Due to the COVID19 pandemic, inperson meetings of The Royal Astronomical Society of Canada - Kingston Centre have been cancelled until further notice (since March 2020).In lieu of inperson meetings, we are holding virtual meetings with the aid of the Zoom videoconferencing system.
Members of the RASC-KC will receive an email with the ZOOM meeting registration link a few days beforehand. You may also see this on RASC National communication channels (centers and presidents email lists, etc).
For all others, including members of the public, you can view this livestreamed on our Youtube channel "RASC Kingston"
For some people, the bandwidth requirements may be much less than a live zoom call, so even with the ZOOM link you may prefer Youtube (but you will not be able to interact /chat with the meeting as you would in zoom).
Guest Speaker: Dr. Doug Johnstone - Up All Night: Life at the Summit of Maunakea
Abstract - Research astronomers tend to fall into two categories. Those that theorize about how the Universe works, using our best understanding of physics and chemistry, and those that observe the Universe directly, using the most technologically advanced telescopes and instruments. I have been fortunate enough to straddle these two areas of research as I work to understand the formation of young stars and planetary systems. In this talk I will weave theories and observations together, taking you on a journey through the process of encountering a new idea about how stars evolve, turning the idea into a research proposal, planning the required observations, and journeying to the telescope to make the measurements. Along the way we will discuss a little astrophysics, encounter a pinch of astrochemistry, and veer near astrobiology, all while enjoying amazing views of the night sky.
Bio - Dr. Doug Johnstone is an astronomer at the National Research Council’s Herzberg Astronomy and Astrophysics Research Centre in Victoria, BC. From 2012-2014 Doug was the Associate Director of the James Clerk Maxwell Telescope, a 15-m telescope on Maunakea devoted to observations of the sky at submillimeter wavelengths. Doug's main research interests follow the formation of stars and planetary systems. He began his professional life as a theorist at the University of California, Berkeley, working on the evolution of circumstellar disks around young stars, back before extra-solar planet detections were common. He has spent time at the Canadian Institute for Theoretical Astrophysics, the University of Toronto, and the National Research Council of Canada . Today, Dr. Johnstone’s research focuses on the assembly of individual protostars and the internal instabilities that make them vary in brightness on human timescales.
This will be followed by: Robert Bates of the RASC Belleville Centre will share his Astrophotography , Hank's Sunspot and Rick's What's up in the June and summer skies.