During the COVID-19 outbreak, we have decided to suspend the in-person meetings of Astro Café, Instead, you are invited to share content via Reg Dunkley (email@example.com) that will be posted on the Virtual Astro Café Page.
Dr. Tyrone Woods
7:30PM Wednesday March 11th 2020, Room A104 Bob Wright Centre, UVic
In 1572, a new “star” appeared in the sky that forever changed the way we think about the Universe. Identified by famed Danish astronomer Tycho Brahe, this incredible event is now understood to have been the explosion of a dead star — a supernova. Since then, supernova observations have illuminated the Cosmos, revealing everything from the origin of the iron in our blood to the final fate of the Universe. In this talk, I’ll outline a brief history of supernova astronomy, culminating in the cutting-edge work being carried out in Victoria and across Canada today to understand why and how some stars explode, and the lasting impact of their explosions and remnants in our Galaxy and beyond.
Dr. Tyrone E. Woods is a research associate and Plaskett Fellow at NRC-Herzberg in Victoria. There, he studies the physics of some of the most energetic events in the Universe, by combining theoretical models with observations across the electromagnetic spectrum. Before returning to Canada, he completed his PhD at the Max Planck Institute for Astrophysics in Munich, Germany, and held research positions in Australia and the UK.
Awards to members for service in 2019
Newton/Ball Award: Michel Michaud
- Michel has made a major contribution to the Victoria Centre serving as Librarian and Observing Chair where he coordinated MIC’s for the VCO and scheduled Messier Marathons.
- He is one of the few who are qualified to run the Plaskett Telescope and plays an essential role operating this instrument at DAO Saturday Star Parties and capturing images for RASC’als.
- Michel’s quality binary star measurements in the Pleiades have been published in scientific databases and he serves as a role model for citizen science.
Ernie Pfannenschmidt Telescope Making Award: Ken Mallory
- For his innovative stylish design of a viewing shield that will safely allow observers to direct solar binoculars at the Sun.
Award of Excellence in Astrophotography: Doug MacDonald
- For his Excellence in capturing NGC 6992, The Eastern Veil in the Cyngus loop. Collecting 3 hours of Ha and OIII and one hour of RGB with a 5″ refractor in Victoria BC.
Certificate of Appreciation: Marjie Welchframe
- For her Outstanding Support and Engagement for recruiting and scheduling RASC’als to tend the Centre of the Universe Welcome Desk.
Certificate of Appreciation: Chris Aesoph
- For his Outstanding Support and Engagement for coordinating the RASC’s Stargazing event at Fort Rodd Hill.
Certificate of Appreciation: Bruce Lane
- For his Outstanding Support in organizing the Victoria Centre Star Party at St. Stephens Anglican Church and his effective recruitment of RASC Volunteers.
Certificate of Appreciation: David Lee
- For his vital contribution by stepping in as the Astronomy DayTeam Captain, recruiting Saturday Star Party Speakers and coordinating a Public Library Astronomy Display.
Mary Beth Laychak, Canada France Hawaii Telescope
7:30 PM Saturday February 22nd 2020 The Ambrosia Centre, 638 Fisgard Street
The Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope celebrated it’s 40th anniversary in 2019. Mary Beth Laychak, CFHT’s Director of Strategic Communications will share stories of the science, staff, instrumentation, and adventure from CFHT.
Mary Beth Laychak is the Director of Strategic Communications at the Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope on the Big Island of Hawaii. She also runs the Maunakea Scholars program, an innovative astronomy outreach program for Hawaii public high school students. Mary Beth has an undergraduate degree in astronomy and astrophysics from Penn State University and a masters degree in educational technology from San Diego State. Her passions include astronomy, sharing astronomy with the public, astronomy based crafts, and running. She lives in Waimea, Hawaii with her husband and cat.
Barbara Lane, Secretary, RASC Victoria Centre
There will be an election for the Victoria Centre council at the Annual General Meeting of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada, Victoria Centre, being held on February 22, 2020 at 7:30PM. Location: The Ambrosia Centre, 638 Fisgard Street, Victoria, BC, Canada.
Here is the list of nominees.
President: Reg Dunkley First Vice President: VACANT Second Vice President: Marjie Welchframe Secretary: Barbara Lane Treasurer: Deb Crawford Librarian: Diane Bell Membership Coordinator: Chris Purse National Rep: Nelson Walker, Bill Weir Observing: Jim Stilburn Outreach Coordinator: Mandy Lee Past President: Chris Purse Progressive Lighting Policies: Dave Robinson Schools Program & Telescopes: Sid Sidhu SkyNews Editor: Bruce Lane Technical Committee Chair: Matt Watson Webmaster: Joe Carr Directors: James Di Francesco (DAO Liaison) Chris Gainor Jim Hesser David Lee John McDonald Bill Weir (Pearson College Liaison) Jim Nemec (Camosun College LIaison) Dan Posey Lauri Roche (Friends of the DAO Liaison) Alex Schmid (University of Victoria Liaison)
You may have heard that the venue we had booked for our AGM, the Cedar Hill Golf Club was flooded and will be closed for the next 6 months. We are very fortunate to have found an alternative and excellent venue: The Ambrosia Centre at 638 Fisgard Street. The building is currently dressed up in tarps (it is being re-wrapped to make it more energy efficient) but the interior is just fine. There is lots of parking on the street, as well as in the City Parkade directly across the street, and Douglas Street offers a major bus route with stops in the same block. When entering the building, use the left door and walk straight ahead into our lovely room.
For all those of you who have already placed orders, you need do nothing more than show up at the new venue on February 22, 2020. If you have yet to sign up, please contact our Treasurer Deb Crawford by email no later than 7 days before the event (Feb 15th). Please specifiy how many in your party, and their choice of entree. Cost for dinner is $40 per person (including tip and tax).
Members who wish to skip the dinner but attend the AGM and presentation, please arrive at 7:30PM. There is no cost to attend, in this case.
The menu will be much the same as publicized before, however the chicken option is no longer offered, and a new vegetarian dish is added.
- Steak – state rare, medium or well-done when ordering
- Baked Wild Salmon – choice of sauce
- Vegetarian Lasagna – grilled vegetables layered with tomato sauce & noodles topped with cheese
- Caesar salad
- Mixed greens with vinaigrette dressing
- Marinated vegetable pesto
- Traditional coleslaw
Side: Roasted Rosemary Baby Potatoes
- Assorted mini pastries with fruit garnish
- Homemade cheesecake
Schedule – Feb 22, 2020
- 6:00 p.m. Doors Open – No Host Bar
- 6:30 p.m. Buffet Style Banquet
- 7:30 p.m. Presentation: The Canada France Hawaii Telescope: The First 40 Years by Mary Beth Laychak
- 8:30 p.m. Annual General Meeting and Awards – Notice of Election
Dr. Gerald Schieven, NRC Herzberg
7:30 PM Wednesday, January 8th, 2020 Room A104, Bob Wright Centre, UVic
The ALMA Observatory is a billion dollar multi-national astronomy facility located at high elevation in the Atacama desert of northern Chile. Its 66 antennas work together as if one giant telescope 16 km in diameter, to give us unprecedented images of the cold, dark universe, including the birth of planets around other stars, organic molecules in the early universe, and the first image of the event horizon of the super-massive black hole at the centre of the M87 galaxy. Gerald will talk about the observatory, what it’s like to work there, and some of the astonishing discoveries being made by this facility.
Dr. Gerald Schieven has been a staff astronomer at NRC – Herzberg for 24 years (11 of them in Victoria), and is responsible for managing Canada’s support of the ALMA Observatory. After obtaining his PhD in Astronomy at the University of Massachusetts, Gerald worked at Queen’s University in Kingston, NASA Jet Propulsion Lab in Pasadena, Dominion Radio Astrophysical Observatory in Penticton, and the James Clerk Maxwell Telescope in Hawaii before moving to Victoria.