Events

Phil Plaitt

Yukon Centre: Phil Plait - Beyond Northern Lights (WEBEX)

Sunday, October 22, 2017 - 10:00pm to Monday, October 23, 2017 - 12:00am

Join the Yukon Centre with special guest Dr. Phil Plait from 10:00pm–midnight (EDT). Come discover the mysteries of our northern skies and what can be seen when the northern lights can’t.

Observing from the city

City Star Party (first clear night: Monday, Tuesday or Thursday)

Monday, October 23, 2017 to Thursday, October 26, 2017

Hover above the moon like an astronaut and get eye-to-eye with the planets. Find colourful stars, star clusters, bright nebulae and even another galaxy.

Dark Matter Day

Dunlap Institute: Dark Matter Day

Monday, October 23, 2017 -
8:00pm to 9:30pm

Dark matter is puzzling. We can't see or touch it, but we believe it makes up about 85% of the matter in the Universe. Canadian astronomers are at the forefront of the search for the true nature of this elusive substance.

M20 by Ian Wheelband

NOVA Astronomy Course (1/6)

Tuesday, October 24, 2017 -
6:15pm to 8:00pm

Introduction to RASC and Astronomy, overview of the course, astronomy history and "Canada in Space."

College/Shaw Library: Earth's Battered Moon

Tuesday, October 24, 2017 -
7:00pm to 8:00pm

Just like the Earth, the Moon is about 4.5 billion years old. It has been and continues to be constantly bombarded by meteorites. Some suggest that this rate of bombardment has remained constant in the past couple of billion years.

Gravity film

ASX Movie Night: Gravity

Wednesday, October 25, 2017 -
7:00pm to 9:30pm

Come join us on Wednesday, October 25th for a showing of the movie Gravity (2013) starring Sandra Bullock and George Clooney!

Ralph Chou

Speaker's Night: These old eyes - they ain't what they used to be!

Wednesday, October 25, 2017 -
7:30pm to 9:00pm

Speaker: B. Ralph Chou, MSc, OD, Professor Emeritus, Optometry & Vision Science, University of Waterloo

Scott Kelly

OSC Great Conversations: In Conversation with Scott Kelly (SOLD OUT)

Thursday, October 26, 2017 -
7:30pm to 9:00pm

We’ve created a research lab in space. But can man really live beyond Earth’s orbit? Astronauts provide a unique perspective on both the challenges of living in a microgravity environment and the opportunities of human space missions.

Nathan Cyprys - Cosmichronos

Gallery 44: Nathan Cyprys - Cosmichronos, Exhibition Opening

Friday, October 27, 2017 -
6:00pm to 8:00pm

Cosmichronos is an exhibition of new images from photographer Nathan Cyprys, exploring the cosmic perspective as it relates to humanity.

Millennium Square Stargazing Night

Friday, October 27, 2017 -
6:00pm to 11:00pm

Everyone is invited to join us and Durham Skies on October 27 for stargazing at the edge of Lake Ontario.

Randy Attwood - Voyager

RASC Mississauga: Voyager at 40

Friday, October 27, 2017 - 8:00pm

The two Voyager spacecraft were launched in 1977 - 40 years ago. Over a period of 12 years, they explored the four outer planets - Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune. The discoveries changed our understanding of our solar system.

International Observe the Moon Night 2017

BeSpatial: International Observe the Moon Night

Saturday, October 28, 2017 -
6:30pm to 9:30pm

International Observe the Moon Night (InOMN) is an annual world-wide public event that NASA organizes to help celebrate, appreciate, and understand our Moon.

Hart House Orchestra

RCIS: The Planets, a Musical Odyssey of Evolution, Environment and Exploration (SOLD OUT)

Sunday, October 29, 2017 -
3:00pm to 4:30pm

A century ago, Gustav Holst had 7 planets to inspire his composition, The Planets. With Earth, these were the known worlds.

RASC Mississauga: Astronomy Evening at the Riverwood Conservancy

Monday, October 30, 2017 -
8:00pm to 9:30pm

Come out and observe the universe at the Riverwood Conservancy!

John Percy

Pape/Danforth Library: Toronto's Astronomical Heritage

Wednesday, November 1, 2017 -
6:30pm to 8:00pm

Join us as Dr. John Percy, Professor Emeritus, Astronomy and Astrophysics at University of Toronto discusses how Toronto became a "centre of the universe" for astronomical research, education, and outreach.

RCIS/RASC Lecture: Science at the South Pole

Thursday, November 2, 2017 -
7:00pm to 8:30pm

The quest for ever-clearer views of the sky has driven astronomers to put telescopes in some pretty remote places, ranging from arid deserts, to the tops of mountains, and even the middle of Antarctica.

Ojibwe Sky Star Map

UofT AstroTour: Night Skies Over Turtle Island: Indigenous perspectives on the cosmos

Thursday, November 2, 2017 -
8:00pm to 10:00pm

Explore the night sky from the perspective of the Indigenous people of North America in this special AstroTour talk.

M20 by Ian Wheelband

NOVA Astronomy Course (2/6)

Tuesday, November 7, 2017 -
6:15pm to 8:00pm

Sun, Earth, Moon, tides, eclipses, our Solar System, the Planets, meteor showers, and comets.

Pauline Gagnon

Perimeter Institute: Improbable Feats and Useless Discoveries (WEBCAST)

Wednesday, November 8, 2017 -
7:00pm to 8:30pm

As a child, Quebec native Pauline Gagnon dreamed of understanding what the universe was really made of.

Dunlap Institute: Astronomy on Tap T.O.

Friday, November 10, 2017 -
8:00pm to 11:00pm

Quench your thirst for astronomy!

On Friday, November 10, at The Great Hall! It'll be another fun evening of pints, astronomy news, mind-expanding talks, games, prizes, and Dunlap merchandise for sale!

Alexandra Terrana

Brentwood Library: Chronicles of a Peculiar Universe: Secrets of Our Dark Universe

Saturday, November 11, 2017 -
2:00pm to 3:00pm

Most of our Universe is made up of dark matter and dark energy, but so far scientists have had a hard time detecting or explaining them.

M20 by Ian Wheelband

NOVA Astronomy Course (3/6)

Tuesday, November 14, 2017 -
6:15pm to 8:00pm

Stars, distances, magnitude, learning the night sky, constellations. planispheres, coordinate systems, astronomy (planetarium) software, with a brief demo of Stellarium.

Paul Delaney

Barbara Frum Library: Chronicles of a Peculiar Universe: Is Anyone Home?

Tuesday, November 14, 2017 -
6:30pm to 7:30pm

Since 1995 thousands of planets have been detected orbiting other stars. Many of these worlds could possibly contain liquid water and even life.

Ontario Science Centre at Night

Recreational Astronomy Night

Wednesday, November 15, 2017 -
7:30pm to 9:30pm

Join us for our monthly recreational astronomy night meeting. This is where our members get to show their latest projects, or give tutorials and tips on just about everything to do with Astronomy.

George Conidis

Don Mills Library: Chronicles of a Peculiar Universe: The Social Habits of Galaxies

Thursday, November 16, 2017 -
7:00pm to 8:00pm

Most galaxies enjoy the company of other galaxies and organize into various shapes known as the "cosmic web." Many of them also like to spin - creating beautiful disks of stars and gas.

Leonid Meteor

Leonid Meteors

Friday, November 17, 2017

The Leonids are a prolific meteor shower associated with the comet Tempel–Tuttle. The Leonids get their name from the location of their radiant in the constellation Leo: the meteors appear to radiate from that point in the sky.

Vicky Kalogera

CITA Sackler Lecture: Einstein’s Waves: New Cosmic Sounds

Friday, November 17, 2017 -
7:30pm to 9:00pm
One century following Einstein’s prediction of spacetime disturbances and gravitational waves, the laser-enabled special detectors LIGO achieved the most accurate measurement ever made by humans across science and engineering and revealed to us the gravitational-wave signals produced by the most powerful collisions of black holes in the universe.
New Moon

New Moon - 6:42am EST

Saturday, November 18, 2017

The moon is between us and the sun. Without the moon in the sky at night, deep sky objects are easier to observe.

Star Trails by Steve McKinney

Dark Sky Star Party (first clear night: Monday to Thursday)

Monday, November 20, 2017 to Thursday, November 23, 2017

See the milky way and galaxies with the unaided eye. Point your telescope to find the many dim deep space objects that sprinkle the sky. Away from Toronto's light polution, there is so much to see.

M20 by Ian Wheelband

NOVA Astronomy Course (4/6)

Tuesday, November 21, 2017 -
6:15pm to 8:00pm

Milky Way, deep sky objects, nebulae, star clusters, galaxy formation and types of galaxies. How to observe galaxies and galaxy clusters. Astro-sketching. Introduction to Messier and RASC observing programs.

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