Feb 2017 Meeting Agenda

Our February meeting of the RASC Ottawa Centre was held at 7:30 pm on Friday February 3, 2017 at the Canada Aviation and Space Museum. The meeting runs until 9:30 pm.


  • Dave Chisolm - Ottawa Skies
  • Al Scott-10-Minute Astronomy
  • Brian McCullough - GA Update
  • Hugo Lama - Star Charts
  • Observations
  • Nick Cowan - Exoplanets

Special Guest Speaker: Dr. Nicolas Cowan

Dr. Nicolas Cowan  is a professor in the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences at McGill University. Dr. Cowan studies the atmospheres of extrasolar planets (planets orbiting stars other than the Sun) using space telescopes and novel remote sensing methods. His goal is to empirically measure their atmospheric reflectiveness (clouds), infrared opacity (greenhouse gases), and heat transport (winds). These are the dominant factors that determine the climate on all planets, including Earth. Dr Cowan will present an overview of his research.

Preview of Dr. Cowan's Presentation

Ottawa Centre member and journalist Brian Carroll has published a preview article on Ottawa-based e--zine Apartment 613. The article features a compelling interview with our guest, Prof. Nick Cowan

All RASC monthly meetings are free and open to members and non-members alike. Refreshments will be available and this will be a wonderful opportunity to meet new friends who share a common interest and chat in a relaxed, stimulating and fun environment.  Please join us!