|A Canadian astronomer living in Kingston, Ontario, Terry Bridges completed his Ph.D. at Queen's University in 1992, has worked in Toulouse and the Royal Greenwich and Anglo-Australian Observatories. He is a member of the 100 Hours of Astronomy task group.
Tuesday, March 24, 2009
Calgary IYA Activities
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Greetings everyone! Lots of exciting IYA activities are happening every week, all across the country. Today, we will move east to Calgary,and I’ll let you know some of the great things going on there.
The Calgary IYA folk are very organized, with three groups working closely together: Telus World of Science, the RASC Calgary Center,and the Rothney Astrophysical Observatory (University of Calgary). Their excellent webpage has lots of good information, and a schedule of their IYA events.
The first Calgary activity I’d like to highlight is a very cool planetarium production: Galileo Live! This show was co-produced by the planetariums in
, and will be playing in all these cities sometime this year. It features live actors, multimedia audio and video, andgorgeous 360-degree panoramic scenes shot in
projected onto the dome. The picture to the left is from one of the
performances, and shows Galileo in the Medici chapel in
, dedicating the moons of Jupiter to his patron, Cosimo de Medici. Check with your planetarium for more information and show times. You should also look at the blog that Alan Dyer did on Galileo Live! for 100 Hours of Astronomy.
bunch also organize stargazing sessions at Telus World of Science (every Friday night from September till May) and at the Rothney Astrophysical Observatory (open houses (at least) once a month during all of 2009). At these sessions, Calgary IYA members will show you planets and othercelestial bodies through several telescopes, and there are usually astronomical talks as well. The picture on the right was taken at an RAO open house in January, and shows Roland Dechesne talking about Comet Cardinal (which was discovered at the RAO!)
The picture on the left is from the February 20th Telus World “Friday Night Stargazing” session, featuring Mark Windsor of Telus World of Science.
Thanks to Alan Dyer of Telus World of Science, for telling me all about the Calgary IYA activities. Alan asked that I mention a few people (he’s too modest to mention himself of course!) who deserve special praise: Brian Fenerty and Larry McNish from the RASC, and Jennifer Howse, and Phil Langill from the RAO. In my next blog, I’ll tell you more about 100 Hours of Astronomy.
Until then, clear skies!
Links to previous IYA blogs by Terry Bridges:
March 10: lnternational Year of Astronomy
March 17: Simon Fraser University and 100 Hours of Astronomy
March 24: Calgary IYA Activities
March 30: 100 Hours of Astronomy
April 3: 100 Hours of Astronomy is Here
April 10: 100 Hours of Astronomy Highlights
April 21: IYA Activities in Halifax
April 29: IYA Update and Astronomy Day
May 5: Galileo Lectures
May 18: Saskatchewan Bound
May 23: Dark Skies
June 5: IYA so far, and Cool Cosmos
June 15: Calgary Activities and Teacher Training
June 30: IYA and Astronomical Art
July 26: Keppel Henge, the Moon, and More
August 10: The IAU General Assembly and Canadian IYA News
August 21: Doings at the DDO and Fun in Sudbury
October 3: Winnipeg Folklorama, Tremblant Sous les Étoiles, Quantum to Cosmos in Waterloo and SUPERnova in Vancouver
October 21: Galilean Nights, Citizen Science and the Arts Roundup
December 15: One Million Galileo Moments and Counting
March 9, 2010: IYA: What a Year! (And it’s not really over)