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The Sky This Month for June 2 - July 7, 2021

Chris Vaughan takes us on a tour of the upcoming highlights in the night sky, such as interesting targets to look at on the moon, the coming partial solar eclipse, and deep sky objects.

Eastern Bright Stars

The attached PDF contains the note for The Sky This Month presented by Chris Vaughan during the Recreational Astronomy Night Meeting on June 2, 2021.

RASC 2021 GA
Friday, June 25, 2021 - 12:00pm to Monday, June 28, 2021 - 5:00pm

The RASC GA is a four-day event, jam-packed with exciting events and fun for the entire family.

ASX Star Talk: Revealing the nature of dark matter with strong gravitational lensing
Monday, June 28, 2021 - 5:00pm to 6:00pm
How are astronomers investigating dark matter by analyzing gravitational lenses? Learn more at the ASX's upcoming Star Talk on June 28 with Dr. Daniel Gilman, Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Toronto's David A. Dunlap Department of Astronomy & Astrophysics.
Ontario Science Centre at Night
Wednesday, July 7, 2021 - 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.

Robotic Telescope for Classrooms

Introducing the RASC’s newest outreach program, Robotic Telescope for Classrooms! This brand new program gives students and teachers the opportunity to work with real exoplanet transit data collected by the RASC’s robotic telescope.

Allan I. Carswell Observatory
Join the Allan I. Carswell Observatory for weekly Online Public Viewing, York Universe and TeleTube

For RASC members, we offer computer software training on Stellarium. It is a popular and powerful planetarium application available for Windows, Macintosh, and Linux computers. The full software for computers is free.

This article was prepared for people attending the telescope clinic, organised by the RASC, Toronto Centre. But it contains information useful for any new or novice telescope user.

Moon at Noon

We're back with our next online observing program! This time we'll be bringing you the Explore the Moon Observing Program. Anyone can join as we dive into craters and climb mountain ranges on our nearest neighbour.

RAN ONLINE - June 02, 2021
Wednesday, June 2, 2021 - 7:30pm to 9:30pm
Watch the recorded video: https://youtu.be/gcXuIvJJosw
The Insider's Guide to the Galaxy
Join us online to learn basic astronomy that you can do on your own from your backyard! We'll be hosting introductory astronomy courses on Tuesdays from 3:30-5:00pm EDT.
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Join us for one of our talks!

Speakers from across the country will be joining us to share their areas of astronomical expertise. Check back here regularly to see who will be speaking next.

RAN ONLINE - May 05, 2021
Wednesday, May 5, 2021 - 7:30pm to 9:30pm
Watch the recorded video: https://youtu.be/Dz1OpgMH75E
Tim Russ
Wednesday, April 21, 2021 - 7:30pm to 8:30pm
Watch the recorded video: https://youtu.be/1dvpFpFvNPk
Microbial Mats on Earth and perhaps Mars?

Ron Macnaughton presents a fascinating perspective on the work of Nora Noffke and the significance of Microbial Mats in the exploration of the possibility of life on Mars.

The Astro-Video Learning Curve

As you get older and your eyesight is diminishing or light pollution is encroaching on your neighbourhood and you are not getting as much out of astronomy anymore, is there an alternative? Yes, there is!

Tycho Brahe
Jerry Vila gives an engaging brief overview of Tycho Brahe's life and work. Brahe is a 16th century Danish Astronomer known for his accurate and comprehensive astronomical observations.
Lightscaping Under the Night Sky

Kerry-Ann Lecky Hepburn introduces us to her enduring passion of taking beautiful images of the night sky around the world. She tells us what led to her involvement, where it has taken her, and how she learnt her skills.

Astronomy today, Framing the future

Dark matter. Humans on the Moon. Black holes and exoplanets. They’re hot topics in the news, and it just so happens women are discussing them.

DIY Asteroid Astrometry using Python

Ever felt frustrated when trying to use your astronomy skills to find an asteroid in the night sky? Well, Arushi and Artash Nath have come to your rescue with their DIY Asteroid Astrometry using Python.

Weather Forecasting for the Amateur Astronomer

If you love to practise your astronomy skills, you will also need to practise your weather predicting skills. Blake Nancarrow shows us how with various weather apps and weather related websites.

This article complements a presentation delivered by Blake Nancarrow on 3 February 2021.
Football and Astronomy - The Making of the Giant Magellan Telescope Mirrors

Ever wondered where the Giant Magellan Telescope mirrors are built? Would you believe that it has a connection to football?

Artemis: A Thin Meniscus Mirror Telescope
After Tom Otvos gave a successful presentation on April 25, 2018 (see link below) regarding his progress on the construction of his thin meniscus mirror telescope, he returned to our online Recreational Astronomy Night meeting of January 6, 2021.

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