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The latest astronomical and RASC Toronto Centre news.

Launches, this month in history, star parties, the sun and moon, planets, comets, meteors, asteroids, satellites, occultations and winter highlights. 

Stephen Hawking
Hawking is the extraordinary story of the planet’s most famous living scientist, told for the first time in his own words and by those closest to him. Presented at TIFF, co-presented with the Perimeter Institute.
Comet P1 McNaught (Source: Wikipedia)

As of November 2013 we have four comets in the night sky that can be seen with simple telescopes and binoculars. One comet, named comet ISON is brightening rapidly and can be seen without optical aids (with the naked eye) from darker rural skies.

Comet ISON, Mars and Regulus by Chris Schur

What is up in the sky this month? François van Heerden tells us all about the planets, objects you can see with binoculars, metero showers, comet ISON, Lovejoy, Encke and Linear, the moon and the upcoming MAVEN mission to Mars by NASA.

Observing from Toronto
From mid-October to mid-November, there’s something going on just about every night and early morning. Enjoy double shadow transits on Jupiter. Capture the colours of Mars and Regulus. There are many comets visible to us in the Northern hemisphere, in addition to ISON. Watch the Olympic torch go for a spacewalk. Try to spot the faint moons of Uranus and Neptune. Take in the interesting and colourful planetary nebulae of the constellations of Andromeda, Pegasus, Perseus, Cetus, Pisces, Triangulum, and Aries.
David Dunlap Observatory main dome at night, inside (Bill Longo)

Royal Astronomical Society of Canada, Toronto Centre, invites all new members and family members, who have and will come aboard between June 1st,  2012 and Nov.

Algonquin Star Party 2013

The 16th Annual Algonquin Adventure Star Party, held at Mew Lake Campground on September 5 – 8, 2013 had 97 attendees, even though the ‘weather gods’ didn’t co-operate during most of the official dates.  The skies were clear on the

LADEE Spacecraft (NASA)

What is up in the sky this month? François van Heerden tells us all about the planets, objects you can see with binoculars, metero showers, comet ISON, the moon and current space missions.

All are cordially invited to an Open House at the RASC Toronto Centre's E.C. Carr Astronomical Observatory (CAO) on Blue Mountain. The Open House will offer presentations on astronomical themes as well as guided stargazing as weather permits.
SNOLAB Detector (By: Charles Darrow)

Stephen Hawking visited SNOLAB in Sudbury, Ontario—twice! Once in 1998, and once in 2012. On June 17, 2013, I too, visited SNOLAB with the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada in Toronto (RASCTC) for a tour of the magnificent lab!

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