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UPCOMING EVENTS: Click on the Events below for more details

Dr. Sun Kwok, Friday, 12 May 2017, 7:30 PM, Sunshine Coast Arts Centre

Public Viewing, SCC Observatory, 8 PM,  13 May

Astro Cafe, Davis Bay, 7:00 PM,  19May 7 PM

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Public Viewing: 15 April

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We’ll be opening the SCC Observatory at the Sechelt Airport at 8 PM on Saturday, 15 April for public viewing. Check out this post on the day of the event for weather updates

15 April, noon: The forecast is looking good for opening the observatory tonight!

5 pm: still looking good!

Cosmic Rays in the Classroom: Francesca Crema

 

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At 7:30 PM, Friday, 14 April 2017, at the Sunshine Coast Art Centre, 5714 Medusa St., Sechelt, The Sunshine Coast Centre welcomes Francesca Crema, whose topic will be “Cosmic Rays in the Classroom: My experiences with muons, variable stars, and project-based learning.”

Francesca Crema is a 17-year-old grade 12 student participating in Templeton Secondary’s STEM Program in Vancouver who intends to pursue a career in the sciences, specifically physics (specifically, high-energy particle physics). Francesca is the youngest at-large council member of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada, serving on the council of the RASC’s Vancouver center as their youth rep.

Ever since joining her school’s STEM program, Francesca has received the opportunity to research and analyze data collected from a cosmic ray detector, and is currently studying spectroscopy and photometry at the SFU Trottier observatory. Francesca has been updating old data (e.g.: radial velocity, apparent magnitude) on RT Aurigae. Because her school’s STEM program has provided her with these opportunities and more, she will also talk about it and detail the benefits of project-based learning. Her talk will detail her experiences with these projects, as well as provide an introduction to the scientific principles – from elementary particles to variable stars – that they are based on.

Admission is free: donations gratefully accepted at the door.

NOTE: RASC members will hold a very brief 10 minute meeting at the outset to vote on the new bylaws.

Sunshine Coast RASC President Charles Ennis:

 

 

Strategic Planning:What Do Our Members Want?

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SCC members voting on brainstorming points to prioritize them for our strategic plan

On March 4, 10 members of our Centre met at the President’s home to conduct a brainstorming session towards creating a strategic plan for our Centre and to provide feedback for the National Board, which is concluding strategic planning for the RASC at a meeting in Calgary on 18/19 March. Attendees broke down into groups to discuss Financial Sustainability, Value to Members, Value to the Public, Value to the Scientific Community, and Centre Needs. The President is going to form the results into a digest that can be distributed to other SCC members to get their feedback and input.

Public Viewing: 11 March

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We’ll be opening the SCC Observatory at the Sechelt Airport at 7 PM on Saturday, 11 March for public viewing. Check out this post on the day of the event for weather updates

UPDATE: 8:30 AM 11 March. Clear Dark Sky charts showing solid overcast for tonight at present. I don’t expect that to change, but I will update again this afternoon at 3 PM. Not looking promising for opening the observatory tonight I’m afraid. Charles

1:30 PM: Forecast is for rain showers overnight, no change in the Clear Dark Sky charts. Cancelling the observatory session tonight. Charles

Astro Cafe: 17 March 2017

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Astro Cafe will convene at Pier 17 in Davis Bay at 7:00 PM on Friday, 17 March, 2017. Public are welcome!  We’ll have coffee and weather permitting will take our telescopes out to the south end of the seawall for public viewing

Coyote Science Update

 

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Last year members of our Centre assisted the Aboriginal Prime Time Network in producing their science show for First Nations youth- Coyote Science. I just got this update from Producer/Director, Loretta Todd, who is based in Gibsons:

Sending you heartfelt kinanâskomitin, thank you, for sharing your time, story and knowledge with Coyote’s Crazy Smart Science Show. Your work and dedication is inspirational for our young people. We appreciate all the good work of the Sunshine Coast Astronomy Club. You and your colleague, Michael Bradley, have been so helpful and supportive.

Just letting you and your team know that Coyote’s Crazy Smart Science show is now screening on APTN. The episodes you were involved are airing this Saturday, February 25  – Big Bang  and Astronomy, sometime in April (tbc). Coyote Science will broadcast every Saturday morning. APTN is on channel 125 on Telus TV and channel 631 on Coast TV.

BC time: 7:30 am (on the HD channel, 9:30 am on the SD channel)

Mountain time: 8:30 am

Central time: 9:30 am

Eastern time: 10:30 am

Atlantic: 11:30 am

Newfoundland: 12:00pm

(check local listings because there is a difference between the APTN HD channel and the old school APTN SD channel)

Thank you again. It is so appreciated. We are planning a special lunch in the near future to celebrate Coyote Science on the Coast – will keep you posted.

ekosi, Loretta Todd, Producer | Director

APTN will begin streaming episodes in the near future as well, so check their website and like their facebook page for updates and interesting stories.

 

Speaker for 10 March: Dr. Stanley Greenspoon

At 7:30 PM, 10 March 2017, at the Sunshine Coast Art Centre, 5714 Medusa St., Sechelt, The Sunshine Coast Centre welcomes Dr. Stanley Greenspoon, whose topic will be “Are We Alone?
The Search for Extra-Solar Planets.”

Beginning with the achievements of Copernicus and Galileo in the 16th and 17th centuries, the Earth lost its privileged status in our Solar System. Subsequently, the Sun was found to be a rather ordinary star among the estimated 200 to 400 billion stars in our Milky Way galaxy, which itself is now known to be one of at least 1 trillion galaxies in the Universe.  While it had long been assumed that there were planets in orbit around other stars, it was not until 1995 that an extrasolar planet orbiting a Sun-like star was confirmed to exist, the first of over 3000 such exoplanets discovered since then. I will discuss, and in some cases demonstrate, the techniques used to detect exoplanets and measure their properties. The criteria for the presence of life on exoplanets will be discussed, as will the issues involved in our being able to gather data conclusively proving life’s existence.

Stanley Greenspoon earned his B.Sc. degree (Honours Physics) from McGill University and his M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Waterloo. He is a faculty emeritus at Capilano University, having retired in 2014 after having taught physics and astronomy there since 1988 and serving as chair of the Pure & Applied Sciences Division from 2006 to 2014. Earlier in his career, Stan taught at a number of universities and colleges in Quebec, Ontario, and Newfoundland. When he was in his twenties, Stan served on the Secretariat of the United Nations in New York City as a science affairs officer, involved with the application of science and technology to development. His scientific interests, publications, and conference presentations have been in the areas of Statistical and Condensed Matter Physics, Astronomy, and Physics Education. From 2006 to 2014, Stan was chair of the British Columbia Physics and Astronomy Articulation Committee, at which representatives from universities and colleges across the province meet to facilitate student transfer between institutions.

Admission is free: donations gratefully accepted at the door.

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ALMA photo of proto planets forming about a star 540 light years away

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