The latest astronomical and RASC Toronto Centre news.

At the Members Night held at the DDO on January 9, 2016, Chris Vaughan presented some suggested targets for January observing. The list is available as a PDF and a Sky Safari observing List. Clear skies!

M20 by Ian Wheelband
This winter's 2016 NOVA (New Observers to Visual Astronomy) course will be held at the Toronto Public Library, Fort York Branch.

As noted in the recent SCOPE newsletter and on this website, after our lecture meeting on Wednesday, November 25th we will convene our Annual General Meeting.

M20 by Ian Wheelband

Note: The fall course has now sold out but you can sign up to receive email updates about the Spring 2016 NOVA course.

General  Information

Analemma:   Sun’s elevation sinking fast,  most rapid at equinox.

Local noon is 1:15 pm on Sep. 9.


Sept 23 at 4:21 pm Fall equinox.  Getting longer nights for better observing. 

New Members orientation program – First Light - Fall 2015

The Royal Astronomical Society of Canada, Toronto Centre, invites new members and their family who are also members to join an orientation get together – First Light.

Where to see the lunar eclipse in the GTA.
Algonquin MilkyWay by Benjamin Lappalainen

RASC member Benjamin Lappalainen presented his recipes for editing astrophotos in Lightroom and Photoshop at our Recreational Astronomy Nights over the summer of 2015.

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.