The latest astronomical and RASC Toronto Centre news.

The great planet Jupiter is the brightest object in the east and southeastern sky all evening this winter.



Launch of SpaceX Falcon 9 from Canaveral National Seashore Apollo Beach, by Lynn Hilborn January 10, 2015, 4.47am


Asteroid (433) Eros as imaged by the robotic spacecraft NEAR Shoemaker in 2001.
Sometimes objects like the moon, planets or asteroids move in front of a star. An observer in the right location can see the star disappear or dim for a few seconds then brighten again.
Don't miss your best chance to view comet Lovejoy - our New Year's comet.

Located about 2600 light years away in the constellation Monoceros, the Cone Nebula at the bottom points to the upsidedown tree in the bright, twinking Christmas Tree cluster.

Sunchie - Timelapse Bruce

Sunchie presented tips for getting started with night-time timelapse photography at our recent recreational astronomy night. Below is his presentation in PDF format.

The Sky This Month as presented by Chris Vaughan at the Recreational Astronomy Night meeting.

Taken on the evening of October 23 from our member observatory, the Carr Astronomical Observatory, in the Thornbury area, with a great Westerly view; thank you Ian Donaldson for agreeing to share it.  Did you see it?

Between 5:39 pm Eastern Daylight Time and sunset at 6:20 pm on Thursday, October 23, 2014, residents of the GTA, eastern Ontario, and Quebec will be able to observe the first portion of a Partial Solar Eclipse.

The Sun and Moon go through near-perfect alignments. We'll have a partial solar eclipse* on Oct 23. Try to spot Mercury naked eye at the end of October. Uranus and Neptune show off different shades of blue and tiny moons. Comets abound.