1. Interactive Planetarium on Downtown Toronto UofT Campus


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    In our basement in downtown Toronto, and hooked to a joystick, are a computer and a projector inside a dark inflatable igloo. This gear allows Mike Williams —and the crew of Teaching Assistants he has trained— to fly students, visitors and schoolchildren (25 of them at a time) through the Universe. Along the way, the audience gets an idea of how the Universe all works and fits together. The software and joystick make for an interactive experience, as the show can be modified on the fly Over 2,000 people have already been through the experience, and so can you, if you book a free seat for a show during the next Public Tour!

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    • Impact of Solar Flares on Communications


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      Richard Sanderson, astronomer at the Springfield Science Museum will join host Carrie Saldo to discuss the current sun activity in the last weeks which was the strongest solar eruption – or “flare” seen in the last five years. Sanderson will also talk about the impact of flares on the earth communications, the intense northern lights/aurora borealis, meteor showers, and comets.

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      • Star Watching from UofT Astronomical Observatory in Downtown Toronto


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        On the first Thursday of most months, you can access our rooftop observatory, thanks to the dedication of about a dozen Astronomy graduate students. They will be your guides, pointing the telescopes in the right direction for you, and explaining why the objects you see are the way they are. But remember: one thing our crew cannot control is the weather. And because optical telescopes don′t let you to see through the clouds, you should check the weather forecast. You will also need to dress according to the outside temperature, because the telescope domes are not heated in winter and not conditioned in summer.

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        • Free Astronomy Public Lectures on UofT Downtown Toronto Campus


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          On the evening of the first Thursday of most months, two of the Astronomy graduate students run the show on our downtown Toronto campus. Jamil Shariff and Ilana MacDonald give you an hour with a young researcher —enough to answer all your questions about black holes and 2012, or to give you an idea of life in Antarctica. Because the speakers themselves are often students, they still remember how hard it is to get your head around these concepts the first time. Ilana and Jamil also coach their crew, so they think anybody can follow these talks, and they encourage everyone to attend them.

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          • Doing Research on the Theoretical Side of Astrophysics at UofT


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            Since 1984, the University of Toronto has been hosting the Canadian Institute for Theoretical Astrophysics (CITA), which has grown to comprise 6 professors and 25 post-docs. CITA astrophysicists perform advanced research; they also train graduate and undergraduate students. Among various topics, CITA's professors and many postdocs construct models of the Universe's beginnings and simulate gravity waves from the coming together of black holes —from pen-and-paper computations to programming on video cards. The success of this institute on the theoretical side of astrophysics provided some of the inspiration for the creation of the Dunlap Institute —whose aims are more practical: astronomical instrumentation, astrophysical observations and science outreach.

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            • Athena Stacy - The Beginnings of the Universe


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              How do we know universe is expanding? Why do we believe it began in a Big Bang? What will be the ultimate fate of the universe? Take a tour through all the changes the universe has undergone in the 13.7 billion years since its birth, and how the Cosmic Microwave Background helps us connect the universe in its infancy to the universe today. Athena is an astronomy graduate student at UT Austin. She runscomputer simulations to see what the universe looked looked likeduring its first billion years, and is specially interested in howthe ancient stars and galaxies of these early times compares to young objects like our Sun and Milky Way.

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              • Playwright Lauren Gunderson discusses Henrietta Leavitt


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                Lauren Gunderson's new play, "Silent Sky," is set in the early 1900s and shines a light on real-life astronomer Henrietta Leavitt.

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                • Bruce Stewart: The Pyramids at Giza / Ross School Grade 12 Lecture Series


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                  9.29.2010/ Ross School/ East Hampton/ NY/ USA

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                  • TelescopeMan discusses the free software Moon Phase 3.3


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                    TelescopeMan demonstrates the free software Moon Phase 3.3, a handy utility for determining the moon's phase and other useful information. http://www.tingan.com/index.asp?top=top&left=meny&right=space&main=w3 Versions for the Northern and Southern hemisphere are available on the web site shown above. Clear skies! TelescopeMan www.telescopeman.tumblr.com

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                    • Campo Del Cielo - Field of Heaven: Reflections of the art of Matthew Luck Galpin


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                      No sign of Professor Brian Cox but otherwise this was a stellar gathering in response to and to conclude Matthew Luck Galpin's exhibition 'Anvilled Stars' at the Museum of the History of Science in Oxford, England. The exhibition presented five of Galpin's mirrors wrought from meteorites, displaced around the museum's gallery. Introduced by artist Rebecca Slingsby, seven performers presented their response to the work: Nancy Campbell, Brian Catling, Jack Catling, John Davies (aka Shedman), D. Gwalia, MacGillivray and Holly Slingsby. The booklet 'Campo del Cielo' is now available from Pighog Press at http://www.pighog.co.uk/titles/campo-del-cielo.html Terrier TV were on hand to record the event for posterity and present the highlights here.

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