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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.

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.

Retro Futures
May 18, 2019 - July 28, 2019
The 50th anniversary of NASA's first successful lunar landing, the Apollo 11 mission of 1969, is the inspiration for this nostalgic trip back to futures-that-might-have-been, as seen from the starry eyes of early science fiction writers.
Katrina Ince Lum with Award

Toronto Centre Awards Picnic 2019

Sunday, July 28, 2019 - 1:00pm to 7:00pm

This year’s Awards Picnic for RASC members and their families will be held on Sunday, July 28, 2019 from 1:00pm until 7:00pm at the David Dunlap Observatory.

Star Trails by Steve McKinney

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

Monday, July 29, 2019 to Thursday, August 1, 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.

Millennium Square

Millennium Square Stargazing (first clear night: Friday or Saturday)

Friday, August 2, 2019 - 6:00pm to 11:00pm

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

Stargazer's Delight 2019
August 2, 2019 - August 4, 2019
August 10, 2019 - August 13, 2019
Once the sun sets on the MS Chi-Cheemaun, the starry panorama of the night will unfold before your eyes.
City Star Party

City Star Party (first clear night: Monday to Thursday)

Monday, August 5, 2019 to Thursday, August 8, 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.

All About Space Girls Program

hEr VOLUTION/Indus Space: All About Space Girls Program

Tuesday, August 6, 2019 - 10:00am to Friday, August 9, 2019 - 4:00pm

In order to deliver world-class programming, we partnered with Indus Space to bring you a summer program like no other: All About Space!

Solar Observing at the Ontario Science Centre by Katrina Ince

Solar Observing

Saturday, August 10, 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.

DDO - Krishna Vedala

DDO Astronomy Night

Saturday, August 10, 2019 - 8:30pm to 11:00pm

Visit a unique historical site in Richmond Hill and experience an engaging presentation led by expert and researchers in astronomy, covering a variety of exciting astronomy topics.

Space Educators Institute

Space Matters: Space Educators Institute

Wednesday, August 14, 2019 to Friday, August 16, 2019

Join us for 3 days of highly engaging inquiry-based and hands-on workshops that focus on earth, space science, astronomy, and related disciplines.

The Moon: A Voyage Through Time
March 9, 2019 - August 18, 2019
Celebrate the 50th anniversary of the first human steps on the moon by discovering the wonder, knowledge, and beauty the moon has inspired through the ages.
DDO - Krishna Vedala

DDO Astronomy Paint Night

Tuesday, August 20, 2019 - 7:30pm to 10:00pm

Be inspired by the cosmos and paint your version of the night sky, galaxy, or planet! Find your inspiration from an astronomer who will start with a short introduction to an astronomy-themed topic, and with an artist-in residence.

NASA - Apollo 16, 23 April 1972
June 28, 2019 - August 31, 2019
This exhibition celebrates the 50th anniversary of the moon landing, and our enduring fascination with what lies beyond our atmosphere.
Apollo 11: First Steps Edition
Currently playing
Celebrate the 50th anniversary of NASA’s Apollo 11 mission with this thrilling cinematic experience that showcases the real-life moments of humankind’s first steps on the Moon.
Astronaut
May 19, 2019 - September 2, 2019
Calling all aspiring astronauts - your mission starts now with this special exhibition. Discover what it’s like to live like an astronaut, including how to sleep, eat, shower and use the toilet in space!
Dava Newman - BioSuit
May 19, 2019 - September 2, 2019
A captivating tale of space exploration featuring the industry’s brightest female scientists—from Canada and beyond—whose work has helped NASA and the Canadian Space Agency prepare for the future.
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.
Laser-Guided Stargazing Tours
April 27, 2019 - September 28, 2019
What's better than viewing the night sky the way it's meant to be seen? Seeing it with dozens of other stargazers!
CSA Apollo 50

Canadian Space Agency: Apollo 50: Celebrating Moon exploration across Canada (WEBCAST)

Saturday, July 20, 2019 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm
Watch the recorded video: https://youtu.be/3Eehnnn3uWg
RASC GA 2019
Here are recordings of the talks given at the RASC/AAVSO 2019 General Assembly which was held at York University in Toronto from June 13-16, 2019.
Quirks & Quarks Public Debate

CBC Quirks & Quarks Public Debate: Should we have humans in space?

Tuesday, June 11, 2019 - 1:30pm to 3:00pm
Watch the recorded video: https://youtu.be/AycZnkjv-HQ
Sherry Boyer and her mother, Charline Norgrove
The Toronto Centre lost a longtime member, Charline Norgrove, on May 27, 2019. Here is a loving tribute from her daughter, Sherry Boyer.
Swinging to Stability
After watching Dr. Rainer Weiss' lecture, Artash and Arushi Nath wanted to test the theory behind the quadruple pendulum system that was used in the LIGO Observatory to isolate vibrations and help detect Gravitational Waves.
CAO, Recycling and You

Ed Treijs, a Councillor for the RASC - Toronto Centre, presented how important it is to know and follow the individual recycling rules of specific jurisdictions.

How to Build Your Own 10" CHiefspeigler Telescope

On May 22, 2019, Jim Chung, author of the book Astro-Imaging Projects for Amateur Astronomers: A Maker's Guide, gave a presentation on a telescope building project that is not in his book.

Big Galaxies and the Big Places in Which They Live with Dr. Marshall McCall
Ever wondered how big some galaxies are or how far away they are from our own solar system?
Alien Landscapes with Elizabeth Tasker

Ever wondered what it would actually be like to be on some of the new exoplanets that have been discovered recently? Well, Elizabeth Tasker has wondered about this as well.

It's Sirius O'Clock: Astronomical Timekeeping in Ancient Egypt

Ever wondered how the Ancient Egyptians kept time? Well, Dr. Sarah Symons from McMaster University wondered about this too.

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