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Speaker for December 2020: Don Hladiuk

Don at a Falcon Heavy launch

On December 11 at 7PM Pacific Time, join us and our guest speaker Don Hladiuk as Don shares his experiences as an observer and expedition leader chasing some of the more dynamic events we can observe from planet Earth. Don will focus on the significance of space debris impacting our atmosphere and the visceral experience of standing in the shadow of the Moon during a total solar eclipse, as he has done 15 times.

Don was born, raised and educated in Winnipeg, Manitoba. He graduated from the University of Manitoba with a BSc (Hons) degree in Earth Science in 1979.

Until 2016, Don worked as a geologist in the energy industry. He is an avid amateur astronomer and has twice been President of the Calgary chapter of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada (RASC). Since 1984, Don can be heard on the CBC morning show “the Calgary EyeOpener” where he shares recent space science news. Before the Covid-19 pandemic, Don was an enrichment lecturer on a Hurtigruten ship off the coast of Norway for Road Scholar’s “Astronomy Above the Arctic Circle” program. He has been an expedition leader for solar eclipse tours all over the globe and has seen 15 Total Solar Eclipses, three annular eclipses and two rare Venus Transits. Don has asteroid 73704 named after him for his many years of community service. In November 2020 he was nominated to become a Fellow of the Royal Canadian Geographical Society.

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