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

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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!