Friday, September 15th
6:30 pm Telescope Walk: We will share knowledge of amateur telescopes with you in a walk around the observing field. Come see many different types and styles of telescopes in this informative session.
7:30 pm Speaker Jacob Robilliard: The Milky Way and company
Our home, the Milky Way. Fun talk about our place in the Milky Way and its future collisions with other galaxies
8 pm Speaker John McDonald: The connection between the physics of small things and the structure of the universe
How modern physics, cosmology and astronomy are linked. In particular John will show what we have learned about the smallest particles at CERN and the connects to the early universe and its evolvement
9:30 pm Astronomy 101: (following talk) Wonder what you can see in the sky? Join one of our members for Astronomy 101 and learn more about your night
Saturday , September 16th
1 pm to 3 pm Solar observing : Yes the eclipse is over but the sun is still interesting to view. Come look at the sun in White light and H-Alpha light. See sun spots and solar flares. Main field
3:00 pm Group open mike: Group open mike
Come share your Solar Eclipse stories and photos of the 2017 solar eclipse.
5:00 pm BBQ Dinner: BBQ Hamburger Dinner
(by donation). We are cooking, come join us.
6:00 pm Telescope Walk: Ed Nicolas will share knowledge of amateur telescopes with you in a walk around the observing field. Come see many different types and styles of telescopes in this informative session.
7:00 pm Speaker: Gail Conway: The Quantum Nature of Time
What is the nature of time? It marks off our days with a metronome’s pattern, seemingly constant,
never varying. But what is it really? How has our understanding of time altered over the course
of human history? Early humans tracked the movement of the Sun and developed timekeeping and
calendars. More recently, Einstein showed us that time is actually not a rigid construct, but a flexible
piece of the fabric of spacetime. Today, quantum mechanics is hinting at an even stranger picture of
time which may revolutionize how we understand our universe.
Gail Conway has degrees in physics, astronomy and astrophysics. She spent 16 years as a university
faculty member, and now heads the Middle School program at Discover Montessori School in Nanaimo, BC.
8:00 pm Speaker: Greg Arkos : Electronically Assisted Astronomy (EAA) – a personal journey of (re)discovery
Viewing deep sky objects from our increasingly light-polluted skies is a challenge,
especially with modest apertures. After yet another student viewing session of
the same (few, bright) deep sky objects, I wondered if there might be another way
to experience the richness and variety of the night sky, even in (sub)urban skies.
Could EAA be the answer? Join me as I discuss my ongoing experiences with
incorporating EAA into my personal and professional viewing.
Dr. Gregory Arkos is a faculty member in the department of Physics,
Engineering and Astronomy at Vancouver Island University. He studied
geophysics at the University of Manitoba and space science at UBC
before moving to Nanaimo over 10 years ago to join the physics
department at VIU. Greg’s interests include all things astronomical,
public outreach, and the promotion of scientific literacy.
Gregory Arkos, Ph.D.
Astronomy 101: Wonder what you can see in the sky? Join one of our members for Astronomy 101 and learn more about your night sky. (right after evening talk)