Online Activities

November 2020


RASC Ottawa: Monthly Virtual Meeting

Event Date: 
Friday, November 6, 2020 - 19:30 to 21:30 EST

Monthly Virtual Meeting

RASC Ottawa Centre

Upcoming Virtual Meeting on Friday, November 6th @ 7:30 PM EST!

We are looking for observation images.  Please send these images to ( and Chris Teron ( before Monday, November 2nd for inclusion in the slides.

The agenda for this meeting is as follows:

  1. Ottawa Skies - Dave Chisholm
  2. Greetings from RASC National Office - Dr. Phil Groff (Executive Director, RASC)
  3. Robotic Telescope - Jenna Hinds (Outreach Coordinator, RASC)
  4. M&M Challenge (over the 5-minute break)
  5. CHIME Radio Telescope - Dr. Patrick Boyle
  6. Observations - Observing Challenges

If you are NOT presenting a talk or observation you will need to Register in Advance for this Zoom webinar HERE! After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

If you are presenting a talk or observation Chris Teron will send you your own private "Panelist" link.  You do not need to register.

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UTAT: Women of Aerospace

Event Date: 
Saturday, November 7, 2020 - 18:00 to 20:00 EST

Women of Aerospace

University of Toronto's Aerospace Team (UTAT)

Do you want to learn from Aerospace experts?

Attend the Women of Aerospace Speaker Series, hosted by the University of Toronto Aerospace Team, to hear the experiences and lessons of the women leading this fast-growing industry. Coming up on November 7th, 2020, at 6 pm EST, we are joined by guest speaker Sarah Oliveira of Collins Aerospace.

Join us via Zoom to hear her story! Sign up to receive zoom links and information regarding upcoming talks, including Oliveira’s, using this link:

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Unravelling the Mysterious Fast Radio Burst with CHIME

Event Date: 
Saturday, November 7, 2020 - 19:30 to 20:30 EST

DDO Astronomy Night: Unravelling the Mysterious Fast Radio Burst with CHIME (ONLINE)

Saturday, November 7, 2020 - 7:30pm to 8:30pm Eastern Time

Since the first report of an extragalactic Fast Radio Burst (FRB) detection in 2007, the origins of these bright, short duration bursts of radio waves has been a highly contentious topic. Dr. Cherry Ng will discuss how the recently-commissioned Canadian CHIME radio telescope is helping to solve the mystery of FRB. 

Dr. Cherry Ng is a post-doctoral researcher at the Dunlap Institute for Astronomy & Astrophysics. During her PhD study, she discovered 60 rapidly-spinning neutron stars with the Parkes Radio Telescope in Australia. Her hunting effort continues, now with the Canadian CHIME telescope. She and her team are using CHIME to detect and study “Fast Radio Bursts,” a new astrophysical mystery that involves short bursts of radio waves that have come from far outside our Milky Way galaxy.

Who can attend: Everyone
Fee: Free
Registration: Not required

Organized by: RASC, Toronto Centre - David Dunlap Observatory Outreach Committee



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Centre francophone de Montréal: La Lune

Event Date: 
Tuesday, November 10, 2020 - 19:30 to 21:30 EST

La Lune, par Patrice Scattolin

Centre francophone de Montréal

Ou nous allons traverser l'histore de la découverte de la  lune à
partir du début de l'invention du télescope.

10 Novembre à 19h30 EST

Vous pouvez vous joindre a notre vidéo conférence via le lien ici!

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iREx Public Talk: An Alien Biosphere... on Venus??

Event Date: 
Tuesday, November 10, 2020 - 19:30 to 20:30 EST

An Alien Biosphere...on Venus??

IREx - Institut de recherche sur les exoplanetes 

Extraterrestrial life... on Venus?? Join us for the 2020 Grande conference de l'iREx to learn all about the recent tentative discovery of phosphine, a potential biosignature, in the atmosphere of Venus.

Our speaker will be Clara Sousa-Silva, 51 Pegasi b Postdoctoral Fellow at Harvard University. She is an astrophysicist specializing in quantum astrochemistry and is a co-author of the scientific paper announcing the discovery of phosphine on Venus. After her 30-minute presentation, she will answer the public's questions about Venus, exoplanets and the search for extraterrestrial life!

The iREx's public talks are intended for anyone interested in astronomy and exoplanets and require no prior knowledge of science or astronomy. This talk is FREE and requires NO REGISTRATION. It will take place as a Facebook Live event on the iREx page and on this event page. The talk will be available to watch at a later time on our Facebook page and YouTube channel.

Submit a question for the talk HERE!

NOTE: The talk will be in English, but we will be accepting questions in both English and French

The event will take place on November 10th at 7:30pm (EST)


De la vie extra-terrestre... sur Vénus?? Joignez-vous à nous pour notre Grande conférence de l'iREx 2020 pour tout apprendre sur la récente découverte tentative de phosphine, une biosignature potentielle, dans l'atmosphère de Vénus.

Notre conférencière sera Clara Sousa-Silva, chercheure postdoctorale 51 Pegasi b à l'Université Harvard. Elle est astrophysicienne se spécialisant en astrochimie quantique et est co-auteure de l'article scientifique annonçant la découverte de phosphine sur Vénus. Après sa présentation de 30 minutes, elle répondra aux questions du public sur Vénus, les exoplanètes et la recherche de la vie extra-terrestre!

Les conférences de l'iREx sont destinées à quiconque est intéressé à l'astronomie et aux exoplanètes, et ne requièrent aucune connaissance préalable en science ou en astronomie.

Cette conférence est GRATUITE et ne nécessite AUCUNE INSCRIPTION. Elle aura lieu en événement Facebook Live sur la page de l'iREx et dans cette page d'événement. La conférence sera disponible en différé sur notre page Facebook et notre chaîne YouTube.

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Recreational Astronomy Night

Event Date: 
Thursday, November 12, 2020 - 19:30 to 21:30 EST

Join us for our monthly recreational astronomy night meeting. This is where RASC Toronto Centre members get to show their latest projects or give tutorials and tips on just about everything to do with astronomy. Talks start at 7:30pm, socializing at 7:00pm.


UPDATE TO THE UPDATE. Due to the world-wide YouTube issue with live-streams and new content on 11 Nov, we've rescheduled our RAN meeting to Thu 12 Nov!

  • Denis Grey - The sky this month
  • Wayne Parker - SkyShed and Beyond! 
  • Frank Dempsey - Update on 12.5-inch telescope making project

Who can attend: Everyone
Fee: Free
Registration: Not required
Organized by: RASC, Toronto Centre


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Two Eyed Seeing: D(L)akota Astronomy & NASA Moon 2 Mars

Event Date: 
Friday, November 13, 2020 - 11:00 to 12:00 EST

Two Eyed Seeing: D(L)akota Astronomy & NASA Moon 2 Mars

Register for this event here.

Join us for a 60 m live show featuring the Native Skywatchers - D(L)akota Team-members: Ramona Kitto Stately, Jim Knutson-Kolodzne, Annette S. Lee, and Dakh6ta lapi Okh6dakichiye. Weaving together Indigenous D(L)akota Astronomy & NASA science this event will offer insights from both world-views.

Keya-Turtle, Ahdeska/Ag/eska-Salamander & Chekpa

• Moon, Drumbeat, and Heartbeat

• Fallen Star, To Win/Tun Win-Blue Spirit Woman


View the event flyer here.


Scroll down to the bottom of this page to view more upcoming projects with Native Skywatchers and NASA.



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RASC Sunshine Coast Centre: November Speaker Theresa Fisher

Event Date: 
Friday, November 13, 2020 - 22:00 to 23:30 EST

Next Generation Biosignatures for Exoplanets: A Network Approach

Sunshine Coast Centre of RASC

Astrobiologist Theresa Fisher from Arizona State University will present a talk whose topic is “Next Generation Biosignatures for Exoplanets: A Network Approach.” 

This talk will take place on November 13th on Zoom at 7:00 pm Pacific. 

Use this Zoom Link to join the meeting. 

Meeting ID: 841 9959 3022

Password: 081985

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Insider's Guide to the Galaxy: All About Meteor Showers and Meteorites

Event Date: 
Tuesday, November 17, 2020 - 15:30 to 17:00 EST

Insider's Guide to the Galaxy
All About Meteor Showers and Meteorites

Tuesday, November 17th, 3:30 - 5:00 pm EST

Guest host: Bryon Czarnik


When better to talk about meteors and meteorites than on the peak of a meteor shower? Tonight is the peak of the Leonids Shower, and we'll be talking about what makes some meteor showers better than others. We'll be joined by expert guest Bryon Czarnik who will talk to us about how to find, identify, and even buy meteorites. We'll have lots of time to answer questions and will go over some astronomy highlights coming up in the next two weeks, too!

Register for Insider's Guide to the Galaxy here.

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St. John's Centre Monthly Meeting: Assessing the Asteroid Threat

Event Date: 
Wednesday, November 18, 2020 - 18:00 to 20:00 EST

Assessing the Asteroid Threat

Presented by Peter Jedicke

St. John's Centre

For the upcoming Monthly Meeting, Peter Jedicke will be presenting a talk titled "Assessing the Asteroid Threat"


The idea of an asteroid or a comet hitting the Earth has engaged enthusiasts in our generation. These are, of course, common objects in our solar system. Although comets are still part of the discussion, scientists realize that asteroids pose the main threat to our world. How have astronomers developed an awareness of the threat? We have discovered them in the sky, counted them, tracked them, and predicted the likelihood of colliding with them. Their nature is much better understood now than at the beginning of the Space Age. Economic calculations provide guidance for risk analysis. Strategies for an organized response have been developed. We can also view the situation as an opportunity for space resource development.

This event will take place on Wednesday, November 18th @ 7:30 pm NST/6:00 pm EST

Join the Zoom Webinar HERE!

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RASC Calgary: Unravelling the Mysterious Fast Radio Burst with CHIME

Event Date: 
Thursday, November 19, 2020 - 21:00 to 23:00 EST

Unravelling the Mysterious Fast Radio Burst with CHIME

Dr. Ng will discusses how the Canadian CHIME radio telescope is helping to solve the mystery of the contentious origin of bright, short-duration bursts of radio waves known as Fast Radio Bursts.



When: Nov 19, 2020 07:00 PM Mountain Time (US and Canada)

Topic: Unravelling the Mysterious Fast Radio Burst with CHIME

Register in advance for this webinar:

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RASC History Committee: The Research Legacy of Lowell Observatory

Event Date: 
Monday, November 23, 2020 - 20:30 to 22:30 EST

The Research Legacy of Lowell Observatory

Presented by Klaus Brasch

RASC History Committee


Percival Lowell founded his observatory in 1894 and commissioned the famed firm of Alvan Clark & Sons, to build a 24-in aperture refracting telescope among the largest in private hands at the time. Clark himself deemed it as one of his best. Both Lowell and his great refractor soon gained notoriety with reports of putative canals on Mars, allegedly the work of a dying civilization to channel water from the planet’s poles to its desert equatorial regions. Amid all the ensuing controversy, the Observatory’s many other scientific achievements are not as widely known as they should. This talk will review some of those and also current research and educational efforts at this historic institution.

Klaus Brasch Bio:

Klaus Brasch is a retired biomedical scientist and a volunteer at Lowell Observatory in Flagstaff, AZ. Born in Germany, his family emigrated to Canada in 1953, where Klaus got hooked on astronomy in his teens, joined the Montreal Centre of the RASC in 1958 and has been an avid amateur ever since. He earned his BSc at Concordia and Ph.D. at Carleton University, before joining the biology faculty at Queen’s University in Kingston. In 1990 he joined California State University, where he served as department chair, dean of science and director of campus research. Klaus has translated popular French astronomy books into English, lectured widely on topics ranging from life in the universe to astrophotography and published articles in Astronomy, Sky & Telescope, SkyNews, JRASC and elsewhere. Asteroid 25226 Brasch, was recently named for him by Lowell Observatory.

The Following Panelists will be joining Klaus Brasch:

Clark Muir, Randall Rosenfeld, and Chris Beckett

Register for this Zoom event HERE!

The event will take place Monday, November 23 @ 8:30 pm EST

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How to make Gold (Astrophysically Speaking)

Event Date: 
Wednesday, November 25, 2020 - 19:30 to 20:30 EST

RASC Toronto Centre Speaker's Night Meeting (ONLINE)

Wednesday, November 25, 2020 - 7:30pm to 8:30pm. Eastern Time.

Join us for our monthly Speaker's Night where a professional astronomer gets to tell us about their latest research.

How to make Gold (Astrophysically Speaking) by Daniel Siegel, Assistant Professor, Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics, Waterloo.

Gravitational-wave observations have revolutionized astronomy. They represent an entirely new 'messenger' that tells us about enigmatic phenomena in the universe never 'seen' before, such as collisions of neutron stars and black holes. This talk will be a journey to such violent cosmic collisions and explosions. It will discuss how we can use gravitational waves and 'light' to learn about them, and how these distant events produce exquisite star dust loaded with heavy elements like silver, platinum, and gold that we find right here on Earth.

Who can attend: Everyone
Fee: Free
Registration: Not required

Organized by: RASC, Toronto Centre


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RASC Mississauga: Speaker Night

Event Date: 
Friday, November 27, 2020 - 20:00 to 22:00 EST

The ORIRIS-Rex Mission: Canada at Asteriod (101955) Bennu

Presented by Dr. Michael Daly, York University

RASC Mississauga  

NASA’s OSIRIS-REx mission recently grabbed a sample from the near-Earth asteroid Bennu.  Bennu is a roughly 500m diameter carbonaceous asteroid. Canada contributed to this historic and scientific milestone with the contribution of one of the instruments on the mission.  The OSIRIS-REx Laser Altimeter (OLA) provided a global model of the asteroid with a resolution approaching 5cm.  This talk will provide an overview of the mission and its discoveries with an emphasis on the latest results from the OLA instrument.

Michael Daly is a Professor, York Research Chairholder, and the Director of the Centre for Research in Earth and Space Science in the Lassonde School of Engineering at York University.  He was the lead engineer for Canada’s first instruments to operate from the surface of Mars and is the lead scientist for the Canadian Laser Altimeter on NASA’s OSIRIS-REx mission.  Mike has been honoured as the recipient of the 2018 CASI McCurdy award and the naming of asteroid (129973) Michaeldaly.

The talk will take place Friday, November 27, 2020, 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm EST

Join the Zoom Meeting HERE!

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RASC Toronto Centre: Stellarium Intro Course

Event Date: 
Monday, November 30, 2020 - 19:00 to 22:00 EST

Stellarium Software Introductory Course

RASC Toronto Centre 

Introduction to Stellarium

Learn how to use the Stellarium planetarium software on your computer in a basic fashion.

Fee: Free to RASC Toronto Centre Members 

Course Overview

Stellarium is a powerful planetarium application available for Windows, Macintosh, and Linux computers. The free software can be used to learn the sky and plan astronomical observing sessions. If logging observations, it be used to corroborate and confirm celestial objects seen. Educators, presenters, and outreach volunteers may use the software for demonstrations, presentations, and What's Up discussions.

Participants will learn how to set up the software for a specific location, date, and time. They will learn how to view the simulated sky, zoom and pan, and search for and select celestial objects. Features such as gridlines, the meridian, sky settings, and red light mode will be explored. This will provide an amateur astronomer with a basic overview of the Stellarium program.

Classes will take place on Zoom. Class sizes are limited to 10 individuals. A waiting list will be kept if additional participants wish to sign up.

Note: This training is not for the paid Stellarium app on smartphones or the Stellarium web app.

For more information visit the course page HERE!

With sufficient interest, we will try to frequently run the introductory Stellarium course, initially once every 2 or 3 months. Courses will be scheduled on or near a full Moon.

Next: Monday 30 November 2020, 7:00 PM Eastern Time Register for the class HERE!

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