Astronomy Meeting – August 2024

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RASC Winnipeg Centre

Astronomy Meeting – August 2024

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The August 2024 monthly meeting of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada – Winnipeg Centre.

This meeting is open to the public to attend. Come join us and see what Manitoba’s largest Astronomy Club is all about.

St. John’s College is located on the University of Manitoba Fort Garry campus in Winnipeg, Manitoba. The address is: 92 Dysart Road, Winnipeg, Manitoba R3T 2M5


7:00 pm – Astronomy Basics with Scott Young – in honor of the annual Perseids meteor shower, this month’s theme is meteor observing, including other things to observe while you’re waiting for the meteors.

7:30 pm – Welcome and Announcements by Centre President Dennis Lyons

“What’s Up” with Brian Stach

“Modelling Black Holes Merging” by Florent Thibault, Concordia University

Featured Presentation – Dr. Tyrone Woods, University of Manitoba – “CASTOR: Getting Ready for Canada’s First Flagship Space Telescope”

Our featured speaker will highlight the ongoing effort to build the Cosmological Advanced Survey Telescope for Optical and UV Research (CASTOR), a flagship Canadian Space Telescope. CASTOR will have the extraordinary resolution of Hubble, but will be able to look at an area of the sky 100 times larger in a single picture, providing humanity’s foremost eye on the UV sky in the 2030’s.

Speaker Bio:

Dr. Tyrone E. Woods is an Astrophysicist and Assistant Professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at The University of Manitoba, and science co-lead for the CASTOR mission, a proposed flagship Canadian space telescope, planned for launch by the end of the decade. Dr. Woods studies the physics of some of the most energetic events and objects in the universe by combining theoretical models with observations across the electromagnetic spectrum. Before returning to Canada as a Plaskett Fellow at the National Research Council of Canada in Victoria, BC, he completed his PhD at the Max Planck Institute for Astrophysics in Munich, Germany, and held research fellowships in Australia and the UK.

Artist’s impression of the CASTOR telescope.  Image credit: CASTOR team

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Date And Time

2024-08-09 @ 07:00 PM to
2024-08-09 @ 09:30 PM

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