January Meeting and Astronomy Talks

Online business meeting at 10:30am, followed by astronomy talks at 1:00pm.

Astronomy Talks Agenda

  1. Welcome
  2. Astro-Sketching – Emile Cormier
  3. Observing Reports and Imaging
  4. Show & Tell / Buy & Sell
  5. Constellation Talk – Emma MacPhee
  6. Break – 10 min.
  7. Photography (and Benefits) with the RASC Robotic Telescope – Paul Owen
  8. Wrap Up

Annual General Meeting and Astronomy Talks

The 2021 RASC New Brunswick Annual General Meeting will be held online via Zoom.


11 am to 12 pm – Members-only business meeting

1 pm to 4:45 pm – Astronomy Talks

  • Welcome message
  • Talk by Dr. Phil Groff: Everything You Wanted to Know About RASC but Were Afraid to Ask
  • Talk by Curt Nason: Constellations and Cultures
  • 10-minute break
  • Announcements and President’s Award
  • Talk by Dr. Ted Gull: Astro 1 – A Perspective by the Mission Scientist

About the Speakers

Curt Nason

Curt has been a RASC member since the very late 1990’s and was part of the original group of amateur astronomers who established a RASC center in New Brunswick. He has been instrumental in the continuing development of our centre. He has won the RASC N.B. President’s Award, as well as the RASC Service Medal, which is awarded to those who have made a significant contribution to the life and vitality of the Centre or Society. He has held several positions within the centre: president, VP, secretary, councillor, chair of the LPAC, chair of the Education Outreach Committee (centre and national), and editor of our Horizon newsletter. Curt has been very involved in education outreach and has been a keen observer of the night sky. He has been known to haunt dark, deserted roads, mining quarries, fields and golf courses, late at night, in search of awe-inspiring sights in the sky.

Dr. Phil Groff

Phil has been the Executive Director of RASC since October 2019. He has a strong background of working in the non-profit organisation management industry. He has a strong experience in NFP organisations, event management, proposal writing, fundraising and leadership. He received his BA from the University of Waterloo, his PhD in Psychology from the University of Toronto and a certification in Financial Leadership for Charities and Not-For-Profit from CPA.

Dr. Ted Gull

Ted is an Astrophysicist Emeritus after working for NASA at the Goddard Space Flight Center for 44 years and is an Adjunct Astrophysicist at the Space Telescope Science Institute in Baltimore, Maryland. He is a member of RASC, as well as several other professional astronomical organisations (AAS, IAU, ASP). Ted has been involved with many projects on planetary, astrophysics, heliophysics and earth sciences research and has been published many times. He continues to work on a project involving Eta Carinae and the Homunculus, which still surprises and amazes him. This year he was to receive an honorary doctorate from the University of Malmo in Sweden, but the ceremony has been delayed until 2022. He was mission scientist of the Astro 1 system of space telescopes, his topic for today.

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