Events

The Insider's Guide to the Galaxy
Tuesday, September 22, 2020 - 3:30pm to 5:00pm
Struggling to set up your telescope? Can’t see Jupiter as clearly as you want to? We’ll set up our scopes to show you exactly what we do each time, give you some tips to make your telescope observing sessions even better, and recommend some gadgets and accessories.
Shoot the Moon
Monday, September 21, 2020 - 8:00pm to 10:00pm

You are invited to a Zoom meeting called "Shoot the Moon" in which we use live views of the crescent Moon to examine its major features like craters and mountains, and talk about their formation.

Star Medicine Celebration
Monday, September 21, 2020 - 7:00pm to 10:00pm
Symposium featuring gathering of Indigenous Knowledge Keepers, Elders, educators and scholars to share and exchange towards reclaiming, preserving, and revitalizing Star Knowledge with Indigenous communities worldwide.
Hot air or big news: life on Venus?
Thursday, September 17, 2020 - 4:00pm to 4:15pm

In a year filled with previously unimagined news, this announcement might have been the most surprising: Scientists have identified signs of possible life, not far out in the galaxy, but right next door, on Venus.

Explore the Universe
Thursday, September 17, 2020 - 3:30pm to 4:30pm
Happy Fall Equinox! We'll spend this session talking a bit about what equinoxes and solstices actually are, and will then jump into some lunar targets.
RAN ONLINE - September 16, 2020
Wednesday, September 16, 2020 - 7:30pm to 9:30pm
Watch the recorded video: https://youtu.be/IAbBkJgb2Cg
Star Trails by Steve McKinney
Monday, September 14, 2020 to Thursday, September 17, 2020

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.

Planet Party!
Saturday, September 12, 2020 - 8:00pm to 11:30pm
Watch the recorded video: https://youtu.be/b1HoUsDjXxI
Solar Observing at the Ontario Science Centre by Katrina Ince
Saturday, September 12, 2020 - 10:00am to 12:00pm
Join us at the Ontario Science Centre for our monthly Solar Observing on the TELUSCAPE.
Robert J. Sawyer
Friday, September 11, 2020 - 8:00pm to 10:00pm
The space science behind Hugo Award-winning science-fiction writer Robert J. Sawyer's new novel, The Oppenheimer Alternative.
The Insider's Guide to the Galaxy
Tuesday, September 8, 2020 - 3:30pm to 5:00pm
We'll help you get started in visual astronomy by explaining the basics - how to use a sky chart, how sky coordinates work (spoiler alert - it's easy), what's a variable star, how to tell a galaxy from globular cluster, and more.
Explore the Universe
Thursday, September 3, 2020 - 3:30pm to 4:30pm
Mars and the Moon are getting close this week! Once you spot those in the next couple days, we'll be on the hunt for a little bit of everything, and a lot of double stars.
Methane on Mars: Fact, Folly, or Figment? with Dr. John Moores
Saturday, August 29, 2020 - 7:30pm to 8:30pm

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.

RASC Colour Seal
Friday, August 28, 2020 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm

Cam Wipper, telescope operator and scientific observer at the Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope

Picture a Scientist
Thursday, August 27, 2020 - 7:00pm to 10:00pm

Join us at West Commons at Ontario Place on Thursday, August 27 for an outdoor screening of Picture a Scientist, a compelling documentary.

The Insider's Guide to the Galaxy
Tuesday, August 25, 2020 - 3:30pm to 5:00pm
Summer 2020 evenings will feature Jupiter and Saturn, Uranus and Neptune, and Mars, too! We'll preview how to view those planets, what features on them to look for, and some observing tips.
City Star Party
Monday, August 24, 2020 to Thursday, August 27, 2020

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.

Millennium Square
Friday, August 21, 2020 - 6:00pm to 11:00pm

Everyone is invited to join us and Durham Skies for stargazing at the edge of Lake Ontario.

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!
Recreational Astronomy Night ONLINE - August 19, 2020
Wednesday, August 19, 2020 - 7:30pm to 9:30pm
Watch the recorded video: https://youtu.be/-9qOZxB9wFk
Cosmos From Your Couch
Tuesday, August 18, 2020 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm
“O, swear not by the moon, th’inconstant moon
That monthly changes in her circled orb,
Lest that thy love prove likewise variable”
Star Trails by Steve McKinney
Monday, August 17, 2020 to Thursday, August 20, 2020

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.

ASX - How to Measure the Unverse's Oldest Light
Wednesday, August 12, 2020 - 6:30pm to 8:00pm

It may surprise you to know that we can still observe the Big Bang, in a way! In fact, every time you accidentally flip to TV static, you're watching a fragment of it right there!

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.
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.
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.

Solar Observing at the Ontario Science Centre by Katrina Ince
Saturday, August 8, 2020 - 10:00am to 12:00pm
Join us at the Ontario Science Centre for our monthly Solar Observing on the TELUSCAPE.
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.
Space Educators Institute Conference 2020
Wednesday, August 5, 2020 - 12:00pm to Friday, August 7, 2020 - 4:00pm

The Space Educators Institute is 3-day conference focused on providing training in space-themed resources for formal and informal educators from across Canada.

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