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Vancouver Astronomy Monthly Meetup

Join the Vancouver Centre of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada for a very special guest lecture on Thursday November 10, 7:30PM, at the HR MacMillan Space Centre, when we host Dr. Jaymie Matthews of UBC!

Dr. Jaymie Matthews

Department of Physics and Astronomy, UBC:


"The end is near. It seems the end is ALWAYS near. And the end is always being brought about by hadron-crazy particle physicists, or predicted by ancient Mayans, or the result of betrayal by our trusted friend, the Sun, erupting in a temper tantrum of a solar superstorm. Will time itself end in 2012? What's science and what's science fiction?  And what's sometimes both at the same time? How do astronomers think the Universe might end? The closing chapters in the Big Bang Theory used to be either an infinitely long slide towards absolute zero or a "Big Crunch". Now, why are some cosmologists talking about "The Big Rip"? Set your calendar for Thursday, 10 November, to learn some of answers. If the world ends before then, the talk is cancelled. No refunds. (No charge for admission, either.)."

Dr. Jaymie Matthews is well known to friends of Vancouver Centre for his cutting-edge research, including as Principal Investigator of the MOST satellite, and as a very spirited and entertaining lecturer. Among the many awards and honours that he has received in recognition of his work, Dr. Matthews was appointed as Officer of the Order of Canada in 2006.

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, generally in the downstairs 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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  • Leigh C.

    Another great talk by Dr. Jaymie Mathews. He has a knack for blending the right amount of humour with genuinely good science. We have all fallen at one time or another for a hoax or woo on the internet. Being able to laugh about our own fallibilities takes the sting out and reminds us to be dilligent and skepticle about claims. He also pointed out to us how important it is to research the researcher as well as the research. Great time and thanks for the Dr. Who references.

    November 11, 2011

  • Art P.

    Dr Matthews is a great speaker. His talk seemed perhaps a little disjointed, but mind-blowing & thought-provoking nonetheless; bring him back !

    November 11, 2011

  • Steve C.


    Yes, there are good telescopes to sign out. We will need your membership number or other means to show you have signed up. We have a couple of 8" and 1- 10" Dobsonian mount reflectors, a 4" refractor and several others in or loaner program. Just see me at the end of the presentation in the GMSO.

    Steve Coleopy
    Director of Telescopes

    October 18, 2011

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