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The latest astronomical and RASC Toronto Centre news.

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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.

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.

On Wednesday, August 5, Chris Vaughan presented the astronomical highlights for the next month. Highlights include the Perseid Meteor Shower and an asteroidal occultation observable in the GTA.

Pluto and Charon

The New Horizons spacecraft passed Pluto on July 14. It will not send much information to Earth right away because all the instruments and the high gain antenna dish are fixed to the spacecraft.

 

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Imaged from Grafton, Ontario, on June 21 and June 23 2015 by Lynn Hilborn.

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Member Ian Wheelband on June 21, "I did some imaging from our Carr Astronomical Observatory (CAO) near Collingwood earlier this week, using my telescope.

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