AstroNotes 2017 November Vol: 56 issue 09

Announcements . Member News . National Update . Dinner Meeting . AGM Notice . Nominations . AstroNotes Bookshelf . Next Meeting . Centre Information



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The Newsletter of the Ottawa Centre, RASC

Volume 56 - No 8 - November 2017

The new 18"telescope on a brand new concrete pad, thanks to the FLO team! Photo: Gordon Webster


Public Star Parties are over for another season. Thanks to Paul Sadler for coordinating the last
half of the season with such aplomb, and to all who brought their telescopes and shared their
enthusiasm with our visitors.

Members-Only Star Parties at the Fred Lossing Observatory continue all winter with dates set
for dark of the moon each month. Coming up that’s 18 November and 16 December (tentative,
as Christmas may get in the way).

It’s that time of year! See below for full details on our Annual Dinner Meeting set for
24 November, Centre Council Nominations, and the Annual General Meeting on 3 December.

Member News

New members last month: Stephen Barr, Gordon Dewis and David George. The Centre is pleased to meet you and welcomes your participation.
Hail and Farewell to Paul Boltwood, who passed away recently. An exemplary, prolific, and multi award-winning amateur astronomer; he will be much missed. Thanks to Doug George for presenting such an excellent obituary for Paul at the October meeting. You can also read about Paul here.

National Update

You’ll be seeing a lot of this logo as we enter our 150th Anniversary year (and it’s available on t-shirts and caps from the store). For an explanation of the logo’s many elements by RASC Archivist Randall Rosenfeld, see here. If you are interested in what we’ve been up to for the last 150 years, there is a wealth of information on the national website here.

Do you know somebody who deserves recognition for their efforts in support of the RASC on a national scale? Nominations are open for the National Awards Program. The deadline is 31 December 2017; details of the various awards are found here. If you would like to nominate an Ottawa Centre member for any of these awards, please email Past President Gordon Webster at .

Dinner Meeting November 24

Our annual dinner which will be held on Friday 24 November in Salon D of Algonquin College. The evening starts at 6 pm with cocktails followed by a buffet dinner at 7 pm. There will be a guest speaker, the presentation of Centre awards and a special door prize.

Price is $45 per person. Tickets can be purchased at the 3 November RASC meeting or in advance by sending an e-transfer to our Centre Treasurer, Oscar Echeverri, at . Password: rascdinner. While there is no dress code for this event, most people in past years have dressed semi-formally.

The guest speaker this year is Ivan Semeniuk, who many of you will remember delivered a talk on the latest Dark Matter research at the November 2015 meeting. Ivan is an award-winning science journalist, broadcaster and reporter for The Globe and Mail. While he covers science in general, he focuses on science policy and especially Space science. He is a contributing editor for many years to Sky News magazine. He has reported on countless subjects, examples include the Pluto spacecraft flyby, the discovery of exoplanets and much more. For 10 seasons he was a columnist and field producer for the Daily Planet.

The title of Ivan's talk is "The Crash Heard 'Round the World: The past, present and future of neutron star astronomy." Please join us for what promises to be a memorable evening.

Annual General Meeting and Elections

Notice is hereby given to all members of the RASC Ottawa Centre that the Annual Meeting will be held at 7:30pm on December 3, 2017 at the Canada Aviation and Space Museum as part of the regular monthly Centre meeting. The following business will be conducted:
(1) consideration and approval of the agenda for the meeting;
(2) consideration and approval of the minutes of the last annual meeting;
(3) consideration and approval of the reports of the Council, the officers of the Centre, and the committees of the Council, and presentation and adoption of the financial statements;
(4) presentation of the “Paul Comision Observer of the Year”, “Best AstroNotes Article of the Year” award and Best Presentation of the Year;
(5) election of Officers, Councillors, National Council Representatives and Centre Meeting Chair of the Centre;
(6) election of the auditor of the Centre as prescribed in Article 11.01; and
(7) other business.
Chris Teron, Centre Secretary

Report of the Nominating Committee

Elections for various executive and council positions in the Ottawa Centre for 2018 will be held during the 3 December, 2017 RASC Ottawa Annual General Meeting at the Canada Aviation and Space Museum. Nominations have been received from the Nominating Committee, led by Past President Gordon Webster and other members, for the slate of candidates that follows (* indicates an incumbent). Please note a new President, Vice President and Meeting Chair are elected every two years and the Councilors currently occupying these positions are now starting their second one-year term.

  • President: Tim Cole*
  • Vice-President: Mike Moghadam*
  • Secretary: Chris Teron*
  • Treasurer: Oscar Echeverri*
  • Centre Meeting Chair: Kelly Jordan*
  • 3 Councillors: Carmen Rush*, Gerry Shewan*, Jim Sofia*
  • 2 National Council Representatives: Robert Dick*, Karen Finstad
  • Past President: Gordon Webster*

Additional nominations will be accepted for any position. Nominees must be members in good standing. National Representatives must be at least 21 years of age. Nominations must be made in writing by at least two other members and received by Chris Teron ( by 8:00 pm on 26 November, 2017.

AstroNotes Bookshelf

Edited by Janet Tulloch

Each month our librarian, Estelle Rother, chooses one book from our library of about 800 books to feature. The library is located in a cabinet behind the Aviation Museum theatre and is open immediately after meetings. You can also consult the Centre’s website for most of our titles.

Estelle’s Pick for October:
Astrophysics for People in a Hurry by Neil de Grasse Tyson

Next Meeting

7:30 PM Friday November 3 2017, at the Canada Aviation and Space Museum (directions). Note there is a $3 parking fee for museum parking. The meeting runs until 9:30 pm.
Topic and speakers TBA.

PLUS: all our regular meeting features: Ottawa Skies, 10-minute Astronomy, Observer Reports, and of course, the beloved Door Prize!
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!

If you cannot attend in person, follow the proceedings over our live stream here.

Centre Information

General enquiries:

To subscribe(or unsubscribe) to our members-only discussion list ( ) please contact .

The Ottawa Centre 2017 Council President:

Tim Cole (
Vice President: Mike Moghadam
Secretary: Chris Teron (
Treasurer: Oscar Echeverri (
Centre Meeting Chair: Kelly Jordan (
Councilors: Carmen Rush, Gerry Shewan, Jim Sofia
National Council Representatives: Brian McCullough, Robert Dick
Past President: Gordon Webster

2017 Appointed Positions

Membership: Art Fraser
Star Parties: Paul Sadler (Acting)
Fred Lossing Observatory: David Lauzon & Rick Scholes
Hospitality: Art & Anne Fraser
Stan Mott Astronomy
Library: Estelle Rother
Ted Bean Telescope
Library: Darren Weatherall
Webmaster: Taras Rabaryski
AstroNotes Editors: Karen Finstad & Janet Tulloch (