War for the Planet of the Apes

In theatres July 14, 2017.

In War for the Planet of the Apes, the third chapter of the critically acclaimed blockbuster franchise, Caesar and his apes are forced into a deadly conflict with an army of humans led by a ruthless Colonel. After the apes suffer unimaginable losses, Caesar wrestles with his darker instincts and begins his own mythic quest to avenge his kind. As the journey finally brings them face to face, Caesar and the Colonel are pitted against each other in an epic battle that will determine the fate of both their species and the future of the planet.

 

Valerian: Trailer 2

Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets — Teaser Trailer 2

In the 28th century, Valerian (Dane DeHaan) and Laureline (Cara Delevingne) are a team of special operatives charged with maintaining order throughout the human territories. Under assignment from the Minister of Defense, the two embark on a mission to the astonishing city of Alpha—an ever-expanding metropolis where species from all over the universe have converged over centuries to share knowledge, intelligence and cultures with each other. There is a mystery at the center of Alpha, a dark force which threatens the peaceful existence of the City of a Thousand Planets, and Valerian and Laureline must race to identify the marauding menace and safeguard not just Alpha, but the future of the universe.

Long Range Sensors Detect….

Two stars will merge in 2022 and explode into red fury  In 2022, there will be a spectacular sky show. Two stars will merge into one, pushing out excess gas into an explosion known as a red nova. At magnitude 2, it will be as bright as Polaris in the sky, and just behind Sirius and Vega in brightness. The collision in the constellation of Cygnus will be visible for up to six months.

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Mars might once have had rings, and might have rings again in the far future.

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Is it time to restore Pluto’s planetary status?  Redefining the world “planet” yet again could raise the number of planets in our solar system to over 100.

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New study finds martian volcano’s last eruption  It was around the time the dinosaurs went extinct.

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MonSFFA’s updated 2017 programme

MonSFFA has (finally) published its schedule for 2017 here.

A printer-friendly grid (pdf) covering the year starting from April may be downloaded from here.

As always, be aware that our schedule is not carved in stone. 

Also, while our meetings are usually in Grand Salon (Mezzanine level), or the Saguenay which is connected to Grand Salon, there are times when the hotel moves us to other rooms. If you don’t find us in the Grand Salon area, ask at the hotel’s front desk.

The Hotel Espresso is located at 1005 Guy Street, just south of Rene Levesque.

The Night Sky Guy at MonSFFA Meeting

Andrew Fazekas, AKA The Night Sky Guy, will be our guest speaker at the 9th of April meeting of MonSFFA.

Andrew is the author of Star trek: The Official Guide to the Universe, a gorgeous National Geographic Publication. He has promised to bring a few copies for sale and signing at the list price of 30$.

Andrew Fazekas, aka The Night Sky Guy, is a science writer, broadcaster, and lecturer who shares his passion for the wonders of the universe through all media. He is a columnist for National Geographic where he authors the popular online weekly StarStruck column, and is also a syndicated space news contributor on radio and TV networks, and is an active member of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada who has over 30 years of skywatching experience .

Andrew’s Website:  http://thenightskyguy.com/

Read Jeremy Berlin’s interview with Andrew here:

http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2016/06/star-trek-science-space-astronomy-technology-fazekas/