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STAR MEN at the Bloor Hot Docs Cinema

February 5, 2016
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Four of the world’s most distinguished astronomers celebrate 50 years of work and friendship with a road trip through the southwestern United States, discussing and exploring the mysteries of the universe. Recapturing youthful adventures and recounting each other’s influences on the most exciting period in astronomy’s history, they share roots from a time following Russia’s launch of Sputnik, when the U.S. accelerated their space program. The four British astronomers spent a formative year together in California in the early 1960s. Star Men looks at how the work of these men has shaped our understanding of the universe and our humble place in it. Tracing the major discoveries in astronomy in the 20th century through these four men, director Alison Rose also explores friendship and mortality-and the fleetingness of our lives played out under the stars.

Showtimes: February 12 – February 18, 2016
Director Alison Rose and subject Prof. Donald Lynden-Bell will be in attendance for Q&As at all screenings.

Opening Night: Join us for ASX Movie Night, and  CITA at Paupers afterwards for an all-physics and astronomy beer.

Special Family Day Screening: February 15, at 3:30 p.m. Admission is free for those 16 and under.

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ASX 13th Annual Symposium “Astronomyths: Science or Fiction?”

January 14, 2016
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The wait is over; ASX is proud to announce our 13th Annual Symposium “Astronomyths: Science or Fiction?”! This 13th Annual Symposium will be held on January 29th, from 6:30 – 11:00 pm. In the past, this event has featured many famous astronauts, top researchers and leaders in the space industry, and it had attracted more than 1000 audience members.

As the title of this Symposium suggests, our speakers this year will tackle some aspects of cosmology and aliens while asking the question “is this science or fiction?”. We are honored to be featuring; Professor Fred C. Adams (cosmologist at the University of Michigan), Professor Lynn Rothschild (NASA AMES Research Centre) and Brian Trent (science fiction writer and  author of  “The Nightmare Lights of Mars”).

TICKETING: Eventbrite

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December 2015: Picture of the Month

January 1, 2016
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A first look might suggest that this is a quasar (or a double-bladed lightsaber for the Star Wars fans). However, it is just two cosmic jets beaming from a newborn star, Herbig-Haro 24 (HH 24), some 1300 light years away in the stellar nurseries of the Orion Complex. These stunning jets, captured by the Hubble Space Telescope, spanned about half a light year from HH 24. The protostar, hidden from view, is surrounded by cold dust and gas, flattened into a rotating accretion disk. As materials fall into the protostar, it heat up and these opposing jets are sent out along the system’s axis of rotation, producing glowing shock fronts along their path.

For more information, check out APOD.

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November 2015: Picture of the Month

December 1, 2015
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The Pelican Nebula, also known as IC 5070, is an H II region that is slowly being divided from the larger North America Nebula by a molecular cloud of dark dust. The Pelican is often studied due to its particular mix of active stars formation and evolving gas cloud. This picture was produced in three specific colors – each associated with light emitted by sulfur, hydrogen and oxygen. The bright orange color on the right, known as the ionization front, is due to the fact that the light from young, energetic stars is transforming the cold gas into hot gas. Although this nebula got its name due to its resemblance to a pelican, millions of years of now, it might no longer be known as the Pelican, as the balance and placement of stars and gas will leave something quite different.

For more information, check out APOD.

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