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.

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

NASA's Fermi finds a 'transformer' pulsar

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In late June 2013, an exceptional binary containing a rapidly spinning neutron star underwent a dramatic change in behavior never before observed. The pulsar’s radio beacon vanished, while at the same time the system brightened fivefold in gamma rays, the most powerful form of light, according to measurements by NASA’s Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope. Via: NASA’s Fermi finds a ‘transformer’ pulsar

Hubble traces halo of a galaxy more accurately than ever before: An in-depth look at giant elliptical galaxy Centaurus A

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Astronomers have probed the extreme outskirts of the stunning elliptical galaxy Centaurus A. The galaxy’s halo of stars has been found to extend much further from the galaxy’s center than expected and the stars within this halo seem to be surprisingly rich in heavy elements. This is the most remote portion of an elliptical galaxy ever to have been explored. Via: Hubble traces halo of a galaxy more accurately than ever before: An in-depth look at giant elliptical galaxy Centaurus A

Boosting the force of empty space: Theorists propose way to amplify force of vacuum fluctuations

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Vacuum fluctuations may be among the most counter-intuitive phenomena of quantum physics. Theorists have now proposed a way to amplify their force. The researchers believe that their proposed enhancement of the power of vacuum fluctuations can have profound implications for understanding Casimir and Van der Waals forces and it may even be used for applications in quantum information processing and other emerging quantum technologies. Via: Boosting the force of empty space: Theorists propose way to amplify force of vacuum fluctuations

Transiting exoplanet with longest known year: 704 Earth days

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Astronomers have discovered a transiting exoplanet with the longest known year. Kepler-421b circles its star once every 704 days. In comparison, Mars orbits our Sun once every 780 days. Most of the 1,800-plus exoplanets discovered to date are much closer to their stars and have much shorter orbital periods. Via: Transiting exoplanet with longest known year: 704 Earth days

Mysterious dance of dwarfs may force a cosmic rethink

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The discovery that many small galaxies throughout the universe do not ‘swarm’ around larger ones like bees do but ‘dance’ in orderly disc-shaped orbits is a challenge to our understanding of how the universe formed and evolved. The finding, by an international team of astronomers, including Professor Geraint Lewis from the University of Sydney’s School of Physics, has just been announced in Nature. Via: Mysterious dance of dwarfs may force a cosmic rethink

Oceans vital for possibility for alien life

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Researchers have made an important step in the race to discover whether other planets could develop and sustain life. New research shows the vital role of oceans in moderating climate on Earth-like planets Until now, computer simulations of habitable climates on Earth-like planets have focused on their atmospheres. But the presence of oceans is vital for optimal climate stability and habitability. Via: Oceans vital for possibility for alien life

Astronauts to test free-flying 'housekeeper' robots

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Inspired by science fiction, three bowling ball-size free-flying Synchronized Position Hold, Engage, Reorient, Experimental Satellites (SPHERES) have been flying inside the International Space Station since 2006. These satellites provide a test bed for development and research, each having its own power, propulsion, computer, navigation equipment, and physical and electrical connections for hardware and sensors for various experiments. Via: Astronauts to test free-flying ‘housekeeper’ robots

It's go time for LUX-Zeplin dark matter experiment

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From the physics labs at Yale University to the bottom of a played-out gold mine in South Dakota, a new generation of dark matter experiments is ready to commence. The go-ahead has been given to the Large Underground Xenon-Zeplin, a key experiment in the hunt for dark matter, the invisible substance that may make up much of the universe. Via: It’s go time for LUX-Zeplin dark matter experiment