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April 2019 Monthly Meeting

April 12 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

The monthly gathering of the Winnipeg RASC. This meeting is free to attend and open to anyone!

Meeting Agenda

  • Beginner’s Session
  • What’s Up? – An overview of what you can see in the current night sky
  • What’s New? – News stories from the science of astronomy
  • Refreshment break
  • Featured Presentation –¬†Extragalactic Astronomy in a Nutshell

Featured Presentation –¬†Extragalactic Astronomy in a Nutshell

The majority of deep sky objects are classified as galaxies. Indeed, galaxies constitute a third of the Messier Catalogue, and more than three quarters of the New General Catalogue. Consequently the majority of amateur astronomers, and, as result of popular science fiction, the public at large, are familiar with the concept of a galaxy. However, it is only in the last century that science has come to understand these faint fuzzies in the eyepiece to be distinct physical objects separate from our own Milky Way. In this talk I will review the milestone achievements of this renaissance in astrophysics before discussing the modern approach to extragalactic astronomy. In doing so, we will examine not only the different types of galaxy we can observe, but how these observations help clarify our understanding of the universe we inhabit.

About the Speaker

Yjan Gordon is a British observational astrophysicist specialising in the field of galaxy evolution, and currently working at the University of Manitoba. His research is primarily aimed toward understanding how the growth of the supermassive black hole at the core of a galaxy (the quasar phenomenon) can be influenced by the interaction of that galaxy with its larger environment.

Details

Date:
April 12
Time:
7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Event Category:

Venue

Robert B. Schultz Lecture Theatre
92 Dysart Road, Winnipeg, MB R3T 2M7 Canada

Organizer

RASC WINNIPEG

Regular Events

Every second Friday of the month, we host our monthly meetings. They are free and open for all to attend, and are located in the Robert Schultz Lecture Theatre at St. John’s College in the U of M.

Meetings start at 7pm with our Beginner’s talk, which are designed for novice astronomers who are just beginning in the hobby. Then, we have updates on the latest astronomical news, and also discuss what is up to observe in the night sky that month. The main talk typically runs from 9pm to 10pm, where we have a variety of guest speakers who share their knowledge and expertise of astronomy.

Near the end of each summer, the Winnipeg RASC holds its annual Spruce Woods Star Party, held at Spruce Woods Provincial Park near Carberry, Manitoba. All current RASC members are welcome to join for a weekend of astronomy workshops and long nights of observing.