Events

City Star Party

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

Monday, November 12, 2018 to Thursday, November 15, 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.

York University Meteor Showers 2018

York University Observatory: Leonid Meteor Shower (first clear weeknight)

Monday, November 12, 2018 - 8:30pm to Friday, November 16, 2018 - 10:30pm

Come view the 2018 Leonid Meteor Shower with the Allan I. Carswell Observatory Team at York University!

John Percy

Deer Park Library: The Amazing Universe

Tuesday, November 13, 2018 -
2:00pm to 3:00pm

In this profusely-illustrated, non-technical presentation, you will see the universe, as revealed by astronomy, is just as exciting as the universe of science fiction and video games - and it's real!

Generator 2018

Chris Hadfield's Generator 2018

Thursday, November 15, 2018 -
8:00pm to 10:30pm

Generator is back! Chris Hadfield’s famed comedy, music and ideas extravaganza is returning to Roy Thomson Hall.

Hamilton Amateur Astronomers: Fall Telescope Scope Clinic

Friday, November 16, 2018 -
6:00pm to 9:00pm
Join the Hamilton Amateur Astronomers this November 16 for their Fall telescope clinic.
Grand Tour of the Cosmos

UofT Planetarium: Grand Tour of the Cosmos (SOLD OUT)

Friday, November 16, 2018 -
7:00pm to 10:15pm

Showtimes: 7:00pm, 8:10pm, 9:15pm

Sara Seager

UofT Physics: 2018 Tuzo Wilson Lecture

Tuesday, November 20, 2018 -
7:30pm to 9:00pm

Exoplanets and the Search for Habitable Worlds
Dr. Sara Seager, Professor of Planetary Science and Physics, MIT

ASX Star Talk: Warp Drives & Aliens

ASX Star Talk: Warp Drives & Aliens

Wednesday, November 21, 2018 -
7:00pm to 9:00pm

Hello astrophiles! Star Trek, Star Wars, and basically all space-based sci-fi are stuffed full of exotic extraterrestrials and peculiar planets. But what is the scientific basis of these weird and wonderful worlds?

Kortright Astronomy

Kortright Centre: Astronomy Night - A Night with the Stars!

Thursday, November 22, 2018 -
7:00pm to 9:00pm

Enjoy and learn about the night sky through an engaging presentation delivered by an astronomer. Learn about history, mythology and how to identify star constellations overhead.

This is a family-friendly event.

Kortright Astronomy

Kortright Centre: Astronomy Night - A Night with the Stars! (SOLD OUT)

Friday, November 23, 2018 -
7:00pm to 9:00pm

Enjoy and learn about the night sky through an engaging presentation delivered by an astronomer. Learn about history, mythology and how to identify star constellations overhead.

This is a family-friendly event.

Michel Fich

RASC Mississauga: New Frontiers in Observational Cosmology

Friday, November 23, 2018 -
8:00pm to 10:00pm

Our most recent generation of cosmology experiments, such as the Planck satellite and observations of distant supernovae, have reduced all of cosmology to the very precise measurement of eight parameters.

Solar Observing at the Ontario Science Centre by Katrina Ince

Solar Observing

Saturday, November 24, 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.

Grand Tour of the Cosmos

UofT Planetarium: Grand Tour of the Cosmos (SOLD OUT)

Saturday, November 24, 2018 -
7:00pm to 10:15pm

Showtimes: 7:00pm, 8:10pm, 9:15pm

Reiner Weiss

OSC Great Conversations: Explore the Universe with Gravitational Waves

Wednesday, November 28, 2018 -
7:30pm to 9:00pm
Unpack the fabric of space-time with Dr. Rainer Weiss’ exploration of gravitational waves in the era of multi-messenger astronomy. This ground-breaking discovery earned Dr. Weiss the 2017 Nobel Prize for Physics, along with his work on LIGO.

UofT Planetarium: The Life and Death of Stars

Friday, November 30, 2018 -
7:00pm to 10:15pm

Showtimes: 7:00pm, 8:10pm, 9:15pm

Solar Observing at the Ontario Science Centre by Katrina Ince

Solar Observing*

Saturday, December 1, 2018 -
10:00am to 12:00pm

This event is held if the previous event did not happen because of overcast skies.
Join us at the Ontario Science Centre for our monthly Solar Observing on the TELUSCAPE observing pad.

Star Trails by Steve McKinney

Dark Sky Star Party (first clear night: Monday to Thursday)

Monday, December 3, 2018 to Thursday, December 6, 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.

Poon Hill, Histan Mandali, Nepal, Image Credit: Brandon Siu

RCIScience/RASC Lecture: Beyond Earth

Thursday, December 6, 2018 -
7:00pm to 8:00pm

Several space agencies have launched orbital missions over several decades, and the volume of data and imagery they have acquired is staggering.

Earthrise as seen from Apollo 8 in lunar orbit December 24, 1968

RASC Mississauga: Stories From Apollo 8

Friday, December 7, 2018 -
8:00pm to 10:00pm

December 2018 marks the 50th anniversary of the famous Apollo 8 Moon mission.

City Star Party

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

Monday, December 10, 2018 to Thursday, December 13, 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.

Ontario Science Centre at Night

Recreational Astronomy Night and Annual General Meeting

Wednesday, December 12, 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.

Comet ISON by Adam Block/Mount Lemmon SkyCenter/University of Arizona

Comet 46P/Wirtanen brightening

Thursday, December 13, 2018

Comet 46P/Wirtanen expected to brighten to magnitude 3 (clearly visible in dark skies).

2012 Geminid Meteor Shower, by Bill Longo, RASC Member

Geminid meteors

Friday, December 14, 2018

The Geminids are a meteor shower caused by the object 3200 Phaethon, which is thought to be a Palladian asteroid with a "rock comet" orbit.

Solar Observing at the Ontario Science Centre by Katrina Ince

Solar Observing

Saturday, January 5, 2019 -
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.

Solar Observing at the Ontario Science Centre by Katrina Ince

Solar Observing*

Saturday, January 12, 2019 -
10:00am to 12:00pm

This event is held if the previous event did not happen because of overcast skies.
Join us at the Ontario Science Centre for our monthly Solar Observing on the TELUSCAPE observing pad.