Observatory Logbook: The Return of Leesann

Episode 197. Monday the 26th of May 2014.
Hosts: Jesse, Lianne, Shah
Title: Observatory Logbook: The Return of Leesann
Leesann having left York University after graduating, has returned to volunteer at the Observatory in her spare time. We welcome her back with open arms! We chatted about the shrinking (not so) Great Red Spot on Jupiter, and the dud of a meteor shower Camelopardalids, which Lianne was able to say without fumbling. Thanks for listening all; podcast and show notes below.

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Jesse’s Excellent Arizonan Adventures!

Episode 186, February 24, 2014
Hosts: Jesse, Paul
Title: Jesse’s Excellent Arizonan Adventures!

After two weeks off, due to Ontario’s statutory holiday Family Day, the York Universe team returns. Jesse was off galavanting around the southwest United States including a trip to Meteor crater and a week at the Kitt Peak National Observatory. The Moon dominated the conversation with Yutu, a car sized object impacting (caught in real time), and of course the Moon and the planets in the night sky for your viewing pleasure. Canadian Men’s and Women’s olympic hockey teams claim gold (again), but the Australians lost in cricket…so Paul didn’t know what to think. Show notes and podcast below. Thanks for listening!

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Paul’s Boomerang Nebula gets WISE: August 26th, 2013

Show notes for the night of August 26th, 2013

Hosts: Paul, Jesse
Title: Paul’s Boomerang Nebula gets WISE

 This week in space/astronomy history:
1. August 28, 1789 – William Herschel discovers Enceladus, moon of Saturn.
2. September 1, 1979 – Pioneer 11 becomes the first spacecraft to fly by Saturn (second spacecraft to fly through the asteroid belt).
3. August 30, 1871 – Happy birthday Ernest Rutherford (August 30 1871-19 October 1937). Characterised radioactivity (alpha and beta radiation) and improved our understanding of radioactive decay and the atom in general.  Originally from New Zealand, Rutherford ended up at McGill University (Montreal) via the University of Manchester.

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