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RASC Vancouver Monthly Meeting

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Every 2nd Thursday of the month

Simon Fraser University

Burnaby Campus · Burnaby, BC

How to find us

We will be meeting in room AQ3159 in the Academic Quadrangle.

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Join us for our monthly meeting. All of our monthly meetings are free and open to the public. We have two guest speakers this month, Sarah Savić Kallesøe and Chris Gainor.


Chris Gainor - When the Hubble Space Telescope was launched in 1990, amateur astronomers were given time to carry out their own investigations. This talk will tell the history of this now forgotten program and why it ended after only a few years. Today amateurs can take part in HST by accessing its massive archive or by taking part in citizen science programs.

Sarah Savić Kallesøe​ will be speaking about her experience researching quasars and supernovae with the Niels Bohr Physics Institute at the Nordic Optical Telescope in the Canary Islands. Included are:

- Sarah's 2017 research on quasars and supernovae at the Nordic Optical Telescope
- An overview of the fourteen observatories at Roque de los Muchachos, La Palma.
- The culture of astronomy at Roque de los Muchachos, La Palma and what makes the Canary Islands one of the best night-sky locations in the world
- The routine of a professional astronomer on the Canary Islands
- Observational astrophysics opportunities at the Niels Bohr Physics Institute and how anyone can get involved


Chris Gainor is a historian who is writing a history of Hubble Space Telescope operations for NASA. He is also President of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada and editor of Quest: The History of Spaceflight Quarterly.

Sarah Savić Kallesøe​ is a Simon Fraser University student involved with research and public outreach at the Trottier Observatory. As the first student with observatory training and access, Sarah has led imaging projects, astronomy workshops, and data collection sessions. In 2017, Sarah was invited to join the observational astrophysics research group at the Niels Bohr Physics Institute, University of Copenhagen, where she was the youngest member and the only Canadian accepted. Her research at the Nordic Optical Telescope in La Palma of the Spanish Canary Islands and focused on quasar identification and classification of novel supernovae. The results of this project were published in the Astronomer’s Telegram and included in the NASA Astrophysics Database.

Sarah will graduate from SFU with a First Class Distinction Bachelor’s of Science in Population and Quantitative Health Sciences in June 2019. She is the 2019 BC Rhodes Scholar nominee for SFU and her career aspiration is to contribute to the World Health Organization's research relating to the well-being of migrants and their access to health care services. While her formal undergraduate education in public health does not directly relate to astronomy, she appreciates the complexity of both systems. Beyond academia and astronomy, Sarah thoroughly enjoys exploring BC’s nature her Scout group.

Location: SFU Burnaby Campus - Academic Quadrangle - Room AQ3159

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