From our vantage point in the Milky Way Galaxy, we see NGC 3344 face-on. Nearly 40,000 light-years across, the big, beautiful spiral galaxy is located just 20 million light-years away in the constellation of Leo Minor. This multi-color Hubble Space Telescope close-up of NGC 3344 includes remarkable details from near infrared to ultraviolet wavelengths. The […]
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Colourful star trails arc through the night in this wide-angle mountain and skyscape. From a rotating planet, the digitally added consecutive exposures were made with a camera fixed to a tripod and looking south, over northern Iran’s Alborz Mountain range. The stars trace concentric arcs around the planet’s south celestial pole, below the scene’s rugged […]
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Last week, a car orbited the Earth. The car, created by humans and robots on the Earth, was launched by the SpaceX Company to demonstrate the ability of its Falcon Heavy Rocket to place spacecraft out in the Solar System. Purposely fashioned to be whimsical, the iconic car was thought a better demonstration object than […]
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Happy New Year everybody! To begin the year we’re doing something a little different. This month’s image is taken by Afsheen Rane, an amateur astronomer at University of Toronto. Photographed is the Orion Nebula (also known as Messier 42) which is around 1300 light years away from Earth. Its brightness allows it to be visible […]
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Fans of our fair planet might recognize the outlines of these cosmic clouds. On the left, bright emission outlined by dark, obscuring dust lanes seems to trace a continental shape, lending the popular name North America Nebula to the emission region cataloged as NGC 7000. To the right, just off the North America Nebula’s east […]
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Looking for New Executive Members!

September 6, 2018
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asx_recruitment_2Annnnnnnnnnnd we’re back! Hiya everybody, a new school year is upon us and here at the ASX we’re looking to fill a couple of empty executive positions. We are currently taking applications for the positions of Event Coordinator, Symposium Director, Web Designer, and Graphics Designer. A description of these roles can be found here.

To apply please fill out this Google form

Applications will close September 13, 2018.

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May 2018: Picture of the Month

May 7, 2018
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Why is there a large boulder near the center of Tycho’s peak? Tycho crater on the Moon is one of the easiest features to see, visible even to the unaided eye (inset, lower right). But at the center of Tycho (inset, upper left) is a something unusual — a 120-meter boulder. This boulder was imaged at very high resolution at sunrise, over the past decade, by the Moon-circling Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO). The leading origin hypothesis is that that the boulder was thrown during the tremendous collision that formed Tycho crater about 110 million years ago, and by chance came back down right near the center of the newly-formed central mountain. Over the next billion years meteor impacts and moonquakes should slowly degrade Tycho’s center, likely causing the central boulder to tumble 2000 meters down to the crater floor and disintegrate.

For more information, check out APOD!

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April 2018: Picture of the Month

April 13, 2018
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From our vantage point in the Milky Way Galaxy, we see NGC 3344 face-on. Nearly 40,000 light-years across, the big, beautiful spiral galaxy is located just 20 million light-years away in the constellation of Leo Minor. This multi-color Hubble Space Telescope close-up of NGC 3344 includes remarkable details from near infrared to ultraviolet wavelengths. The frame extends some 15,000 light-years across the spiral’s central regions. From the core outward, the galaxy’s colors change from the yellowish light of old stars in the center to young blue star clusters and reddish star forming regions along the loose, fragmented spiral arms. Of course, the bright stars with a spiky appearance are in front of NGC 3344 and lie well within our own Milky Way.

For more information, check out APOD!

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ASX Annual General Meeting for 2018-2019 Elections

April 1, 2018
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ASX will be holding its Annual General Meeting to elect the 2018-2019 executive team, and celebrate the end of a great year with FREE food! There are many positions available to run for! Perhaps you think my work on the website is shotty, well then you can come on down and put me out of a job!

Date & Location: 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM Wed. Apr. 4 2018, McLennan Physical Laboratories (MP), Rm. 118, 60 St. George St., Toronto, ON M5S 1A7

If you are a student at the University of Toronto and you are an ASX member (i.e., you are on our mailing list), then you are eligible to vote and to run for an executive position. To run, email space.society@utoronto.ca before 11:59 pm on Tuesday, April 3rd. You can state up to three executive positions that you intend on running for in order of preference, and come prepared with a short speech of no more than 3 minutes for each position. If you wish to run for more than one position, please tailor your speech to each of the positions you intend on running for. At the AGM, voting will follow the procedure outlined in the ASX Constitution, section 6 (Constitution).
*Note that if a candidate wishes to run for President, Vice President, Finance director, or Secretary, then they require a nomination from two other ASX members.

To see descriptions of available positions, please see section 4 of the ASX Constitution. The descriptions for President, Vice-President, and Finance Director are omitted because you may only run for those positions if you have held another ASX executive position for at least 6 months.

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Science Rendezvous U of T Poster Competition

March 26, 2018
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Date & Location: 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM Sat. May 12 2018, Bahen Centre for Information Technology in the Atrium, 40 St George St, Toronto, ON M5S 2E4

This year ASX has partnered up with Science Rendezvous UofT Chapter to bring you another poster competition! The Science Rendezvous Science Fair (S.R.S.F.) STEM Education Scholarship is a Toronto and surrounding-area wide competition open to Elementary & High School-level science classrooms. Participating educators will assign a poster project in line with this year’s topic (Astronomy) and select students to represent their classroom at the S.R.S.F. during Science Rendezvous U of T on Saturday, May 12th, 2018. A scholarship of $1000 (allocated accordingly, see below) will be awarded to the classroom represented by the students with the top poster in each division: Elementary (Grades 5 – 8) and High School (Grades 9 – 12). Classroom registration is now open!

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Poster Competition Information, Rules, and Guidelines

Registration for Elementary School Students

Registration for High School Students

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For more information on the Science Rendezvous event this year at UofT click here!

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