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June 2018 Monthly Meeting

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

The monthly gathering of the Winnipeg RASC. This meeting is free to attend and open to everyone! Note that in most years, June is the month we take off for our annual BBQ. We’ve opted to push that to July in order to accommodate a guest speaker from out of town.

Meeting Agenda

  • Beginner’s Session – Galaxies
  • Announcements
  • Update from RASC National
  • Lost in Space – A look at one of the many spacecraft exploring our solar system
  • 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 – History of the Hubble Space Telescope

Featured Presentation

The Hubble Space Telescope was launched 28 years ago in 1990. After overcoming problems caused by a defective main mirror, Hubble has made discoveries that have revolutionized our view of the universe we live in. This talk will cover the history of Hubble based on a book the speaker is writing.

About the Speaker

Chris Gainor is a historian specializing in the history of space flight and aeronautics. He has four published books and is currently writing a history of the Hubble Space Telescope for NASA. He is also First Vice President of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada.

 

Details

Date:
June 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.