Exoplanet hunting from home
November 25, 2021
7 p.m. EST
Since confirmation of the first exoplanet detection in 1992, humans have found almost 5,000 exoplanets orbiting distant stars — and detecting them is possible with the same equipment as used in backyard astrophotography.
Co-hosted by RASC outreach assistant Samantha Jewett and SkyNews editor-in-chief Allendria Brunjes, learn how Laurie Sibbald began collecting photometry data from suburbia indicating exoplanets. All the skills were developed by doing deep space imaging using some of the excellent software tools and equipment available to consumers. The data quality is high enough to contribute to exoplanet research databases that scientists are using to improve our understanding of worlds outside of our Solar System.
December 2, 2021
7 p.m. EST
For more than seven years, the Mi’kmaw Moons project has tied visual astronomy and Mi’kmaw storytelling together using the Two-Eyed Seeing approach, embracing both Indigenous and Western traditions in how we view the world.
Join Acadia First Nation member Cathy LeBlanc, her niece Holly and long-time RASC member Dave Chapman as they speak about the project as well as lunar cycles, stars and the Mi’kmaw stories and traditions tied to them. This event is co-hosted by RASC and SkyNews.
Read more about the Mi’kmaw Moons project here.