The latest astronomical and RASC Toronto Centre news.
David Dunlap Observatory main dome at night, inside (Bill Longo)

Royal Astronomical Society of Canada, Toronto Centre, invites all members and family members to join an orientation get together, named First Light. This is for all members who have not participated in this event before.

From mid-February to mid-March, there will be opportunities to see Jupiter, Mars, Saturn, Venus, and Mercury. Mars, in particular, will draw closer to us and get bigger and brighter, as it heads toward opposition in April.

Jupiter clouds and red dot by NASA/JPL - Cassini mission

The sky this month as presented by Chris Vaughan at the Recreational Astronomy night.

Launches, this month in history, star parties, the sun and moon, planets, comets, meteors, asteroids, satellites, occultations and winter highlights. 

Stephen Hawking
Hawking is the extraordinary story of the planet’s most famous living scientist, told for the first time in his own words and by those closest to him. Presented at TIFF, co-presented with the Perimeter Institute.
Comet P1 McNaught (Source: Wikipedia)

As of November 2013 we have four comets in the night sky that can be seen with simple telescopes and binoculars. One comet, named comet ISON is brightening rapidly and can be seen without optical aids (with the naked eye) from darker rural skies.

Comet ISON, Mars and Regulus by Chris Schur

What is up in the sky this month? François van Heerden tells us all about the planets, objects you can see with binoculars, metero showers, comet ISON, Lovejoy, Encke and Linear, the moon and the upcoming MAVEN mission to Mars by NASA.

Observing from Toronto
From mid-October to mid-November, there’s something going on just about every night and early morning. Enjoy double shadow transits on Jupiter. Capture the colours of Mars and Regulus. There are many comets visible to us in the Northern hemisphere, in addition to ISON. Watch the Olympic torch go for a spacewalk. Try to spot the faint moons of Uranus and Neptune. Take in the interesting and colourful planetary nebulae of the constellations of Andromeda, Pegasus, Perseus, Cetus, Pisces, Triangulum, and Aries.
David Dunlap Observatory main dome at night, inside (Bill Longo)

Royal Astronomical Society of Canada, Toronto Centre, invites all new members and family members, who have and will come aboard between June 1st,  2012 and Nov.

Algonquin Star Party 2013

The 16th Annual Algonquin Adventure Star Party, held at Mew Lake Campground on September 5 – 8, 2013 had 97 attendees, even though the ‘weather gods’ didn’t co-operate during most of the official dates.  The skies were clear on the