Saturday, 13 June at 7 pm
475 Bluff Road, Avonport, N.S.
Last meeting until September – an exensive “What’s Up this Summer” will be presented by Roy Bishop.
Saturday, May 9, 7 p.m.
Avonport, 475 Bluff Road
Speaker: Sherman Williams
Topic: Celestial Demos & Misconceptions
Sherman has a lifetime of teaching experience, including introducing young people to features of the sky that most people never notice. In recent years he has given numerous presentations to students in the education program at Mount St. Vincent University. Sherman will demonstrate a few of those presentations and describe some common misconceptions he has encountered concerning the Sun and the night sky.
If that parking lot is full when you arrive, park next door (#465) and take the path that begins next to the garage. Bring a flashlight, as it will be dark when you return to your car.
Speaker: Paul Gray
This Saturday, February 14, 7 p.m.
Avonport, 475 Bluff Road
Topic: 20 Years of Supernova Hunting
In 1994 two amateur astronomers from Nova Scotia decided to compete with the professional observatories and hunt for supernovae. At a time when only a few dozen had ever been found by amateurs and none had been found from Canada, it was no small task and would be the beginning of a long and eventful journey, both technological and involving a growing family. What started as a simple idea to find a supernova turned into a grand journey. Paul will highlight much of this during the talk and bring us to current day through what is considered to be the golden age of amateur astronomy.
Saturday, December 13, 7 p.m.
Avonport, 475 Bluff Road
Speakers: Larry Bogan & Roy Bishop (they started MAG, 20 years ago!)
Larry: Gould’s Belt
Roy: What’s Up & Commentary on a Variety of Images
If the main parking lot is full when you arrive, park next door (#465) and take the path that begins next to the garage. The path will be illuminated (dimly) with a variety of Christmas lights.
The earliest sunset of the year occurred Tuesday (December 9).
Speakers: Cathy LeBlanc & Dave Chapman
Topic: In Search of the 13th Mi’kmaw Moon
t = This Saturday, November 8, 7 p.m.
R = Avonport, 475 Bluff Road
Longtime RASC member Dave Chapman is teaming with Acadia First Nation member Cathy LeBlanc to present “In Search of the 13th Mi’kmaw Moon.” (Cathy is also a seasonal cultural interpreter at Kejimkujik National Park and National Historic Site.)
This presentation is a progress report on a joint project by Cathy and Dave to investigate the traditional time-keeping customs of the Mi’kmaw nation, before contact with Europeans. Much of this knowledge—handed down by oral tradition—has been lost over the ensuing four centuries. Today, thanks to research by Cheryl Bartlett and others at Cape Breton University, the names of the moon-times have been resurrected and applied to the 12 months of the Gregorian Calendar—but there is more to the story!
In this talk, Cathy and Dave will present what they have discovered so far, using a research method known as “Two-Eyed Seeing,” whereby the traditional teachings guide the astronomical investigation and the astronomical facts are used to interpret the traditional teachings. This joint presentation by Cathy and Dave is sure to be memorable—don’t miss it!
If the main parking lot is full when you arrive, park next door (#465) and take the path that begins next to the garage. Bring a flashlight to help illuminate the path.
Roy will have the 2015 Natural History Calendar (Blomidon Naturalists
Society) at Saturday’s MAG meeting.
The calendar has a complete tide table for Minas Basin (times and
ranges), astronomical highlights for the year, and much more
information. Produced in Nova Scotia by volunteers, all $ received
support the Blomidon Naturalists Society. Calendars are $15 per copy.
Buy one for yourself, and a few more as unique Christmas gifts.
Minas Astronomy Group, the Blomidon Naturalists Society, and Valley Family Fun
Join astronomers Roy Bishop, Larry Bogan, Pat Kelly, and Sherman Williams on SUNDAY, OCTOBER 12 at 7:15 for a tour of the night sky. Location: The old parking lot at Grand Pré National Park, on the east side of the road next to the dykelands. The tour will start with the planet Mars, possibly Saturn very low in the southwestern sky, and the brighter stars visible to the unaided eye. Later, Neptune and Uranus are on the agenda, together with star clusters and galaxies. (Delayed from Saturday which was cloudy).
Speaker: Roy Bishop
Topic: The Optics of the Eye
Saturday, June 14, 7 p.m.
Location: Avonport, 475 Bluff Road
Both in everyday life and for viewing the heavens, our eyes provide our primary contact with the external world. Even astronomers who rely on photographs and data recorded by various electronic sensors depend upon their eyes when interpreting the information received. Roy will address several topics, including: the optical design of the eye, why you have to look directly at a printed word to read it, why in terms of the electromagnetic spectrum we are almost blind, why the eye pupil is black, why the role of the iris is not to adjust the illumination on the retina, and seven reasons why you do not see the image on your retinas.
Note: Following this month’s meeting, the next meeting of MAG will be in September.
Also, do not forget the Nova East Star Party on the weekend of August 22-24: http://halifax.rasc.ca/ne/