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.

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.
Leonid Meteor

Leonid Meteors

Friday, November 17, 2017

The Leonids are a prolific meteor shower associated with the comet Tempel–Tuttle. The Leonids get their name from the location of their radiant in the constellation Leo: the meteors appear to radiate from that point in the sky.

George Conidis

Don Mills Library: Chronicles of a Peculiar Universe: The Social Habits of Galaxies

Thursday, November 16, 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.

Ontario Science Centre at Night

Recreational Astronomy Night

Wednesday, November 15, 2017 -
7:30pm to 9:30pm
Watch the recorded video:

Deadline for Dec/Jan SCOPE Newsletter

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Submit your articles for the SCOPE newsletter to the

Paul Delaney

Barbara Frum Library: Chronicles of a Peculiar Universe: Is Anyone Home?

Tuesday, November 14, 2017 -
6:30pm to 7:30pm

Since 1995 thousands of planets have been detected orbiting other stars. Many of these worlds could possibly contain liquid water and even life.

M20 by Ian Wheelband

NOVA Astronomy Course (3/6)

Tuesday, November 14, 2017 -
6:15pm to 8:00pm

Stars, distances, magnitude, learning the night sky, constellations. planispheres, coordinate systems, astronomy (planetarium) software, with a brief demo of Stellarium.

Alexandra Terrana

Brentwood Library: Chronicles of a Peculiar Universe: Secrets of Our Dark Universe

Saturday, November 11, 2017 -
2:00pm to 3:00pm

Most of our Universe is made up of dark matter and dark energy, but so far scientists have had a hard time detecting or explaining them.

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!

Milky Way

TRCA: Astronomy on The Spit (SOLD OUT)

Friday, November 10, 2017 -
7:30pm to 9:30pm

Tommy Thompson Park has the lowest light pollution of any locale in the City of Toronto. Come take advantage of a unique opportunity to learn about and view deep space!

Pauline Gagnon

Perimeter Institute: Improbable Feats and Useless Discoveries (WEBCAST)

Wednesday, November 8, 2017 -
7:00pm to 8:30pm

As a child, Quebec native Pauline Gagnon dreamed of understanding what the universe was really made of.

M20 by Ian Wheelband

NOVA Astronomy Course (2/6)

Tuesday, November 7, 2017 -
6:15pm to 8:00pm

Sun, Earth, Moon, tides, eclipses, our Solar System, the Planets, meteor showers, and comets.

Solar Observing at the Ontario Science Centre by Katrina Ince

Solar Observing (NO GO)

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.

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

The night sky is shared by everyone on Earth and every culture has its own experience with the stars and sky.

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.

Science Slam

SciCommTO: Science Slam

Thursday, November 2, 2017 -
6:30pm to 8:30pm

Come out and join us for an evening of laughs and science! Hear science enthusiasts to talk about their passion for science in a unique way. A song, stand-up, comedy skit, spoken word; The possibilities are endless!

John Percy

Pape/Danforth Library: Toronto's Astronomical Heritage

Wednesday, November 1, 2017 -
6:30pm to 8:00pm

Join us as Dr. John Percy, Professor Emeritus, Astronomy and Astrophysics at University of Toronto discusses how Toronto became a "centre of the universe" for astronomical research, education, and outreach.

RASC Mississauga: Astronomy Evening at the Riverwood Conservancy

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

Come out and observe the universe at the Riverwood Conservancy!

Hart House Orchestra

RCIS: The Planets, a Musical Odyssey of Evolution, Environment and Exploration (SOLD OUT)

Sunday, October 29, 2017 -
3:00pm to 5:00pm

A century ago, Gustav Holst had 7 planets to inspire his composition, The Planets. With Earth, these were the known worlds.

International Observe the Moon Night 2017

BeSpatial: International Observe the Moon Night

Saturday, October 28, 2017 -
6:30pm to 9:30pm

International Observe the Moon Night (InOMN) is an annual world-wide public event that NASA organizes to help celebrate, appreciate, and understand our Moon.

Millennium Square Stargazing Night (NO GO for Saturday)

Saturday, October 28, 2017 -
6:00pm to 11:00pm

Everyone is invited to join us and Durham Skies on October 28 for stargazing at the edge of Lake Ontario.

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.

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.

Scott Kelly

OSC Great Conversations: In Conversation with Scott Kelly (SOLD OUT)

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.

Observing from the city

City Star Party (GO for Thursday)

Thursday, October 26, 2017 -
7:00pm to 10:00pm

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.

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

Gravity film

ASX Movie Night: Gravity

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

Come join us on Wednesday, October 25th for a showing of the movie Gravity (2013) starring Sandra Bullock and George Clooney!

College/Shaw Library: Earth's Battered Moon

Tuesday, October 24, 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.

M20 by Ian Wheelband

NOVA Astronomy Course (1/6)

Tuesday, October 24, 2017 -
6:15pm to 8:00pm

Introduction to RASC and Astronomy, overview of the course, astronomy history and "Canada in Space."