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The Sky This Month for January 6, 2021 to February 2, 2021

Chris Vaughan gives us a detailed overview of important historical astronomy dates, special Moon features to look out for as well as interesting deep sky objects for the month of January 6 - February 2, 2021.

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The attached PDF contains the notes for the Sky This Month presented by Chris Vaughan at the Recreational Astronomy Night Meeting on January 6, 2021.

Prof. Nassim Bozorgnia
Wednesday, January 20, 2021 - 7:30pm to 9:00pm

The dark matter problem is one of the most exciting puzzles in our understanding of the Universe. The atoms in our bodies, planets, and stars make up only about 15% of the total matter content of the Universe.

Up in the Sky
Saturday, January 23, 2021 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm

Join us, from the comfort of your home! This program provides an illustrated one-hour presentation and discussion about what exciting celestial events to look for each season.

DDO - Ask an Astronomer
Sunday, January 24, 2021 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm

Join us, from the comfort of your home! Let us help you explore and understand the night sky!

Ontario Science Centre at Night
Wednesday, February 3, 2021 - 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.

Mysteries of the Universe
Monday, February 15, 2021 - 11:30am to Wednesday, February 17, 2021 - 8:00pm

Learn astronomy from leading research scientists across the globe!

Artist’s impression of a fast radio burst, Credit: ESO/M. Kornmesser
Sunday, February 28, 2021 - 2:00pm to 3:30pm

Astronomy is a science of eons. In the cosmos, things change over millions or  billions of years. Most transient events in the sky are due to happenings in our own solar system.

For RASC members, we offer computer software training on Stellarium. It is a popular and powerful planetarium application available for Windows, Macintosh, and Linux computers. The full software for computers is free.

RAN ONLINE - January 06, 2021
Wednesday, January 6, 2021 - 7:30pm to 9:30pm
Watch the recorded video: https://youtu.be/9Vx8hsgATgI
Astronomy In Depth - Saturn-Jupiter Conjunction
Blake Nancarrow and Chris Vaughan do a deep dive into what all the fuss is about with this Saturn and Jupiter Conjunction of 2020. Is all the hype worth it?
RAN ONLINE - December 09, 2020
Wednesday, December 9, 2020 - 7:30pm to 9:30pm
Watch the recorded video: https://youtu.be/pAnyTMFFuiI
The Insider's Guide to the Galaxy
Join us online to learn basic astronomy that you can do on your own from your backyard! We'll be hosting introductory astronomy courses on Tuesdays from 3:30-5:00pm EDT.
The Stars Belong to Everyone: Gender and Sexual Diversity in Astronomy

The RASC Inclusivity and Diversity Committee presents a profile of gender-diverse members of the astronomy and astrophysics communities.

RAN ONLINE - November 12, 2020
Thursday, November 12, 2020 - 7:30pm to 9:30pm
Watch the recorded video: https://youtu.be/wopmFrGqBwY
Unravelling the Mysterious Fast Radio Burst with CHIME

Dr. Cherry Ng is a post-doctoral researcher at the Dunlap Institute for Astronomy & Astrophysics. During her PhD study, she discovered 60 rapidly-spinning neutron stars with the Parkes Radio Telescope in Australia.

Halloween Virtual Star Party

Are you ready to be bewitched? Join us for spellbinding stargazing at our Halloween Virtual Star Party! For the first time since 1944, a full Moon will light the Halloween sky.

Explore the Universe
Join us online as we Explore the Universe together! We'll be hosting sessions every other Thursday from 3:30-4:30pm EDT.
Water, water everywhere? with Paul Delaney

Our understanding of our own solar system has changed significantly since the advent of spacecraft exploration. Water was once believed very scarce in our corner of the galaxy but we now realize this is not the case.

Physically Distanced Astrophotography of Michael Watson
Even in the world of a pandemic, Michael Watson continues to enjoy his pursuit of astrophotography. He showed his recent physically distanced work at the October 14, 2020 Recreational Astronomy Night meeting.
RAN ONLINE - October 14, 2020
Wednesday, October 14, 2020 - 7:30pm to 9:30pm
Watch the recorded video: https://youtu.be/bfJ-1ofwVFQ
Self-Isolation Star Parties

Do you miss those wonderful Star Parties hosted by RASC, where you get to look at the night sky and learn about what's up there? We do too! That's why we're hosting online star parties!

DDO Mars Madness

These presentations were recorded as part of the David Dunlap Observatory Mars Madness online event held on October 11 and 12th, 2020 and produced by RASC, Toronto Centre.

Video: The Stars Belong to Everyone: Fostering Diversity and Inclusion in Astronomy
Join us as we discuss expanding diversity and inclusion in astronomy in Canada with panelists Dr. Sarah Gallagher, Dr. Sara Mazrouei, Nicole Mortillaro and Dr. Hilding Neilson.
Alysa Obertas
Wednesday, September 30, 2020 - 7:30pm to 9:00pm
Watch the recorded video: https://youtu.be/vaYABVy45m4
30 Astronomy Book Suggestions

Joel Dick reviewed "30 Astronomy Book Suggestions" from his reading experience and personal library. Joel recommended these books at the online Recreational Astronomy Night meeting, which was held on September 16, 2020.

On September 16, 2020, during the Recreational Astronomy Night for the Toronto Centre, Joel Dick showed his bookshelf and provided 30 (plus) popular astronomy book recommendations. 

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