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The Sky This Month Oct 14 to Nov 10, 2020
The attached PDF contain the notes for The Sky This Month presentation by Arnold Brody, delivered at the RASC Toronto Centre Recreational Astronomy Night Meeting on October 14, 2020. Watch the recorded video: https://youtu.be/bfJ-1ofwVFQ
The New Era of Radio Astronomy
Wednesday, October 28, 2020 - 6:00pm to 7:30pm

Radio telescopes — such as the Canadian Hydrogen Intensity Mapping Experiment (CHIME), HIRAX, and the planned CHORD — will lead to unprecedented advances in astronomy. How will they shape future research?

Paul Delaney
Wednesday, October 28, 2020 - 7:30pm to 9:00pm

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.

Explore the Universe
Thursday, October 29, 2020 - 3:30pm to 4:30pm
As we wrap up our series, we'll go over a few easy winter targets to get you started on your next season of observing. Join us to take a look at rising winter favourites such as Orion, Taurus, the Pleiades and the Orion Nebula.
Halloween Virtual Star Party
Saturday, October 31, 2020 - 8:00pm to 10:00pm

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.

Unravelling the Mysterious Fast Radio Burst with CHIME
Saturday, November 7, 2020 - 7:30pm to 8:30pm
Since the first report of an extragalactic Fast Radio Burst (FRB) detection in 2007, the origins of these bright, short duration bursts of radio waves has been a highly contentious topic.
Ontario Science Centre at Night
Wednesday, November 11, 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.

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.
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!

Alysa Obertas
Wednesday, September 30, 2020 - 7:30pm to 9:00pm
Watch the recorded video: https://youtu.be/vaYABVy45m4

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. 

RAN ONLINE - September 16, 2020
Wednesday, September 16, 2020 - 7:30pm to 9:30pm
Watch the recorded video: https://youtu.be/IAbBkJgb2Cg
Planet Party 2020

Even at home, you’re never alone!

Methane on Mars: Fact, Folly, or Figment?

From the first announcement of its discovery in the atmosphere of Mars in 2003, methane has “punched above its weight” in our scientific imagination of the red planet.

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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.

INDIHUB

Ever wondered how you can get more out of your telescope observing? Ever hoped to connect with other backyard telescopes when the weather or your location is bad?

Virtual Star Party

Stargaze with us during our first ever virtual Star Party on YouTube!

From Outer Space to Sub Surface

On July 15, 2020, Artash Nath gave a presentation on Seismic Vibrations, how to measure them and on what impact the COVID-19 lockdown has had on these vibrations.

Imaging from my Backyard

Ever wished you could do astro-imaging from your backyard and do so in comfort? David Robitaille wanted to do just that and he shows you the success he had in accomplishing this goal through frustration and perseverance.

Star Light, Star Bright with Dr Rachel Ward-Maxwell
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?

A Picture in 1000 Words

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

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!

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.
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.

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