Wednesday, October 08, 2014

delivered TSTM

Delivered my The Sky This Month presentation at the Ontario Science Centre for the RASC Toronto Centre. For Oct 8 - Nov 12. Not my best work.

Typos in my handout. Challenges with Stellarium. The netbook seemed very slow even though I had no other apps running, Super Performance Mode on. Always challenging on an extended desktop. Open Office Impress was finicky too. Showed a white panel when I started my presentation. Had to kill Stellarium to recovery. Crikey. Forgot my keyboard light. Didn't see a light on the lectern. It was a struggle to see the keys on the keyboard. Looked like I had enough handouts (60). Overall, I felt out of sorts. I had not rehearsed.

Photo by Sharmin.

I'm betwixt and between. I like using Stellarium on one hand to simulate events in a realistic way. But it cumbersome. It's probably too clunky and distracting to the audience member. Maybe I should stick with screen snapshots... I dunno.


Highlights include:
  • partial solar eclipse on October 23 (caution!)
  • Mercury visible in mornings
  • Mars moves eastward rapidly
  • Uranus close, try to see its moons
  • Neptune, similarly, close, try to see Triton
  • three bright comets to view or image
  • C/2013 A1 (Siding Spring) will pass close to Mars
  • ESA probe at 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko
  • view targets in Perseus, Cepheus, Andromeda, Lacerta, and Pegasus
  • help assess light pollution

Presentation notes and calendar are online at the RASC Toronto Centre web site as well as the lumpy companion.

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