Virtual GA Schedule June 7th 2020, 11:00 am to 2:00 pm
The list of talks and speakers is shown below. All talks are on June 7th, 2020 and the times shown are Pacific Daylight Time. (UTC -7:00), conversions to other Canadian timezones are: +1 to Mountain, +2 to Central +3 h0urs to Eastern, +4 to Atlantic, +4.5 to Newfoundland.
The talks are free, open to the public, and family friendly. Each talk will be approximately 45 minutes, including questions, so there is time for a short break between the sessions. Watch the live stream on the RASC YouTube channel.
During the Virtual GA, visit our Door Prize page and enter your name for a chance to win!
Message from the Governor General, Her Excellency the Right Honourable Julie Payette.
Opening remarks including an Indigenous welcoming from Dave Seaweed.
Photo: Sgt Johanie Maheu, Rideau Hall
© Her Majesty The Queen in Right of Canada represented by the Office of the Secretary to the Governor General (2017) /
© Sa Majesté la Reine du Chef du Canada représentée par le Bureau du secrétaire du gouverneur général (2017)
Youth outreach with Canadian Space Agency Astronaut Joshua Kutryk.
Kutryk was selected by the Canadian Space Agency to undergo training as an astronaut as part of the 2017 CSA Group. Kutryk relocated to Houston, Texas in 2017 to start the two-year NASA Astronaut Candidate Training Program. The program includes scientific and technical briefings, intensive instruction in International Space Station (ISS) systems, simulated extravehicular activities (EVAs, or spacewalks), robotics, physiological training, flight training, Russian language courses, and sea and wilderness survival training. Kutryk completed the two-year Astronaut Candidate Training Program and obtained the official title of astronaut in .
Speaker: Sara Seager, Astrophysicist and Planetary Scientist at MIT
Topic: An Update on NASA’s TESS Exoplanet Mission
Dr. Seager is a Canadian-American astronomer and planetary scientist known for her work on extrasolar planets and their atmospheres, including looking for possible chemical combinations of gases in a exoplanet’s atmosphere that could signal the presence of alien life. The Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) is the next step in the search for planets outside of our solar system, including those that could support life.
Speaker: Bob McDonald, Host of CBC’s Quirks & Quarks
Topic: What if Everything We Know Is Wrong?
An historical look at how science has changed our view of the universe, proving that the way we see it with our five senses is wrong. And there is still a great deal we haven’t figured out.
Bob McDonald is one of Canada’s best-known science journalists, bringing science to the public for more than 40 years. In addition to hosting Quirks & Quarks, the award-winning science program with a national audience of nearly 500,000 people, McDonald is also a science correspondent for CBC Television’s The National and Gemini-winning host and writer of the children’s series Head’s Up. McDonald has also authored five bestselling science books, and contributed to numerous textbooks, magazines, and newspapers, including The Globe and Mail. His latest offering is the best selling book, “An Earthling’s Guide to Outer Space”.