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Moon and Venus before dawn

Morning planets include Venus and Jupiter; catch Mercury and Saturn at dusk. The Moon will not interfere with the Leonid meteor shower this year. Try for Lunar X and the Straight Wall near First Quarter.

Ontario Science Centre at Night

Recreational Astronomy Night

Wednesday, November 15, 2017 -
7:30pm to 9:30pm
Watch the recorded video: https://youtu.be/PGu_j0eX3vY
Elections for open positions of the RASC Toronto Centre Council will take place at the 2017 Annual Meeting which will be held on Wednesday, November 29, 2017.
Star Trails by Steve McKinney

Dark Sky Star Party (first clear night: Monday to Thursday)

Monday, November 20, 2017 to Thursday, November 23, 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.

Tanya Harrison

RASC Mississauga: The Past and Present of Water on Mars

Friday, November 24, 2017 - 8:00pm
From reading article comments online, many people seem to think that scientists are constantly discovering “water on Mars.” This talk summarizes of our current understanding of water in the Martian past and present, and the implications of that for the habitability of the Red Planet.
Observing from the city

City Star Party (first clear night: Monday, Tuesday or Thursday)

Monday, November 27, 2017 to Thursday, November 30, 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.

Speaker's Night and Annual Meeting

Wednesday, November 29, 2017 -
7:30pm to 10:00pm

Join us for our monthly Speaker's Night, this month featuring Dr. Rachel Ward-Maxwell speaking about astronomy projects at the Science Centre.

Solar Observing at the Ontario Science Centre by Katrina Ince

Solar Observing

Saturday, December 2, 2017 -
10:00am to 12:00pm

Join us at the Ontario Science Centre for our monthly Solar Observing on the TELUSCAPE observing pad. This is the area in front of the Science Centre's entrance. We use specialized telescopes that are safe to aim at the Sun.

Polar Environment Atmospheric Research Laboratory

RCIS Lecture: Research at the Northern Edge of the Canadian Arctic

Sunday, December 3, 2017 -
2:00pm to 3:30pm

Perched on a ridge in the remote polar desert of Ellesmere Island sits an atmospheric research facility, the Polar Environment Atmospheric Research Laboratory (PEARL).

These Old Eyes - They Ain't What They Used To Be!
Dr. Ralph Chou, Professor Emeritus at the School of Optometry & Vision Science at the University of Waterloo and President of the RASC - Toronto Centre, covered the topic of aging eyes and what it can mean to astronomers.
"Drop the Drought", "Yes I Can" and Canadian Space Agency Visit

Arushi Nath presented his award-winning science project "Drop the Drought," and Artash Nath her "Yes I Can" project at RASC's Recreational Astronomy Night meeting, which was held on October 11, 2017 at the Ontario Science Centre.

Solar Eclipse Roundup - Part 2

In August, some members of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada, Toronto Centre, headed south and west to the United States to view the total eclipse of the sun on August 21, 2017.

Harmony of the Rings

Recorded live stream of Dr. Matt Russo's talk “Harmony of the Rings” and live performance of Saturn's B Ring at the Ontario Science Centre “Celebration of Saturn” Star Party on October 7, 2017.

Jill Tarter - A Cosmic Perspective

On September 23, 2017, Dr. Jill Tarter discussed the SETI Institute's search for extraterrestrial intelligence and how it reflects on ourselves in Ontario Science Centre's Great Conversation Series.

Solar Eclipse Trip Roundup - Part 1

In late August some members of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada - Toronto Centre headed west and south to view the total eclipse of the sun on August 21st, 2017.

RASC-TO Total Solar Eclipse Expedition Report Aug 21st 2017

On September 13th 2017, Dr. Ralph Chou presented his report of the expedition to Salem, Oregon to view the total eclipse of the sun, at the Recreational Astronomy Night.

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
Colliding Black Holes and Gravitational Waves
Video of the Speaker's Night from April 12, 2017 featuring Harald Pfeiffer