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Dedicated to the Advancement of Astronomy and Allied Sciences

The Halifax Centre of the RASC is an active association of over 200 amateur and professional astronomers, united by their appreciation of the night sky and the wonders it contains. The Centre is located in the provincial capital city of Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, but many members live in several outlying communities, other provinces, and even other countries. The roots of the Centre date back to 1951 when, with the help of Father Burke-Gaffney of St. Mary's University, the Nova Scotia Astronomical Society was founded. The NSAS became the Halifax Centre of the RASC in January 1955. The RASC prides itself in educating the general public about astronomy. The public programs sponsored by Halifax Centre include: lectures, public star nights, and activities during special astronomical events.

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RASC January Meeting

The Halifax Centre will be holding its usual meeting on January 20, 2017 at 7:30 PM.

Room AT101, Atrium Building, St. Mary's University(Map)

New Frontiers in Astrophysics:supermassive black holes-science education by Kirsten Bonson (SMU PhD Candidate, Astrophysics)

High-energy astrophysics plays a key role in shaping our understanding of the universe as a whole and has developed extensively as a field since the 1950s. As the gap between theory and technology narrows, we've confirmed longstanding suspicions as well as uncovered new mysteries. X-ray observations of active supermassive black holes in particular allow us to probe the most extreme environments in nature, exposing general relativistic phenomena like light-bending, time dilation, and more. As a current PhD candidate at Saint Mary's University, I will give a general overview of my research into these fascinating objects and a peak at what lies ahead. I will also briefly discuss my work in science communication and the wonderful advances we have made as a society in bringing cutting-edge research, like this, to inquiring minds of all ages.

Originally from New England, Kirsten obtained her Bachelor's of Science in Physics from the University of Vermont where her undergraduate research included developing a working model of an atomic force microscope for undergraduate physics labs. She returned to academia at Saint Mary's University and obtained her Master's of Science in Astrophysics in 2013, successfully defending her thesis titled: A deep, multi-epoch X-ray analysis of the unobscured Seyfert 1 galaxy HE 0436-4717. She has presented her work to professional audiences in Italy and Spain, as well as returned to Japan to assist in detector research for the Hitomi mission. She is currently on track to defend her doctoral thesis this coming summer.

As always, there will be refreshments and a social time following the meeting. Come join your fellow astronomers at the start of the holiday season and meet the new Council.

Dates of future meetings are:

Friday, February 17, 2017

Friday, March 17, 2017

Friday, April 21, 2017

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