The latest astronomical and RASC Toronto Centre news.

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Want to know what's up in astronomy this week? Check out Chris Vaughan's Astronomy Skylights.

It is a busy time! The big next event is the Transit of Mercury. But Mars is in the picture, nearing opposition. There are many wonderful deep sky objects (mostly in Virgo) to see this time of year.

At the Members Night held at the DDO on April 23, 2016, Chris Vaughan presented some suggested targets for May observing. Download the object description/notes document in PDF and the Sky Safari observing List. Clear skies!

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.

The 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.

With the TTC returning to normal, and most of the weather looking like later evening, we will hold NOVA week 4 tonight in the Fort York Public Library

Chris Vaughan's detailed notes for his The Sky This Month presentation at the February 24th Recreational Astronomy Night Meeting are available for download as a PDF document. The period covered is February 24 through March 30, 2016.

A panel of researchers from Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics discussed the meaning and implications of LIGO's announcement regarding the search for gravitational waves.