Unfortunately it has become clear that the only prudent action under the current circumstances is to cancel the March meeting of the HAA. Do NOT go to the meeting location tomorrow (Friday March 13, 2020)
We know that it is disappointing, but considering the small, enclosed meeting space, demographic of our group and various other factors (as outlined by the Public Health Agency of Canada), cancelling is the only responsible course of action. In the end, it is a small sacrifice to make in order to ensure the safety and well being of our fellow members and the community at large.
The status of the April meeting will be determined at a later date.
Join us on March 13th 2020 at 7:30pm – Admission is free and everyone is welcome! Please join us this month as Robert Godwin of Apogee books will talk to us about “Apollo Stories”. Robert was asked some time ago to write a piece about how Apollo affected people. He started working on it and realised that he could approach it from the point of view of some of his friends who worked on Apollo and how his interaction with them led to his involvement in cataloging the history of Apollo. So it’s semi-auto-biographical. A lot of fun anecdotes. Some of which were told at Starfest. Robert will also be selling and signing his latest books! Robert has been the recipient of numerous awards. In 2002 Godwin’s Mission Reports series won the Space Frontier Foundation’s Best Presentation of Space Award. In 2007 the International Astronomical Union’s Committee for Small Body Nomenclature approved the naming of a main belt asteroid after Robert and his brother Richard Godwin for their efforts in documenting space history and raising public awareness about Near Earth Objects. “4252 Godwin” is an absolute magnitude 12.7 minor planet discovered in 1985 by H. Debehogne at the European Southern Observatory. From 2008 to 2011 Robert was the Space Curator at the Canadian Air and Space Museum in Toronto. Non-members are welcome Non-members are welcome to join us at our general meeting events to see what we’re all about. You’ll find a club full of enthusiastic amateur astronomers passionate about this fascinating science and hobby. We’re confident you’ll want to become a member of the Hamilton Amateur Astronomers and join us in exploring this fascinating hobby. Place and time We’ll be meeting at McMaster Innovation Park located at 175 Longwood Rd. South, Hamilton, along Highway 403 between Aberdeen Ave. and Main St. West. Starting time is at 7:30pm. Door prizes There will be a draw for door prizes at the meeting and a free door prize ticket to all who arrive before the 7:30 start time! As it’s the holiday season, there will be some extra prizes to be won! Food share donations Donations of non-perishable food for the Hamilton Food Share program will be collected at this meeting. Please drop off any items at the drop-box located near the entrance of the auditorium. All donations gratefully accepted and thanks to your generosity we’ve collected thousands of pounds of food since we began. Let’s keep up the great work as the need continues. Become a member Becoming a member of the HAA opens up new opportunities to take your love of astronomy further! Members have access to our star nights at the Binbrook Conservation Area, our telescope loaner program, social events such as our Cosmology Discussion Group, and more!
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