Events

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.

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!
Ontario Science Centre at Night

Speaker's Night

Wednesday, September 27, 2017 -
7:30pm to 10:00pm

Join us for our monthly Speaker's Night meeting where professional astronomers get to tell us about their latest research.

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.

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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.

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.

Ontario Science Centre at Night

World Space Week - Star Party at the Ontario Science Centre

Saturday, October 7, 2017 -
7:30pm to 10:30pm

Telescope set up is at 7pm, the sun sets at 6:47pm. Saturn will be the most prominent object for this evening.

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 10:00pm

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.

CAO 2017 Fall Work Party

Saturday, October 14, 2017 to Sunday, October 15, 2017

Want a weekend out of the city and get some fresh air in the country? Want to work alongside your fellow Toronto Centre members to make further improvements to the CAO and get the facilities ready for the winter months?

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, 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.

Orionids Meteors

Saturday, October 21, 2017

The Orionid meteor shower, usually shortened to the Orionids, is the most prolific meteor shower associated with Halley's Comet.

Solar Observing at the Ontario Science Centre by Katrina Ince

Solar Observing*

Saturday, October 21, 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.

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.

Ontario Science Centre at Night

Speaker's Night

Wednesday, October 25, 2017 -
7:30pm to 10:00pm

Join us for our monthly Speaker's Night meeting where professional astronomers get to tell us about their latest research.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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Deadline for Dec/Jan SCOPE Newsletter

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Submit your articles for the SCOPE newsletter to the SCOPEeditor@rascto.ca.

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