Astronomy Day

The Royal Astronomical Society of Canada–Victoria Centre will host the celebrations for International Astronomy Day. Join us and explore the mysteries of the universe! Learn about the constellations through planetarium programs, look safely at the sun through a solar telescope and participate in hands-on activities and presentations. Events will take place outdoors on the Upper Plaza (weather permitting) and in Clifford Carl Hall and the Newcombe Theatre.

Scheduled Presentations in the Newcombe Theatre

Planet 9 or Planet Nein? Discoveries in the Distant Solar System
Dr. Samantha Lawler, NRC Herzberg Astronomy & Astrophysics Research Centre
​11:00 am

To date, over 3,000 small icy worlds have been discovered in the Kuiper Belt. By carefully studying their orbits, scientists can reconstruct the history of planet formation and migration in our Solar System. They can also use Kuiper Belt orbits to learn about the most distant reaches of the Solar System. Dr. Lawler will talk about results from the recent Kuiper Belt survey using the Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope, and what it tells us about whether there is likely to be an undiscovered giant planet lurking on the edge of the Solar System.

Knowledge Network Space Suite I
12:00 pm

CASTOR: A Flagship Canadian Space Telescope
Dr. Patrick Coté, NRC Herzberg Astronomy & Astrophysics Research Centre
1:00 pm

Since 2012, the Canadian Space Agency has been developing a mission concept for a Canadian-led, wide-field, imaging space telescope: the Cosmological Advanced Survey Telescope for Optical and uv Research (CASTOR). CASTOR is a 1m telescope that would provide ultra-deep, panoramic images at optical and ultraviolet wavelengths. In this talk, Dr. Coté describes the history and revolutionary design of CASTOR, its performance compared to the famed Hubble Space Telescope, and its vast potential for scientific discovery.

Knowledge Network Space Suite II
2:00 pm

Knowledge Network Space Suite III
3:00 pm 

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