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The Sky This Month Oct 11 - Nov 15, 2017

On October 11th, 2017 Chris Vaughan presented the "Sky This Month" at the Recreational Astronomy Night meeting which was held at the Ontario Science Centre.

Phil Plaitt

Yukon Centre: Phil Plait - Beyond Northern Lights (WEBEX)

Sunday, October 22, 2017 - 10:00pm to Monday, October 23, 2017 - 12:00am

Join the Yukon Centre with special guest Dr. Phil Plait from 10:00pm–midnight (EDT). Come discover the mysteries of our northern skies and what can be seen when the northern lights can’t.

Observing from the city

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

Monday, October 23, 2017 to Thursday, October 26, 2017

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.

Dark Matter Day

Dunlap Instute: Dark Matter Day

Monday, October 23, 2017 -
8:00pm to 9:30pm

Dark matter is puzzling. We can't see or touch it, but we believe it makes up about 85% of the matter in the Universe. Canadian astronomers are at the forefront of the search for the true nature of this elusive substance.

Ralph Chou

Speaker's Night: These old eyes - they ain't what they used to be!

Wednesday, October 25, 2017 -
7:30pm to 9:00pm

Speaker: B. Ralph Chou, MSc, OD, Professor Emeritus, Optometry & Vision Science, University of Waterloo

Scott Kelly

OSC Great Conversations: In Conversation with Scott Kelly

Thursday, October 26, 2017 -
7:30pm to 9:00pm

We’ve created a research lab in space. But can man really live beyond Earth’s orbit? Astronauts provide a unique perspective on both the challenges of living in a microgravity environment and the opportunities of human space missions.

Millennium Square Stargazing Night

Friday, October 27, 2017 -
6:00pm to 11:00pm

Everyone is invited to join us and Durham Skies on October 27 for stargazing at the edge of Lake Ontario.

Nathan Cyprys - Cosmichronos

Gallery 44: Nathan Cyprys - Cosmichronos, Exhibition Opening

Friday, October 27, 2017 -
6:00pm to 8:00pm

Cosmichronos is an exhibition of new images from photographer Nathan Cyprys, exploring the cosmic perspective as it relates to humanity.

Randy Attwood - Voyager

RASC Mississauga: Voyager at 40

Friday, October 27, 2017 - 8:00pm

The two Voyager spacecraft were launched in 1977 - 40 years ago. Over a period of 12 years, they explored the four outer planets - Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune. The discoveries changed our understanding of our solar system.

RCIS/RASC Lecture: Science at the South Pole

Thursday, November 2, 2017 -
7:00pm to 8:30pm

The quest for ever-clearer views of the sky has driven astronomers to put telescopes in some pretty remote places, ranging from arid deserts, to the tops of mountains, and even the middle of Antarctica.

Ojibwe Sky Star Map

UofT AstroTour: Night Skies Over Turtle Island: Indigenous perspectives on the cosmos

Thursday, November 2, 2017 -
8:00pm to 10:00pm

Explore the night sky from the perspective of the Indigenous people of North America in this special AstroTour talk.

Solar Observing at the Ontario Science Centre by Katrina Ince

Solar Observing

Saturday, November 4, 2017 -
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.

Dunlap Institute: Astronomy on Tap T.O.

Friday, November 10, 2017 -
8:00pm to 11:00pm

Quench your thirst for astronomy!

On Friday, November 10, at The Great Hall! It'll be another fun evening of pints, astronomy news, mind-expanding talks, games, prizes, and Dunlap merchandise for sale!

Ontario Science Centre at Night

Recreational Astronomy Night

Wednesday, November 15, 2017 -
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.

Vicky Kalogera

CITA Sackler Lecture: Einstein’s Waves: New Cosmic Sounds

Friday, November 17, 2017 -
7:30pm to 9:00pm
One century following Einstein’s prediction of spacetime disturbances and gravitational waves, the laser-enabled special detectors LIGO achieved the most accurate measurement ever made by humans across science and engineering and revealed to us the gravitational-wave signals produced by the most powerful collisions of black holes in the universe.
Star Trails by Steve McKinney

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

Monday, November 20, 2017 to Thursday, November 23, 2017

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.

Harmony of the Rings

Recorded live stream of Dr. Matt Russo's talk “Harmony of the Rings” and live performance of Saturn's B Ring at the Ontario Science Centre “Celebration of Saturn” Star Party on October 7, 2017.

Solar Eclipse Trip Roundup - Part 1

In late August some members of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada - Toronto Centre headed west and south to view the total eclipse of the sun on August 21st, 2017.

RASC-TO Total Solar Eclipse Expedition Report Aug 21st 2017

On September 13th 2017, Dr. Ralph Chou presented his report of the expedition to Salem, Oregon to view the total eclipse of the sun, at the Recreational Astronomy Night.

How Ancients Predicted Eclipses

Ever wonder how past civilizations predicted eclipses and how accurate they were?

Time Lapse 3D Imaging in the Antarctic Dry Valleys

Prof. David Nobes of the Department of Geophysics at the East China University of Technology led a team of scientists to Antarctica to study Polygonal Patterned Ground in the McMurdo Dry Valley.

Still Hooked: Chasing Solar Eclipses

David Makepeace introduced his recent film, "Still Hooked," on his experiences chasing solar eclipses.

Solar Cycle 24 Update
RASC Toronto Centre member Frank Dempsey updated where we are in Solar Cycle 24 and our probable destination to a solar minimum.
Light Pollution Update 2017

Peter Hiscocks, Chair of the Toronto Centre's Light Pollution Committee, presented an update on the projects we are working on to reduce Light Pollution in Ontario.

Fire in the Sky - Reporting Fireballs
RASC Toronto Centre member Bryon Czarnik discusses why and how to report a fireball in the sky.
Creation and Evolution of an Observatory - Pic du Midi
RASC Toronto Centre member Charline Norgrove discusses the enormous challenges astronomers faced in building an observatory on the top of the Pic du Midi mountain, in France, and how it evolved from 1851 onward to the present day.
Astronomical Adventures with the Naked Camera
RASC Toronto Centre member Patrick McDonald explains how anyone can take amazing astronomical photographs with a simple DSLR camera and a few extra pieces of equipment.
Is Martian weather any different than winter in Canada?
Video of the Speaker's Night from May 10, 2017 featuring Casey Moore
Colliding Black Holes and Gravitational Waves
Video of the Speaker's Night from April 12, 2017 featuring Harald Pfeiffer