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Sky This Month - August 2017

Denis Grey outlined the coming month's Celestial Highlights at the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada - Toronto Centre's Recreational Astronomy Night Meeting on August 9th 2017 at the Ontario Science Centre.

How to use solar eclipse glasses safely

Essential information for the upcoming eclipse. Dr. Ralph Chou shows how to use solar eclipse viewers or glasses safely.

How to use solar filters and make photos of the eclipse with a telescope and DSLR

Essential information for the upcoming eclipse. Dr. Ralph Chou shows how to use solar filters for your telescope safely and make photos.

Partial solar eclipse by Tom Ruen

UofT: Solar Eclipse at the CNE

Monday, August 21, 2017 -
10:00am to 5:00pm

Join us on August 21 at the Canadian National Exhibition to view a partial solar eclipse. Get a free pair of eclipse glasses to let you view the eclipse safely and see the Sun through our solar telescopes.

OSC Solar Eclipse Party

OSC: Solar Eclipse Party

Monday, August 21, 2017 -
10:00am to 5:00pm
Join us at the Ontario Science Centre to safely observe the partial solar eclipse visible over Toronto.
Astronomical Event of the Decade

Vaughan Public Libraries: Astronomical Event of the Decade

Monday, August 21, 2017 -
12:00pm to 5:00pm

Join us as we celebrate the biggest cosmic event of the year, a solar eclipse! We will be safely observing from the patio of the Civic Centre Resource Library.

Partial Solar Eclipse 2014, John Gauvreau

Hamilton Amateur Astronomers: View the 2017 Solar Eclipse

Monday, August 21, 2017 -
12:00pm to 4:00pm

On Monday August 21, 2017 a partial solar eclipse will be visible from Hamilton and surrounding areas. This is a wonderful opportunity to see a rare and spectacular natural event.

Solar observing (YRA at RHPL)

York Region Astronomy: Solar Eclipse

Monday, August 21, 2017 -
1:00pm to 3:45pm

Come see the partial solar eclipse with us at the Richmond Hill Library. This is a weather dependent event, so we hope for clear skies!

Mississauga maximum eclipse

RASC Mississauga: Partial Solar Eclipse at Riverwood

Monday, August 21, 2017 -
1:00pm to 3:30pm

On Monday August 21, a total solar eclipse will be visible in the United States. In Mississauga, the eclipse will be partial.

York University Solar Fair

York University: Solar Fair

Monday, August 21, 2017 -
1:00pm to 4:00pm
On August 21, 2017, join York University for SOLAR FAIR – an exciting celestial event where faculty, students, staff and community members will have a chance to live view the solar eclipse and the path of totality on a big screen.
McMaster Space Initiative: Eclipse Viewing Party

McMaster Space Initiative: Eclipse Viewing Party

Monday, August 21, 2017 -
1:00pm to 4:00pm

On August 21st, the moon will cross the Sun's path providing us with a glorious view of a partial solar eclipse right here in Hamilton.

Star Trails by Steve McKinney

Dark Sky Star Party (first clear night)

Monday, August 21, 2017 to Thursday, August 24, 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.

Millennium Square Stargazing Night

Friday, August 25, 2017 -
6:00pm to 11:00pm

Everyone is invited to join us and Durham Skies on August 25 for stargazing at the edge of Lake Ontario.

Observing from the city

City Star Party (first clear night)

Monday, August 28, 2017 to Thursday, August 31, 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.

Ontario Science Centre at Night

Recreational Astronomy Night

Wednesday, September 13, 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.

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
The Great American Eclipse: What you need to know to be ready
Michael Watson gave a talk on the "Great American Eclipse" for the Recreational Astronomy Night on April 26, 2017
Eye safety and selecting solar filters
Dr. Ralph Chou gave a talk about eye safety and solar filters for the Recreational Astronomy Night on April 26, 2017
Colliding Black Holes and Gravitational Waves
Video of the Speaker's Night from April 12, 2017 featuring Harald Pfeiffer