Meeting History

Table of Past Meeting Topics and Speakers

Our Group began in 1994 and is still going. The following table shows the long list of programs that we have had.

Meeting
Number
Date Topic Speaker
1994
1 Nov 12 Minas Basin Tides Roy Bishop
2 Dec 10 Telescope show & tell (6 members)
1995
3 Jan 14 Sky presentations Larry Bogan, Pat Kelly, Roy Bishop
4 Feb 11 Computer Astronomy Programs Pat Kelly, Larry Bogan, Sherman Williams
5 Mar.11 Astronomy Slide Show
6 Apr 8 ? Larry Bogan
7 May 13 Southern sky; CCD’s Roy B., Larry B.
8 Jun 10 Physics of Stars Roy Bishop
9 Sep 9 Satellite & asteroid images Larry Bogan
10 Oct 14 ? ?
11 Nov 11 Spectra & Colour of Stars Roy Bishop
12 Dec 9 Members talk for 10 min 10 members
1996
13 Jan 13 This Day Does Not Have 24 Hours John Connelly
14 Feb 10 6-inch Telescope Larry Bogan
15 Mar 9 Messier Marathon Larry Bogan
16 Apr 13 Winter Star Party & Hyakutake Roy Bishop
17 May 11 Spring Equinox, Earliest in lOOy Ivan Smith
18 Jun 8 Cosmology Roy Bishop
19 Sep 14 Observatories (St. Croix & Truro) Pat Kelly, John Jarvo
20 Oct 19 Eclipse (2) and Halo ReportsCosmology Roy Bishop
21 Nov 9 Cosmology Roy Bishop, Pat Kelly
22 Dec 14 Astronomy Video Tape
1997
23 Jan 11 Sagan’s Pale Blue Dot (tape, slides) Roy Bishop
24 Feb 8 Hubble Space Telescope Roy Bishop, Sherman Williams
25 Mar 8 Supernova Search Paul Gray
26 Apr 12 Seeing in the Dark John Connelly
27 May 10 CCD’s
Cosmic Voyage video
Larry Bogan
Roy Bishop
28 Jun 14 Sky Photography, Shoemaker video Roy Bishop
29 Sep 13 ? ?
30 Oct 18 Pegasus and Andromeda Sky Roy Bishop, Daryl DeWolfe Larry Bogan
31 Nov 8 Cassini Mission to Saturn Roy Bishop
32 Dec 13 Orion Sky John Connelly, Robert Clark, Roy Bishop
1998
33 Jan 10 “Starry Night” Program Sherman Williams
34 Feb 14 The International Space Station Philip Backman
35 Mar 15 Total Solar Eclipse John Jarvo, Roy Bishop, Dave Lane, Mary Lou Whitehorne
36 Apr 11 Occultations Sherman Williams, Roy Bishop
37 May 9 The Observer’s Handbook Roy Bishop
38 Jun 13 Summer Sky
How Dim a Star Can You See?
Roy Bishop
Larry Bogan
39 Sep 12 Autumn Sky Roy Bishop
40 Oct 10 GPS Positioning System Larry Bogan
41 Nov 14 Endeavour Voyage Roy Bishop
42 Dec 12 Space Station Update Philip Backman
1999
43 Jan 9 Time Roy Bishop
44 Feb 13 Planetary Conjunctions Larry Bogan
45 Mar 13 “MOST’ Project Mary Lou Whitehorne
46 Apr 10 Gravity Roy Bishop
47 May 8 Nebulae for Dummies
Southern Skies
Mary Lou Whitehorne
Robert Clark
48 Jun 12 Are We Alone? Michael Winther
49 Sep 11 August 11, 1999 Eclipse (11 members)
50 Oct 16 End Stages of Stars Roy Bishop
51 Nov 13 Formation of Stars Larry Bogan
52 Dec 11 Resources for Beginners David Lane, Paul Evans
2000
53 Jan 8 The Herschel 400 Daryl DeWolfe
54 Feb 12 Winter Star Party Dave Lane, Clint Shannon
55 Mar 25 Earth Centred Universe (ECU) Dave Lane
56 Apr 15 StarLab Planetarium Mary Lou Whitehorne
57 May 13 Meteors from Mars
Impacts
Michael Winther
Roy Bishop
58 Jun 10 Mauna Kea
Panama
Dave Lane
John Jarvo
59 Sep 9 Sky Quality Roy Bishop
60 Oct 14 Celestial Geometry
Asteroid 6901
Roy Bishop
Sherman Williams
61 Nov 11 Earth Viewed from Moon
Encoders on Telescopes
Sherman Williams, Mary Lou Whitehorne
Larry Bogan, Dave Lane
62 Dec 9 Astronomy in the Bible Roger Langille
2001
63 Jan 13 Maktomkus Observatory & slides Roy Bishop
64 Feb 10 Transits of Venus Roy Bishop
65 May 12 NEAR-Shoemaker on Eros
1999 KW4 – A near-Earth Encounter
Larry Bogan
66 Jun 9 Mousetraps & Stars Roy Bishop
67 Oct 13 Astrophotography Roy Bishop
68 Nov 10 Images of the 3rd Rock John Horton
69 Dec 8 The Immortal Fire Within (Barnard) Daryl DeWolfe
2002
70 Jan 12 The Star of Bethlehem
Sky Photometer
Roy Bishop
Larry Bogan, Daryl DeWolfe
71 Feb 9 Radiation Roy Bishop
72 Mar 9 Dating the Pyramids via Precession Paul Evans
73 May 11 New Astronomy Products Daryl DeWolfe, Paul Evans,
Dave Lane, Gary Weber, Roy Bishop
74 Jun 8 Skies of Mauna Kea Dave Lane, Mary Lou Whitehorne,
Roy Bishop
75 Nov. 9 Leonids Roy Bishop
76 Dec 14 Great Balls of Fire (Arizona skies) John Connelly
2003
77 Jan 11 A Leonid Meteor Roy Bishop
78 Feb 8 Astronomical Image Processing Norman Scrimger
79 Mar 8 New Toys for Amateur Astronomers Daryl DeWolfe, Craig Levine, Roy Bishop
80 Apr 12 (Social at Maktomkus Observatory, with cake by Irene Moore)
81 May 10 Eye versus CCD (more Hawaii results) Roy Bishop
82 Jun 14 Light: Physics, Physiology, Psychology Roy Bishop
83 Oct 11 SKYWAYS Mary Lou Whitehorne
84 Nov 8 Observing session: Total Lunar Eclipse at Grand Pre
85 Dec 13 Orbits Roy Bishop
2004
86 Jan 10 Abbey Ridge Observatory & SN Search Dave Lane
87 Feb 7 Solar Storms & Aurora Borealis Svetlana Barkanova
88 Mar 6 Electric & Magnetic Fields Roy Bishop
89 Apr 3 Basic CCD Imaging & Image Processing Blair MacDonald
90 May 8 Transit of Venus Roy Bishop
91 Jun 12 Transit of Venus observedToothpaste Effect and Tidal Bores Sherman Williams
Roy Bishop
92 Oct 2 Understanding Telescopes:
A Seesaw and a Triplet
Roy Bishop
93 Nov 20 Digital Camera and Telescope Larry Bogan
94 Dec 11 Christmas Party Roy Bishop
2005
95 Jan 6-8 Comet Machholz Observing Session clouded out
95 Feb. 12 Telescope Optics Roy Bishop
96 Apr 9 Einstein Centennial Svetlana Barkanova
97 May 14 The 2005 Winter Star Party Dave Lane, Daryl DeWolfe, Clint Shannon, John Jarvo
98 Jun 11 Orbital Navigation Larry Bogan
99 Sep 10 Recent Solar System Research Larry Bogan
100 Oct 15 The Observatories of Chile, Part 1 Roy Bishop
101 Dec 10 The Observatories of Chile, Part 2 Larry Bogan
2006
102 Jan.
14
South American Observatories Roy Bishop
103 Feb.
11
Some of My Adventures in Astronomy Doug Cunningham
104 Apr 8 Mirror, Mirror Roy Bishop
105 May 6 The Russian Space Program Svetlana Barkanova
106 Jun 10 Dabbling in the Digital Dome Mary Lou Whitehorne
107 Sep 9 Relativity and the Twin Paradox Roy Bishop
108 Oct 14 Ancient and Not-so-ancient: Astronomy in Ireland Pat Kelly
109 Nov 11 Brooklyn Street Observatory Larry Bogan
110 Dec 9 Party at Funky Sun Observatory Robert & Ruth Clark
2007
111 13 Jan A Copier Lens Telescope
A Christmas Telescope
A Telescope from China
Jane Haliburton
Mark MacGillivray
Roy Bishop
112 10 Feb The Electromagnetic Spectrum Roy Bishop
113 10 Mar Stellar Nucleosynthesis Svetlana Barkanova
114 14 Apr Some Neat Things about Telescopes Roy Bishop
115 8 Jun Observing Session St. Croix Observatory
116 8 Sept The Brooklyn Street Observatory Larry Bogan
117 10 Nov Observing Programs of the RASC Paul Gray
118 8 Dec Party at Funky Sun Observatory Robert and Ruth Clark
2008
119 12 Jan What Came Before the Big Bang
The Explosion of Comet Holmes
Larry Bogan
Roy Bishop
120 9 Feb Trees and Surface Tension Roy Bishop
121 12 Apr South Atlantic Voyage Roy Bishop
122 14 June The 2008 Summer Sky Roy Bishop
123 27 Sept Observing at the Brooklyn Street Observatory Larry Bogan
124 11 Oct International Year of Astronomy 2009 Larry Bogan & Svetlana Barkanova
125 8 Nov Neutrinos, All Pervasive, Almost Nothing Roy Bishop
126 13 Dec Party a Funky Sun Observatory Robert and Ruth Clark
2009
127 Jan 10 International Year of Astronomy 2009 Roy Bishop & Svetlana Barkanova
128 Feb 11 Reception with David Levy (At Roy’s home)
129 Mar 14 Paris in the Winter, and the IYA Dave Lane
130 May 9 Ordinary extraordinary stars of the Milky Way Doug Pitcairn
131 Jun 13 Observing with Nature Nova Scotia – Grand Pre MAG members
132 Sep 12 Occultation Measurement and Timing Roy Bishop
Larry Bogan
133 Nov 14 Green Lasers Roy Bishop
134 Dec 12 Christmas Party Robert and Ruth Clark
2010
135 Jan 9 Cassini at Saturn Roy Bishop
136 Feb 20 How I Share the Sky with Children Sherman Williams
137 Mar 13 Arcs, Halos, Pillars and Sundogs — Ice in the Sky Roy Bishop
138 Apr 16 Observation Session – Grand Pre’ MAG and BNS
139 May 8 Navigation: Determining position on the third planet Roy Bishop
140 Jun 12 Hubble Space Telescopes – 20 years
Some of its Scientific Results
Larry Bogan
141 Sep 16 Tides of Fundy Roy Bishop
142 Oct 16 Chandrashekhar – Astrophysicist Roy Bishop
143 Nov 13 Amateur Variable Star Research at Abbey Ridge Observatory Dave Lane
144 Dec 11 5th Annual Winter Solstice Party Robert & Ruth Clark
2011
145 Jan 8  New Astronomy Related Gifts  MAG members
146 Feb 12  Stars  Roy Bishop
147 Mar 12  Explore the Moon with Binoculars and Small Telescopes  Dave Chapman
148 Apr 09  Stars, Supernovae, and Fukushima Reactor  Roy Bishop
149 May 06 Observing Session (Grand Pre) Larry, Roy, Pat, Sherman
150 May 14 Edges and Boundaries in Universe Doug Pitcairn
151 Jun 11 Astronomy at 9000 ft in New Mexico Larry Bogan
152 Sep 10 Astronomy and the Visual Arts
Jose Fancisco Website
Jose Francisco Salgado -Adler Planetarium
153 Oct 15 Optics of the Rainbow Roy Bishop
154 Nov Astronomy News – Asteroid
Water on Hartley 2 and
Gravitational Lensing
 Larry Bogan
155 Dec 10 Starry Nights & Mountain Bikes: A Dark-Sky Preserve Party at Jasper National Park Mary Lou Whitehorne
2012
156 Jan 14 Castle Frederick Jim&Erin Bremner, Roy Bishop
157 Feb 18 Exoplanets Pat Kelly
158 Mar 10 Astrophotography without a telescope Roy Bishop
159 Apr 14 Recent Astronomy Research
Neat Astro-photos
Larry Bogan
Roy Bishop
160 May 12 How to Observe the Transit of Venus Roy Bishop
161 June 9 Introduction of Astrophotography Blair MacDonald
162 Sept 15 Tides of the Bay of Fundy Roy Bishop
163 Oct 13 Astrophotography Part II Blair MacDonald
164 Nov 17 Hooked on Astronomy Bruce and Melody Hamilton
165 Dec 8 Winter Solstice – Analema and the earliest sunset Roy Bishop + others
2013
166 Jan 12 Recent Events and Research in Astronomy Larry Bogan
167 Feb 16 A Tour of the Heavens Roy Bishop
168 Mar An Astronomical Adventure Kathryn Gray
169 Apr 20 Rocks from the Sky
Small, Large — Good, Bad
Roy Bishop
170 May 11 Astronomical Images – Recent Discoveries Roy Bishop
171 Jun 8 Supernovas and their Remnants
Comet Panstarr’s tail changes
Larry Bogan
Roy Bishop
172 Oct 19  Dark Nebulae: Observing and Imaging  Paul Gray
173 Nov 09  My Supernova Discovery
Comet ISON
 Nathan Gray
Roy Bishop
174 Dec 07  Earliest Sunset/Winter Solstice/Christmas/Year End get together.  members
2014
175 Jan 11  Beyond the Fog (older observatories in Nova Scotia)  Randall Brooks
176 Feb 08  One Sky, Many Stories (star patterns and stories)  Chris Young
177 Mar 08 Building Baie Ste. Marie Observatory Keith Walker
178 Apr 12 Spinning Massive Black Holes, Helical Jets from a Pulsar, Evidence of Inflation in the Cosmic Microwave Background, A Ramjet Galaxy Meeting Notes for this presentation Larry Bogan
179 May 10 Topic: What Makes the Stars Shine? Roy Bishop
180 Jun 14 Topic: The Optics of the Eye Roy Bishop
181 Oct 12 MAG, BNS and Family Fun Observing Session – Grand Pre’ MAG Members
182 Nov 8 In Search of the 13th Mi’kmaw Moon Cathy LeBlanc & Dave Chapman
183 Dec 13 Gould’s Belt
Images
Larry Bogan
Roy Bishop
2015
Jan No Meeting – Snow storm
184 14 Feb 20 Years of Supernova Hunting Paul Gray
Mar Meeting Cancelled
Apr Cancelled
185 9 May Big Telescopes Roy Bishop
186 Jun 13 What’s Up for this Summer Roy Bishop
Sep No Meeting
187 Oct 17 Dark Energy Talk – St. Mary’s Univ Dr. Filippenko
Nov No Meeting
Dec No Meeting
2016
188 9 Jan Brown Dwarfs
Physics of Brown Dwarfs
Melody Hamilton
Roy Bishop
189 13 Feb The Great American Eclipse Paul Gray
189 12 Mar A Matter of Some Gravity Roy Bishop
189 9 Apr Images and Poetry Roy Bishop
189 14 May Deep Sea Hydrothermal Vents and the Origin of Life Laura McLarnon
190 18 Jun The Solar Bubble and some on Recent Astronomy Larry Bogan
Sep No Meeting
191 15 Oct Searching the Deep Sky Gems and Challenges Melody Hamilton
192 Nov
193 10 Dec The World of Sundials Dave Chapman
2017
194 14 Jan An Astrophotographer’s Sky – Adventures in Summertime Astro-imaging Blair MacDonald
195 11 Feb Space Medicine: A History and Look Ahead Laura McLarnon
196 11 Mar
197 8 Apr An Unexpected Solar System in Iceland Pat Kelly
198 13 May
199 10 Jun
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