Events

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Event Information (Please note event times and information are subject to change.)

Friday, June 24, 2022 (19:00 – 22:00 ET)

General Assembly Opening

Join us as we kick off the 2022 RASC General Assembly, featuring RASC President Robyn Foret and Executive Director Dr. Phil Groff.

Dr. Robert Cardinal Keynote “Spohtsi Kookonooi – Our Home Sky” 

Dr. Cardinal will talk about his life and relationship with the sky and how his return to Nation and Siksika ceremonial culture has integrated with his western knowledge. He will discuss how we all have a personal, collective relationship with the sky that guides, inspires, and hinders us throughout our lives. Dr. Cardinal will discuss some of the exciting STEAM endeavours he is a part of with the Siksika Board of Education, IndigeSTEAM.ca, and Telus Spark Science Centre. To learn more about Dr. Cardinal, visit our Speaker Page

Social Time in Gathertown 

Join us in Gathertown to socialize and meet fellow astronomers.

Saturday, June 25, 2022 (12:00 – 22:00 ET)

Evening Sessions:

Helen Sawyer Hogg Lecture 

Presented by Nathalie Ouellette

Title: At the Dawn of a Cosmic Revolution

Abstract: Thanks to the next generation of space- and ground-based telescopes, we have never been closer to answering many of humanity’s great questions. How unique is the Earth among the billions of exoplanets in our galaxy? Are we alone in the Universe? How were the very first stars and galaxies created after the Big Bang? Truly, we are living in a golden age for astronomy and space science, be it through human and robotic exploration or observations through telescopes. Beyond all the incredible scientific discoveries waiting to be found, astronomy is finding itself at the centre of the emerging field of science communication and as a key gateway to science to get youth interested in STEM fields and to increase the scientific literacy of society. And perhaps one of the most exciting aspects of this cosmic journey is that Canadian scientists are finding themselves at the forefront of it all! Together, we will explore some of the upcoming astronomy projects that will be taking place over the next decade and why we should all be excited about Canada’s key role in the field of astrophysics.

Social Time in Gathertown 

Spend your Saturday evening in gathertown with fellow astronomers, we will have games, music, and more! One of the highlights of the GA!

Sunday, June 26, 2022 (12:00 – 22:00 ET)

Evening Sessions:

An Astronomical Moment with Astronaut Dr. Robert Thirsk, Gina Payzant

Gina Payzant will be premiering one of her latest projects “An Astronomical Moment”. Which features a series of short videos from an interview with Canadian Astronaut Dr. Robert Thirsk. 

Gathertown Events

Join us in Gathertown as we announce the winners of this year’s Astrophotography Contest. We will also hear several 5-minute citizen science poster-presentations. 

Annual General Meeting, RASC Board of Directors (RASC MEMBERS ONLY)

At the AGM, each member in good standing is allowed to vote on all issues that are correctly proposed. To find this year’s AGM meeting agenda please visit http://www.rascga2022.ca/agm. Only members of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada can attend the Annual General Meeting.

Social Time in Gathertown

Those who are not attending the AGM are welcome to use the Gathertown space to play games, view citizen science posters, and continue to socialize with fellow astronomers. 

Dr. Sara Seager Keynote “Venus as a Potentially Habitable Planet”

Scientists have been speculating on Venus as a habitable world for over half a century, based on the Earth-surface-like temperature and pressure in Venus’ clouds at altitudes 48-60 km above the Venus surface. The recent and controversial detection of phosphine gas in the atmosphere of Venus has renewed interest in both the Venus atmosphere in general and in the speculative possibility of life in the clouds. Any life would have to persist aloft indefinitely against downward gravitational settling, in order to avoid the destructively hot temperatures beneath the clouds. Recent efforts to re-analyze and re-interpret the decades-old legacy data collected by both NASA’s Pioneer Venus and Russia’s Venera missions have further highlighted intriguing non-equilibrium chemistry. Professor Seager will discuss the latest on Venus as a potentially habitable planet.

Observing Across Canada

Join us for virtual solar and nighttime observing, live from observatories across the country!

Monday, June 27, 2022 (12:00 – 17:00 ET)

SNOLab, Virtual Tour

A tour of the world-class science facility located deep underground in the operational Vale Creighton nickel mine, near Sudbury, Ontario in Canada. Learn about the facility, history, and research underway at this astroparticle physics research facility.

Science North, Virtual Tour and Trivia

A tour of the largest interactive science museum in Sudbury, Ontario. Science North presenters will also host an interactive trivia game that will highlight the facilities, their educational programming, local indigenous knowledge, and astronomical themes.

North Frontenac Dark Sky Pad and Observatory, Virtual Tour

A visit with the amateur astronomers that support the first Dark Sky Preserve of the RASC. They will tour us around the facility and give us all a chance to be very jealous of their public programming and dark skies in southeastern Ontario.

The Dominion Radio Astrophysical Observatory (DRAO), Virtual Tour

The Director along with the Outreach Coordinator will introduce the facility to the members and then have an approximately 20-minute recorded tour of the primary radio telescopes in use, including CHIME, the Canadian Hydrogen Intensity Mapping Experiment. We will look at the important discoveries from the last few decades since DRAO’s commissioning and the promising future for Canadian Radio Astronomy research. 

General Assembly Closing

Join us as we end the 2022 RASC General Assembly. You will hear from the RASC President, Executive Director, and a representative from the General Assembly Planning Committee.