The latest astronomical and RASC Toronto Centre news.

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.

In the pre-dawn hours of October 8, 2014, residents of the GTA, eastern Ontario, and Quebec will be able to observe the first portion of a Total Lunar Eclipse.
David Dunlap Observatory main dome at night, outside (Bill Longo)
Royal Astronomical Society of Canada, Toronto Centre invites new members and their family who are also members, to join an orientation get together – First Light.

For September, and a little bit of October, we'll enjoy some planetary conjunctions and a total lunar eclipse. You can do some citizen science by participating in the September campaign of the Globe at Night.

For a few minutes around 8pm on September 12, Lynn Hillborn was able to image this aurora from Grafton, Ontario.

Comet Jacques with M52, the Bubble nebula and the Cave nebula.  Click on the image to enlarge.

Taken by Lynn Hilborn, Whistlestop Observatory, Grafton Ontario, August 27, 2014

Chris Vaughan delivered the following The Sky This Month presentation at the 6 August 2014 Recreational Astronomy Night Meeting at the Ontario Science Centre. The notes have been reproduced here.

Thank you Doug Isherwood for sharing this image of the happy members who spent the day at the Carr Astronomical Observatory on Saturday after a very successful Star-B-Q. Stay tuned for the full report coming to our SCOPE newsletter soon.

Risa Horowitz captured this image Friday July 25 at the Carr Astronomical Observatory.  From the observing pad facing south Ian Wheelband's dobsonian telescope was in fine form.  Risa and Ian were joined by Blake Nancarrow.

Ever seen Pluto?

Here's an animation of Pluto taken in July by Paul Mortfield, from Sierra Remote Observatories, CA, USA.  Click on the image to see this dwarf planet move.