President’s Message – May 2012

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Well, that was quite a party we had for Astronomy Day. Even though the day and evening were clouded out it didn’t matter to the nearly 700 people who came to UVIC at some point in the day or evening. A big thank you to everyone who made the day such a success: to Sherry Buttnor who was our fearless leader, Sid Sidhu, the wizard of volunteer recruitment, Russ Robb and UVIC students who worked tirelessly in a multitude of areas all day, Eric Chilsholm from the Centre of the Universe who had everyone enthralled with an infrared camera, and Nazim Aҫar with students from Pearson College who demonstrated how series of lenses worked. Thanks also to Stephen Courtin with his wonderful Planet Walk display in front of the Bob Wright building, to Bruno Quenneville and Scott Mair for their lively presentations on constellations and planetarium programs and our six professional astronomers from HIA and UVIC who fielded all kinds of questions at the “Ask an Astronomer” booth.