 17th
6:00 p.m. -
RASCKC Members Observing Group Session
Contact President Susan Gagnon for details about the event. Members can see more information here

Friday August 17th, 2012
Reservations for a Dark Sky Observing night have been made and approved.
Elbow Lake Environmental Education Centre.

This is the former HP retreat site north of Loughborough Lake and is a joint facility of Queen's University Biological Station and the Nature Conservancy of Canada.
The gate will close at 8pm (sunset)and open at 6 am Saturday. This will ensure that all will be able to observe.
Check it out at http://elbowlakecentre.ca/ and the User Guide to know what to expect. Please note: No Smoking and No Pets. The User Agreement will tell you what you have to bring.
The cabins are all the same, two bedrooms and a little kitchen/sitting room. Bathrooms are centrally located in a main facility close by.
The June Regulus had a small write-up about my reconnaissance visit. It has it's limitations but worth checking out.
Cabin fees are $36 per night and if you wish to share a cabin, even better. Everyone will be responsible for their own cabin fee which you will give to me (cash) on site then I will pay the bill for the group. If you are sharing a cabin tell me who you are sharing with so that I know how many cabins to ask for. There are a max of 10 cabins available if there are no other bookings.
GATES!!!!!!!!!!!! The road has two gates that we will control. When you register your wish to attend I will tell you when the gate will close for the night. You cannot call to have someone open the gate for you after this point as there is no cell service there. At least that was the case on June 2nd.
This is a great chance to do a bit of dark sky observing without the trouble of packing your full camping gear. Because there is only observing gear to pack I decided that it was worth trying it out on a Friday night. It is also affordable for now. This could change next season, but for now, a very low risk investment.
If you wish to participate email me: sdgagnon@kos.net
This is NOT a public event! You will be able to observe!

FAQ: Yes to attend at all you must arrange for accommodation (book a cabin or share one), as the gate/security arrangements will not allow us to freely come and go at will.
The gate will close at 8pm (sunset)and open at 6 am Saturday. This will ensure that all will be able to observe.

Susan Gagnon

Report: Regulus, 2012 Sep, page 10.

Saturday, September 8
9:00-10:30 p.m.
Kingston Astronomy Outreach Network (KAON) Public Observing night
at Queen's University Ellis Hall Observatory.
Guest Speaker: Prof. Greg Wade (RMC)

Prof. Gregg Wade (Royal Military College)

Title: The Mars Science Laboratory Mission and the Curiosity Rover

Talk Begins: @ 9:05pm in Ellis Hall Room 324

If the skies are clear there will be telescopes on the Observing Deck with members of the RASC-KC Centre.

Report: Regulus, 2012 Oct, page 3.

Fri-Sun
September 14-16
Fall'N'Stars 2012 Chair: Mark Coady; Lead Centre: Belleville
Registration Deadline for Saturday Dinner: Received by September 7th in Mark's hands. This deadline has now passed. No more dinners but you can still drop in for the day or the weekend by registering onsite.
Location: Vanderwater Conservation Area

Report: Regulus, 2012 Oct, page 2.

Monday September 17th
Time: 7:00-9:30pm
Regular Meeting of the RASC Kingston Centre

Location: Ellis Hall Room 324, Queens University (located on University Avenue across from Grant Hall) in Kingston Ontario Canada
(Free parking on University surface lots after 5pm. The largest is the Macintosh Corry Parking lot to the west of University Avenue, entrance off Union Street. A smaller but closer one is in behind Grant Hall. Ellis Hall 324 is accessible with level ramps and elevators to the meeting room.

Agenda: Transit of Venus showcase by members; I'll show you what I did Last Summer by members. Contact President Susan Gagnon to be put on the list.
Welcome back!
Survey results along with the availability of the Exec, the feedback on Saturday night mee tings and the results of the past years' Friday night meetings have given us... the 3rd Monday of the month as our 2012-2013 regular meeting night.

The meeting will be broadcast live and recorded on the internet. Goto www.anymeeting.com/rasckc1. the recording will be available the next day. We will start broadcasting approximately 10 minutes before the start of the meeting. Note this is still highly experimental and subject to a lot of issues :)

Report: Regulus, 2012 Oct, page 6.

Saturday October 13th
Time: 7:30-9:30pm
Kingston Astronomy Outreach Network (KAON) Public Observing night
at Queen's University Ellis Hall Observatory.

Guest Speaker: Prof. Stephane Courteau (Queen's University)

Title: The New Queen's Observatory

Talk Begins: @ 7:35pm in Ellis Hall Room 324

Grand Unveiling of the new Observatory Telescope

If the skies are clear there will be telescopes on the Observing Deck with members of the RASC-KC Centre.

Report: Regulus, 2012 Dec, page 3.

Monday October 15th
Time: 7:00-9:30pm
Regular Meeting of the RASC Kingston Centre

Location: Ellis Hall Room 324, Queens University (located on University Avenue across from Grant Hall)
(Free parking on University surface lots after 5pm. The largest is the Macintosh Corry Parking lot to the west of University Avenue, entrance off Union Street. A smaller but closer one is in behind Grant Hall. Ellis Hall 324 is accessible with level ramps and elevators to the meeting room.

Guest Speaker: Dr. Jean-Marc A. Noël (Department of Physics, RMC)

Public Lecture: Northern Lights! Everything you've always wanted to know about aurora.

We *hope* to have fund-raising 2013 RASC Calendars for sale at this meeting. $20 for single copies, discounts for multiple copies.

The meeting will be broadcast live and recorded on the internet. Goto www.anymeeting.com/rasckc1. The recording will be available the next day. We will start broadcasting approximately 10 minutes before the start of the meeting. Note this is still highly experimental and subject to a lot of issues :)

Report: Regulus, 2012 Dec, page 3.

Monday November 10th
Time: 7:30-9:00pm
Kingston Astronomy Outreach Network (KAON) Public Observing night
at Queen's University Ellis Hall Observatory.

Guest Speaker: Prof. David Hanes (Queen's U)

Prof. David Hanes (Queen's University)

Title: Majestic Jupiter!

Talk Begins: @ 7:35pm in Ellis Hall Room 324

If the skies are clear there will be telescopes on the Observing Deck with members of the RASC-KC Centre.

Report: Regulus, 2012 Dec, page 7.

Monday, November 19
7:00- 9:30 p.m.
Regular Meeting of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada (RASC) Kingston Centre

Location: Ellis Hall Room 324, Queens University, Kingston Ontario Canada
(Free parking on University surface lots after 5pm. The largest is the Macintosh Corry Parking lot to the west of University Avenue, entrance off Union Street. A smaller but closer one is in behind Grant Hall. Ellis Hall 324 is accessible with level ramps and elevators to the meeting room.

Agenda:


** POSTPONED/RESCHEDULED ** Nathalie had an academic event rescheduled and will be unable to meet with us in November.
We are working on an alternative in the meantime.

Guest Speaker: Nathalie Ouellette (Queen's University Observatory Coordinator, Graduate Student)

Topic: Nature vs Nurture: The Role of the Cluster Environment in Galaxy Evolution. She will speak on her research using space-based infrared telescopes to investigate this topic as well as a recent NASA press release including her specific contribution using the Spitzer telescope.


** Still on! **
Annual General Meeting - Annual Election
Agenda (M denotes motion)

  • Welcome
  • Presentation of Agenda
  • Approval of Agenda
  • Approval of minutes of the 2011 AGM
  • Reading of annual reports:
    • President
    • Secretary (report and approval to update at year end.)
    • Treasurer & Auditor report
    • Library
    • National Council Representative
    • Editor
  • Centre Elections
    • Secretary
    • Librarian
    • Editor
    • National Council Representative
  • Auditor
  • Adjourn with thanks.

Report: Regulus, 2012 Dec, page 6.

Saturday December 8th
7:30-9:00pm
Nathan Deg (Queen's U)Kingston Astronomy Outreach Network (KAON) Public Observing night
at Queen's University Ellis Hall Observatory.
Guest Speaker: Mr. Nathan Deg (Queen's University)
Title: How Big is our Universe?
Talk Begins: @ 7:35pm in Ellis Hall Room 324

If the skies are clear there will be telescopes on the Observing Deck with members of the RASC-Kingston Centre.

Report: Regulus, 2012 Dec, page 6.

Monday December 17th
Time: 6 p.m.
Special seasonal holiday dinner of the RASC Kingston Centre

Location: Aunt Lucy's Restaurant in Kingston on Princess Street at Portsmouth Avenue. Pay your own way for your own order, this will not be a formal organized singlesource dinner.
Please contact Kim Hay with your RSVP (email kim at starlightcascade dot ca). As of Friday Morning Dec 14, we have 19 RSVPs. Please note this will be your last chance to pick up in person any merchandise that you may want in time for the holidays (RASC 2013 Calendars, Madoc rock coaster sets, planispheres, etc).

There will NOT be a regular meeting at Queen's University this month. It is exam time and there are no rooms available.

Report: Regulus, 2013 Jan, page 2.

Saturday December 22
Time: 19:00-20:00 EST
Google+ a/v conference hangout test. See Members only page for more information.

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