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"How Superman Sees the Stars" - Vancouver Astronomy Monthly Meetup

Please NOTE: Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis, however RASC Vancouver reserves the right to seat members first.

This month speaker is Dr. David Helfand, who is currently the president of Quest University in Squamish. Dr. Helfand is also an astronomer at Columbia University and is a past president of the American Astronomical Society.

How Superman Sees the Stars

Our eyes are poor instruments for studying the Universe. They detect only a single octave out of the 50 octaves of light waves the cosmos sends us. In particular, X-rays give us a completely different picture than the visible light out eyes detect: an entirely new set of “stars” appears (some blinking on and off in seconds), vast clouds of glowing gas 10 times the size of the full Moon shine forth, and the night sky is always bright. Using the X-ray eyes of telescopes orbiting several hundred miles above the Earth, I will reveal how Superman sees the stars.

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

We hope to see you there!

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  • Angela S

    I'm sorry I missed this - completely forgot - duh!

    May 26, 2011

  • wolfgang w.

    The presentation was great

    May 16, 2011

  • wolfgang w.

    The presenatation was great

    May 16, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    great talk!

    May 16, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    this was a great presentation. The simplified comparison of octaves to the electromagnetic spectrum was great. I really enjoy the presenter

    May 14, 2011

  • Leigh C.

    Very entertaining and informative talks. Thanks also to for donating a very nice telescope for a lucky young astronomer.

    May 13, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    We had a great time! I thought that the presenter was articulate, well prepared and engaging. My 7 & 9 year olds enjoyed themselves, too. THANK YOU!

    May 13, 2011

  • Mark

    Excellent speaker! Educational and entertaining.

    May 13, 2011

  • Mark S.

    A very good lecture. Dr. Helfand was both entertaining and engaging, keeping the subject matter light yet informative to those members and families in attendance.

    May 13, 2011

  • Kozmo I. Mongrain G. K.

    I'm already amid the Galaxies & among the Particle as well as the Here & Now. I think Über-Stretegic:In 5Gy we may have Andromeda to contend with, Sun will be RED GIANT by Then, we'll hafta MOVE long before [1-1.5 Gy? Sun TOO HOT!! for US. PLAN AHEAD, all SENTIENTs must escape UNIVERSE {It'll COLLAPSE à la WARP BUBBLE in STAR TREK!!} unknown [but 4 me] YET!!!! SCOUTS: DYB² DOB²

    May 10, 2011

  • Howard T.

    *** Families with young kids and newcomers to astronomy: Don't forget our "What's Up?" segment which starts at 7:00PM! ***

    May 2, 2011

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