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Event: [Oct 17, 2017] CAS Monthly Meeting (Christchurch, Canterbury)

Discussion in 'Forthcoming Events' started by Carol, Aug 4, 2017.

CAS Monthly Meeting
Posted By Carol

Room 275, Biology Building, University of Canterbury
Biology, Ilam, Christchurch 8041, New Zealand
Tuesday, October 17, 2017 - 08:00 PM
(ends Tuesday, October 17, 2017 - 09:30 PM)
Timezone: Pacific/Auckland


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  1. Carol

    Carol Well-Known Member CAS Member CAS Committee

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    Kevin Govender, Cape Town. "ASTRONOMY FOR HUMANKIND"
    Began work at the International Astronomical Union’s Office of Astronomy for Development (OAD) in Cape Town, South ASfrica in March 2011 as its first Director. He has extensive experience using astronomy for development during his previous position as the Manager of the Collateral Benefits Programme at the South African Astronomical Observatory. He also chaired the Developing Astronomy Globally Cornerstone Project of the International Year of Astronomy (IYA2009) and was involved in the development of the IAU Strategic Plan.
    Here we have the Earth. What a place! The consolidated image of everything that we know as life – the trees, plants, insects, ocean life, pets, friends, family – human beings. The whole of humankind exists only here – on Earth. This place that Carl Sagan described as the “pale blue dot” along with an excellent description of this planet we all know so well. This planet is the place where humankind has evolved, adapted, and flourished. To the point where we are pushing the planet to the absolute limits of what it can provide us.

    Is IAU International Outreach Coordinator heading the International Astronomical union’s Office for Astronomy Outreach in Tokyo. He is a Chinese citizen fluent in Mandarin, Cantonese and English, and his job is to coordinate and provide support to the worldwide astronomical communities, to help them to make astronomy accessible to a wider public. He was originally from Hong Kong and he organized a light off event at Hong Kong during 2009.

    Light pollution is a global issue and the situation is becoming worse by the rapid use of LEDs. LEDs were designed to be an energy-efficient lighting device that could minimize the energy impact for the planet, however, LED is rich in blue color and is quite harmful for astronomy, health and the nature. The speaker will also talk about different dark sky actions that could be act on, including his own example in the heavily light polluted city - Hong Kong.
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    The CAS monthly meeting is held at 7:30pm on the 3rd Tuesday of the month (except December and January), in room 275 of the Biology building of the University of Canterbury School of Biological Sciences. Any member of the public who is considering joining the Society or who has an interest in the subject being discussed is welcome to attend the meeting.

    Meetings will begin at 8:00 p.m. sharp. The meeting will be preceded by a tea-and-biscuits session from 7:30pm.
    We hope that this change will help keep the meetings short, while still allow time to chat.


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