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Speaker's Night: Prof. Sara Seager, 'The Search for Earth 2.0'

Wednesday, September 24, 2014 - 7:00pm

Once a month, we invite someone from the scientific community to share their expertise and latest research.

Chris Vaughan delivered the following The Sky This Month presentation at the 6 August 2014 Recreational Astronomy Night Meeting at the Ontario Science Centre. The notes have been reproduced here.

Recreational Astronomy Night

Wednesday, August 6, 2014 - 7:00pm

Join us for our monthly recreational astronomy night meeting at the Ontario Science Centre.

Castlefield Observatory Walk

Sunday, August 17, 2014 - 2:00pm

This is the story of one of Toronto's historic observatories, built on a height of land between the Don and Black Creek watersheds, and the story of the man who built it.

Risa Horowitz captured this image Friday July 25 at the Carr Astronomical Observatory.  From the observing pad facing south Ian Wheelband's dobsonian telescope was in fine form.  Risa and Ian were joined by Blake Nancarrow.

Thank you Doug Isherwood for sharing this image of the happy members who spent the day at the Carr Astronomical Observatory on Saturday after a very successful Star-B-Q. Stay tuned for the full report coming to our SCOPE newsletter soon.

Ever seen Pluto?

Here's an animation of Pluto taken this week by Paul Mortfield, from Sierra Remote Observatories, CA, USA.  Click on the image to see this dwarf planet move.

The North star, Polaris, shines brightly in the left frame of this image, swimming in a murky pool of dust.  In the right side of the frame is globular cluster NGC 188.  Click on the image and enlarge.

Says photographer Lynn Hilborn;

An elephant, a bat and a squid walked into a bar... Here we have the newly discovered ( by an amateur astronomer) "squid", now known as OU4, a fragile blue OIII image enbedded in the red "bat" (Sh2-129) at the lower right.

A number of planets are visible this month including Mercury and Venus in the morning and Saturn after sunset. Asteroids Ceres and Vesta are moving apart but still fit in a binocular field.