2014 Annual London Centre Banquet

Our banquet will take place on Sunday evening, 2014-07-06, at the Stoneridge Inn which is conveniently located at the freeway junction with Highway 401 and Highway 4, SW of London.

Cost is $40 per person, or $75 per couple, where a couple is defined as any two consenting humans who pay for their ticket together. Please post on the forums before July 2 or PM Peter Jedicke to reserve a seat.

We will gather at 18:00. Parking is free. Dress is casual. There will be no bar in our banquet room, but you are welcome to go to the main bar in Pasto's Restaurant to get a drink and bring it to the banquet room.

Our dinner will be a Tex Mex Buffet, including:
Tomato, Cucumber, Red Onion, Feta Salad
Grilled Chicken, Peppers, Onions, Guacamole, Cheddar Cheese, Salsa, Sour Cream
Warm Soft Tortillas, Spanish Rice
Dessert, Coffee, Tea, Soft Drinks

Robert Jedicke

Our Guest of Honor will be Dr. Robert Jedicke of the University of Hawaii's Institute for Astronomy. Robert is a Life Member of the RASC and a graduate of Western University as well as a former starter at Left Tackle for the Western Mustangs.

Robert's topic will be "Earth's Mini-Moons"

Think Earth has just one Moon? Actually, Earth is surrounded by a cloud of temporarily captured natural satellites that we call minimoons. Each one typically remains in the Earth-Moon system for about nine months and the largest in orbit at any time is about two meters in diameter. They may be small but they are close, and are natural stepping stones on our path to planetary exploration and asteroid mining.

 

Cronyn Observatory Public Night, Saturday, June 21st, 2014

Mostly clear skies with hazy clouds later in the evening greeted visitors to Western University’s Cronyn Observatory Summer Public Night, Saturday, June 21st, 2014, 8:30 p.m. Graduate student Sahar Rahmani made 2 presentations of her digital slide presentation “The Summer Solstice” before an audience numbering 25 people by 8:43 p.m. Postdoctoral fellow Sophia Lianou was crowd manager and estimated some 70 (67—73) people in her count by 11:00 p.m.

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Cronyn Observatory Public Night, Saturday, June 14th, 2014

Clear skies greeted some 60 visitors to Western University’s Cronyn Observatory Summer Public Night, Saturday, June 14th, 2014, 8:30 p.m. Physics and Astronomy Department Chair Dr. Shantanu Basu made his digital slide presentation “Galaxies” twice during the evening. Visiting professor Dr. Duncan Steel was also there. Graduate student Jeff Vankerkhove was telescope operator and postdoctoral fellow Sofia Lianou was crowd manager.

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Star Night, Springwater Conservation Area Campground, June 7th, 2014

Hazy, partly cloudy skies greeted 4 RASC London Centre members to the Springwater Conservation Area Campground near Aylmer, Ontario, Saturday, June 7th, 2014. Dave McCarter brought his 25.4cm Dobsonian; Gaetan Godin, his 20.3cm Home Built Dobsonian; Harold Tutt, his 80mm Stellarvue Night Hawk refractor; and Everett Clark, his 11.4cm Tasco Newtonian on a Super Polaris equatorial mount.

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