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September 19 - October 9, 2022
Quinton Weyrich is the outreach coordinator for the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada at the David Dunlap Observatory in Richmond Hill, where he helps host monthly events and educational talks with researchers and educators within the astronomy community. He holds a bachelor's degree in physics from York University, where he served as the student coordinator for the Allan I Carswell Observatory from 2020-2021. Quinton also regularly appears as a host on the astronomical radio program York Universe, hosted by the students, faculty, alumni, and friends of York University. In his spare time, Quinton enjoys stargazing, writing, skiing, and hiking in the great outdoors.
September 5 - September 11, 2022
Raj is a fourth year undergraduate student pursuing a degree in Astrophysics at the University of Manitoba. He received his first telescope as a birthday gift in 2016 and has used it routinely since. He goes out often to image as an avid amateur astrophotographer and enjoys all things space (and physics!). In free time, Raj loves to spend time cooking, playing sports, writing, and being outdoors.
August 22 - September 4, 2022
Dr. Hyde is the Director of the Allan I Carswell Observatory and AIR program contact. Her research is "in and above the cloud", combining astrophysics, data science, cloud computing, planetary sciences, optical engineering, telescope operations and telescope observations. She has worked with instrumentation and telescopes around the world, and currently provides technical leadership for York University's Allan I. Carswell Astronomical Observatory. Her motivation is the promotion of astronomy education and research through public telescope activities and exploration. As a lecturer, trainer, and consultant, she innovates teaching methodologies for interdisciplinary audiences across the sciences as well as for businesses, students and the general public.
August 15 - August 21, 2022
For over 20 years Julie Tomé has inspired wonder and curiosity about the night sky through her work at various observatories, science centres, and museums, as well as through numerous outreach activities and the York Universe radio program. As a Museum Educator, Julie shares her passion for all things science and history with folks of all ages through school programs, camps, exhibitions, and special programs.
August 8 - August 14, 2022
Bruce has been teaching astronomy to the public since 1981 and in the provincial park system every year since 1985. He was at the McLaughlin Planetarium as star theatre operator, producer and educator and ran the last public star show with the hope that, one day, the stars would shine down upon Toronto again. He also authored "A camper's guide to the universe" in 2012" and is the author of the Ontario Parks monthly astronomy blog. Finally, he is the co-founder of Stars over Killarney - an annual astronomy program featuring topics that connect to the Park (2018).
July 18 - July 31, 2022
Astronomer Parisa Nozari is a graduate student in Astronomy and Astrophysics at Queen's University. She studies star formation, specifically working on dust grains, tiny little sands spreading out through the interstellar medium and sometimes blocking our view to see objects in the sky. These same tiny little dust grains coagulate together to form stars and planets, so all the better to love them if you are into stars! When the weather is nice, she enjoys being outside, hiking, camping, stargazing.
June 27 - July 17, 2022
Tom Vassos has devoted thousands of hours researching his lifelong passions – astronomy, cosmology, astrophysics and space exploration. He is the Founder of Cosmologists Without Borders and a Member of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada. Mr. Vassos is the author of the book, “The Ultimate Guided Tour of the Universe,” and he delights in imparting his knowledge to space enthusiasts, young minds and lifelong learners everywhere.
Caroline El Khoury
June 20 - June 26, 2022
Caroline graduated from the University of Toronto with a degree in Physics and Astronomy. In 2019, she received a research grant to work as an intern at ASTRON – and from there was inspired to continue doing research, but to begin a journey that involves a lot of outreach! Caroline took her love of astronomy and hiking and started a social media page (@caroline_elkhoury) where she showcases all her adventures.
May 9 - May 29, 2022
Blake Nancarrow is a life-long science, astronomy, & space-flight nerd. He bought his first telescope in 1990 and immediately took it on camping trips. A Royal Astronomical Society of Canada member, he is currently the national Observing Committee chair & software training coordinator. Blake regularly writes for the RASC Journal & SkyNews magazine.