Special Presentations

Friday 20 October, 2017 – at the Takhini Hot Springs [7 to 9 PM]

Come join us for Wine & Cheese at Café Balzam! Meet the Special Guests, socialize, and relax to the music of Jazz and Crooner music. Then we go out to observe the heavens!!

Saturday 21 October, 2017 – in the Andromeda Tent [7 to 9 PM]

Presentation by Thomas Jacquin, Member of the Yukon Astronomical Society, on how to begin shooting the stars and planets. Astrophotography is a specialized type of photography for recording photos of astronomical objects, celestial events, and large areas of the night sky. The first photograph of an astronomical object (the Moon) was taken in 1840, but it was not until the late 19th century that advances in technology allowed for detailed stellar photography.

Sunday 22 October, 2017 – Old Fire Hall [6 to 10 PM]

A FREE public presentation that will discuss and dispel common misconceptions about the many fascinating objects in the Yukon night sky! Come discover secrets about the Aurora Borealis, our ever-changing Universe, and the many current, and near-future roles YOU can be a part of! Your moderator for the evening will be Jaclyn Semple, B.Sc, M.Sc of the Yukon College.

Monday 23 October, 2017  – in the Hot Springs Pool [7 to 9 PM]

Join Pierre Paquette poolside as he discusses the Impossible Laboratory of Astronomy. Abstract: Astronomers have a big problem: they cannot touch or manipulate their subject of study. Their only tool is light. But it can tell us a lot about the nature, distance, and even physical composition of celestial objects. Pierre is from Montreal, Quebec,  Editor at Astronomie-Québec (Magazine), and Member of the Yukon Astronomical Society.

Tuesday 24 October, 2017 – in the Andromeda Tent [7 to 9 PM]

Anthony Gucciardo, Member of the Yukon Astronomical Society, will discuss the topic of “Yukon First Nations and Astronomy” Every people has its own ideas about the complexity of the universe. The traditional Yukon First Nations believed that the universe contained several different worlds – worlds of the animal spirit powers, worlds of the soul-spirit of the humans who had died, worlds on the other side of the horizon or in the sky, a world of living humans, and perhaps other worlds as well.

Wednesday 25 October, 2017 – in the Andromeda Tent [7 to 9 PM]

Forest Pearson, Member of the Yukon Astronomical Society, will discuss the topic of “Mitigating the Effects of Light Pollution in the Yukon” The nighttime environment is a precious natural resource for all life on Earth, but the glow of uncontrolled outdoor lighting has hidden the stars and changed our perception of the night.

 

Thursday 26 October, 2017 – in the Andromeda Tent [7 to 9 PM]

Dr. Christa Van Laerhoven, Member of the Yukon Astronomical Society, will discuss the topic of “What is a Planet?”  The controversial new official definition of “planet,” which banished Pluto, has its flaws but by and large captures essential scientific principles.