Star Talk: Cosmology, Cell Phones, and Video Games

star_talk_sept_2015Welcome back to a new school year! We will be continuing our monthly ASX’s Star Talk on September 24th at 8pm. Our speaker is Keith Vanderlinde, an Assistant Professor¬†at the Dunlap Institute and Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics¬†at the University of Toronto.

Prof. Keith Vanderlinde has spent the last decade building and using telescopes to study the Universe: its composition, history, and eventual fate. Aided by technologies that make cell phones possible, and which make video games a staple of modern culture, he and colleagues from across Canada are building a massive new radio telescope in Penticton, B.C., which will map a larger volume of space than ever attempted before.

After the talk, join us for a night of stargazing. Our targets: the Moon and M13, the Great Globular Cluster in Hercules.

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UofT Club’s Fair

It was great meeting so many new faces at the Club’s Fair on Wednesday 9th! Keep an eye out for more ASX cosmonauts next Tuesday, September 15th for the Street Festival. We’ll be along St. George Street between Harbord Street and College Street from 10 am to 3 pm.

 

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August 2015: Picture of the Month

CygnusCrescent_Swift_6023Taken by Paul C. Swift, this image spans 6 degrees and captures the beautiful landscape that lies along the plane of the Milky Way and the center of the northern constellation Cygnus the Swan. Notable celestial objects in this featured image are the bright supergiant star Gamma Cygni (at the upper left), IC 1318 (popularly known as the Butterfly Nebula, located to the left of Gamma Cygni – can you find it?), and NGC 6888 (the Crescent Nebula, located at the lower right).

For the original post, click HERE.

For more of Paul C. Swift’s photos, click HERE.

 

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