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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.

Weighing the Universe with a Balloon-Borne Telescope with Mohamed Shaaban
Not only is the Universe expanding, but it’s also accelerating! This revelation implies either our understanding of gravity is flawed or that a mysterious negative pressure known as Dark Energy is driving the expansion.
We Are All Made of Stardust with Dr. Parshati Patel
Believe it or not, most of the elements in our body are made of stardust. Iron in our blood, calcium in our teeth, oxygen in our body…all of that and more came from stars!
A Short History of the David Dunlap Observatory

A short history of the David Dunlap Observatory located in Richmond Hill, Ontario, Canada just outside the Toronto City border - Canada's largest optical telescope.

Johannes Kepler

Jerry Vila, a Toronto Centre member, presents a brief history of the life and works of Johannes Kepler, an astronomer, mathematician, and astrologer who lived from 1571-1630.

Is There Intelligent Life Beyond Earth

"Is there intelligent life beyond Earth?" is a question that mankind has been asking for eternity.

Jellyfish I Have Known: The Aquatic and the Nebulous

Jenna Hinds, the Youth Outreach Coordinator at the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada, gave a spirited presentation describing how she developed her interest in Astronomy and the varied route she took to get there.

Now is Not the Time with Richard Bloch
We think of time as an ever-flowing phenomenon that brings us from the past to the future through the present. But over a century ago Einstein showed us that this is not the structure of time, and in the ensuing years it has become clear that time is very different from our familiar understanding.
Immersive Astronomy

Ron Macnaughton visited the Immersive Van Gogh exhibit in Montreal and was inspired to ask if its method of presenting Van Gogh's art could be used to capture the astronomical experience one would have under a clear, dark, luminous sky.

Predicting Exoplanetary Atmospheres using Machine Learning
Artash Nath, a grade 8 student and member of the RASC, Toronto Centre, takes simulation data from the future ARIEL Space Telescope to show how he uses Machine Learning Software to filter out the noise from the Telescope's Exoplanet Observations.
Stargazing Travels in New Mexico

Is the winter cloudy weather getting you down? Are you affected by increasing light pollution? Well Frank Dempsey gives us his secret New Mexico locations and tips for a wintertime stargazing excursion.

Exoplanets Update with Professor Paul Delaney
What are the latest discoveries with Exoplanets? Prof. Paul Delaney of York University brings us up to date on the fast-breaking advancements in our knowledge of planets in other solar systems.

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