Events

Earth

Autumnal Equinox

Friday, September 22, 2017

The earth's axis is perpendicular to its orbit with the North pole tipping away form the sun. In other words, the season is changing to Fall.

Catherine Woodford

RASC Mississauga: The Discovery of Gravitational Waves

Friday, September 22, 2017 - 8:00pm

Get an up-close and personal take on the Gravitational Waves discovery that has changed science for the better.

Artist's concept of a near-Earth object

Solar System Social #6

Saturday, September 23, 2017 -
6:00pm to 8:00pm
Solar System Social (@SolarSystemTO) is a space-themed speaker series that brings exciting ideas and research from the field of planetary science to the general public in the form of short, informative, and interesting talks that last about 20 minutes each.
Observing from the city

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

Monday, September 25, 2017 to Thursday, September 28, 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.

Fort York Library: Introduction to Astronomy

Tuesday, September 26, 2017 -
6:30pm to 8:00pm

Join Ian Wheelband of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada for a talk on Astronomy. If the weather permits, there will be an opportunity to look through a telescope and view the evening sky.

RASC Mississauga: Astronomy Evening at Riverwood

Tuesday, September 26, 2017 -
7:30pm to 9:00pm
Explore the universe with members of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada. Telescopes will be set up to give you amazing views of our Moon, the planets and more!
Gaia Satellite

ASX Star Talk: The Gaia Satellite: Mapping the Milky Way in 3D

Wednesday, September 27, 2017 -
7:00pm to 9:00pm
Speaker: Professor Jo Bovy, Assistant Professor and Canada Research Chair in Galactic Astrophysics in the Astronomy & Astrophysics Department of the University of Toronto
Jill Tarter

OSC Great Conversations: A Cosmic Perspective: Searching for Aliens, Finding Ourselves

Wednesday, September 27, 2017 -
7:30pm to 9:00pm

Speaker: Dr. Jill Tarter, Bernard Oliver Chair, SETI Institute

Pluto

Turner Park Library: The Past, Present and Future of Planet 9

Thursday, September 28, 2017 -
7:00pm to 8:00pm

Pluto has always been the favourite of many who have cast their thoughts out to the stars and planets.

Millennium Square Stargazing Night

Friday, September 29, 2017 -
6:00pm to 11:00pm

Everyone is invited to join us and Durham Skies on September 29 for stargazing at the edge of Lake Ontario.

UofT Planetarium: Voyager’s Odyssey: A Small Probe’s Adventures into Interstellar Space

Friday, September 29, 2017 -
7:00pm to 10:00pm

Showtimes: 7:00pm, 8:00pm, and 9:00pm

RASC Toronto Centre Logo

Fiscal Year End

Saturday, September 30, 2017

Fiscal year end of the RASC Toronto Centre.

John Percy

Pape/Danforth Library: Archaeoastronomy: The Astronomy of Civilizations Past

Wednesday, October 4, 2017 -
6:30pm to 8:00pm

Join us as Dr. John Percy discusses how and why astronomy was important to early civilizations ranging from the seagoing Polynesians, to the builders of Stonehenge and the Great Pyramids, to our own First Nations.

Perimeter Institute: A new view on gravity and the dark side of the cosmos

Perimeter Institute: A new view on gravity and the dark side of the cosmos: Erik Verlinde Public Lecture (WEBCAST)

Wednesday, October 4, 2017 -
7:00pm to 8:30pm

Are we standing on the brink of a new scientific revolution that will radically change our views on space, time, and gravity?

The Universe's Baby Picture

Ismaili Centre: The Universe’s Baby Picture: An Evening with Professor David Spergel

Thursday, October 5, 2017 -
7:00pm to 8:30pm

Observations of the microwave background, the left-over heat from the big bang, are snapshots of the universe only three hundred thousand years after the big bang.

St. James Town Library: Earth's Battered Moon

Thursday, October 5, 2017 -
7:00pm to 8:00pm

Just like the Earth, the Moon is about 4.5 billion years old. It has been and continues to be constantly bombarded by meteorites. Some suggest that this rate of bombardment has remained constant in the past couple of billion years.

Pluto

Westdale Library: The Past, Present and Future of Planet 9

Thursday, October 5, 2017 -
7:00pm to 8:00pm

Pluto has always been the favourite of many who have cast their thoughts out to the stars and planets.

Planet Hop from TRAPPIST-1e

UofT AstroTour: The Long Path Towards Finding Habitable Exo-Worlds

Thursday, October 5, 2017 -
8:00pm to 10:00pm

Although we are still decades away from discovering life on worlds outside of our own solar system, much progress is being made today to identify the best potential candidates for hosting such life.

A Celebration of Saturn

OSC Star Party - A Celebration of Saturn

Saturday, October 7, 2017 -
6:30pm to 9:30pm

In 1999, the United Nations declared October 4-10 World Space Week - an annual event celebrating the international space exploration achievements that have “led to the betterment of the human condition.”

Patrick Hall

Danforth/Coxwell Library: Chronicles of a Peculiar Universe: Quasar, Quasar, Burning Bright

Wednesday, October 11, 2017 -
6:30pm to 7:30pm

Quasars are the brightest objects in our Universe and are formed when matter spirals into supermassive black holes. They contain rotating disks as big as our solar system and hotter than the Sun.

Ontario Science Centre at Night

Recreational Astronomy Night

Wednesday, October 11, 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.

World Wide Star Count

Thursday, October 12, 2017
Robin Metcalfe

Lillian H. Smith Library: Chronicles of a Peculiar Universe: How to Get to Mars

Thursday, October 12, 2017 -
6:30pm to 7:30pm

For decades NASA has been sending orbiters, landers and rovers to Mars for research and exploration, and the agency is aiming to send humans to the Red Planet in the 2030s.

Jane/Dundas Library: Earth's Battered Moon

Thursday, October 12, 2017 -
7:00pm to 8:00pm

Just like the Earth, the Moon is about 4.5 billion years old. It has been and continues to be constantly bombarded by meteorites. Some suggest that this rate of bombardment has remained constant in the past couple of billion years.

CAO 2017 Fall Work Party - October 14, 2017

Friday, October 13, 2017 - 5:00pm to Sunday, October 15, 2017 - 12:00pm
With the hot summer temperatures that we’re enjoying right now, it’s hard to imagine that winter is just around the corner and it’s time once again to plan for the Fall Work Party at the Toronto Centre’s E.C. Carr Astronomical Observatory (CAO).

UofT Planetarium: The Life and Death of Stars

Friday, October 13, 2017 -
7:00pm to 10:00pm

Showtimes: 7:00pm, 8:00pm, and 9:00pm

Solar Observing at the Ontario Science Centre by Katrina Ince

Solar Observing

Saturday, October 14, 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.

Star Trails by Steve McKinney

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

Monday, October 16, 2017 to Thursday, October 19, 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.

George Conidis

S. Walter Stewart Library: Chronicles of a Peculiar Universe: The Social Habits of Galaxies

Tuesday, October 17, 2017 -
7:00pm to 8:00pm

Most galaxies enjoy the company of other galaxies and organize into various shapes known as the "cosmic web." Many of them also like to spin - creating beautiful disks of stars and gas.

New Moon

New Moon - 3:12pm EDT

Thursday, October 19, 2017

The moon is between us and the sun. Without the moon in the sky at night, deep sky objects are easier to observe.

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