Events

Public Family Nights

Saturday, May 25, 2013 -
9:30pm to 10:30pm

Family Nights are a great introduction to the night sky for our younger guests. Look through telescopes, visit the Skylab and find out what's really up there! 

2012 Lunar Eclipse, by Paul Mortfield, RASC Member

Penumbral Lunar Eclipse

Saturday, May 25, 2013

The first eclipse of 2013 visible in North America- at least most of it. The moon will pass through the Earth's penumbra, causing subtle darkening on the Moon's surface.

New Members orientation program – First Light (2/3)

Thursday, May 23, 2013 -
7:00pm to 9:00pm

Topic: Astrophotography
Location: David Dunlap Observatory
More information on this Spring's program.

Rachel Ward-Maxwell, PhD candidate, McMaster University

Speaker's Night: Stellar Evolution

Wednesday, May 22, 2013 -
7:30pm to 9:30pm

Stars are born in firey explosions of light, and they die in much the same way. But what happens in the time between? PhD candidate Rachel Ward-Maxwell of McMaster University joins us to talk about how stars evolve.

Members Nights at the DDO - Photoshop Basics

Saturday, May 18, 2013 -
5:30pm to 10:00pm

One of the benefits of membership in the RASC Toronto Centre is access to specially arranged Members Nights at the David Dunlap Observatory in Richmond Hill.

New Members orientation program – First Light (1/3)

Thursday, May 16, 2013 -
7:00pm to 9:00pm

Topics: Orientation to RASC Toronto Centre activities, facilities and all perks and “Astronomy on a budget”
Location: David Dunlap Observatory

May City Star Party

Monday, May 13, 2013 to Friday, May 17, 2013

Want to see the rings of Saturn? What about bright nebulae or galaxies? Our monthly City Star Party is the perfect place to catch the views within the city. Looking to buy a new scope?

Science Rendezvous Day at University of Toronto

Saturday, May 11, 2013 - 1:00am
Annular Eclipse 2012 by Jim Chung, RASC Member

Annular Solar Eclipse

Friday, May 10, 2013

The annular Solar Eclipse will begin in western Australia, then move east across the central pacific ocean.

PanSTARRS, Aurora & Andromeda at Mew Lake in 2012, by Malcolm Park, RASC Member

Frozen Banana Star Party at Mew Lake Campground

Friday, May 10, 2013 to Sunday, May 12, 2013

Informal Frozen Banana Star Party at Mew Lake Campground

Who can attend: members / everyone including non-members

Fee: Algonquin fee only depending on campsite

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May Dark Sky Star Party

Monday, May 6, 2013 to Friday, May 10, 2013

Want to learn to image? Want to see galaxies and the milky way naked eye? Want to do it less than an hour from Toronto? Then join us for our monthly Dark Sky Star Party at the Long Sault Conservation area.

May Solar Observing

Saturday, May 4, 2013 -
10:00am to 12:00pm

Join us at the Ontario Science Centre for our monthly Solar Observing on the TelusScape observing pad. We meet the first Saturday of every month with our specialized telescopes that are safe to aim at the Sun.

2012 Perseid Meteor Shower, by Bill Longo, RASC Member

Eta Aquarids Meteor Shower

Saturday, May 4, 2013 to Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Look to the east after midnight, under dark skies, and you should be able to catch this light meteor shower. At its peak, May 5 & 6, you should be able to catch 10 per hour out of the constellation Aquarius.

Saturn, by Jim Chung - RASC Member

Saturn at Opposition

Sunday, April 28, 2013

The ringed planet will be at its closest approach to the Earth. This is the best time to observe and photograph the planet and its moons.

2012 Lunar Eclipse, by Paul Mortfield, RASC Member

Partial Lunar Eclipse

Thursday, April 25, 2013

There is a partial lunar eclipse visible from Africa, Europe, Asia and Australia. Sorry North Americans, we're out of luck for this one. But if you're travelling over seas, you could have a neat sight if you look up!

Aaron Maxwell, PhD candidate, McMaster University

Speaker's Night: Galaxy Formation

Wednesday, April 24, 2013 -
7:30pm to 9:30pm

Galaxies are groupings of billions of stars and make for some of the most stunning visuals in amateur astronomy. But how do they form?

2012 Perseid Meteor Shower, by Bill Longo, RASC Member

Lyrids Meteor Shower

Tuesday, April 16, 2013 to Thursday, April 25, 2013

The Lyrids are a fairly average shower producing about 20 meteors an hour. You should probably be able to see bright dust trails (giving that 'fireball' effect) for several seconds.

April Recreational Astronomy Night

Wednesday, April 10, 2013 -
7:30pm to 9:30pm

Join us for our monthly recrational astronomy night meeting at the Ontario Science Centre. Our presenters this month are:

National Council Meeting

Saturday, March 23, 2013 - 1:00am
Dr Sarah Symons, McMaster University

Speaker's Night: The Ancient Egyptian Sky

Wednesday, March 20, 2013 -
7:30pm to 9:30pm

Astronomical knowledge from ancient Egypt has survived to the present day carved and painted in tombs and temples along the Nile.  In this talk, Dr.

March Equinox

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

The Sun will shine directly on the Earth's equator, casting both north and south hemispheres in equal day and night. It's the first day of spring in the north and the first day of fall in the south.

Laura Parker

RCI Talk: Weighing the Universe with Gravitational Lensing

Monday, March 18, 2013 -
7:30pm to 8:30pm

Laura Parker, B.Sc., Ph.D., Department of Physics and Astronomy, McMaster University, Hamilton

First Neutrino event by Argonne National Laboratory

RCI talk: Catch Me If You Can: Hunting the Elusive Neutrino

Sunday, March 3, 2013 -
3:00pm to 4:30pm

Sampa Bhadra, Ph.D., Department of Physics and Astronomy, York University

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Speaker's Night : Searching For Other Universes

Wednesday, February 20, 2013 -
7:30pm to 9:30pm

Centuries of astronomy and cosmology have led to an ever-larger picture of our ‘universe’ — everything that we can observe.

University of Toronto Annual ASX Symposium

Friday, January 25, 2013

Free Telescope Clinic

Saturday, January 19, 2013 -
1:00pm to 5:00pm

Are you a new (or unintentional) telescope owner? Can't figure out which end of the telescope to look through? Baffled and confused by terms like collimation, finder alignment, polar alignment, eye relief, declination, etc.?

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