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December 2017 Monthly Meeting

December 8 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

The monthly gathering of the Winnipeg RASC. This meeting is free 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

Featured Presentation

Our featured presentation for December will be given by Adam Rogers from the University of Manitoba.

Title: More Than Meets the Eye

Abstract: Einstein’s description of gravity tells us that massive objects like galaxies, and even individual stars, can act like giant converging lenses in the sky. This gravitational lensing effect causes background objects to appear distorted and magnified. But did you know that there are other types of astrophysical lensing phenomena that can also change our view of the cosmos? During this talk I will discuss the foundations of astrophysical lensing, the effect of gravity on light rays, and recent research in the lesser-known (but equally interesting!) phenomenon of plasma lensing.

About the Speaker:¬†Adam Rogers received his Ph.D in astrophysics from the University of Manitoba in 2012, and earned a distinguished dissertation award for his thesis modeling gravitational lens mass distributions using genetic algorithms. He is currently a post-doctoral researcher with Samar Safi-Harb in the department of Physics and Astronomy investigating magnetars, neutron stars with super-strong magnetic fields. Adam’s research interests occupy the common ground between theory and numerical methods applied to problems in high energy astrophysics.

Details

Date:
December 8
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.