Online Activities

September 2020

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2020 Nova East - Walk the Solar System

Event Date: 
Tuesday, September 1, 2020 - 18:00 to 20:00 EDT

2020 Nova East - Atlantic Canada's Longest-Running Star Party!

Walk the Solar System (How To)
Paul Heath

7pm ADT / 6pm EDT

Young and older alike will enjoy watching Paul explain how to make models of the planets and our Sun. He will demonstrate the relative distances of the planets and asteroid belt from our Sun by being our tour guide and using the models to take us on  a "walk" of the Solar System. 

Register for the webinar hereAfter registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

 

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Explore the Universe Online - Session 6

Event Date: 
Thursday, September 3, 2020 - 15:30 to 16:30 EDT

Double Stars

Mars and the Moon are getting close this week! Once you spot those in the next couple days, we'll be on the hunt for a little bit of everything, and a lot of double stars. We're going to focus on the particular challenge that double stars can present and give you tips for figuring out what you're looking at when you look for them!

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2020 Townsend Public Lecture - Montreal Centre

Event Date: 
Saturday, September 5, 2020 - 20:00 to 22:00 EDT

What Can We Learn From Exoplanets?

Dr Jason Rowe, presented by RASC Montreal

The thousands of confirmed exoplanets and possible candidates seem to come in all masses, sizes and orbits around their parent stars. These observations are increasing our understanding of how exoplanets and exosolar systems form and evolve. Dr. Rowe will discuss using Space Astronomy resources in the field of exoplanet astrophysics, from using observations of solar system giants to test planet formation theories to combining observations from the NASA Kepler and ESA GAIA missions to map out the architectures of exosolar systems. Future planned and proposed missions (JWST, CASTOR and Canadian micro-satellites) aim to probe the physics underlying differences between potential classes of exoplanets — so called Earth-like, super-Earth, mini-Neptune exoplanets and explore how exoplanetary systems compare to our own Solar System.

Register for this talk here!

 

 

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Insider's Guide to the Galaxy

Event Date: 
Tuesday, September 8, 2020 - 15:30 to 17:00 EDT

Stargazing for Beginners and the Best Sights for Autumn

We'll help you get started in visual astronomy by explaining the basics - how to use a sky chart, how sky coordinates work (spoiler alert - it's easy), what's a variable star, how to tell a galaxy from globular cluster, and more. We'll leave time for questions, too. And - it’s the start of autumn soon, so we'll highlight some of its best targets for beginners.

Register for Insider's Guide here!

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2020 Nova East - All About Mars

Event Date: 
Tuesday, September 8, 2020 - 18:00 to 20:00 EDT

PLEASE NOTE: This speaker has been rescheduled for Saturday during Halifax Centre's monthly meeting. Check out Saturday's event here.

 

 

 

2020 Nova East - Atlantic Canada's Longest-Running Star Party!

All About Mars: The Science of What You're Seeing
Patrick Kelly

7pm ADT / 6pm EDT Rescheduled

Every two years, as Earth passes Mars, the Red Planet becomes much brighter in the night sky, and much larger as seen through a telescope. This talk will look at what we know about Mars, and what you can expect to see when observing it, especially when it is at its closest in October.

Register here for the webinarAfter registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

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RASC Ottawa Monthly Meeting

Event Date: 
Friday, September 11, 2020 - 19:30 to 21:30 EDT

Join RASC Ottawa for their monthly meeting! Click here to register for the webinar.

 

One of our, previously announced, keynote speakers had to back out but will return in October.  Here is our agenda.



The agenda for this meeting is as follows:



- 10 Minute Astronomy News

- Ottawa Skies - Dave Chisholm

- Introduction to iTelescope - Dr. Christian Sasse, Astronomer in Charge

From a humble start with a single telescope in both California and Australia and just 5 members, iTelescope has since expanded their network to 18 online telescopes in four observatories around the globe providing digital imaging services to professional and amateur astronomers world wide. Today iTelescope.Net has over 1,000 active members and we have provided this membership community with over 300,000+ observing missions across 280,000+ imaging hours,

- M&M Challenge (over the 5-minute break)

- Observations

- Observing Challenges

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RASC Mississauga - Centre Meeting

Event Date: 
Friday, September 11, 2020 - 20:00 to 22:00 EDT

J. Robert Oppenheimer, Black Holes, and Project Orion

Robert Sawyer, Science Fiction Writer

Join the meeting here at 8pm on Friday, September 11th.

Click here for more information.

 

Bestselling futurist Robert J. Sawyer has been called “Canada’s answer to Michael Crichton” by The Toronto Star and “a writer of boundless confidence and bold scientific extrapolation” by The New York Times.

Now he turns his keen eye back on the past in this, the 75th-anniversary year of the birth of the atomic age. His 24th novel, The Oppenheimer Alternative, tells the secret history of physicists behind The Manhattan Project, the desperate effort to create the world’s first atomic bomb.

As J. Robert Oppenheimer, scientific director of that project, famously observed after the first A-bomb exploded, “Now I am become Death, the Destroyer of Worlds.” And, in our reality, that remained his legacy.

But in the “What if?” vein of Philip K. Dick’s The Man in the High Castle, Sawyer’s novel veers cleverly into alternate-history territory. Oppie and his colleagues — including Edward Teller (the inspiration for Dr. Strangelove), flamboyant Richard Feynman, Leo Szilard, Kurt Gödel, and Enrico Fermi — join forces with Albert Einstein, ex-Nazi rocketeer Wernher von Braun and computing pioneer John

von Neumann to try to save our planet from impending ecological doom. If they succeed, they’ll be able to declare, “Now we have become Life, the saviors of our world.”

 

Robert J. Sawyer is one of only eight writers ever to win all three of the world’s top awards for best science-fiction novel of the year: the Hugo, the Nebula, and the John W. Campbell Memorial Award. He has also won the Robert A. Heinlein Award, the Edward E. Smith Memorial Award, and the Hal Clement Memorial Award; the top SF awards in China, Japan, France, and Spain; and a record-setting sixteen Canadian Science Fiction and Fantasy Awards (“Auroras”). His latest novel—his 24th—is The Oppenheimer Alternative.

 Rob’s novel FlashForward was the basis for the ABC TV series of the same name, and he was a scriptwriter for that program. He also scripted the two-part finale for the popular web series Star Trek Continues.

 He is a Member of the Order of Canada, the highest honor bestowed by the Canadian government, as well as the Order of Ontario, the highest honor given by his home province; he was also one of the initial inductees into the Canadian Science Fiction and Fantasy Hall of Fame.

Rob lives just outside Toronto. His website and blog are at sfwriter.com, and on Facebook, Twitter, and Patreon he’s RobertJSawyer.

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RASC Halifax Centre Meeting

Event Date: 
Saturday, September 12, 2020 - 12:00 to 14:00 EDT

RASC Halifax Centre Members’ Meeting

Register here!

When: September 12, 2020 

Time: 1:00 PM Atlantic (12 noon Eastern)
Topic: Halifax Centre - Members Meeting

Presentations for this Members' Meeting include:

  • Paul Heath - Food for the Soul
  • Dave Chapman will present the What's up?
  • Wayne Harasimovitch will provide insights on books from our collection
  • Judy Black will give news from the Board and national RASC
  • The Observer's Handbook segment "Solar Observing" will be presented by David Hoskin

Part 6 of the Nova East COVID-19 Edition speaker series: Patrick Kelly 

All About Mars: The Science of What You're Seeing
Every two years, as Earth passes Mars, the Red Planet becomes much brighter in the night sky, and much larger as seen through a telescope. This talk will look at what we know about Mars, and what you can expect to see when observing it, especially when it is at its closest in October.  

 

Register in advance for this webinar:
https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_U7vbxkGgQB-IvLMXP-8dvg 
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

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Star Party

Planet Party - Dunlap Institute and RASC Toronto

Event Date: 
Saturday, September 12, 2020 - 20:00 to 22:00 EDT

Planet Party!

Even at home, you’re never alone – especially when the team at U of T Astronomy is involved!



On Saturday, September 12, the Dunlap Institute and the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada (www.rasc.ca) are bringing you the very first variety show edition of our popular Planet Party!



Starting at 8pm ET, we’ll invite you to stargaze with our all-star team of astronomers.



We’ll show you how to find constellations and planets in the night sky - right alongside live-streamed views from telescopes located across the country.

 

Join the Facebook event here!

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Toronto Centre online meeting

Event Date: 
Wednesday, September 16, 2020 - 19:30 to 21:30 EDT

You're invited to RASC Toronto monthly virtual meeting! It is the next in our regular recreational astronomy night evenings with presentations by members for members.

[UPDATED, AGAIN]

Chris Vaughan - The Sky This Month
Colin Haig, Director of Marketing at Diffraction Limited - Astroimaging: Canadian Connections
Arushi Nath - How I travelled around the Universe for 6 years to complete my RASC Explore the Universe Certificate
Joel Dick - 30 astronomy book recommendations from my library

Please join us and feel free to participate in the interactive Chat channel. See you online!
https://rascto.ca/content/recreational-astronomy-night-78

Our online RAN meeting is scheduled for Wednesday 16 September 2020 at 7:30 PM EDT and will be broadcast in real-time at:
https://www.youtube.com/rasctoronto/live

The Toronto Centre YouTube channel contains many videos going back to 2017, including our fall/winter speakers nights, our monthly recreational astronomy night meetings, speakers presentation in association with the David Dunlap Observatory, and the Charles Darrow "Great Conversations" Lecture Series. 
https://www.youtube.com/rasctoronto/

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Explore the Universe Online - Session 7

Event Date: 
Thursday, September 17, 2020 - 15:30 to 16:30 EDT

Autumn Equinox

Happy Fall Equinox! We'll spend this session talking a bit about what equinoxes and solstices actually are, and will then jump into some lunar targets. Later in the week we will see another Jupiter-Saturn-Moon conjunction too, so get ready to check it out!

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RASC London Centre Meeting

Event Date: 
Friday, September 18, 2020 - 19:00 to 21:00 EDT

Acadia First Nations, Mi'kmaw Moons and Sky Stories - A Two Eyed Seeing Approach

Speakers
Cathy Jean LeBlanc
, Acadia First Nations Mi’kmaw Cultural Interpreter and a member of the Big Drum group Women of the Shore
Dave Chapman, Recipient of the RASC National Fellowship Award 2020 and a Life Member of the RASC, Dartmouth Nova Scotia

 

The meeting will be hosted on Zoom using Zoom Meeting ID: 719 353 982. Enter this number here on the Zoom website to join the meeting at 7pm EDT on September 18th, 2020.

The meeting will be moderated. No password is required.

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Shoot the Moon Online Event

Event Date: 
Monday, September 21, 2020 - 20:00 EDT to Friday, September 25, 2020 - 20:00 EDT

Pickering Public Library: Shoot the Moon (first clear night: Monday to Friday) (ONLINE)

Monday, September 21, 2020 - 8:00pm to Friday, September 25, 2020 - 10:00pm

You are invited to a Zoom meeting called "Shoot the Moon" in which we use live views of the crescent Moon to examine its major features like craters and mountains, and talk about their formation. The meeting will be held on the first clear night from Monday, September 21 through Friday, September 25. Please check our website starting September 21 for a Go/No-Go announcement.

Registration required. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Organized by: Pickering Public Library and RASC Toronto Centre.

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Insider's Guide to the Galaxy

Event Date: 
Tuesday, September 22, 2020 - 15:30 to 17:00 EDT

How to Get the Most Out of Your Telescope

Struggling to set up your telescope? Can’t see Jupiter as clearly as you want to? We’ll set up our scopes to show you exactly what we do each time, give you some tips to make your telescope observing sessions even better, and recommend some gadgets and accessories.

 

Register for Insider's Guide here!

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Toronto Centre speaker night

Event Date: 
Wednesday, September 30, 2020 - 19:30 to 21:30 EDT

You're invited to RASC Toronto speaker night! In the fall through spring, we invite professional astronomers, PhD candidates, and scientists to discuss their projects and research.

[UPDATED]

Speaker: Alysa Obertas, PhD (cand) from the Dunlap Institute, Canadian Institute for Theoretical Astrophysics, University of Toronto.

Topic: How to Destroy a Planet. Throughout its 4.5 billion year history, life on Earth has been threatened by cataclysmic events such as extreme volcanic eruptions and asteroid impacts. While events like these drastically altered the face of the Earth, our planet still remained. What would it take to completely obliterate the Earth? In this talk, we will explore some of the extraordinary environments and scenarios in our universe which can cause the complete destruction of the variety of planets that astronomers have discovered in our galaxy.

Please join us and feel free to participate in the interactive Chat channel. See you online!
https://rascto.ca/

Our online speaker night is scheduled for Wednesday 30 September 2020 at 7:30 PM EDT and will be broadcast in real-time at:
https://www.youtube.com/rasctoronto/live

The Toronto Centre YouTube channel contains many videos going back to 2017, including our fall/winter speakers nights, our monthly recreational astronomy night meetings, speakers presentation in association with the David Dunlap Observatory, and the Charles Darrow "Great Conversations" Lecture Series. 
https://www.youtube.com/rasctoronto/

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