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The Sky This Month Dec 12, 2018 - Jan 30, 2019

On December 12, 2018, Chris Vaughan gave a detailed rundown of what astronomical events to keep an eye out for over the next six weeks.

The Path of Comet 46P/Wirtane through January 30, 2019

For the RAN meeting on Wednesday, December 12, 2018, Chris Vaughan presented The Sky This Month. The attached PDF document contains all of the details and selected images for the events. 

Asteroid Bennu

ROM: Getting to Know Bennu: Updates on the OSIRIS-REx Asteroid Sample-Return Mission

Friday, January 25, 2019 -
6:00pm to 7:00pm
Join Canadian experts Mike Daly, Tim Haltigin, Kate Howells and Kim Tait as they provide the latest updates on OSIRIS-REx, the ongoing mission to return a sample from the surface of asteroid Bennu.
Ontario Science Centre at Night

Recreational Astronomy Night

Wednesday, January 30, 2019 -
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.

Solar Observing at the Ontario Science Centre by Katrina Ince

Solar Observing

Saturday, February 2, 2019 -
10:00am to 12:00pm

Join us at the Ontario Science Centre for our monthly Solar Observing on the TELUSCAPE observing pad. This is the area in front of the Science Centre's entrance. We use specialized telescopes that are safe to aim at the Sun.

Hamilton Amateur Astronomers: Telescope Clinic & Open House

Saturday, February 2, 2019 -
1:00pm to 5:00pm

Find yourself the proud owner of a shiny new telescope this holiday season and not sure how to use it? Or perhaps thinking of buying one but have some questions? You’re in luck!

Star Trails by Steve McKinney

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

Monday, February 4, 2019 to Thursday, February 7, 2019

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.

Evening Telescope Observing

OSC: Evening Telescope Observing

Saturday, February 9, 2019 -
6:00pm to 8:00pm

Have you ever looked through a telescope? Take a tour of the night sky through a telescope and snap a photo or two of your favourite celestial body.

City Star Party

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

Monday, February 11, 2019 to Thursday, February 14, 2019

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.

J.S. Plaskett

Toronto Reference Library: Canada Heads for Outer Space

Monday, February 11, 2019 -
6:00pm to 7:00pm

Canadian astronomer Peter Broughton talks about J.S. Plaskett, the scientist who brought Canada onto the world stage in astronomy.

1979 Total Solar Eclipse at Gimli Airport

Speaker's Night: The 1979 Total Solar Eclipse

Wednesday, February 13, 2019 -
7:30pm to 9:00pm

Forty years ago, the Toronto Centre mounted an expedition to observe the February 26, 1979 total solar eclipse from Gimli, Manitoba.

ASX - Boom to Bust

ASX Symposium: Boom to Bust - The Story of Our Universe

Friday, February 15, 2019 -
6:30pm to 10:00pm
Calling space enthusiasts near and far! It's your favourite event of the year: ASX's Annual Symposium is back for its 16th edition, and have we got a show for you!
Dunlap Institute SpaceTime

Dunlap Institute: SpaceTime

Saturday, February 23, 2019 -
7:00pm to 9:00pm
It's Time for Space! We’re super-excited to announce our new event series: SpaceTime! SpaceTime is an all-ages, inclusive celebration of astronomy, curiosity, and discovery.

RCIScience/RASC Lecture: Should Humans Go to Mars?

Sunday, February 24, 2019 -
2:00pm to 3:30pm

What can we learn with humans that the much safer robotic explorers cannot tell us? Is it worth the risk? Is there really any reason to go to Mars other than "because it's there?"

Paul Delaney

Speaker's Night: New Horizons: The Continuing Voyages

Wednesday, January 16, 2019 -
7:30pm to 9:00pm
Watch the recorded video here: https://youtu.be/-LGSlIYCEOQ
Air Travel 8" Dobsonian Telescope

Ever wished you could take an 8" Dobsonian telescope on an airplane as onboard luggage? Well Clay Davies has done it and he explains how he designed and built a telescope to do just that.

Sara Seager
Recording of the November 20, 2018 live stream of the UofT Dept. of Physics J. Tuzo Wilson Lecture "Exoplanets and the Search for Habitable Worlds" by Professor Sara Seager of MIT.
Deep Sky Musical

Arushi and Artash Nath gave a presentation on Hubble Space Telescope photographs and how they converted their image data to music.

Hoba Meteorite in Namibia

Charline Norgrove recently took a trip to Namibia, Africa to see the Hoba Meteorite, which is the largest known meteorite (as a single piece) in the world.

New Occultation Technology Showcase

On November 7, 2018, Denis Grey gave a presentation on why amateur astronomers should consider getting into observing and recording occultations especially with the new technology that is available.

History of the Hubble Space Telescope

Chris Gainor is National RASC President and an historian who specializes in the history of space flight and aeronautics.