Star Parties 2019
April 27th to September 7th
(this site and the ticket sales site will be updated approximately monthly to make tickets and speaker schedules available for the next month)
Please refer to our Guide to the Centre of the Universe to find the activities listed below.
7:45 – 8:00 p.m. “Out of this World” Interactive Presentation – Auditorium
8:00 – 8:15 p.m. “Stories in the Skies” – Planetarium
8:15 – 8:45 p.m. “Meet the Telescope” Tour – Plaskett Dome
8:45 – 9:30 p.m. Children’s Activities – Information Area
Make and Take Craft Tables
Family Scavenger Hunt
Night Sky Viewing
August 4th 2018 – 8:30pm repeats at 9:30pm
Astrophotography Demo Night
Abstract: Tonight we will show you how to get started with simple astrophotography. These sessions are for you if you ever wanted to photograph the night sky. You may already have some of the equipment to do it. You won't want to miss this.
Bio: We are very fortunate to have a number of accomplished astrophotographers in Victoria. The range of techniques deployed are simple to complex.
August 11th 2018 – 8:30pm repeats at 9:30pm
Jim Stilburn and Members of the RASC
Abstract: This is your chance to dust off that telescope in your closet and put it to good use. This evening we will have Jim Stilburn and other members of the RASC available to look at any astronomical equipment you might be having troubles with. Often it's just some TLC that's needed and you're off to view the stars!
Bio: The Victoria Centre of the RASC has a long history of providing science outreach and supporting a community interested in astronomy.
August 18th 2018 – 8:30pm repeats at 9:30pm
Introduction to the Night Sky
Abstract:The night sky can be a bewildering maze of disconnected dots, flashing streaks of light and predictable events that appear just like clockwork. But most of all it is filled with mystery and beauty. Come and learn what's up in the sky and how best to view it.
Bio: David Lee is an avid photographer who over 20 years ago turned his camera upwards to the sky capturing astronomical images of the solar system and beyond. Through the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada he has been an advocate of astronomy and the sciences through its public outreach programs. Recently retired from a career in IT he will become even more of a tourist of the night sky.
August 25th 2018 – 8:30pm only
Falling Through Space
Abstract: Isaac Newton gave the first clear illustration of how space travel from Earth was possible while, later, Einstein predicted the gravitational deflection of light. I shall explore the remarkable implications of these two ideas and how we are all 'falling through space'.
Bio: Professor Gordon Walker is a UBC Professor Emeritus, Astrophysics (ret 1997), PhD Cambridge (1962). Life long interest in astronomical instruments, particularly low light level detection and pioneered a number of new techniques, notably in the search for extra-solar planets. Current interests: large interstellar molecules, interstellar dust, extra-solar planets and brown dwarfs, and the possibility of putting a spectroscopic telescope at the lunar south pole.
September 1st 2018 – 8:30pm repeats at 9:30pm
Planets Under Construction: How to Study a Million-Year Process
Nienke van der Marel
Abstract: Exoplanets are everywhere! In the last 25 years, thousands of exoplanets have been found throughout the Milky Way. But if they are so common, why is it that we still don't know how they are formed? With the ALMA telescope we can now finally zoom into the birth cradles of planets: dusty disks around young stars. The spectacular images have given us new insights, but also raised many more questions regarding the process of planet formation.
Bio: Dr. Nienke van der Marel is an NRC postdoctoral research fellow at the Herzberg institute. She received her PhD in 2015 at Leiden University in the Netherlands, her country of birth. After that, she spent two years at the University of Hawaii as Parrent research fellow, before joining the Herzberg institute in November last year.