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Einstein's Great Prediction: The Discovery of Gravitational Waves
Saturday, June 6, 2020 - 7:30pm to 9:00pm
Just over one hundred years ago Albert Einstein revealed the Theory of General Relativity and one of its predictions, the existence of gravitational waves.
Virtual General Assembly
Sunday, June 7, 2020 - 2:00pm to 5:00pm

The Royal Astronomical Society of Canada (RASC) normally gathers annually to meet, exchange the latest astronomical accomplishments of its members, and celebrate the achievements of its award winners.

Ontario Science Centre at Night
Wednesday, June 17, 2020 - 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.

Astro at Home

In response to the Covid-19 pandemic, as a way to help parents at home with their young ones, Discover the Universe is offering daily astronomy activities for children aged 8-12.

Cosmos From Your Couch

Looking for a way to connect with the wider world–or maybe the wider universe–during the pandemic? The Dunlap Institute and our partners from across the University of Toronto want to connect with you!

A Picture in 1000 Words

Ever wonder what’s going on in those beautiful pictures you see on the news from space?

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.
Virtual Star Party

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 for the next 2 months!

Ontario Science Centre at Night
Wednesday, May 27, 2020 - 7:30pm to 9:30pm
Watch the recorded video: https://youtu.be/9GHr_nN87wU
Truth at the Eyepiece

Since the advent of telescopic astronomy four centuries ago it's been a constant that visual records of observations should only show what is seen at the eyepiece, and no more.

A Short History of the David Dunlap Observatory

A short history of the David Dunlap Observatory located in Richmond Hill, Ontario, Canada just outside the Toronto City border - Canada's largest optical telescope.

Canadian Women in Astronomy

A brief history of some of the important women actively involved in the advancement of amateur and professional astronomy and astrophysics in Canada over the last century.

Johannes Kepler

Jerry Vila, a Toronto Centre member, presents a brief history of the life and works of Johannes Kepler, an astronomer, mathematician, and astrologer who lived from 1571-1630.

30 Years of the Hubble Space Telescope

The Hubble Space Telescope has provided amazing images of the universe from its location in Earth orbit for three decades.

Is There Intelligent Life Beyond Earth

"Is there intelligent life beyond Earth?" is a question that mankind has been asking for eternity.

Apollo 13, The Flight That Failed
Fifty years ago, the third mission was launched to land two people on the Moon. On the third day of the flight, a problem occurred which cancelled the plans for the lunar landing and instead, started a race to get the astronauts home alive.
Jellyfish I Have Known: The Aquatic and the Nebulous

Jenna Hinds, the Youth Outreach Coordinator at the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada, gave a spirited presentation describing how she developed her interest in Astronomy and the varied route she took to get there.

Robotic Telescope Project: Information Session
Curious about what’s happening with the Robotic Telescope Project? Here is the recording of the webinar streamed live on Feb 19, 2020 discussing details of the project.
Now is Not the Time with Richard Bloch
We think of time as an ever-flowing phenomenon that brings us from the past to the future through the present. But over a century ago Einstein showed us that this is not the structure of time, and in the ensuing years it has become clear that time is very different from our familiar understanding.
Immersive Astronomy

Ron Macnaughton visited the Immersive Van Gogh exhibit in Montreal and was inspired to ask if its method of presenting Van Gogh's art could be used to capture the astronomical experience one would have under a clear, dark, luminous sky.

Predicting Exoplanetary Atmospheres using Machine Learning
Artash Nath, a grade 8 student and member of the RASC, Toronto Centre, takes simulation data from the future ARIEL Space Telescope to show how he uses Machine Learning Software to filter out the noise from the Telescope's Exoplanet Observations.
Stargazing Travels in New Mexico

Is the winter cloudy weather getting you down? Are you affected by increasing light pollution? Well Frank Dempsey gives us his secret New Mexico locations and tips for a wintertime stargazing excursion.

Exoplanets Update with Professor Paul Delaney
What are the latest discoveries with Exoplanets? Prof. Paul Delaney of York University brings us up to date on the fast-breaking advancements in our knowledge of planets in other solar systems.
Astrophotography Down Under - with a defective mount!

Michael Watson recently came back from an astrophotography trip to Australia and discussed the difficulty he had with his new polar mount and the solutions he used to work around this problem.

Trying to Observe Dark Matter 2 km Deep: The PICO Experiment at SNOLAB

Ron Macnaughton gives a brief overview of what is happening at SNOLAB and its new PICO experiment that they are building to observe the elusive dark matter.

Illuminating the Dark Universe with Things That Go Bang in the Night

Dr. Renée Hložek, an Assistant Professor in the Department of Astronomy & Astrophysics at the University of Toronto, gave a presentation on why supernovae are important in learning how the universe is accelerating.

Black Holes - From Speculative to Spectacular

Black holes are perhaps the strangest thing in a very strange universe.

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