Events

New Moon

New Moon - 6:42am EST

Saturday, November 18, 2017

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

Solar Observing at the Ontario Science Centre by Katrina Ince

Solar Observing (NO GO)

Saturday, November 18, 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, 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.

M20 by Ian Wheelband

NOVA Astronomy Course (4/6)

Tuesday, November 21, 2017 -
6:15pm to 8:00pm

Milky Way, deep sky objects, nebulae, star clusters, galaxy formation and types of galaxies. How to observe galaxies and galaxy clusters. Astro-sketching. Introduction to Messier and RASC observing programs.

Plate Tectonics: Small Plates, High Mountains, Monsoons, Islands, and Ice Ages

UofT Physics: 2017 Tuzo Wilson Lecture

Tuesday, November 21, 2017 -
8:00pm to 9:30pm
Plate Tectonics: Small Plates, High Mountains, Monsoons, Islands, and Ice Ages
Dr. Peter Molnar, University of Colorado Boulder
Kortright Centre Astronomy Night

Kortright Centre: Astronomy Night (SOLD OUT)

Friday, November 24, 2017 -
7:00pm to 9:00pm
Learn about the night sky, with Astronomy in Action’s portable planetarium, a slide show in the theatre, followed by an observing session outside.
Tanya Harrison

RASC Mississauga: The Past and Present of Water on Mars

Friday, November 24, 2017 - 8:00pm
From reading article comments online, many people seem to think that scientists are constantly discovering “water on Mars.” This talk summarizes of our current understanding of water in the Martian past and present, and the implications of that for the habitability of the Red Planet.
Kortright Centre Astronomy Night

Kortright Centre: Astronomy Night

Saturday, November 25, 2017 -
7:00pm to 9:00pm
Learn about the night sky, with Astronomy in Action’s portable planetarium, a slide show in the theatre, followed by an observing session outside.
Observing from the city

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

Monday, November 27, 2017 to Thursday, November 30, 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.

Space Center Houston

S. Walter Stewart Library: Journey through the Solar System

Monday, November 27, 2017 -
4:00pm to 5:00pm

Climb aboard NASA’s various spacecraft and probes to experience our Solar System in a whole new light.

M20 by Ian Wheelband

NOVA Astronomy Course (5/6)

Tuesday, November 28, 2017 -
6:15pm to 8:00pm

Astronomy gear, binoculars, telescope types, selection and use, observing logs, equipment, observing sites, more drawing skills.

Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter

ASX Star Talk: Computer Vision on Mars

Wednesday, November 29, 2017 -
7:00pm to 9:00pm

Modern computer vision technologies have been key to improving our understanding of the Red Planet over the past 15 years.

Speaker's Night and Annual Meeting

Wednesday, November 29, 2017 -
7:30pm to 10:00pm

Join us for our monthly Speaker's Night, this month featuring Dr. Rachel Ward-Maxwell speaking about astronomy projects at the Science Centre.

Solar Observing at the Ontario Science Centre by Katrina Ince

Solar Observing

Saturday, December 2, 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.

Polar Environment Atmospheric Research Laboratory

RCIS Lecture: Research at the Northern Edge of the Canadian Arctic

Sunday, December 3, 2017 -
2:00pm to 3:30pm

Perched on a ridge in the remote polar desert of Ellesmere Island sits an atmospheric research facility, the Polar Environment Atmospheric Research Laboratory (PEARL).

M20 by Ian Wheelband

NOVA Astronomy Course (6/6)

Tuesday, December 5, 2017 -
6:15pm to 8:00pm

Cosmology, black holes, dark matter, universe formation, and an introduction to light pollution. Course wrap up.

Cataclysmic Collision - Simonnet

UofT AstroTour: Gravitational Waves: The Sirens of the Universe

Thursday, December 7, 2017 -
8:00pm to 10:00pm

Get an up-close and personal take on the several Gravitational Waves discoveries that have changed science for the better.

Solar Observing at the Ontario Science Centre by Katrina Ince

Solar Observing*

Saturday, December 9, 2017 -
10:00am to 12:00pm

This event is held if the previous event did not happen because of overcast skies.
Join us at the Ontario Science Centre for our monthly Solar Observing on the TELUSCAPE observing pad.

Ontario Science Centre at Night

Recreational Astronomy Night

Wednesday, December 13, 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.

2012 Geminid Meteor Shower, by Bill Longo, RASC Member

Geminid meteors

Thursday, December 14, 2017

The Geminids are a meteor shower caused by the object 3200 Phaethon, which is thought to be a Palladian asteroid with a "rock comet" orbit.

New Moon

New Moon - 1:30am EST

Monday, December 18, 2017

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

Star Trails by Steve McKinney

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

Monday, December 18, 2017 to Thursday, December 21, 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.

Winter Solstice

Thursday, December 21, 2017

Longest night, shortest day

John Percy

Pape/Danforth Library: The Birth, Life, and Bizarre Death of Stars

Wednesday, February 7, 2018 -
6:30pm to 8:00pm

We owe our existence to the sun and stars. The atoms in our body are created by stars. The sun's energy makes life possible.

John Percy

Pape/Danforth Library: Misconceptions about the Universe: From Everyday Life to the Birth of the Universe

Wednesday, March 7, 2018 -
6:30pm to 8:00pm

People have deeply-held misconceptions about the most basic of astronomical topics, such as the cause of the seasons.

ALCON 2018

ALCON 2018

Wednesday, July 11, 2018 to Saturday, July 14, 2018