RASC May Meeting
Friday, May 13th 2016
7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
THE SECOND FRIDAY THIS MONTH DUE TO THE VICTORIA DAY WEEKEND
The main presentation will be The Hitomi X-ray Observatory by Prof. Luigi Gallo, St. Mary's University
X-ray light is thousands of times more energetic than the visible light we see with our eyes. It is not only emitted from the most extreme environments in space, but most of the normal matter in the universe emits as these high-energy wavelengths. The Hitomi X-ray observatory (formerly Astro-H) is a Japanese-led mission with contributions from NASA, ESA, and the Canadian Space Agency. The observatory was launched from the Tenegashima Space Centre on February 16, 2016 with the objective of making the most precise measurements the X-ray universe. Only six weeks later, communication with the satellite was lost and the mission entered. During the presentation I will discuss the science, the observatory, Canada's involvement in Hitomi, and the current status of the mission.
As in the past, we will be treated to a number of recent images our members have taken, as well as announcements.
Following the meeting will refreshments and social time.
Room AT101, Atrium Building, St. Mary's University(Map)
Dates of future meetings are:
Friday, June 17, 2016
________________________________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 7:30 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.
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, Tony McGrath.
For Jan-Feb 2015, see Astronomy Nova Scotia.