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ASX will be holding our third Star Talk on November 21 at 8pm. The speaker is Dr. Ralf Gellert, Principle Investigator of the Canadian Alpha-Particle X-ray Spectrometer (APXS) and Associate Professor in the Department of Physics at the University of Guelph. The talk will be given in McLennan Physical Labs (60 St George Street). The room is number 103 on the first floor. This is a FREE event and open for all ages.
Ralf Gellert writes, “Last Summer the newest Mars Rover Curiosity made a picture perfect landing in Gale Crater to investigate the habitability of Mars in the past and present.
But what does this mean in detail and how does the rover tackle this task? The talk will discuss the rover, its tools and science instruments, how they work
together, as well as how the rover is operated on a day to day basis for over a year so far.
I’m the Principle Investigator of the Canadian Alpha-Particle X-ray Spectrometer (APXS), an improved version of the APXS instruments on board the earlier
Mars rovers Spirit and Opportunity. Opportunity still operates to this very day over 9 years after landing. The APXS instruments analyze the chemical composition of soils
and rocks and contribute to the overall findings of all missions. APXS data allow to connect the different landing sites together to get a global view of how Mars
developed some 3-4 Billion years ago. All the missions show that water, one of the key ingredients needed for habitability, played a major role in Martian history.
The rovers found varying conditions, acidic and recently more neutral water that could shed light on the question, if life could have developed on Mars around the
same time it did on Earth.”
In case you missed it, here is a link to the audio from the Star Talk.
The Planetary Society Coming to Toronto!
Hello Space fans! The official Facebook page of The Planetary Society, in Toronto, is now up! Check in for great future events and exciting news on everything to do with space exploration and technology!
ASX will be holding our second Star Talk on October 24 at 8pm. The speaker is Dr. Sabine Stanley, a Canada Research Chair and Associate Professor in the Department of Physics at the University of Toronto. The talk will be given in McLennan Physical Labs (60 St George Street). The room is number 103 on the first floor. This is a FREE event and open for all ages.
Sabine Stanley writes, “Many planetary bodies in our solar system have magnetic fields that we can observe with spacecraft instruments. These magnetic fields are generated deep in planetary interiors by complex motions in liquid conductors. Because these magnetic fields are observable outside of the planet, they can act as important probes of planetary interiors. In this talk I will describe what we know of planetary magnetic fields and how they have provided us with fundamental information about the structure, composition and evolution of planets.”
In case you missed it, here is the audio from the Star Talk.
First Annual Toronto Science Festival
Want even more science in your life? The first annual Toronto Science Festival (TSF) will be taking place all weekend from September 27th to 29th at the downtown campus of University of Toronto exploring the theme ‘Life in the Universe’. Enjoy public talks, panel discussions, performances, film screenings, food and more. Keynote speakers include:
Jim Bell; School of Earth and Space Exploration, Arizona State U
Sean B. Carroll; Molecular Biology and Genetics, University of Wisconsin
Julie Payette; former Canadian astronaut, COO Montreal Science Centre
Messaging Extraterrestrial Intelligence (METI): Have you ever wanted to talk to ETs? As part of the TSF, everyone will be given the oppourtunity to send a message into space in an attempt to contact extraterrestrial intelligence! Make sure to send your message by September 25th. The most inspiring and thought-provoking will be posted to Facebook and shared via Twitter. Additionally, one written message and the transcript of one video message will be chosen to be sent to two stars as being good
candidates for having potentially habitable planets and will be transmitted via the Algonquin Radio Observatory during the TSF – don’t miss it! So what would you say?
For program and details visit: http://tsf.utoronto.ca/
For details about METI and to submit your message to potential ETs visit: http://tsf.utoronto.ca/meti/
First Star Talk!
ASX will be holding our first Star Talk on September 26
at 8pm. The speaker is Dr. Chris Matzner, a University of
Toronto associate professor. The talk will be given in the Lash Miller building (80 St George Street) right next to McLennan Physical Labs. The room is number 162 on the first floor.
Professor Matzner will be talking about the lives and deaths of stars – and it promises to be an exciting topic (there may even be some physical demonstrations of stellar phenomena). We’re excited to kickstart this series of talks and hope we’ll see you all there!
Don’t forget to stick around after the talk to ask questions and for some observing from the dome telescopes in Burton Tower (weather permitting)!
In case you missed it, here is a link to the audio from the Star Talk.
10th Annual Symposium Report!
You can read a report of our 10th annual symposium which was held on January 25, 2013 and we hosted three great speakers.
To read the report, click here.
To see some photos of the event click here.
10th Annual Symposium
It is getting closer to ASX 10th annual symposium. This year it would be on January 25, 2013 ( Mark it on your calender!) The topic is life on other planets and we are hosting great speakers Dr. Chris McKay from NASA Ames and Professor Sara Seager from MIT.
Where: 2158 JJR Macloed Auditorium
Medical Sciences Building
1 King’s College Circle
Toronto, Ontario M5S 1A8
When: Friday, 25 January 2013 from 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM (EST)
Click here for ticket information.
Stay tuned for more updates!
Kathryn Denning is an anthropologist and archaeologist at York University, where she teaches coursesranging from the Anthropology of Outer Space to Ancient Civilizations. Her current work with the NASA Astrobiology Institute and the SETI Institute includes co-leading projects on the evolution of intelligence on Earth, and astrobiology and society. She also studies Mars simulations, and current ideas about the human colonization of space. Her SETI-related anthropological work focuses on scientists’ ideas about what alien
intelligences would be like, the ongoing debates about active transmission projects, and the potential social impact of a SETI detection.
She has presented her work at the Royal Society UK, American Anthropological Association, the International Astronautical Congress, Bioastronomy, AbSciCon, and Singularity University. Her published SETI-related research includes explorations of: scientists’ conceptions of ETI, and how these are influenced by culture, history, and by the technology used in SETI; interstellar message construction; debates about ‘active SETI’; and, what civilizations on Earth tell us about the Drake factor “L” (a key variable in the Drake Equation). She is an active member of the International Academy of Astronautics SETI Permanent Study Committee and its Post-Detection task group, co-PI of the Astrobiology & Society Focus Group of the NASA Astrobiology Institute, and co-PI of the Intelligence in Astrobiology project of the NAI and the SETI Institute. She greatly enjoyed a stint at the Mars Desert Research Station, and collaborates with Icarus Interstellar, Tau Zero, and the Lincoln Center Space Ethics group at Arizona State University. She is active in media outreach, and sometimes wanders off to investigate the undead, mythical beasts, and ancient apocalyptic ideas for television programs.
Chris McKay has done research on planetary atmospheres, particularly the atmospheres of Titan and Mars, and on the origin and evolution of life. He is a co-investigator on the Huygens probe, the Mars Phoenix lander, and the Mars Science Laboratory. He also performed field research on extremophiles, in such locations as Death Valley, the Atacama Desert, Axel Heiberg Island, and ice-covered lakes in Antarctica.He is a member of the board of directors of the Planetary Society and also works with the Mars Society, and has written and spoken on space exploration and terraforming. He is also an adviser for the Microbes Mind Forum.
ASX Movie and election Night
It’s that time of year again! ASX is back in action and our first event of the year will be a movie night taking place this Friday, September 28th! Since there’s been so much buzz lately with the Curiosity rover lately, we’ve decided to show a movie about Mars! We’ll be deciding between two movies once the event starts! The movie will either pertain to Life on Mars, or Can we make it to Mars!
Refreshments will be provided!
Date: Friday, September 28th! (This Friday!! Mark it on your calendar!!)
Location: ES B142 (basement), 33 Willcocks Street, M5S 3B3
Be sure to check out our Facebook page for more updates!
Hope to see you all there!
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