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Next Meeting

RASC October Meeting

Friday 20th November 2015

7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

The VVV Survey

Daniel Majaess

The VVV survey is a multi-epoch near-infrared campaign monitoring stars in the Galactic Bulge and an adjacent region of the disk. The multi-epoch and near-infrared nature of the survey conspire to permit the detection of stars (e.g., Cepheids) lying behind obscuring dust clouds that are ubiquitous throughout the Galactic plane, thus bypassing problems that hindered existing campaigns in the visible portion of the electromagnetic spectrum. Thanks to the education provided to me by RASC members David Turner (JRASC editor) and Dave Lane (RASC president), I was able to help exploit the VVV data to address certain scientific objectives. A subset of the resulting findings will be discussed, including some recent discoveries made by the broader team of Chilean astronomers behind the campaign.

Following the meeting will refreshments and social time.

Saint Mary's University

Sobeys Building, Room SB255 in the Sobeys Building (NOTE this is not our regular room!)(Map)

Upcoming meetings:

  • December 11, 2015"


About Monthly Meetings

Regular meetings open to everyone. Note that we have recently changed meeting rooms! They are held at Saint Mary's University in Room AT101 (Atrium Building). Meetings are held monthly (except July and August) beginning at 8:00 PM, normally on the third Friday.

A typical meeting consists of one or more feature talks. The main talks cover a variety of topics ranging from astronomical stamps to the latest advances in the space sciences. Shorter talks also cover a variety of topics such as: "what's up in the current sky", the latest astrophotographs by club members, or the unveiling of a new telescope.

Observing Night at Saint Croix Observatory

Members may be found observing at the Saint Croix Observatory on almost every clear, dark night. Once a month, we encourage members and their guests to congregate at SCO, at which time new members are particularly welcome. Upcoming Observing Nights are:

Upcoming Observing Nights

(weather permitting, alternate is following evening)

Members are advised to sign up to the email discussion list to keep up to date on gatherings of fellow observers. For more information, contact the Observing Chair, Alex LeCreux

Library Talks

For Jan-Feb 2015, see Astronomy Nova Scotia.