In the sky

2012 Perseid Meteor Shower, by Bill Longo, RASC Member
Saturday, May 4, 2013 to Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Look to the east after midnight, under dark skies, and you should be able to catch this light meteor shower. At its peak, May 5 & 6, you should be able to catch 10 per hour out of the constellation Aquarius.

Wednesday, March 20, 2013 - 12:00am

The Sun will shine directly on the Earth's equator, casting both north and south hemispheres in equal day and night. It's the first day of spring in the north and the first day of fall in the south.

2012 Lunar Eclipse, by Paul Mortfield, RASC Member
Saturday, May 25, 2013 - 12:00am

The first eclipse of 2013 visible in North America- at least most of it. The moon will pass through the Earth's penumbra, causing subtle darkening on the Moon's surface.

Tuesday, May 28, 2013 - 12:00am

In the evening sky, Jupiter and Venus will be within 1 degree of each other. Look west near sunset for the sight, and see if you can spot Mercury lurking nearby.

Annular Eclipse 2012 by Jim Chung, RASC Member
Friday, May 10, 2013 - 12:00am

The annular Solar Eclipse will begin in western Australia, then move east across the central pacific ocean.

Saturn, by Jim Chung - RASC Member
Sunday, April 28, 2013 - 12:00am

The ringed planet will be at its closest approach to the Earth. This is the best time to observe and photograph the planet and its moons.

2012 Lunar Eclipse, by Paul Mortfield, RASC Member
Thursday, April 25, 2013 - 12:00am

There is a partial lunar eclipse visible from Africa, Europe, Asia and Australia. Sorry North Americans, we're out of luck for this one. But if you're travelling over seas, you could have a neat sight if you look up!

2012 Perseid Meteor Shower, by Bill Longo, RASC Member
Tuesday, April 16, 2013 to Thursday, April 25, 2013

The Lyrids are a fairly average shower producing about 20 meteors an hour. You should probably be able to see bright dust trails (giving that 'fireball' effect) for several seconds.

Bayview Village Park

Bayview Village Park

Once a month, Toronto Centre members host a city star party at Bayview Village Park. Though it's in the heart of the city, the park affords observers good views of the moon, planets and other bright objects. It's a great place to peek through other people's 'scopes and share views of various sights. Check the homepage and events list for the next city star party.

Long Sault Conservation Area

Long Sault Conservation Area

Once a month, Toronto Centre members host a dark sky star party at Long Sault Conservation area. This pristine observing site is just far enough from city lights to afford stargazers naked eye sights of the Milky Way and many deep sky objects. The flat, gravel parking lot is perfect for 'scopes and mounts of all kinds. Long Sault is a great place to do astrophotography or visual observing for deep sky targets. 

Check the homepage and events list for the next Dark Sky Star Party