June Club Meeting – Thursday June 4th at 8 pm

Title: Chandrasekhar’s Limit Speaker: Keith Jarvie, Ph.D. Keith’s talk examines (at the level of an amateur enthusiast with minimal math skills) the interplay between the birth of quantum mechanics, and its application to understanding the life cycles of the stars’. The historical record is traced through the lives of the scientists who contributed to the field, each of whom provides clear evidence of their genius, and in numerous instances, their eccentricities. Central to the narrative are the points of collision between Dr. Subrahmanyan Chandrasekhar, and Sir Arthur Eddington, a ‘founding father’ and dominant force in early cosmology. The passage of … Continue reading

May Club Meeting – Thursday May 7th at 8 pm

Speaker….Paul Mortfield Topic…40 years of astrophotography Paul Mortfield is an astronomer and computer scientist who has returned to Canada after nearly 20 years in California. While there, he was involved in creating innovative education and public outreach activities with Stanford University’s Solar Observatories Group, and their involvement in NASA’s SOHO Solar spacecraft. He continues collaborations with NASA scientists on a variety of projects and is a member of NASA’s Education Products Review team. Paul is chair of the Solar Division of the American Association of Variable Star Observers (AAVSO), a group that has been responsible for computing the American Relative … Continue reading

Westfield Pioneer Village Star Party – Friday April 24th

Westfield and the Hamilton Centre are going to have another event on the evening of Friday April 24. We would like everyone with a telescope or binoculars to come out to Westfield to join in the fun. Many people have never looked through a telescope at all, and many others have limited experience of the beauty of the night sky. We would encourage everyone to take some optical equipment because it’s going to be fun, and other people will feed off you and your enthusiasm. The Hamilton Centre is also going to use the 131-year old Bell telescope and the … Continue reading

April Club Meeting – Thursday April 2nd at 8 pm

Chris Talpas, who is the librarian at RASC Hamilton Centre will give a talk on: The Impact Threat from Near Earth Objects Chris Talpas will be presenting the talk in the Royal Canadian Legion in Waterdown. Near Earth Objects which include asteroids and comets can cross Earth’s orbital path and potentially collide with our planet. The talk will highlight a number of past impacts, discuss the frequency of these events as well as the search efforts underway to discover and track them. Finally a number of options will be presented to avert significant impacts.

March Club Meeting – Thursday March 5th at 8 pm

Rachel Ward, who is in the final year of her PhD studies in astrophysics at McMaster University will give a talk on: A Star is Born: Uncovering the True Nature of Molecular Clouds Giant molecular clouds are the birthplace of stars; however, the true nature of these clouds remains a great mystery. The first step towards achieving a greater understanding of star formation is exploring the structure and evolution of the clouds in which they form. Learn how powerful supercomputers are used to visualize both simulated and observed star-forming clouds to help solve several major unanswered questions in star formation. … Continue reading

February Club Meeting – Thursday February 5th at 8 pm

The originally scheduled speaker Paul Mortfield had a last minute conflict and is replaced with the Hamilton Centre President Gary Colwell who will be giving a presentation on Cosmology.  Gary will present on how our understanding of the origin of the Universe has changed through history up until the present time where the Big Bang presents the best fit to the known data.

January Club Meeting – Thursday January 8th at 8pm

Stop the Presses!….we have a wonderful change in speakers for tomorrow night’s Monthly meeting. Dr. Paul Delaney, Professor of Physics and Astronomy at York University has graciously accepted our invitation to speak at tomorrow night’s meeting. His Topic “Update on Recent Exoplanetary Research” “In excess of 4000 exoplanets have been discovered to date and they grow in numbers on a daily and hourly basis. Great advances have occurred in atmospheric determination and the existence of water on some of these planets. We will be discussing the latest results from the Kepler Telescope, which is designed to survey a portion of … Continue reading

Monthly General Meeting Thursday December 4, 2014 – 8:00 pm Royal Canadian Legion Waterdown ON

Guest Speaker Mr. Chris Vaughan! A brief bio… Mineral Exploration and Near Earth Geophysicist and Amateur Astronomer. Two time Past President of KEGS (The Canadian Exploration Geophysical Society), and member of SEG, CGU, PDAC, AGU, and RASC. I am actively engaged in Earth Science and Astronomy public outreach and education. Oh – and I love science and science fiction. Topic: Worlds to Discover: Exploring Dwarf Planets, Mighty Moons, and the Outer Solar System” This talk will review the fascinating distant objects that planetary scientists and astronomers have been discovering and exploring in our Solar System. Real worlds that humans might … Continue reading

Monthly Club Meeting, Thurs Nov 6 at 8pm

A reminder of our meeting this Thursday November 6, 2014 @ 8:00 pm at the Legion in Waterdown…. Chris Talpas will be offering a talk on “A history of the telescope from Galileo to the present day.” Chris says, “As the title suggests, I would like to trace the development of the telescope from its earliest days to the present and near future looking at what were the technical limitations of early designs and how new designs and technologies improved the performance. I will also highlight some important discoveries made by particular instruments. I will also touch upon mount development as … Continue reading

Annual General Meeting – Thurs Oct 2

Hello everyone, Don’t forget to come out this Thursday for our general meeting and election of the new board!  If you would like to become a member of the board,it isn’t too late! Come out and support your club…plus enjoy our guest speaker (its a surprise)…as well as “Whats in the sky this month” See you there!!!