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RASC Vancouver Monthly Meeting

  • Jan 9, 2014 · 7:30 PM
  • Hennings Physics building at UBC

RASC Vancouver's 2014 lecture series gets off to a "timely" start with a report from the frontiers of astrophysics by one of Canada's leading researchers - and we invite the public to join us, free-of-charge!

Title: An Astronomer's View of Time

Speaker: Dr. Jeremy Heyel of the UBC Department of Physics and Astronomy

Description: Astronomers have been the time keepers of civilizations since people have been keeping time. For the past fifty years or so, physicists have taken over, but astronomers may again have the most accurate clocks. I will describe how astronomers keep time, what is the modern conception of time (and spacetime) from a physicist's point of view and whether there really is anything real about time.

Location: Henning Physics Building at UBC, Room 201 (see above for more location details).

About our speaker: Dr. Heyel is a professor at UBC, and is a Canada Research Chair in Neutron Stars and Black Holes. His recent research in theoretical astrophysics has focussed on compact objects: white dwarfs, neutron stars and black holes. Find out more about Professor Heyel and his research at his UBC website:

The monthly lecture series of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada - Vancouver is open to the public, free of charge, which is made possible in part by very modest membership dues. If you are not already a member, and enjoy our lecture series and other events, join us - together we'll do even more! Go to, click "Join" near the upper left, and be sure to "attach" yourself to Vancouver Centre.

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  • Scott M.

    Wow, fantastic lecture! For years I've tried to grasp the whole idea of space-time / gravity / relativity. This is the first explanation I've understood. The Twin Paradox, the Ladder in the Garage... all of these relativity problems make sense to me now! Unfortunately I can never look at 'days' as a unit of time again :(

    1 · January 10, 2014

    • Angela S

      Awsome lecture, mind boggling but I think I understood most of it. I'd actually like to read it. Does anyone know of a book that explains the quantum/relativity stuff?

      January 10, 2014

  • Richard

    Excellent first time experience at the group

    January 10, 2014

  • Alan G.

    Excellent lecture, entertaining and informative

    January 10, 2014

  • James

    Excellent as always.
    Thanks to the individuals that consistently make this happen.

    January 10, 2014

  • J.Karl M.

    Interesting view on time. Food for thought.

    January 10, 2014

  • Kyle

    Apologies guys, I have a late class tomorrow and will be unable to make it to UBC.

    January 8, 2014

    • Scott M.

      No worries, buddy. We'll see you in February. I hope you get a few clear nights this month with the Nexstar 8SE :)

      January 9, 2014

    • Kyle

      I've got a couple in, and I just figured out how to operate the camera that you suggested. Hopefully I'll be able to get at least one night of astrophotography.

      January 9, 2014

  • Terry M.

    Sorry gang but, like Lauren, I have another meeting that I must attend.

    January 8, 2014

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