Royal Astronomical Society of Canada Victoria Centre
Annual General Meeting and Dinner
Sunday, November 22 2015
at the Moon Under Water Brewpub, 350 Bay St, Victoria, BC
6:00pm – Drinks, conversation
- No host bar
6:30 – Dinner
Payment -Cost of the fixed, sit-down dinner is $35.00 per person, inclusive of all taxes and gratuities. Alcoholic beverages not included.
- Payment is only required for the meal.
- Attendance at both the speaker presentation and the business meeting is free of charge.
- The total number of dinners must be confirmed by Friday, November 13th. Please look over the menu and send your choice of First Course and Main Course to:
- Nelson Walker: 250-477-4820 or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org
- Payment at the door – by cheque (preferred) or cash
- Meals will be pre-ordered and must be paid for, whether you show up or not
Menu: fixed sit-down meal. Choices:
First Course – choice of soup or salad
- Potato bacon soup
- House salad
Main Course – choice of one entrée
Roast beef dinner with seasonal vegetables, Yorkshire pudding and gravy.
Grilled salmon fillet with dill sauce, seasonal vegetables and rice.
Vegetarian stuffed mushroom cap with seasonal vegetables and mashed potatoes.
Dessert: stand-up dessert buffet.
Coffee and Tea included.
7:30pm – Speaker – Where Baby Stars Come From, and Why it’s Important to Know! – Steve Mairs
In this talk, I will examine the birth of a sun-like star and introduce some of the research being performed here in Victoria to further our knowledge on this subject. My main focus will be on the Orion Molecular Cloud, a giant star-forming region in the Milky Way which encompasses the famous Orion Nebula. I will present images of what the Orion Nebula looks like at submillimetre wavelengths and show how these often overlooked observations can provide vital information into the young lives of stars. By studying “where baby stars come from”, we can make links to present day observations of star clusters, supernova explosion rates, the formation of planets, and, in effect our very own origin story.
Bio: Steve Mairs is a 4th year PhD student in astronomy at UVIC. In 2012, he completed his Bachelor of Science degree with honours, majoring in Physics, from the University of British Columbia’s Okanagan campus.
Throughout his undergraduate career, he was involved in a variety of astronomy projects including researching remnants of supernova explosions at the Dominion Radio Astrophysical Observatory, studying pulsars in an effort to make a detection of gravitational waves at UBC Vancouver, and investigating the evolution of the physical properties of giant star-forming regions in the Triangulum Galaxy.
Steve’s PhD thesis is centred on the formation of stars in the Orion molecular cloud. Specifically, he is using sub-millimetre data collected using the James Clerk Maxwell Telescope and the Combined Array for Research in Millimetre Astronomy to examine how large scale gas and dust structures in our own galaxy relate to the small scale structure which gives rise to the formation of young stars and stellar clusters.
8:30-9:30 pm Annual General Meeting