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International Astronomy Day Livestream Events with RASC and SFU!

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The Royal Astronomical Society of Canada, Vancouver and SFU Faculty of Science celebrate International Astronomy Day with livestreams!

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Royal Astronomical Society of Canada, Vancouver and SFU Faculty of Science celebrate International Astronomy Day and want YOU to be a part of this celebration through the following all-ages events! Zoom invites will be sent to all those who register.

Morning session:

11-11:45 AM

NASA’s Voyager Missions

Speaker: Matthew R. Borghese, JPL Solar System Ambassador

In 1977, NASA launched Voyager 1 and 2 on a mission unlike any other. They exceeded their goal to explore Jupiter and Saturn and now they are ambassadors of humanity - traveling past Pluto and into interstellar space. Join us to learn about the mission, their discoveries, and their new role as they exit the solar system.

Matthew Borghese is a communications specialist and former journalist who covered space shuttle launches from the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida. Matthew joined the Solar System Ambassador program in 2018 and is currently the only ambassador in Canada. Matthew lives outside of Victoria, BC, where he provides STEM outreach and connects students to careers and internships at the NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL).

11:45AM-12PM

Solar Observing (weather-permitting)

speaker: Gordon Farrell, President of RASC Vancouver Centre

Gordon will be live streaming a close-up of our Star with his solar telescope

Afternoon session:

1-2PM

The Moon 101

Speaker: Ted Stroman, Member of RASC Vancouver Centre

A beginner’s introduction to our closest celestial neighbour, the Moon

Ted Stroman is a long-standing member of RASC Vancouver. His 1st Moon Landing Program was started in the 1990s and have brought the excitement and awe of the Apollo missions and the Moon to many classrooms and public events throughout the province. He is an avid reader/researcher on the Moon’s development, geology, and future space missions. The moon is his favourite observation target on any night but he also follows the planets and DSOs with his Giant Binoculars and 4.5″ reflector.

2-2:30PM

The Jim Bernath Meteorite Collection

Speaker: Suzanna Nagy, Secretary of RASC Vancouver Centre

With the passing of long-standing RASC member Jim Bernath in 2019, RASC Vancouver acquired some of his space collection including his meteorite collection. Suzanna will be screen-sharing and using a hand-held microscope to look closely meteorites.

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