Alan McConnachie from the University of Victoria will speak on "Big puzzles with small galaxies: galaxy formation and the problems with the tiniest galaxies."
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I agree with others: it was a great talk and I learned a lot about dwarf galaxies and how observations of them can be used to test various cosmological hypotheses. I also agree with Karl's comment that a portable microphone would have made a huge difference. The speaker was in constant motion, and I missed much of what he said when he was away from the mike.
0 · September 13, 2013
I'll echo the other commenters in saying that Alan McConnachie's presentation was really fantastic - an abundance of thought-provoking concepts regarding dwarf galaxies and dark matter. I definitely left smarter!
Some new ideas about Dark Matter and dwarf galaxies. I think that in future, the speaker and audience would benefit from a portable, wireless microphone.
Fantastic presentation. Nights like this are why I joined RASC. I'm gonna try image one of these dwarf galaxies tomorrow night.
One of the best presentations ever, Alan McConnachie really stimulated the old brain and left it wanting more.
0 · September 12, 2013
That was a fantastic talk by Alan McConnachie ! He had an 'entertaining' angle and a sense of humour, great visuals, and compelling simulations -- one of the best talks I've attended. I shall never look at any galaxy the same way again -- especially the dwarves.
I have updated the map to indicate where you can find public parking. It's a flat rate... something like $3.50 to park from 6pm until 6am. https://maps.google.com/maps?q=49.27724,-122.91054200000002
Are any of you aware of the epsilon Perseids? Reports out of Europe say they have seen a burst of over 50 meteors per hour and more bursts are expected.
Just wondering if anyone wants to meet up tonight.
1 · September 11, 2013
Hey.. I saw three meteors last night.. another tonight. Regardless of the meetup, I'm going out tmrw.
1 · September 12, 2013
The weather is looking fine, the moon is still crescent waxing. Any chance of setting up telescopes at SFU after tomorrow nights meeting?
2 · September 11, 2013
Quite excited to come to this! It will be the first time I meet all of you.. hope you guys don't bite.. too hard..
0 · September 11, 2013
Hi! Is there any free parking at SFU at that time?
0 · September 10, 2013
Hi there, sorry but no. After 5pm it is 3.50 for all night. I think you might want to check the map for public parking. Leigh
How long is this meetup going to go for? I was thinking I might be able to catch the tail end of it.
Hi Sean. The RASC lectures always have some RASC business to attend to at first which is about 10 - 15 minutes. Then the lecture itself is about 60 minutes with a question and answer thereafter. Finally ending with coffee and cookies. We are usually done by 10 pm. Regards, Suzanna - RASC Vice President
JJ: No fees! With only extremely rare exceptions, RASC events are free.
0 · September 9, 2013
Awesome- thank's so much for replying rather quickly!
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