It’s very rare that we change our meeting dates — they are pretty much set in stone after March. If you cannot find us, ask at the front desk.
Part of the deal with the Espresso Hotel is that we have to expect the occasional change of location. Usually we find ourselves in a better room, such as when we got the Grand Salon. Last month, we were given their fanciest suite, room 700. We even had coffee service! Unfortunately, I know of at least one person who could not find us because he came early and the sign was not yet posted on the St-François door.
At the November meeting, we set the tentative dates for the following year. Please bring your agendas, and if you know the dates of events such as Grand Prix, Parades, and so on, please let us know. This will save us some grief later.
CME IMPACT: Arriving earlier than expected, a CME hit Earth’s magnetic field on Saturday, Oct. 24th. Solar wind speeds abruptly jumped to more than 500 km/s as the CME passed by. The shockwave rattled Earth’s magnetic field and caused electrical currents to flow through the ground of Norway’s Lofoten islands. A full-fledged geomagnetic storm did not erupt, and few auroras have been reported. Why was the CME so ineffective? Its internal magnetic field did not connect to Earth’s magnetic field; the mismatch mitigated the CME’s impact.
MORNING SKY SHOW: Set your alarm for dawn. Venus, Jupiter and Mars are gathering for a three-way close encounter in the early morning sky. Sky maps and observing tips are available on today’s edition of http://spaceweather.com
From Oct. 25th to Oct. 29th Venus, Jupiter and Mars will fit together inside a circle only 5o wide (sky maps:#1, #2, #3, #4, #5). Super-bright Venus and Jupiter are visible even after the black pre-dawn sky turns cobalt blue. Once you find them, you will have little trouble locating the dimmer red planet Mars.
An Exceptional Solar Flare: Typical solar flares are finished in a matter of minutes. On Oct. 22nd, a solar flare in the magnetic canopy of sunspot AR2434 lasted for more than 3 hours. NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory recorded the eruption.
The CME is not heading directly for Earth. Nevertheless, it does have an Earth-directed component. NOAA forecast models suggest that the cloud will deliver a glancing blow to our planet’s magnetic field on Oct. 25th. There is a 50% chance of G1-class geomagnetic storms when it arrives, so watch for potential auroras on the weekend. More information, including video of the flare:http://spaceweather.com/
Potentially Hazardous Asteroids (PHAs) are space rocks larger than approximately 100m that can come closer to Earth than 0.05 AU. None of the known PHAs is on a collision course with our planet, although astronomers are finding new ones all the time. On October 23, 2015 there were 1630 potentially hazardous asteroids.
Near-Earth Object Predicted To Put On Fireball Show: Not all NEOs are natural-–This object, called WT1190F, was observed using the University of Hawaii 2.2-metre telescope on Oct. 9th, 2015. It is thought to be a spent upper stage rocket body. Current estimates have it re-entering the atmosphere on Nov. 13th, 2015. ( Yes, it is a Friday, I checked.) Video here. If any part survives, it will plummet into the Indian Ocean.
The Moon is at perigee, Monday, October 26, 9 a.m. EDT. The Moon will be at its closest to the Earth this month. Expect high tides for the next four days. Full moon, Tuesday, October 27, 8:05 a.m. EDT. The October Full Moon is known as the Hunter’s Moon. Thursday, October 29, 8:30 p.m, the Moon passes close to Aldebaran, the eye of the bull, Taurus.
Urthecast and NASA bring you live, high definition video from the ISS. Perched 250 miles (400 km) above Earth’s surface are four high-definition cameras that capture video of our planet from four unique angles. You’ll see storms swirl over the oceans, watch the sun rise and set 16 times a day, and experience the blue marble as it rolls beneath the ISS. https://www.urthecast.com/live
You have to be patient–bookmark the site and check in often because when the ISS is on the night side, the screen of course is black. That’s a good time to view the gallery.
The Montreal Stop Motion Film Festival ended in style on Sunday, September 27th with the unveiling of its winners for 2015 and with members of the jury revealing the most distinguished films of the animated weekend.
CLICK HEREto view the winners of Montreal’s Stop Motion
The next Montreal ToyCon will be happening this Sunday, October 25, 2015 from 10am to 4pm at the Montreal Courtyard by Marriott Hotel in Ville St Laurent.
If you’ve enjoyed the previous conventions and are looking for the best and brightest toys for your collection, be sure to check it out! There will be comic book and toy dealers selling GI-Joe, DC, Marvel, Transformers, Star Wars, Lego and tons more. We have also invited several different Cosplay clubs. We’d love to see you there. For more details, visit our website.
Once again, the address is:
Courtyard by Marriott Hotel
7000 Place Robert-Joncas
St Laurent, QC H4M-2Z5
(Near Mega-Plex Speheretech 14 – Cinema Guzzo)
Date and Time: Sunday, October 25th from 10am to 4pm
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Le Toycon de Montréal est une convention d’un jour où il y a plus de 50 tables de marchands de livres, jouets et bandes dessinées. Chaque revendeur est spécialisé dans diverses gammes de produits il y aura donc une large sélection de jouets de collection et livres de bandes dessinées: GI-Joe, DC, Marvel, Transformers, Star Wars, Lego, des super héros, et divers jouets vintage. L’exposition aura également des invités de différents clubs: Clubs de costumes et plus encore. Pour plus de renseignements, visitez notre site web!
Lieu / adresse de l’évènement:
Hôtel Courtyard Marriott
7000 Place Robert-Joncas
Ville St-Laurent, QC H4M 2Z5
(Pres du Mega-Plex Speheretech 14 – Cinema Guzzo)
Heures & dates de l’évènement: dimanche, 25 octobre de 10:00-16:00 hres
Our October meetinggot off to a very strange start–the hotel moved us to room 700, the biggest, fanciest suite in the hotel. We all took time to oggle the two bathrooms, one with a giant jacuzzi, lounged on the couches, sat around the conference table, and watched videos on the television. We even had coffee!!
Another strange thing–we had what I suspect is our lowest attendance ever. I hope it’s not because members couldn’t find us!
The Sunday morning cinema started late as we had fun trying to figure out the tech logistics of playing DVDs on a computer hooked up to the television. In honour of Hallow’en, Keith brought in 5 movies of terrifying horror & horrifying terror: Dracula (1931), The Mummy (1932), The Wolf Man (1941), and The Creature from the Black Lagoon (1954. The Creature won the vote. Although very dated, and “scientifically-challenged”, it proved quite enjoyable.
Sylvain had an excellent presentation prepared on Perry Rhodan. We were astonished by the scope of this serial space-opera, the most successful science fiction series ever written. There are several story arcs, called “cycles” , and more popular characters such as Atlan have inspired spin-offs. There are conventions, collectibles, toys, and so on. Some of us had seen it in French translations, but others wondered how we had managed not to hear of such a huge phenomena. The official website is here: http://www.perry-rhodan.net/ Clicking on the international tab will bring up some English pages, but I found that Google translation worked quite well.
After a short break and the raffle draw, Keith and Sylvain teamed up to show us different aspects of the the Thunderbirds, in honour of the 50th anniversary. We saw something of the history of the show, the making of the marionettes, the fantastic models, and even silly plot-holes none of us noticed way back in our childhoods, but seem glaringly obvious now. There were wonderfully cool machines doing super-cool things, like moving the Empire State Building. Totally impractical, especially as the engineers on the job failed to take note of the underground river, but wow, it was so cooool. 😉
We were supposed to continue work on our animation project, but we were running late, some members were absent, and we decided we’d rather spend more time remembering the Thunderbirds and Gerry Anderson.
Supper was at La Cage au Sports, Bell Centre.We kicked around some ideas for next year’s programming. The November meeting will have to be trimmed a bit to make room for discussing 2016 programming, and working on dropping big rocks on innocent dinosaurs.
Back by popular Demand: The MonSFFA Sunday morning Cinema matinee, presented by Keith Braithwaite.
11:00 The audience will pick from 5 classic SF movies. The theme, of course, will be horror, given that Hallowe’en is lurking around the corner.
1:00 The Perry Rhodan Universe: presented by Sylvain St-Pierre. As every German schoolboy knows, the first man on the moon was an American of Germanic descent named Perry Rhodan, and he landed in 1971. At least that is how it goes in the first story by K.H. Scheer and Clark Darlton, written in 1961. This was the start of an incredible multi-millennium, multi-universe spanning saga that is still going strong today with no end in sight. We will try to cover a few of the highlights of that particular Teutonic cosmos.
2:30 Thunderbirds are Go! 50 years of the Thunderbirds: A panel discussion, led by Keith Braithwaite and Sylvain St-Pierre, on the Thunderbirds, the original and the reboots. Members are encouraged to bring books, models, pins, lunchboxes, and other memorabilia to display. Topics covered will include the sets, models, marionettes, villains, and cultural stereotypes.
After the break, we will have our raffle. Don’t forget to bring or wear something to go with our meeting themes (scary stuff, Thunderbirds, Perry Rhodan) and we give you credits towards our special Christmas raffle.
3:30 Stop Motion Animation Project: Work continues on our latest endeavour. Click here to download the storyboards for the Theories of Dinosaur Extinction.
After the meeting, we will meet for supper, probably at La Cage at the Bell Centre if the one across the street is still closed. This will be a good opportunity to kick around ideas for next year’s meetings. We like prepare our draft schedule at the November meeting, and that’s not so far away!