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Where will The International Occultation Timing Association hold its Annual Meeting in 2012? 1.

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1 Where will The International Occultation Timing Association hold its Annual Meeting in 2012? 1

2 How about Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada on August 11 – 12? 2

3 Why New Brunswick in August? On August 12 (UTC) the asteroid (52) Europa will occult an 11 th mag star in Ophiuchus for up to a whopping 81 seconds! Occultation visible in NA only from Canadas Maritime Provinces and perhaps NE Maine. Full support of RASC NB Centre Best weather prospects in the path 3

4 Why New Brunswick in August? University of New Brunswick offers good meeting & lodging facilities NB road network best in region for E-W distribution of observing stations This is a great opportunity to combine IOTA interests and a vacation to one of the most scenic and historic parts of Canada. For instance… 4

5 Why New Brunswick in August? Lots of other neat stuff to enjoy in Canadas Picture Province, such as… 5

6 Why New Brunswick in August? Earths highest tides 6

7 Why New Brunswick in August? Earths highest tides Picturesque countryside 7

8 Why New Brunswick in August? Earths highest tides Picturesque countryside Great whale watching 8

9 Why New Brunswick in August? Earths highest tides Picturesque countryside Great whale watching Wonderful seafood And an added bonus… 9

10 Stellafane! The oldest and most famous ATM conference and star party in North America will be held the following weekend, August , 2012 in Springfield, VT – just 450 miles down the road and a perfect add-on to the IOTA meeting and occultation! 10

11 The Occultation! 11

12 The Occultation! On Aug 11 at 21:58 ADT (Aug 12 at 00:58 UTC) the main belt asteroid (52) Europa will occult the star TYC in Ophiuchus as seen from New Brunswick, Canada. The asteroid will be near its stationary point and therefore will block the star from view for the unusually long period of up to 81 seconds. Typically, NB experiences more than 50% chance of 5/10ths clear skies or better in August; best in the path. 12

13 The Occultation! Rank: Path width: Star magnitude: Asteroid magnitude: Delta magnitude: Maximum duration: Star altitude: Star azimuth: Sun altitude: Moon altitude: km seconds 25 ° 199 ° -14 ° ° 13

14 The Meeting: Accommodations:UNB Fredericton offers: Accommodations: UNB Fredericton offers: 3 bdrm suites for $105 3 bdrm suites for $105 2 bdrm suites for $75 2 bdrm suites for $75 Conventional residence rooms (shared bath): Conventional residence rooms (shared bath): single bed for $33; or two beds for $50 Catering offered for groups of all sizes Catering offered for groups of all sizes Standard complement of hotels, motels and restaurants are nearby. (All prices are current and in Canadian dollars; 13% sales tax extra; not expected to rise by more than 5% in 2012) 14

15 The Meeting: UNB offers fully equipped conference rooms with: Wireless Internet Digital projector and screen On-site A/V support Flip chart Air conditioning Water cooler/glasses Lots of parking $200 - $350/day, depending on requirements 15

16 Getting There! 16 By land: 8 hour drive from Boston 11 hour drive from NYC 10 hour drive from Montréal

17 By Air: Air Canada via Halifax, Montreal, or Toronto Continental via Newark (to Moncton) Getting There! 17

18 If you agree… This will be the first IOTA Annual Meeting held outside the USA, reflecting the true international nature of the organization This will be the first IOTA Annual Meeting held outside the USA, reflecting the true international nature of the organization Members of the RASC New Brunswick Centre will happily participate in the conference and the occultation Members of the RASC New Brunswick Centre will happily participate in the conference and the occultation Youll have a great time in the Maritimes! Youll have a great time in the Maritimes! 18

19 Thank You! Guy Nason (by proxy) Guy Nason (by proxy) IOTA Annual Meeting


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