BinbrookCA_KevinSalwach
BinbrookCA_KevinSalwach

February Event Horizon Newsletter

The February issue of the Hamilton Amateur Astronomers Event Horizon newsletter is now available.

In this issue you’ll find…

  • The Sky This Month
  • Chair’s Report
  • Chaos & The Cosmos
  • Upcoming McCallion Planetarium Shows
  • Cartoon Corner
  • Plus Much More!

Download your copy from the newsletters section.

Photo credit: Binbrook Conservation Area & Lake Niapenco, by Kevin Salwach

New Eyes on the Cold Universe: The Atacama Large Millimeter Array
New Eyes on the Cold Universe: The Atacama Large Millimeter Array

New Eyes on the Cold Universe: The Atacama Large Millimeter Array

General Meeting for February 12, 2016 @ 7:30pm

The Atacama Large Millimeter Array (ALMA) is a new and powerful radio telescope that has recently completed construction on a high plateau in northern Chile. The first science results from ALMA include a stunning array of images of astronomical sources ranging from very young stars that are still in the process of forming to galaxies at the limits of the visible universe. Professor Christine Wilson has been involved with ALMA in a variety of roles throughout its design and construction and will give an overview of the telescope itself as well as some of its most exciting science.

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Karen Cumming, Mars One Mission
Karen Cumming, Mars One Mission

The Mars 100… My Story So Far.

General Meeting for January 15, 2016 @ 7:30pm

As a reporter with CHCH-tv for many years, Karen Cumming was used to telling other people’s stories.  Turns out she has a pretty interesting one of her own to tell now.  In February of last year, Karen was chosen as one of 100 people from around the world who are moving on to the final round of astronaut selection in the Mars One Mission.  They’re known as “The Mars 100”.  Their goal?

To colonize Mars.  Oh, and did we mention?  It’s a one way trip.  To say the whole experience has been surreal would be an understatement.  Join Karen on January 15th as she tells us about her own unique space story.
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Great Astro Apps for your Smart Phone

1960’s Star Trek could only imagine the power we wield today with our smart phones and the amount of information available at our fingertips. I’m never far from my phone, dawning it from my pocket whenever I need a bit of information or to access some tool for a task at hand. Somewhat akin to Mr. Spock’s tricorder, using astronomy apps I can point my phone at the cosmos and see what star is in view, when the International Space Station will cross the sky or predict upcoming aurora. Here is a list of some of the apps I use and while I’ll be focusing on iOS apps, many of these or similar are also available for Android and other platforms.

Be it under a night sky or riding the train home from work, Aurora Forecast provides up-coming aurora predictions and includes a 3D view of the Earth showing exactly where the aurora is presently visible. Added details such as solar wind speed and density help provide a complete picture which can be fascinating on its own even if the aurora is not visible.

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Cheers for some great members!

I just wanted to offer congratulations to a few members for a great job well done.

I have really enjoyed Bruce Pawlett’s recent articles in the newsletter. Having submitted now for three months in a row he is at risk of becoming a regular feature in the Event Horizon! His topics have been diverse, and I enjoyed all his work and look forward to more in the future. Well done, and thanks Bruce!

Our own webmaster, David Tym, is also our calendar editor this year, and although the calendar is advertised right here on our website, there is little mention of a great newspaper article that featured the calendar and its editor. David did put a link to the article below the notice (look a few blog posts below this one), but was clearly too modest to say more, and although it was briefly refered to in the newsletter, there was no information on the article, name or link provided. I say well done David and very glad to see some well deserved recognition! The calendar is hard work (I know!) and David did a great job this year. And, as you can see by heading to the following website to see the article, it was picked up by a number of newspapers, including the Hamilton Spectator. http://www.thespec.com/news-story/6202926-hamilton-amateur-astronomer-calendar-tells-you-when-to-watch-the-night-skies/

Finally, although certainly not deserving of last place, a personal nod to Alex Tekatch for creating a cartoon for the newsletter each and every month for over 6 straight years now! Aside from being one of my favourite features in the newsletter, Alex has quietly become perhaps out longest running contributor! Well done Alex! I enjoy the Cartoon Corner each and every month!

Andromeda Galaxy, Peter Wolsley
Andromeda Galaxy, Peter Wolsley

January Event Horizon Astronomy Newsletter

The January issue of the Hamilton Amateur Astronomers Event Horizon newsletter is now available.

In this issue you’ll find…

  • The Sky This Month
  • Chair’s Report
  • Treasurer’s Report
  • Upcoming McCallion Planetarium Shows
  • Plus Much More!

Download your copy from the newsletters section.

Photo credit: Andromeda Galaxy by Peter Wolsley

M45 Pleiades, Janice Mannering
M45 Pleiades, Janice Mannering

December Event Horizon Newsletter

The December issue of the Hamilton Amateur Astronomers Event Horizon newsletter is now available.

In this issue you’ll find…

  • November Letter From B.A.S.E.F.
  • Eyepiece Review
  • The Sky This Month
  • NASA’s Space Place
  • Plus Much More!

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Photo credit: The Pleiades (M45), by Janice Mannering.

December 11, 2015 General Meeting
December 11, 2015 General Meeting

Winter Observing: Hazards and Joys, December 11, 2015 @ 7:30pm

General Meeting for December 11, 2015 @ 7:30pm

Imagine if you will… you have been enjoying a crisp clear night with all of nature’s glory before you for a couple hours. Orion’s nebula semmingly coming alive in the night sky. That comet is glowing brighter than advertised, it seems that indeed the universe is unfolding as it should. You feel a chill as the breeze gains a little character, you go to get your sweater out of the car and… it’s LOCKED and the key is in the ignition! Now you are 10 miles from anywhere and it is suddenly colder…

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2016 HAA Celestial Events Calendar
2016 HAA Celestial Events Calendar

2016 Celestial Events Calendar

Hot off the press, the 2016 Hamilton Amateur Astronomers Celestial Calendar is now available!

Calendars can be purchased at any club event or general meeting for $15 each or two for $25.

Packed full of beautiful astro-photos from club members, each month will inspire your own astrophotography or visual observing sessions. Each month also includes upcoming celestial events so you can stay up-to-date on great sky events. Any revenue generated from sales goes back into the club to help support club activities.

Be sure to grab your calendar or pick-up a few as gifts before supply runs out.

Recognition:

PanSTARRS and Polaris, Bob Christmas
PanSTARRS and Polaris, Bob Christmas

November Event Horizon Newsletter

The November issue of the Hamilton Amateur Astronomers Event Horizon newsletter is now available.

In this issue you’ll find…

  • The 2016 HAA Celestial Events Calendar
  • The Sky This Month
  • Treasurer’s Report
  • The Wave – It is not over until it’s over!
  • Plus Much More!

Download your copy from the newsletters section.

Photo credit: Bob Christmas, Polaris and Comet C/2014 S2 PanSTARR