June 5, 2014 Hamilton RASC General Meeting Royal Canadian Legion Waterdown On – Mr. Haroon Oqab – Canadian Space Society – Guest Speaker

This Thursday we are in for a special treat!

Haroon B. Oqab serves as the Co-Chair of the Canadian Space Society Toronto Chapter. Haroon has earned advanced engineering degrees from The University of Western Ontario. Inspired by the Canadian contributions to human space exploration, the achievements of Project Apollo and the possibilities brought forth by the accomplishments of the interstellar Voyager spacecrafts, Haroon is interested in fully integrated spacecraft design with a particular focus on propulsion engineering, development of an interplanetary civilization, and advancement of technology for deep space exploration

Canadian Space Society

The Canadian Space Society Toronto Chapter (CSS-TO) is a non-profit organization made up of professionals and enthusiasts pursing the human exploration and development of the Solar System and beyond. The chapter’s goal is to increase public/community outreach with a focus on space activities and STEM, local leverage in space discussions, visibility of the CSS on a local scale, CSS-related events and unite all interested parties in an inclusive stimulating environment. Join us to find out what CSS-TO is up to and how you can get involved.  

Be sure to come out for our final meeting before the summer! ( and invite a friend!)

2014 Annual Banquet

Join us for a fine meal, good company, great speaker, and perhaps you’ll even win a prize!

The annual RASC Hamilton banquet will take place Saturday June 21st. The cost of the tickets will be $50 per person, which includes a free ballot for the door prizes. Cocktails (cash bar) and finger food at will be available from 6:45 and dinner will be served at 7:30

Our guest speaker will be Dave McCarter former President of the London Centre. Dave will be speaking on his extensive travels this winter in Australia. As many of you already know, whenever Dave speaks, the night will most assuredly be very entertaining.

The evening will finish off with our President Gary Colwell handing out the Star awards, for outstanding service to the club in the areas of outreach, board work and the outstanding new member award. All NOVA students will also receive their completion certificates at the banquet.

The banquet will be held at our usual Monthly Meeting location:
Royal Canadian Legion
79 Hamilton St. North
Waterdown, ON

Payment can be made at the general meeting a week Thursday (June 5) , or on-line using credit card (click on the link below). If paying on-line using our “PayPal” check-out, you will receive a receipt by email. Print this and bring it with you to the banquet.




New mass map of distant galaxy cluster is most precise yet

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Astronomers have mapped the mass within a galaxy cluster more precisely than ever before. Created using observations from Hubble’s Frontier Fields observing program, the map shows the amount and distribution of mass within MCS J0416.1-2403, a massive galaxy cluster found to be 160 trillion times the mass of the Sun. Via: New mass map of distant galaxy cluster is most precise yet

Hubble finds three surprisingly dry exoplanets: 'Hot Jupiters' had only one-tenth to one one-thousandth the amount of water predicted

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Astronomers have gone looking for water vapor in the atmospheres of three planets orbiting stars similar to the Sun — and have come up nearly dry. The three planets, known as HD 189733b, HD 209458b, and WASP-12b, are between 60 and 900 light-years away from Earth and were thought to be ideal candidates for detecting water vapor in their atmospheres because of their high temperatures where water turns into a measurable vapor. Via: Hubble finds three surprisingly dry exoplanets: ‘Hot Jupiters’ had only one-tenth to one one-thousandth the amount of water predicted

Voyager spacecraft might not have reached interstellar space

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In 2012, the Voyager mission team announced that the Voyager 1 spacecraft had passed into interstellar space, traveling further from Earth than any other humanmade object. But, in the nearly two years since that historic announcement, and despite subsequent observations backing it up, uncertainty about whether Voyager 1 really crossed the threshold continues. Via: Voyager spacecraft might not have reached interstellar space

New approach in search for extraterrestrial intelligence: Target alien polluters

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Humanity is on the threshold of being able to detect signs of alien life on other worlds. By studying exoplanet atmospheres, we can look for gases like oxygen and methane that only coexist if replenished by life. But those gases come from simple life forms like microbes. What about advanced civilizations? Would they leave any detectable signs? They might, if they spew industrial pollution into the atmosphere. Via: New approach in search for extraterrestrial intelligence: Target alien polluters

Lives and deaths of sibling stars

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In a new image from ESO, young stars huddle together against clouds of glowing gas and lanes of dust. The star cluster, NGC 3293, would have been just a cloud of gas and dust itself about ten million years ago, but as stars began to form it became the bright group of stars we see here. Clusters like this are laboratories that allow astronomers to learn about how stars evolve. Via: Lives and deaths of sibling stars

The heart of an astronaut, five years on

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The heart of an astronaut is a much-studied thing. Scientists have analyzed its blood flow, rhythms, atrophy and, through journal studies, even matters of the heart. But for the first time, researchers are looking at how oxidative stress and inflammation caused by the conditions of space flight affect those hearts for up to five years after astronauts fly on the International Space Station. Lessons learned may help improve cardiovascular health on Earth as well. Via: The heart of an astronaut, five years on