Michael Cook
Michael Cook

Doing Astronomical Science, June 10 General Meeting

General Meeting for June 10, 2016 @ 7:30pm

In the last 20 years, the amateur astronomer has gained access to three paradigm-changing technologies: The Internet, progressively sophisticated astronomy software, and the CCD camera. This presentation will outline how an amateur astronomer, armed with these technologies, can engage in professional-amateur (pro-am) collaborations and contribute to astronomical sciences by monitoring a wide-range of transient astrophysical phenomena. The presenter will describe some of the projects that he has been involved with, and how any amateur can participate in doing science with their astronomical equipment.
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Mars, Saturn & Antares by Bob Christmas
Mars, Saturn & Antares by Bob Christmas

June 2016 Event Horizon Newsletter

The June issue of the Hamilton Amateur Astronomers Event Horizon newsletter is now available and jam-packed with great content!

In this issue you’ll find…

  • HAA Outreach Report – Bayfront Park
  • The Sky this Summer 2016
  • Educational Presentations and Public Outreach
  • A New Member Perspective
  • Expanding Confusion: Misconceptions About the Universe
  • Eye Candy
  • Cartoon Corner
  • Upcoming McCallion Planetarium Shows & Events

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Photo credit: Mars, Saturn, Antares (alpha Scorpii) & the Rho Ophiuchi Region, by Bob Christmas

Astronomy Day 2016
Astronomy Day 2016

Public Stargazing Night (Astronomy Day), May 14

Public Stargazing Night at Bayfront Park this Saturday May 14th

To celebrate Astronomy Day this year, join the Hamilton Amateur Astronomers at Bayfront park for an afternoon of solar observing and evening of stargazing. Solar telescopes will be setup to observe the disk of the sun, sunspots and solar flares.  Later that evening, cast your gaze upon the night sky for a complete astronomy experience. Knowledgeable club members will be onhand to answer questions so bring yourself and your family.
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May 13, 2016
May 13, 2016

Transits Near and Far, May 13 General Meeting

General Meeting for May 13, 2016 @ 7:30pm

Astronomers have long known about Mercury and Venus transits of the Sun. However, this technique, now commonly referred to as the Transit Technique, has been amazingly successful in detecting exoplanets, planets around other stars. To date, nearly 6,000 exoplanets or planetary candidates have been detected, the majority of them using the Transit Technique. This talk will deal with some of the historical observations of Mercury and Venus transits and then summarize the state of current exoplanetary observations.
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Moon Hyades Pleiades, Dane Anderson
Moon Hyades Pleiades, Dane Anderson

May Event Horizon Newsletter

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

In this issue you’ll find…

  • The Sky This Month
  • The Beginnings of Life on Earth
  • Hamilton Amateur Astronomers in the Community
  • Photo Eye Candy
  • Plus Much More!

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Photo credit: The setting Moon, Hyades & Pleiades, by Dane Anderson

Andromeda Galaxy, Leslie Webb
Andromeda Galaxy, Leslie Webb

Public Telescope Scope Clinic & Open House

This April 23rd the Hamilton Amateur Astronomers will be holding their public scope clinic and open house. Telescopes of all types will be setup, amateur astronomers will be available to answer questions, talk about equipment, observing and anything astronomy related. The scope clinic is a great way to get introduced to astronomy, where to start, and learn about the hobby.

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Astronomy Day 2013, Club History
Astronomy Day 2013, Club History

Public Stargazing Night at T.B. McQuesten Park, April 16

Join the Hamilton Amateur Astronomers at T.B. McQuesten Park this April 16th for a public stargazing night. Telescopes will be setup and club members will be available to answer astro-questions. Public stargazing nights are a great way to look at the universe in a friendly environment; bring yourself, your family and friends!

T.B.McQuesten Park
1199 Upper Wentworth St, Hamilton
7:30 – 11:00pm
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Subject to weather conditions.

April 15 2016, General Meeting
April 15 2016, General Meeting

Gravity Waves – A heavy subject made light.

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

In the past few months, the discovery of Gravity Waves has made headlines. From the inordinate amount of coverage this discovery has generated in the popular press, it must be something rather significant. Why so much hype? What are Gravity Waves? How were they detected? What does it means to Science? What does it mean to us? Long time HAA member Don Pullen will attempt to break down this revelation in terms that we can all understand.

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November 7 Telescope Clinic, John Gauvreau
November 7 Telescope Clinic, John Gauvreau

April Event Horizon Newsletter

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

In this issue you’ll find…

  • The Sky This Month
  • NASA’s Space Place
  • Upcoming Events
  • Cartoon Corner
  • Plus Much More!

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Photo credit: The November 2014 HAA Telescope Clinic, by John Gauvreau.

Under the Stars, John Gauvreau
Under the Stars, John Gauvreau

Public Stargazing Night at the Niagara Gateway Tourism Centre

Come join the Hamilton Amateur Astronomers for a night under the stars. This March 19th we will be holding a public stargazing night at the Niagara Gateway Tourism Centre between 7:30 – 11:00pm. Our friendly club members will have telescopes setup where you can ask questions and gaze upon celestial objects of interest;  The Moon, Jupiter, Orion constellation, etc.

Niagara Gateway Tourism Centre
424 South Service Rd., Grimsby
7:30 – 11:00pm
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Subject to weather conditions.