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The Sky This Month September 12 - October 10, 2018

Chris Vaughan, a Toronto Centre member, presented the upcoming highlights of the sky this month. He also covered historical dates, Planets and Dwarf Planets, Satellite passes, Occultations and early fall targets.

The PDF below includes details for the The Sky This Month presented at the RAN meeting on Wednesday, September 12, 2018. It covers the period September 12 to October 10, 2018.
Soapbox Science

Soapbox Science 2018 Toronto

Sunday, September 23, 2018 -
12:00pm to 3:00pm

Last year we introduced Soapbox Science to North America and we couldn’t be more excited for this year’s Toronto event! Our organizing team is preparing for another fabulous day in September at Toronto’s Word on the Street Festival.

Laura Parker

Speaker's Night: The Dark Universe

Wednesday, September 26, 2018 -
7:30pm to 9:00pm

Observational astronomers use telescopes that look at the furthest distances in the Universe to look back in time and trace the growth of structure in the cosmos.

The Centre of the Milky Way Galaxy

RASC Mississauga: Under Southern Skies

Friday, September 28, 2018 -
8:00pm to 10:00pm

In this talk and slide show, Michael Watson will discuss his recent month-long trip to Australia, which included several nights of stargazing and astrophotography from the dark skies of the Australian Outback.

Nuit Blanche Toronto

OSC: Nuit Blanche 2018 - STEAM-Powered Stories

Saturday, September 29, 2018 - 7:00pm to Sunday, September 30, 2018 - 7:00am

Enter into a world where science, technology, engineering, art and math collide to create STEAM-Powered Stories.

Avery Broderick

Perimeter Institute: The Event Horizon Telescope (WEBCAST)

Wednesday, October 3, 2018 -
7:00pm to 8:30pm

Dr. Avery Broderick will provide a highly accessible and interesting lecture on the Event Horizon Telescope (EHT) and international efforts to interpret horizon-resolving images of numerous supermassive black holes.

Star Trails by Steve McKinney

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

Monday, October 8, 2018 to Thursday, October 11, 2018

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.

Ontario Science Centre at Night

Recreational Astronomy Night

Wednesday, October 10, 2018 -
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.

Millennium Square

Millennium Square Stargazing Night

Friday, October 12, 2018 -
6:00pm to 11:00pm

Everyone is invited to join us and Durham Skies on October 12 for stargazing at the edge of Lake Ontario.

City Star Party

City Star Party (first clear night: Monday to Thursday)

Monday, October 15, 2018 to Thursday, October 18, 2018

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.

Solar Observing at the Ontario Science Centre by Katrina Ince

Solar Observing

Saturday, October 27, 2018 -
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.

Exploring the Kuiper Belt with New Horizons

On August 15, 2018, at the Recreational Astronomy Night meeting of the Toronto Centre, Mehdi Bozzo-Rey gave a presentation on how to explore the Solar System using data from NASA's interplanetary space probes.

Measuring Double Stars
On August 15, 2018 Blake Nancarrow gave a presentation on how to measure double stars and how to help participate in "Citizen Science." With your telescope, some basic information and extra tools, you too can help add to the database of knowledge on double stars.
Blake Nancarrow’s article on double stars as presented at the August 15, 2018 Recreational Astronomy Night.
Modeling the Deep Space Network

On July 18, 2018, Arushi, Artash and Vikas Nath gave a presentation at the Recreational Astronomy Night meeting of the Toronto Centre on how they observed the collection of data from the Deep Space Network and on how they collected data

Video: Dance of the Red Planet

Ron Macnaughton, a Toronto Centre member, gave a presentation on the orbit of Mars compared to Earth's orbit and the best times to view the Red Planet.

Oumuamua and Implications for the Origin of Life on Earth

On July 18, 2018, Frank Dempsey gave a presentation on Oumuamua and its implications for the origin of life on Earth.

CAO Open House and Awards Picnic 2018

On July 7, 2018, the Toronto Centre held its 20th Annual Open House and Awards Picnic at the Carr Astronomical Observatory.

Trappist-1 Exo Planetary System

On July 7, 2018, Artash, Arushi and Vikas Nath discussed the dwarf star TRAPPIST-1 and its seven planets, all of which could fit into the orbit of Mercury without crashing into one another.

TESS and the Search for More Exoplanets

On July 7, 2018, Prof. Sara Seager gave a presentation on TESS (Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite), the satellite that was launched into space to search for exoplanets.