The latest astronomical and RASC Toronto Centre news.

March is the best month to try the Messier Marathon. We start the month off with a Lunar X opportunity. Later this week one might see the "Handle of Moon" and the naked-eye occultation of lambda Geminorium.

Moon Mars Venus Feb 20 2015 at 7pm

A detailed overview on what to look for in the months of January and February. Prepared by Chris Vaughan and presented at the Recreational Astronomy Night. 

Image by Lynn Hilborn taken from the Canaveral National Seashore January 20, 2015.   An Atlas V rocket launches; in the frame comet Lovejoy, Orion and the Pleiades are also seen.

The great planet Jupiter is the brightest object in the east and southeastern sky all evening this winter.



Launch of SpaceX Falcon 9 from Canaveral National Seashore Apollo Beach, by Lynn Hilborn January 10, 2015, 4.47am


Asteroid (433) Eros as imaged by the robotic spacecraft NEAR Shoemaker in 2001.
Sometimes objects like the moon, planets or asteroids move in front of a star. An observer in the right location can see the star disappear or dim for a few seconds then brighten again.
Don't miss your best chance to view comet Lovejoy - our New Year's comet.

Located about 2600 light years away in the constellation Monoceros, the Cone Nebula at the bottom points to the upsidedown tree in the bright, twinking Christmas Tree cluster.

Sunchie - Timelapse Bruce

Sunchie presented tips for getting started with night-time timelapse photography at our recent recreational astronomy night. Below is his presentation in PDF format.

The Sky This Month as presented by Chris Vaughan at the Recreational Astronomy Night meeting.