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This page is owned and managed by the Vancouver Centre of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada (RASC). All RASC lectures and observing events are open to the public, family friendly, and there is no charge for admission. Our organization is run entirely by volunteers who love astronomy and astrophysics.

Whether you're a complete beginner, a seasoned astronomer, or you hope to work for NASA some day, anyone fascinated by space exploration is welcome and will enjoy our events. Membership requests MUST INCLUDE a recent and clear headshot. This is part of our safety policy so that we can recognize our members at events.

Upcoming events (4+)

Starry Nights at Simon Fraser University

SFU Trottier Observatory

SFU is pleased to host the Starry Nights public star night every Friday, but subject to cancellation due to weather no later than each Friday at 11AM.

The event will start at 7pm and run until 10pm. Since this is a public event and pandemic restrictions are still in effect, here are the rules that will be in place for attendees:

* Masks, vaccination proof (ages 12+) and proper ID (ages 18+) will be required.
* Disinfecting and distancing protocols will be in effect throughout the event.
* Only ONE member from the public at a time will be allowed entry.

More information can be found here: https://www.sfu.ca/science/community/trottier-observatory---courtyard/starry-nights.html

RASC thanks SFU and Dr. Joanna Woo for hosting this virtual event.

RASC Vancouver Virtual Monthly Meeting

Online event

Join us for our monthly meeting. All of our monthly meetings are free and open to the public.

*** NOTE: The meeting will follow our AGM so will have a later start at 8:15pm ***

Location: Zoom

Topic: Space Safety

Speaker: Dr. Darren McKnight, Senior Technical Fellow, LeoLabs

Bio:

Dr. Darren McKnight is currently Senior Technical Fellow for LeoLabs. Darren leads efforts to realize the value proposition for the growing global network of ground-based radars for space situational awareness, space safety, and space sustainability. He is a member of the International Academy of Astronautics’ Space Debris Committee, with his current focus on developing technical solutions and encouraging global behavior that leads to sustained space operations assurance through limiting the risk of debris collision hazard to space systems in Earth orbit.

Abstract:

Dr. McKnight will provide some insights into the challenging world of space safety. While much of the talk is about large constellations of small satellites creating an increasing risk to space assets, in reality, it is decades of poor habits in space accumulating to risking to erode the utility of low Earth orbit (LEO). Data acquired by LeoLabs will be used to hone in on the most pressing issues to sustain reliable space operations in LEO.

About our Events:

All RASC lectures and observing events are open to the public, family friendly, and there is no charge for admission. Our organization is run entirely by volunteers who love astronomy and astrophysics. Whether you're a complete beginner, a seasoned astronomer, or you hope to work for NASA some day, anyone fascinated by space exploration is welcome and will enjoy our events

Starry Nights at Simon Fraser University

SFU Trottier Observatory

SFU is pleased to host the Starry Nights public star night every Friday, but subject to cancellation due to weather no later than each Friday at 11AM.

The event will start at 7pm and run until 10pm. Since this is a public event and pandemic restrictions are still in effect, here are the rules that will be in place for attendees:

* Masks, vaccination proof (ages 12+) and proper ID (ages 18+) will be required.
* Disinfecting and distancing protocols will be in effect throughout the event.
* Only ONE member from the public at a time will be allowed entry.

More information can be found here: https://www.sfu.ca/science/community/trottier-observatory---courtyard/starry-nights.html

RASC thanks SFU and Dr. Joanna Woo for hosting this virtual event.

Starry Nights at Simon Fraser University

SFU Trottier Observatory

SFU is pleased to host the Starry Nights public star night every Friday, but subject to cancellation due to weather no later than each Friday at 11AM.

The event will start at 7pm and run until 10pm. Since this is a public event and pandemic restrictions are still in effect, here are the rules that will be in place for attendees:

* Masks, vaccination proof (ages 12+) and proper ID (ages 18+) will be required.
* Disinfecting and distancing protocols will be in effect throughout the event.
* Only ONE member from the public at a time will be allowed entry.

More information can be found here: https://www.sfu.ca/science/community/trottier-observatory---courtyard/starry-nights.html

RASC thanks SFU and Dr. Joanna Woo for hosting this virtual event.

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