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NOVA (New Observers to Visual Astronomy) is the public introduction to astronomy course that is designed to show the novice astronomer the wonders of the night sky and how to enjoy them.


The Royal Astronomical Society of Canada, Toronto Centre, invites new members and their family who are also members to join an orientation get together – First Light.

The Sky This Month February 21 - March 20, 2018

Andy Beaton, a member of the Toronto Centre, presented the upcoming highlights in the night skies for the month of March 2018.

Ontario Science Centre at Night

Recreational Astronomy Night

Wednesday, March 21, 2018 -
7:30pm to 9:30pm

Join us for our monthly recreational astronomy night meeting. This is where our members get to show their latest projects or give tutorials and tips on just about everything to do with astronomy.

So You Want to Go to Mars

ASX Star Talk: "So, you want to go to Mars?" with Dr. John B. Charles

Friday, March 23, 2018 -
7:00pm to 9:00pm

For everyone who was dissapointed by our cancelled symposium, Dr. John B. Charles (one of the original symposium speakers) has agreed to come to Toronto to give a special Star Talk!

Solar Observing at the Ontario Science Centre by Katrina Ince

Solar Observing

Saturday, March 24, 2018 -
10:00am to 12:00pm

Join us at the Ontario Science Centre for our monthly Solar Observing on the TELUSCAPE observing pad. This is the area in front of the Science Centre's entrance. We use specialized telescopes that are safe to aim at the Sun.

Millennium Square

Millennium Square Stargazing Night

Saturday, March 24, 2018 -
6:00pm to 11:00pm

Everyone is invited to join us and Durham Skies on Saturday, March 24 for stargazing at the edge of Lake Ontario.

RASC Mississauga: Astronomy Night at the Riverwood Conservancy

Tuesday, March 27, 2018 -
8:00pm to 9:30pm

Explore the universe with members of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada. Telescopes will be set up to provide amazing views of the Moon, the planets and more!

Evolution of the Universe

York Science Forum: Evolution of the Universe

Wednesday, March 28, 2018 -
7:00pm to 9:00pm

Join us as particle physicist and Nobel Laureate Arthur McDonald takes us on a journey through the underground Sudbury Neutrino Observatory (SNOLAB) to measure the smallest and most elusive particles in the universe.

Adam Muzzin

RASC Mississauga: The Most Distant Galaxies in the Universe

Friday, April 6, 2018 -
8:00pm to 10:00pm

The combined power of infrared observatories both in space and from the ground has allowed us to observe extraordinarily distant galaxies.

Jake Kloos

Speaker's Night: The Search for Water in the Solar System

Wednesday, April 11, 2018 -
7:30pm to 9:00pm

Water, as a fundamental molecule to life, has been a key driver in our exploration of the solar system.

The Milky Way, Everett Cairns

Hamilton Amateur Astronomers: Archaeoastronomy: The Astronomy of Civilizations Past

Friday, April 13, 2018 -
7:30pm to 9:30pm

For millennia, people (including our First Nations) have used the sky as a clock, calendar, and compass. Astronomy thus became deeply rooted in their spirituality, mythology, and culture.

Star Trails by Steve McKinney

Dark Sky Star Party (first clear night: Monday to Thursday)

Monday, April 16, 2018 to Thursday, April 19, 2018

See the milky way and galaxies with the unaided eye. Point your telescope to find the many dim deep space objects that sprinkle the sky. Away from Toronto's light polution, there is so much to see.

Observing from the city

City Star Party (first clear night: Monday, Tuesday or Thursday)

Monday, April 23, 2018 to Thursday, April 26, 2018

Hover above the moon like an astronaut and get eye-to-eye with the planets. Find colourful stars, star clusters, bright nebulae and even another galaxy.

Discover the Universe

Discover the Universe: Astronomy Teachers Workshop in Toronto

Saturday, April 28, 2018 -
9:00am to 4:00pm
Discover the Universe is pleased to offer a full-day astronomy workshop hosted at the Dunlap Institute at the University of Toronto
Gravitational Waves

Catherine Woodford, a PhD Candidate at UofT Physics and the Canadian Institute for Theoretical Astrophysics presented a talk on Gravitational Waves at the RASC - Toronto Centre Speaker's Night held on March 7, 2018 at the Ontario Science

Viewing and imaging beautiful doubles is fun and easy however they often go unnoticed. You don't need any special equipment but binoculars and telescope give you hundreds or thousands of wonderful targets.

Double Stars, Unnoticed Treasures

Blake Nancarrow, a Toronto Centre member, laid out a very convincing case that double stars have been unloved for far too long and need to be on your next observing list.

Balcony Astro-Imaging, Reaching New Heights

Adrian Aberdeen gave an inspiring presentation on his successful astro-imaging from the second floor balcony of his apartment in the light polluted City of Toronto.

Space Stories at the Ontario Science Centre
On February 7, 2018, Dr. Rachel Ward-Maxwell, Researcher and Programmer for Astronomy and Space Sciences at the Ontario Science Centre, discussed her experiences with presenting Space Science to all ages.
Starlore and Indigenous Constellations over Turtle Island

At the Recreational Astronomy Night on January 24, 2018, Frank Dempsey talked about the Indigenous legends of the constellations over Turtle Island (aka North America).

'Oumuamua: Visitor from Another Solar System

On December 13, 2017, at the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada, Toronto Centre, Ron Macnaughton gave a presentation on the mystery of the celestial object called 'Oumuamua. Is it a comet or an asteroid? Where did it come from?

Jill Tarter - A Cosmic Perspective

On September 23, 2017, Dr. Jill Tarter discussed the SETI Institute's search for extraterrestrial intelligence and how it reflects on ourselves in Ontario Science Centre's Great Conversation Series.