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Observing from the city

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

Monday, June 18, 2018 to Thursday, June 21, 2018

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.

DDO Dome and Administration Building

It is a pleasure to announce that the RASC Toronto Centre is back at the David Dunlap Observatory after a nearly two-year hiatus.

The Sky This Month May 23 - June 19, 2018

At the Recreational Astronomy Night meeting of May 23, 2018 Andy Beaton presented the upcoming highlights of the night sky and the astronomical world. This meeting was held by the Toronto Centre at the Ontario Science Centre.

Ontario Science Centre at Night

Recreational Astronomy Night

Wednesday, June 20, 2018 -
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.

Millennium Square

Millennium Square Stargazing Night

Friday, June 22, 2018 -
6:00pm to 11:00pm

Everyone is invited to join us and Durham Skies on June 22 for stargazing at the edge of Lake Ontario.

Solar Observing at the Ontario Science Centre by Katrina Ince

Solar Observing

Saturday, June 23, 2018 -
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.

OSC: Shoot the Moon Star Party

Saturday, June 23, 2018 -
7:00pm to 11:00pm

To the Moon and back! Show the Earth’s only natural satellite a little love by taking its picture with your smartphone or digital camera.

The Story Collider - LGBTQ in STEM

The Story Collider: LGBTQ in STEM

Thursday, July 5, 2018 -
7:30pm to 9:30pm
This July, in celebration of the first international LGBTQ STEM Day, The Story Collider will present five true, personal stories about science from members of the LGBTQ+ community.
Katrina Ince Lum with Award

Open House and Awards Picnic at the E.C. Carr Astronomical Observatory

Saturday, July 7, 2018

Toronto Centre members and their families are cordially invited to attend the 20th Annual Carr Astronomical Observatory (CAO) Open House and RASC Toronto Centre Awards Picnic on Saturday, July 7th, 2018.

Richmond Hill DDO

DDO Family Night

Saturday, July 7, 2018 -
9:00pm to 11:00pm

This weekend tour introduces families to the wonders of astronomy through an indoor planetarium experience, craft activities for younger visitors and stargazing.

Star Trails by Steve McKinney

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

Monday, July 9, 2018 to Thursday, July 12, 2018

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.

York University: Astro Workshop 2018

Tuesday, August 14, 2018 - 8:30am to Thursday, August 16, 2018 - 4:00pm

Join an experienced team of astronomy educators for a professional development workshop that will improve your skills, material, and confidence in teaching astronomy!

History of the RASC at the David Dunlap Observatory

On June 9, 2018, at the Official Opening of the David Dunlap Observatory under the stewardship of the city of Richmond Hill, Toronto Centre member Eric Briggs gave a brief lecture on the history of the RASC at the DDO.

Atacama As

Toronto Centre member Charline Norgrove gave a talk on her recent trip to San Pedro de Atacama, Chile to visit the Llano de Chajnantor Observatory.

Session Planning with SkyTools

On May 23, 2018, RASC member Blake Nancarrow demonstrated why SkyTools can be an important tool in your observing arsenal.

Active Galaxies
On May 9, 2018, Janakan Sivasubramanium, an M.Sc. Candidate in Physics & Astronomy at York University gave a presentation to the Toronto Centre on Active Galaxies and what the possible energy source may be that drives these Galactic Monsters.
Thin Meniscus Mirrors

On April 25, 2018, at the Toronto Centre's Recreational Astronomy Night, Tom Otvos gave a presentation on the difficulties and rewards of building a meniscus mirror for his new telescope.

Video: Update Report on the E.C. Carr Astronomical Observatory

Phil Chow gave and update report on the upcoming 20-year celebration and upgrades at the E.C. Carr Astronomical Observatory (CAO).

International Astronomy Day April 21, 2018

On April 21, 2018, the RASC - Toronto Centre, in conjunction with the Ontario Science Centre, celebrated International Astronomy Day.