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Vancouver Astronomy Monthly Meetup

"From the Big Bang to the Nobel Prize and on to the James Webb Space Telescope and the discovery of alien life"
Dr. John C. Mather
NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
Recipient of the 2006 Nobel Prize in Physics
Important Advisory:
Please note that an RSVP does not guarantee seating at this event. Seating is first-come, first-served. Doors open to non-members of RASC Vancouver at 7PM. Should we exceed the seating capacity of the Space Centre auditorium, we ask for your understanding.

The history of the universe in a nutshell, from the Big Bang to now, and on to the future – John Mather will tell the story of how we got here, how the Universe began with a Big Bang, how it could have produced an Earth where sentient beings can live, and how those beings are discovering their history. Mather was Project Scientist for NASA’s Cosmic Background Explorer (COBE) satellite, which measured the spectrum (the color) of the heat radiation from the Big Bang, discovered hot and cold spots in that radiation, and hunted for the first objects that formed after the great explosion. He will explain Einstein’s biggest mistake, show how Edwin Hubble discovered the expansion of the universe, how the COBE mission was built, and how the COBE data support the Big Bang theory. He will also show NASA’s plans for the next great telescope in space, the James Webb Space Telescope. It will look even farther back in time than the Hubble Space Telescope, and will look inside the dusty cocoons where stars and planets are being born today. It is capable of examining Earth-like planets around other stars using the transit technique, and future missions may find signs of life. Currently planned for launch in 2014, the JWST may lead to another Nobel prize for some lucky observer..

This is the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada - Vancouver monthly meeting and is shared with the general public at no charge.
We meet at 7:30 p.m. on the second Thursday of each month, downstairs in the auditorium of the H.R. MacMillan Space Centre.

Astro-coffee and astro-cookies will be served at the Southam Observatory after the meeting.

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  • A former member
    A former member

    I just read a 'Meetup' comment from Mr. Nolan Smith who was turned away last night. I think the real problem here is that the Planetarium auditoriums & parking lot are getting too small for any type of meeting to be held in Vancouver. Re - development may be in order for the Planetarium!

    As for the presentation, I thought it was very good. With regards to the topic of the 'Big Bang Theory' itself - well, that's debatable!

    January 14, 2011

  • Dave W

    Excellent explanation of some very interesting research. Also, I'd like thank Dr. Mather for taking the time to come and speak to us.

    January 14, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    I loved it! It was my first meeting though I joined more than a year ago.

    I felt badly for people who weren't comfortable or who couldn't park. There were questions I would have liked to ask but I didn't stay afterward as it seemed crowded.

    January 14, 2011

  • Leigh C.

    Dr. John Mather gave an entertaining talk on the Universe and our understanding and lack of understanding of it. I also learned new information about the James Webb Space Telescope. Dr. Mather was very approachable after the talk and stuck around long enough for anyone who wanted to meet him to do so. Great stuff.

    January 14, 2011

  • Angela S

    Dr Mather was a great speaker; a pity that some regulars were turned away because of its popularity, however most got the message to get there earlier. I like the idea of getting a good audience of interested people, it is part of our mandate. I realize some members do not want to use MeetUp to rsvp but perhaps we can have a system on our revamped website where members can rsvp for popular speakers. In the past we have had a thin audience for some great speakers when I felt disappointed that more members did not attend.

    January 14, 2011

  • Neda J.

    The presenter/presentation was brilliant. It is a compliment to the organizer to bring such guests.

    As for managing questions part of the presentation at the end of the meetup, I was disappointed by the organizer enforcing the questions from "Young" people and putting aside the rest of the auditorium. "Young" being people from a university. Although the organizer pointed out up front that the SFU is going to have the guest presenting today at 3PM therefore that would be an opportunity for “Young” students/people to ask lots of questions and probably more in depth questions, the organizer was pressing on getting/picking questions from students.

    I've been a student once, I love young people and applaud encouragement, but the way it has been applied was not comfortable as there are lots of people who are academically active, consider themselves young and can contribute to younger members learn something with their questions.

    January 14, 2011

  • Carl G.

    Great presentation. Dr. Mather is an excellent public speaker. He made complex subjects understandable to all.

    January 14, 2011

  • Sam E.

    Extraordinary Meetup. Very lively presentation about the future of men's search for knowledge.

    January 14, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    excellent talk. thanks to committee members who gave up their seats for us.

    January 14, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    Great!! Fascinating delivery of complex topics. Well handled by elected members and President.

    January 14, 2011

  • MJ

    Very Interesting presentation and Mr. Mather was funny too! :-)

    January 14, 2011

  • J.Karl M.

    A very good talk about what some the frontiers of cosmology are at the moment, presented in a non-technical manner for lay people.

    January 14, 2011

  • Rohit G.

    Amazing Insight to the Universe.

    January 13, 2011

  • Nolan S.

    Turned away at the parking lot. Definitely needed a bigger space today.

    January 13, 2011

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