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The Sky This Month Sept 16-Oct 14, 2020

Chris Vaughan, a champion of the Sky This Month, takes us through a comprehensive exploration of the things to look out for in the night sky in the coming month.

ASX - Hands-On Astronomy
Wednesday, September 30, 2020 - 6:00pm to 7:30pm

Professional astronomy has long since moved past the telescopes of Kepler and Galileo. How do the massive astronomical instruments you see in the news work, and how are they designed?

Alysa Obertas
Wednesday, September 30, 2020 - 7:30pm to 9:00pm

Throughout its 4.5 billion year history, life on Earth has been threatened by cataclysmic events such as extreme volcanic eruptions and asteroid impacts.

Explore the Universe
Thursday, October 1, 2020 - 3:30pm to 4:30pm
It's a great week for some planetary observing! Mars is at opposition, which means it'll be big and bright and beautiful as we come between it and the Sun.
The Stars Belong to Everyone
Saturday, October 3, 2020 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm
Join us at the DDO as we discuss expanding diversity and inclusion in astronomy in Canada with panelists Dr. Sarah Gallagher, Dr. Sara Mazrouei, Nicole Mortillaro and Dr. Hilding Neilson.
Katie Mack: The End of Everything (Astrophysically Speaking)
Monday, October 5, 2020 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm

In elegant and humorous prose which makes her book highly engaging and readable, theoretical astrophysicist, Dr Katie Mack, makes clear almost immediately where her story will end: with the end. Of Everything.

The Insider's Guide to the Galaxy
Tuesday, October 6, 2020 - 3:30pm to 5:00pm
Today’s the day! Mars is at its closest approach to Earth, making it the biggest and brightest it will be for another 15 years!
Virtual Mars Madness Event
Sunday, October 11, 2020 - 9:00pm to 11:30pm

Broadcasting Live from the Richmond Hill David Dunlap Observatory!

Virtual Mars Madness Event
Monday, October 12, 2020 - 9:00pm to 11:30pm

Broadcasting Live from the Richmond Hill David Dunlap Observatory!

Ontario Science Centre at Night
Wednesday, October 14, 2020 - 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.

The Insider's Guide to the Galaxy
Join us online to learn basic astronomy that you can do on your own from your backyard! We'll be hosting introductory astronomy courses on Tuesdays from 3:30-5:00pm EDT.
Explore the Universe
Join us online as we Explore the Universe together! We'll be hosting sessions every other Thursday from 3:30-4:30pm EDT.

On September 16, 2020, during the Recreational Astronomy Night for the Toronto Centre, Joel Dick showed his bookshelf and provided 30 (plus) popular astronomy book recommendations. 

RAN ONLINE - September 16, 2020
Wednesday, September 16, 2020 - 7:30pm to 9:30pm
Watch the recorded video: https://youtu.be/IAbBkJgb2Cg
Planet Party 2020

Even at home, you’re never alone!

Methane on Mars: Fact, Folly, or Figment?

From the first announcement of its discovery in the atmosphere of Mars in 2003, methane has “punched above its weight” in our scientific imagination of the red planet.

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Join us for one of our talks!

Speakers from across the country will be joining us to share their areas of astronomical expertise. Check back here regularly to see who will be speaking next.


Ever wondered how you can get more out of your telescope observing? Ever hoped to connect with other backyard telescopes when the weather or your location is bad?

Virtual Star Party

Stargaze with us during our first ever virtual Star Party on YouTube!

From Outer Space to Sub Surface

On July 15, 2020, Artash Nath gave a presentation on Seismic Vibrations, how to measure them and on what impact the COVID-19 lockdown has had on these vibrations.

Imaging from my Backyard

Ever wished you could do astro-imaging from your backyard and do so in comfort? David Robitaille wanted to do just that and he shows you the success he had in accomplishing this goal through frustration and perseverance.

Star Light, Star Bright with Dr Rachel Ward-Maxwell
Extraordinary Exoplanets with Emily Deibert

Over 4000 exoplanets have been discovered to date—but what do we really know about them, and how do we know it?

A Picture in 1000 Words

Ever wonder what’s going on in those beautiful pictures you see on the news from space?

Cosmos From Your Couch

Looking for a way to connect with the wider world–or maybe the wider universe–during the pandemic? The Dunlap Institute and our partners from across the University of Toronto want to connect with you!

Build a Custom Dew Heater for your Telescope

Do you have trouble with dew fogging up your eyepieces? Are you on a budget? Are you fed up with having to replace a recently purchased broken dew heater?

Rapid Polar Alignment with SharpCap Software

Ever had problems doing a polar alignment with your equatorial mount and had something obstruct your view of Polaris? Denis Grey, an RASC, Toronto Centre member, was faced with this very problem.

Astronomy Night at the DDO
Tonight's program has been postponed until August. Instead, we have devoted this time to provide space for and to amplify the voices of Black, Indigenous and other minority groups in science and astronomy. We've prepared a short video examining diversity in astronomy and how to support astronomers from these communities.
The Dance of Venus, the Moon and the Sun

On May 27, 2020, Ron Macnaughton presented a talk about the special interaction of Venus, the Moon and the Sun. Ron is a member of the RASC, Toronto Centre and was speaking at the online Recreational Astronomy Night meeting.

How to Share Observations and Photos

On May 27, 2020, Blake Nancarrow presented his ideas on why and how to share your astronomical observations and photos. He spoke at the online version of the monthly Recreational Astronomy Night meeting.