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The latest astronomical and RASC Toronto Centre news.
Owen Maynard
July 20, 2019 - September 2, 2019
Learn about the remarkable story of a Canadian engineer whose influence on the Apollo program led to landing a human on the Moon.

The attached PDF contains notes and details for Chris Vaughan's presentation of the The Sky This Month - the Lazy, Hazy, Dog Days of Summer Edition, presented at the RAN meeting on Wednesday, July 17, 2019.

The Sky This Month July 17 - August 14, 2019

On July 17, 2019, Chris Vaughan outlined the astronomical highlights in the next month during "the dog days of summer," with a "celestial" explanation.

Imaging Planets at Latitude 10°
Manuel Guerrero, a planetary Imager and a member of the RASC, Mississauga Centre, felt a degree of frustration when imaging planets at northern latitudes due to their low elevation in the sky and the increased effect of the earth's atmosphere.
Sunspot Observations and Reporting to the AAVSO Solar Section

Ever wonder how to combine citizen science with solar observations? As Frank Dempsey describes in his presentation, AAVSO is one of the organisations that encourages sunspot reporting and explains how to go about doing it.

RASC Colour Seal

Exciting news! Through a generous grant from the Carswell Family Foundation, the RASC is now able to hire a fifth full-time staff member. Applications are open until July 5th, 2019.

Teaching Neil to Land

Ever wonder how Neil Armstrong learned to land the lunar module on the Apollo 11 expedition when he couldn't practice due to the differences between the Earth and the Moon's gravity?

Fiddling with Focus the DIY Way

Ever get frustrated trying to focus your telescope and having to wait till it stops jiggling to make another adjustment? Well Richard Blackman decided to put his DIY skills to the task and solve the problem.

The Sky This Month - June 19 to July 16, 2019
The content for The Sky This Month presented by Arnold Brody at the Recreational Astronomy Night on June 19, 2019, including event dates and times, sky charts, and observing targets.
The Sky This Month June 19 - July 16, 2019

Arnold Brody takes us through the coming months' celestial highlights and gives us some insight into what is happening to Jupiter's Red Spot and what might happen to Saturn's rings.

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