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IYA2009 never stops in Calgary…

17 Oct 2009, 18:47 UTC
IYA2009 never stops in Calgary…
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Galileo Lectures
Galileo Lectures
One of the nationwide programs for IYA in Canada has been the Galileo Legacy Series of lectures sponsored by the Canadian Astronomical Society, who have made a roster of superb speakers available to groups across the country. In September, we hosted an excellent talk about Black Holes, presented by Dr. Laura Ferrarese of the Herzberg Institute. As with other lectures we’re staged this year, Dr. Ferrarese’s talk was filled to near capacity. Coming up we have a Science Café night at a local pub with Dr. Chris Pritchet on the topic of Dark Energy. Mix that with beer and pub food, and you have a powerful combination!
Solar Stargazing
Solar Stargazing
As everyone has done, we’ve taken astronomy to the streets, or more to the point, to various festival grounds over the summer months. One of our main off-site venues has been the Spruce Meadows Equestrian Centre, site of several world-class equestrian competitions. Except for Pegasus, horses and stars wouldn’t seem to have much in common. But at Spruce Meadows, performance stages, food courts, and exhibit pavilions give the events a festival atmosphere. Tens of thousands of people attend, and so did we, with telescopes for ...

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