Join us this Friday September 9 live and in person as we return to McMaster Innovation Park for our September members meeting! Our guest speaker will be former HAA Chair John Gauvreau. His topic for the evening will be Knowing Galaxias – How we have seen and understood the Milky Way through time.
Anyone who has ventured away from the city lights is struck by the vividness of the night sky and the abundance of stars that appear. The Milky Way is seen stretching across the sky, a soft yet bright light that circles us. Yet our understanding that the Milky Way is a galaxy, an island universe as it was called, is new and was, in astronomical terms, hotly debated as recently as the 20th century.
Let’s have a look at our galaxy through the eyes of the ancients, the discovery of the telescope and right up to the most recent views across the full spectrum available to us now, to really understand our place in our island universe, the Via Lactea. Continue Reading