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The Sky This Month July 15 - August 19, 2020

Chris Vaughan takes us on a "spritzer" summer light edition of the Sky This Month for July 15-August 19, 2020.

Explore the Universe
Thursday, August 6, 2020 - 3:30pm to 4:30pm
It's the Perseids Meteor Shower! This week we will be passing through a cloud of dust left behind by comet Swift-Tuttle, which means we'll have the chance to see shooting stars.
Einstein's Great Prediction: The Discovery of Gravitational Waves
Saturday, August 8, 2020 - 7:30pm to 8:30pm

Just over one hundred years ago Albert Einstein revealed the Theory of General Relativity and one of its predictions, the existence of gravitational waves.

The Insider's Guide to the Galaxy
Tuesday, August 11, 2020 - 3:30pm to 5:00pm
The skies down under (and in South America and Africa) host amazing sights not visible from Canada. We'll use Stellarium to travel to the Southern Hemisphere and see the sights.
Cosmos From Your Couch
Tuesday, August 11, 2020 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm
Misconceptions are deeply-held beliefs which are incorrect. People have misconceptions about the most basic of astronomical topics, such as the cause of the seasons.
Ontario Science Centre at Night
Wednesday, August 19, 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.

Explore the Universe
Thursday, August 20, 2020 - 3:30pm to 4:30pm
This week we are catching the Moon early in its cycle, which means we have the opportunity to spot quite a few craters. We'll be seeking out the diamond ring crater this week!
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.
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.
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Join us for one of our talks!

Speakers from across the country will be joining us to share their areas of astronomical expertise. Check back here regularly to see who will be speaking next.

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!

Ontario Science Centre at Night
Wednesday, July 15, 2020 - 7:30pm to 9:30pm
Watch the recorded video: https://youtu.be/tpgioCuuks8
Star Light, Star Bright with Dr Rachel Ward-Maxwell
Astronomy In Depth - Comet C/2020 F3 NEOWISE

Blake Nancarrow and Chris Vaughan, two resident experts of the RASC, Toronto Centre, take an in depth look at the new comet C/2020 F3 NEOWISE. This recording was made on July 8, 2020.

Extraordinary Exoplanets with Emily Deibert

Over 4000 exoplanets have been discovered to date—but what do we really know about them, and how do we know it?

Build a Custom Dew Heater for your Telescope

Do you have trouble with dew fogging up your eyepieces? Are you on a budget? Are you fed up with having to replace a recently purchased broken dew heater?

Rapid Polar Alignment with SharpCap Software

Ever had problems doing a polar alignment with your equatorial mount and had something obstruct your view of Polaris? Denis Grey, an RASC, Toronto Centre member, was faced with this very problem.

Astronomy Night at the DDO
Tonight's program has been postponed until August. Instead, we have devoted this time to provide space for and to amplify the voices of Black, Indigenous and other minority groups in science and astronomy. We've prepared a short video examining diversity in astronomy and how to support astronomers from these communities.
Royal Astronomical Society of Canada, Toronto Centre affirms our commitment to increasing diversity and inclusion in our membership and public outreach services.
The Dance of Venus, the Moon and the Sun

On May 27, 2020, Ron Macnaughton presented a talk about the special interaction of Venus, the Moon and the Sun. Ron is a member of the RASC, Toronto Centre and was speaking at the online Recreational Astronomy Night meeting.

How to Share Observations and Photos

On May 27, 2020, Blake Nancarrow presented his ideas on why and how to share your astronomical observations and photos. He spoke at the online version of the monthly Recreational Astronomy Night meeting.

Weighing the Universe with a Balloon-Borne Telescope with Mohamed Shaaban
Not only is the Universe expanding, but it’s also accelerating! This revelation implies either our understanding of gravity is flawed or that a mysterious negative pressure known as Dark Energy is driving the expansion.
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.

We Are All Made of Stardust with Dr. Parshati Patel
Believe it or not, most of the elements in our body are made of stardust. Iron in our blood, calcium in our teeth, oxygen in our body…all of that and more came from stars!
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.

Is There Intelligent Life Beyond Earth

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

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.

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