2013 RASC GA
The GA website is almost ready. Once it is ready, an announcement will come from National Office, and we will happily take registrations.
I am pleased to announce that we have filled our slate with speakers. As reported at the 2012 GA banquet, Dr. Sara Seager from MIT will be our first keynote speaker after the Wine and Cheese. She will deliver a talk entitled – Exoplanets and the Search for Habitable Worlds. The Ruth Northcott Memorial Lecturer will be Dr. Raymond Carlburg. He is the Canadian lead on the Thirty Meter Telescope from University of Toronto, and will be delivering a talk about the background of the project, why Canada is involved and it’s current state of development. Our banquet speaker will be Dennis Mammana. Dennis was an invited photographer with the IYA The World at Night (TWAN) project, and his talk will be entitled – One People, One Sky.
We are planning to add an “unofficial GA event” – we will be hosting a three part night sky photography workshop, that will be instructed by Dennis Mammana. Unfortunately, for those of you that that need to take vacation to come to the GA, the only way to fit it into the existing schedule, was to put it the first part of it on Thursday . It will take place late Thursday afternoon, before the National Council BBQ.
Going to Mars
We can bring you to Mars. The Lakehead University Virtual Reality Environment (LUVRE) recreates stereoscopic 3D environments – as if you were really there. It is located in the same building as most of our meetings will be in, has access to some of the latest NASA Curiosity data, as well as a host of other astronomical projections.
There are 4 tours to select from.
Tour #1 – Friday June 28 – Fort William Historical Park
Tour #2 – Monday July 1 All Day – Slate Islands (limited availability)
Tour #3 – Monday July 1 AM – Ouimet Canyon, Eagle Canyon, Amethyst Mines, Terry Fox Monument
Tour #4 – Monday July 2 PM – Kakabeka Falls, Founders Museum
We are also currently looking at a way to get delegates to the marina for the local Canada Day celebrations.
We will be having a photo contest, rules and regulations will be similar to 2012 GA.
Lakehead University will play host to us for the weekend. Due to the way that the university sells the rooms, we have chosen to administer the rooms, and will ask for payment in advance (likely a separate registration process). In order to get the cheapest rates, guests will need to room with 3 others, in an apartment style room. We will be assigning rooms/apartments based on delegate requests, but also from a financial optimization point of view. Delegates will also be welcome to book an individual traditional “dorm style” room, but rates will be slightly higher. For those that don’t appreciate all the sleepless GA nights that dorm life brings, there are a number of local hotels in the area.