November RASC Meeting: Meteors and Telescopes | Fri 16 Nov PDF Print E-mail

November RASC meeting

Date:    November 16, 2018

Time:    8:00 - 10:30 PM
Place:  SMU, The Atrium, AT101

Rather than have one main speaker, we are having two shorter presentations this month, plus the usual What's Up? and other fun activities.


 "How does a Telescope Magnify?"

Prof. Telescope

In the first of (hopefully) a series on telescope optics, Prof. Telescope will astound you with his explanation of how a telescope REALLY works, including hands-on demonstrations. Trigger warning: there is math involved, but Prof. Telescope promises it will be at the absolute minimum necessary.


 "Roar of the Dragon!"

Paul Gray

Each year Earth encounters a stream of meteroids left behind by comet 21P/Giacobini-Zinner. Most years the result is a minor meteor shower but on several occasions in the last century there have been outburst with ZHR's in the 100's to 1000's of meteors seen visually. In 2018 several predictions were for a possible outburst and Nova Scotia was lucky to be clear for the best part of the evening and had a front row seat that rewarded those who went out to watch. This mini talk will discuss the a bit of the history and what was observed this year.


Treats will be provided for the social time that follows the meeting.