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Sky This Month Sept 13th - Oct 13th 2017

Andy Beaton presented the up-coming Sky This Month for Sept 13th to October 13th 2017. He covered The Big Picture, Planetary Highlights, Globular Clusters, Comets and Meteors, A Variable Star Campaign and Spaceflight Highlights.

Catherine Woodford

RASC Mississauga: The Discovery of Gravitational Waves

Friday, September 22, 2017 - 8:00pm

Get an up-close and personal take on the Gravitational Waves discovery that has changed science for the better.

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.
Join us for our next NOVA (New Observers to Visual Astronomy) course from October 24 to December 5, 2017. Registration opens on Sunday, September 24, 2017 at 10:00am.
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.

Fort York Library: Introduction to Astronomy

Tuesday, September 26, 2017 -
6:30pm to 8:00pm

Join Ian Wheelband of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada for a talk on Astronomy. If the weather permits, there will be an opportunity to look through a telescope and view the evening sky.

Jill Tarter

OSC Great Conversations: A Cosmic Perspective: Searching for Aliens, Finding Ourselves

Wednesday, September 27, 2017 -
7:30pm to 9:00pm

Speaker: Dr. Jill Tarter, Bernard Oliver Chair, SETI Institute

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.

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.

Ontario Science Centre at Night

Recreational Astronomy Night

Wednesday, October 11, 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.

CAO 2017 Fall Work Party - October 14, 2017

Friday, October 13, 2017 - 5:00pm to Sunday, October 15, 2017 - 12:00pm
With the hot summer temperatures that we’re enjoying right now, it’s hard to imagine that winter is just around the corner and it’s time once again to plan for the Fall Work Party at the Toronto Centre’s E.C. Carr Astronomical Observatory (CAO).
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 to Thursday)

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.

Scott Kelly

OSC Great Conversations: In Conversation with Scott Kelly

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.

Hart House Orchestra

RCIS Lecture: The Planets, a Musical Odyssey of Evolution, Environment and Exploration

Sunday, October 29, 2017 -
3:00pm to 4:30pm

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

How Ancients Predicted Eclipses

Ever wonder how past civilizations predicted eclipses and how accurate they were?

Time Lapse 3D Imaging in the Antarctic Dry Valleys

Prof. David Nobes of the Department of Geophysics at the East China University of Technology led a team of scientists to Antarctica to study Polygonal Patterned Ground in the McMurdo Dry Valley.

Still Hooked: Chasing Solar Eclipses

David Makepeace introduced his recent film, "Still Hooked," on his experiences chasing solar eclipses.

Solar Cycle 24 Update
RASC Toronto Centre member Frank Dempsey updated where we are in Solar Cycle 24 and our probable destination to a solar minimum.
Light Pollution Update 2017

Peter Hiscocks, Chair of the Toronto Centre's Light Pollution Committee, presented an update on the projects we are working on to reduce Light Pollution in Ontario.

Fire in the Sky - Reporting Fireballs
RASC Toronto Centre member Bryon Czarnik discusses why and how to report a fireball in the sky.
Creation and Evolution of an Observatory - Pic du Midi
RASC Toronto Centre member Charline Norgrove discusses the enormous challenges astronomers faced in building an observatory on the top of the Pic du Midi mountain, in France, and how it evolved from 1851 onward to the present day.
Astronomical Adventures with the Naked Camera
RASC Toronto Centre member Patrick McDonald explains how anyone can take amazing astronomical photographs with a simple DSLR camera and a few extra pieces of equipment.
Is Martian weather any different than winter in Canada?
Video of the Speaker's Night from May 10, 2017 featuring Casey Moore
Colliding Black Holes and Gravitational Waves
Video of the Speaker's Night from April 12, 2017 featuring Harald Pfeiffer