Hosts: Paul, Pat, Ryan Title: Pauline plays ‘name that galaxy’
This week in space/astronomy history: 1. Unusual happy birthday: Herbert Marshall McLuhan, CC (July 21, 1911 – December 31, 1980) was a Canadian philosopher of communication theory. His work is viewed as one of the cornerstones of the study of media theory, as well as having practical applications in the advertising and television industries. (Ref: Wikipedia) Given the imprtance astronomers and science educator put on ALL forms of communications, especially social media, this seems a worthy recipient of our “shout out”.
2. Apollo 11: July 16 – 24 including neil Armstrong’s first step upon the Moon, July 20, 1969. July 22 1969, Apollo 11 laves lunar orbit bound for Earth. Can note that the original F-1 Engine #5 was found on the ocean floor by Amazon founder Jeff Bezos. Also recovered were “thrust chambers, gas generators, injectors, heat exchangers, turbines, fuel manifolds and dozens of other artifacts”
3. Venera 8 landed on Venus July 22 1972. Used aerobraking and survived surface conditions for 50 minutes, confirming high temperature, pressure and atmospheric composition including cloud altitude. No camera onboard, 495 kg lander mass.
Hosts: Paul, Lianne, Jen Title: Where the Heck was Jesse?!
This week in space/astronomy history: 1. July 18 1853, birthday of Hendrik Lorentz (Netherlands). Nobel Prize 1902. Famous for (co-founder) Zeeman Effect and the Transformation equations used by Einstein for describing space-time.
2. July 15 1975, Soyuz-Apollo Test Mission rendezvous mission (Earth orbit). Soyuz 19 + Apollo
3. July 15 2009, STS 127 Endeavor launched (15 day mission) with Canadian Julie Payette aboard. First time 13 people in space simultaneously. Sixth launch attempt and delivered JEM-EF.
4. Mariner 4 flew past Mars giving the first close-up photos of another planet. It flew past Mars on July 14-15, 1965. The closest approach was 9,846 km from the Martian surface at 01:00:57 UT July 15, 1965 (8:00:57 p.m. EST July 14). The images taken during the flyby were stored in the on-board tape recorder.. Transmission of the taped images to Earth began about 8.5 hours after signal reacquisition and continued until August 3. All images were transmitted twice to ensure no data was missing or corrupt. Image: (http://nssdc.gsfc.nasa.gov/planetary/image/mariner4_8e.gif) Continue reading →
Hosts: Paul, Ryan Title: The Night Sky of Dr. Ruess
This week in space/astronomy history: 1. Roswell UFO Incident 66th anniversary http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/2013/jul/08/roswell-incident-66th-anniversary-google-doodle
2. July 7 1992 Jupiter “fly-by” of Comet Shoemaker-Levy 9 (~40,000 km) and consequent breakup. Comet discovered March 24 1993 and impacted Jupiter July 1994.
3. Opportunity MER Rover (1,063 kg at launch, 185 kg at landing) launched July 8 2003. Landed January 24 2004 in Meridiani Planum (Eagle Crater) and still operating.
4. July 8, 2011 – launch of STS-135 (Atlantis) on final space shuttle mission.
5. ON THIS DAY in 2013: Toronto surpasses Hurricane Hazel record single-day rainfall (see this CBC article). Continue reading →
Show notes for June 24th, 2013 Hosts: Harrison, Paul, Jen, Ryan Title: Flaring Super Moon Rising on Mars (made of Lithium)
This week in space/astronomy history: 1. June 29, 1995 U.S. Space shuttle docks with Russian space station (Launched on June 27th) – also the 100th human space mission in American History. This was referred to as the beginning of a “new era of friendship and cooperation” between the U.S and Russia.
2. Today in 1982 Soyuz-T-6 launched carrying the first Western European astronaut to go into space. Wonder who it is? The answer is General Jean-Loup Chrétien. In April 1979, the Soviet Union offered France the opportunity to fly a cosmonaut… on board a joint Soviet-French space flight, along the same lines as the agreement to fly non-Soviet cosmonauts from member countries of the Intercosmos program. The offer was accepted, and France began a cosmonaut selection program in September 1979. Chrétien was one of two finalists named on June 12, 1980 and he started training at the Yuri Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in September 1980. The following year he was named as the research-cosmonaut for the prime crew of the Soyuz T-6 mission. To learn more about him see http://www.jsc.nasa.gov/Bios/htmlbios/chretien.html 3. June 24 1915: Birthday of Sir Fred Hoyle (died August 20 2001). Coined the term “Big Bang” (March 1949) and as early as 1946 worked out the pioneering details of stellar nucleosynthesis. Did NOT share in the 1983 Nobel Prize (with Fowler and Chandrasekhar). Continue reading →
This was a collaborative post, written by Jesse, Julie, Ryan, and Lianne, and included private communications with Paul.
On May 25, 2013, the York Universe team (represented by Jesse Rogerson, Ryan Marciniak, Lianne Manzer, and Paul Delaney) in collaboration with York alumni Julie Tomé, attended the 2nd annual What’s Up in Space? event organized by the AstroNuts Kids Space Club.
The AstroNuts are a very energetic group of children aged 8-12 that meets once month at their Home Base in Newmarket, Ontario. For each meeting, Ray Bielecki (the club manager) organizes a range of science programming from one of Science, Technology, Engineering, or Math (STEM). Ray will often invite presenters to help him engage with the children. The club’s website describes the group best: “We are not a registered company, not a charity, not an association, not a not-for-profit, not a for-profit, we are ‘just’ an amazing local fun kids space club.”
The What’s Up in Space? event was designed to extend the reach of the AstroNuts to a broader audience. The AstroNuts can only maintain a relatively small group of club members, but for one day every year, Ray Bielecki and the AstroNuts team are able to engage hundreds of children at a time. York Universe and the York University Astronomical Observatory have presented at the event in the past, and we were all so excited to be invited back.
The crowd at the 2nd Annual What’s Up in Space? event. Children aged 5 to 8 attended. In this picture, Ray Bielecki is introducing Dr. Dave Williams, Canadian Astronaut.
Show notes for June 3rd, 2013
Hosts: Jesse, Lianne, Jen Title: Cruising with The QEII
It was a busy week for space exploration as three new astronauts joined the ISS crew, ESA launched their ATV4 ‘Albert Einstein,’ and China prepares to launch to their own Space Station. Jen talked about mass concentrations on the Moon, Jesse chatted about our place in the Milky Way, and Lianne told us why going to mars will make you radiant. Show notes and podcast are below. Thanks for listening! Continue reading →
On Monday, May 6, 2013, Bora Zivkovic (@BoraZ) will be giving a public talk in the Paul Delaney Gallery at York University. Mr. Zivkovic is the Blog Editor at Scientific American, where he also writes A Blog Around the Clock. He is also famous for Science Online, an annual conference in North Carolina. Mr. Zivkovic is both an accomplished scientist and writer; this public talk on how the internet and social media shape science communication will provide a larger context of the role we all play in science.
courtesy of scientific american
Talk: Science and the New Media Ecosystem
Bora Zivkovic, Blog Editor at Scientific American When: Monday, May 6, 2013, 2:00 – 3:30 pm Where: Paul Delaney Gallery, Room 320, Bethune College
York University, Toronto, Directions: Check building location on this Map, and these directions to YorkU campus. Abstract: The whole media landscape is shifting and changing – newspapers on the decline with blogs, Twitter and YouTube on the rise. Science is no different. Come listen to one of the pioneers of online science communication talk about how this new media landscape is shaping how science is done, evaluated and communicated in an increasingly connected world. Further Details:
John Dupuis (Confessions of a Science Librarian, @dupuisj) has both organized the public talk, as well as a ScienceOnline Toronto Tweetup (#TORsciTweetup) at The Duke of York in the evening following the talk, starting at 7pm. Check out the Facebook event page to get details and sign up (or just show up!).
From John Dupuis: ‘The talk is open to the public. If you’d like to attend but aren’t sure about the logistics of getting to York, campus maps and directions are here. Subway construction has made getting to campus a bit complicated, so be aware of the various transit options on the map/directions page. You can also just email me at jdupuis at yorku dot ca.’
Unfortunately, our show was cut short today due to technical difficulties with the Astronomy.FM computer servers. The people at AFM are hard at work in order to bring the systems back up and running smoothly. Sorry to all who tuned in, we’ll see you next week!
Below are the notes we wrote before the show went on-air! Gives you an idea of what we were going to chat about.