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Public Astronomy Meetings ... Fascinating topics, Fascinating people

If you love Astronomy then you have come to the right place! Every month the Ottawa Centre of the RASC hosts a free astronomy meeting that is open to everyone.  Each meeting is packed with interesting speakers addressing a range of astronomy topics well suited to the amateur astronomer and enthusiast.

Do you have an interest in astronomy but don't know where to start?   Come to our meetings. They are a great place to get connected to the amateur astronomy community in Ottawa and start your journey of learning and discovery.

Already deeply in to astronomy? Perfect - you will find many like-minded people with your level of experience who share your passion for the night sky.


Meeting Features

  • At least two interesting speakers!
  • The Sky this Month - a 10 minute overview of interesting things in the night sky in the coming month.
  • 10 Minute Astronomy - A short review of current astronomy news.
  • Member photos - come enjoy the beautiful gallery of astronomy images taken by our members.
  • Door Prize - each month we hold a draw and give away several astronomy-themed prizes to lucky winners. The draw is open to everyone and is free.
  • Announcements on free public outreach and recreational astronomy events in Ottawa.


Meeting Schedule

Meetings are scheduled each month typically, but not always, on the first Friday of every month. The meetings run from 8 to 10 pm.


2015

  • Feb 6
  • Mar 6
  • Apr 10 (2nd Friday of the month)
  • May 1
  • June 5
  • July 3.


Meeting Agendas


Friday February 6 : 


1. Historical Figures in Astronomy

Johannes Hevelius (1611-1687) is a lesser known Polish astronomer who, like Tycho Brahe, built his own private observatory with state of the art equipment. He measured the positions of 1564 stars and studied the Moon, comets and the sun. His story is another fascinating one in the world of astronomy. Ottawa RASC member Carmen Rush is back with another talk in her series on historical figures in astronomy. Join Carmen as she presents another spellbinding account of the scientists that helped advance modern astronomy.

Johannes Hevelius



2. Next Generation Satellite Technologies. Ryan Anderson, Senior Engineer, Advanced Systems, Telesat.

For over 40 years, Telesat has been on the leading edge of innovation in space and satellite communications. From launching Anik A1, the world’s first domestic communications satellite, to the dramatic recovery of Anik E1 and E2, to the first commercial use of Ka band for broadband internet access on Anik F2, Telesat is a proven industry leader.

Presently, Telesat is making use of the latest technologies to provide the most reliable and cost effective services around the globe: all-electric propulsion, flexible payloads, high throughput spot beams, and innovative orbits are some of the technologies that are driving innovation in Satcom. Telesat's future programs will take advantage of these advancements and continue to push the limits of the technology.

Anik F2



Friday March 6 : 


1. To be announced.


Meeting Location and Admission

Our meetings are held in the main auditorium of the Canada Aviation and Space Museumlocated here. There is a $3 parking fee for museum parking.

Other Information

  • Did you miss a meeting? Perhaps you can't attend because of another commitment? No problem - our meetings are now broadcast live over the Internet and also recorded. Click here to watch current and previously recorded meetings!
  • Members are invited to deliver presentations on subjects of interest at the meetings. A presenter's guide is available here.
  • The Helen Sawyer Hogg observatory is located on the grounds of the Canada Science and Technology Museum, and contains a classic 15-inch refracting telescope. The observatory and telescope are open to the public after some of the meetings (weather permitting).
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