Online Activities

Online Activities

October 2020

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Explore the Universe Online - Session 8

Event Date: 
Thursday, October 1, 2020 - 15:30 to 16:30 EDT

Mars and the Planets

It's a great week for some planetary observing! Mars is at opposition, which means it'll be big and bright and beautiful as we come between it and the Sun. This only happens about once every two years, so seize the day and let's look at Mars!

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RASC Ottawa Monthly Meeting

Event Date: 
Friday, October 2, 2020 - 19:30 to 21:30 EDT

Join RASC Ottawa for their monthly virtual meeting! The agenda for this meeting is as follows:



- Ottawa Skies - Dave Chisholm

- Mars: Science in 2020 - Dr. Simon Hanmer

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

- James Web Space Telescope - Dr. René Doyon

- Observations

- Observing Challenges



If you are NOT presenting a talk or observation you will need to register in advance for this Zoom webinar by clicking on the link below:



https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_uQtk-9YOQwuTm05Tqd5eGw



After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

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DDO Astronomy Night: The Stars Belong to Everyone

Event Date: 
Saturday, October 3, 2020 - 19:00 to 20:30 EDT

DDO Astronomy Night: The Stars Belong to Everyone: Fostering Diversity and Inclusion in Astronomy (ONLINE)

 

Saturday, October 3, 2020 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm

Join RASC at the DDO as we discuss expanding diversity and inclusion in astronomy in Canada with our panelists, Science Advisor to the CSA and professor at UWO Dr. Sarah Gallagher, planetary scientist and science communicator Dr. Sara Mazrouei, CBC Senior Science Reporter and editor of the RASC journal Nicole Mortillaro, and astrophysicist and scientist working on the intersection of science, astronomy, and Indigenous knowledge Dr. Hilding Neilson.

More details to follow.

Who can attend: Everyone

Fee: Free

Registration: Not required

Organized by: RASC, Toronto Centre

Link: https://www.youtube.com/rasctoronto/live

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Insider's Guide to the Galaxy

Event Date: 
Tuesday, October 6, 2020 - 15:30 to 17:00 EDT

Mars Fest 2020

Today’s the day! Mars is at its closest approach to Earth, making it the biggest and brightest it will be for another 15 years! We’ll explain why that is, give you tips for seeing Mars in your telescope, take a look at Mars' geology and the spacecraft and rovers that are exploring the Red Planet, and more! And we'll explain the difference between Mars’ closest approach today, and its official opposition on October 13th.

Register for Insider's Guide here!

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RASC Sunshine Coast Centre Meeting

Event Date: 
Friday, October 9, 2020 - 16:00 to 18:00 EDT

At 7:00 PM PDT, 2020 October 9, online on Zoom, the Sunshine Coast Centre of the

RASC presents Dr. Arif Babul, whose topic is The Large-Scale Structure of

the Universe. Vancouver Center is joining us for this, but all RASC members

are welcome.



Use this link to join our Zoom Meeting:

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84321362678?pwd=SkFoN01VU0p2bTB5M1JvbmZEdElKUT09

Password: 305677



The link for the meeting can also be found on the Sunshine Coast RASC site

at:  http://www.coastastronomy.ca

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RASC Montreal: An Orbiting Lunar Station - The Gateway to Mars and Beyond

Event Date: 
Saturday, October 10, 2020 - 20:00 to 22:00 EDT

An Orbiting Lunar Station: The Gateway to Mars and Beyond

 

The Royal Astronomical Society of Canada (RASC) Montreal Centre and Space Concordia invite you to join us for an informative Public Zoom Presentation about the planned Orbital Lunar Gateway and Canada's role in this project. As humans look to return to the Moon and venture to Mars, the current focus is on developing the new technology and skills needed for operations in deep space. Astronauts on these future missions would find themselves cut off from supply lines and communication with Earth for years on end.

 
Dr. Jamil Shariff, Astrophysicist and Member of the Technical Staff at MDA will discuss the upcoming Lunar Gateway project: a space station orbiting the Moon where these new space-based capacities will be developed. He will explain how advanced Canadian robotics, including the Canadarm3, will be critical to this endeavour. An informative poster and a clickable pdf are attached for those that wish to share this invitation with other space enthusiasts!
 

 

Register in advance for this Zoom webinar, on Saturday Oct 10th at 8pm EDT:

 

 

We look forward to your continued support and participation in our in-person Outreach events once this current health situation passes. We encourage everyone to follow the recommendations of our Public Health agencies, and wish you clear skies and good health.
 
 
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Mars Madness Event (1 of 2)

Event Date: 
Sunday, October 11, 2020 - 21:00 to 23:30 EDT

DDO: Virtual Mars Madness Event (ONLINE)
Virtual Mars Madness Event
Sunday, October 11, 2020 - 9:00pm to 11:30pm
Broadcasting Live from the Richmond Hill David Dunlap Observatory!

Although Earth passes by Mars every couple of years, it's only during rarer Great Opposition years like 2020 that the distance between the two planets is at its smallest, making Mars appear much larger when viewed through telescopes here on Earth. Join us at our Mars Madness event for a chance to see Mars at its very best. We will have views through telescopes, including the largest telescope in Canada, guidance to help you find Mars for yourself from your own backyard, interesting facts and stories about Mars and its exploration, special guests and fun activities. Best of all, you get to enjoy all of this from the comfort of your own home! Don’t wait till 2035 to see the next Great Opposition of Mars! The program is most suitable for adults and older children (due to the late start-times). Prior to the start of your program, you will be emailed information containing the link to join the virtual program and any specific information relating to your program.

https://rascto.ca/content/ddo-virtual-mars-madness-event-online

Who can attend: Ages 12 and up
Fee for 15 or more years old: $12.50
Tickets: ActiveRH
Organized by: RASC, Toronto Centre

https://richmondhill.snapd.com/events/view/1332046

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Mars Madness Event (2 of 2)

Event Date: 
Monday, October 12, 2020 - 21:00 to 23:30 EDT

DDO: Virtual Mars Madness Event (ONLINE)
Virtual Mars Madness Event
Sunday, October 12, 2020 - 9:00pm to 11:30pm
Broadcasting Live from the Richmond Hill David Dunlap Observatory!

Although Earth passes by Mars every couple of years, it's only during rarer Great Opposition years like 2020 that the distance between the two planets is at its smallest, making Mars appear much larger when viewed through telescopes here on Earth. Join us at our Mars Madness event for a chance to see Mars at its very best. We will have views through telescopes, including the largest telescope in Canada, guidance to help you find Mars for yourself from your own backyard, interesting facts and stories about Mars and its exploration, special guests and fun activities. Best of all, you get to enjoy all of this from the comfort of your own home! Don’t wait till 2035 to see the next Great Opposition of Mars! The program is most suitable for adults and older children (due to the late start-times). Prior to the start of your program, you will be emailed information containing the link to join the virtual program and any specific information relating to your program.

https://rascto.ca/content/ddo-virtual-mars-madness-event-online-0

Who can attend: Ages 12 and up
Fee for 15 or more years old: $12.50
Tickets: ActiveRH
Organized by: RASC, Toronto Centre

https://richmondhill.snapd.com/events/view/1332047

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Mars Opposition Star Party

Event Date: 
Tuesday, October 13, 2020 - 20:00 to 22:00 EDT

We'll be bringing you live views of the Red Planet, tips to observe, and our guest speaker Erin Gibbons (PhD candidate) will discuss her research on the potential for microbial life on Mars!



Following Erin's talk, Astrogeoguy Chris Vaughan, author and Learn to Stargaze's John Read, Astronomy in Action's Ryan Marciniak and RASC's Outreach Coordinator Jenna Hinds will discuss observing Mars and bring you live views of the Red Planet from across the (eastern part of the) country.



Erin Gibbons is a PhD candidate at McGill University, and is the Public Relations and Communications Co-Lead of the Space Generation Advisory Council.

 

Register here!

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Recreational Astronomy Night

Event Date: 
Wednesday, October 14, 2020 - 19:30 to 21:30 EDT

Toronto Centre Recreational Astronomy Night (ONLINE)

Wednesday, October 14, 2020 - 7:30pm to 9:30pm

Join us for our monthly recreational astronomy night meeting. This is where our 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.

Arnold Brody - The Sky This Month
Wayne Parker - Product update from SkyShed POD
Michael Watson - Physically distanced astrophotography during a pandemic

https://rascto.ca/content/recreational-astronomy-night-79

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

Location: https://www.youtube.com/rasctoronto/live

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Explore the Universe Online - Session 9

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

Zodiacal Light

We're catching a few last targets and going over some previous ones that you may have missed from earlier in this series. We're going to do our best to see the Zodiacal Light this week too. You need a very specific set of conditions to be able to see it, which makes it one of the most challenging targets on the list!

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RASC Calgary: Chasing Eclipses

Event Date: 
Thursday, October 15, 2020 - 21:30 to 23:30 EDT

Chasing Eclipses

From his experience at the Goddard Space Flight Centre, world renowned astrophysicist and author Fred Espenak will take us on a journey through previous solar eclipses and discuss the upcoming eclipse happening across North America in 2024.

When: Oct 15, 2020 07:30 PM Mountain Time (US and Canada)

Topic: Chasing Eclipses with Fred Espenak (Mr. Eclipse)

Register in advance for this webinar:

https://calgarylibrary-ca.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_y9G6NPnjRyG3YoHGK_dmlw

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Insider's Guide to the Galaxy

Event Date: 
Tuesday, October 20, 2020 - 15:30 to 17:00 EDT

Guinness Out of This World Records!

What’s the biggest constellation out there, and the smallest? What's the farthest thing a human eye can see - or the hottest star - or the closest star cluster? How about the first exoplanet ever discovered? We’ll tell you all about the record-holders in our sky, and how to observe them!  

 

Register for Insider's Guide here!

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Two Eyed Seeing: Ojibwe Astronomy & NASA Moon 2 Mars

Event Date: 
Friday, October 23, 2020 - 11:00 to 12:00 EDT

Two Eyed Seeing: Ojibwe Astronomy & NASA Moon 2 Mars

Register for this event here.

Two-Eyed Seeing is learning to see from one eye with the strengths of Indigenous knowledges and ways of knowing, and from the other eye with the strengths of Western knowledges and ways of knowing, and to use both these eyes for the benefit of all. (Bartlett, Marshall and Marshall 2012, 336) 

Join us!...For this eight month project that weaves together Indigenous Astronomy and NASA content in a way that will engage K-12 learners to participate in science and culture. Seven seasonal live (virtual) events will be produced and delivered each month Oct. 2020 to April 2021. Funded by NASA - Next Gen STEM, focus: Moon to Mars & STEM on Station.

Join us for a 60 m live show featuring the Native Skywatchers - Ojibwe Team: Carl Gawboy, William Wilson, Jeffrey Tibbetts, Jim Knutson-Kolodzne, and Annette S. Lee. Weaving together Indigenous Ojibwe Astronomy & NASA science this event will offer insights from both world-views with focus on the Moon. Topics include: Ojibwe Fall constellation, the Mooz (shared by C. Gawboy); teachings related to Mikinaak (Snapping Turtle) (shared by W. Wilson); the soundscapes of Fall (shared by A. Lee); and more! Educator Leads and Partnering Schools: Lindsey Markwardt, Indian Education Home School Liason, grades 5-12,  the Alternative School, Cloquet, MN Cloquet Area Alternative Education Program (CAAEP),  Melissa Peterson M. Ed, 5th Grade Teacher K-5 Science Coordinator, North Star AcademyDuluth Edison Charter School, Duluth, MN, and Genie Turner, 5th & 6th grade, Nett Lake Elementary School, Nett Lake, MN.   

 Ojibwe Months/Moons-Giizis:

 September Waatebagaa-giizis - Leaves Changing Color Moon 

 October Binaakwii-giizis  - Falling Leaves Moon 

 November Gashkadino-giizis  - Freezing Moon

 

Reference - Lee, Annette S., William Wilson, Jeffrey Tibbetts, and Carl Gawboy. Ojibwe Star Map Constellation Guidebook: An Introduction to Ojibwe Star Knowledge. Minneapolis, Minnesota: Native Skywatchers Press, 2014.)

Find out more at the Native Skywatchers website.

 

 

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RASC History Committee: Mars through the eyes of the RASC

Event Date: 
Monday, October 26, 2020 - 20:30 to 22:00 EDT

Mars through the eyes of the RASC: The visual evidence from past oppositions.

RASC History Committee

This session will introduce the surviving images recording views of Mars by Society members at past oppositions. The material circumstances of the images (astronomical media and instruments used), and the non-observational factors possibly influencing what was seen at the eyepiece will be discussed. What can a considered perspective on past visions of the red planet teach us about our own observations at this opposition?

This talk will be presented by committee member Randall Rosenfeld.

Register Here! After you Register Zoom will send you details on how to join the webinar.

 

 

 

 

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Speaker's Night: Water, water everywhere?

Event Date: 
Wednesday, October 28, 2020 - 19:30 to 21:00 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.

UPDATE - NEW SPEAKER!

Speaker's Night: Water, water everywhere? (ONLINE)

Paul A. Delaney, University Professor, Allan I. Carswell Chair for the Public Understanding of Astronomy, York University

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

Please join us and feel free to participate in the interactive Chat channel. See you online!
https://rascto.ca/content/speakers-night-35

Our online speaker night is scheduled for Wednesday, October 28, 2020 - 7:30pm to 9:00pm 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 10

Event Date: 
Thursday, October 29, 2020 - 15:30 to 16:30 EDT

Winter Observing

As we wrap up our series, we'll go over a few easy winter targets to get you started on your next season of observing. Join us to take a look at winter favourites such as Orion, Taurus, the Pleiades and the Orion Nebula. We will also take lots of time for questions in this session before sending you off on your next observing adventure!

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RASC Montreal Centre: Spooky Nights 2020

Event Date: 
Friday, October 30, 2020 - 18:30 to 20:30 EDT

Spooky Night 2020 - Space-themed Zoom Halloween

RASC Montreal Centre and JAC Space Club

Calling all aliens, goblins & costumed characters...whether you're young or young-at-heart, join us to celebrate a Space-themed Halloween by Zoom with the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada (RASC) Montreal Centre and the John Abbott College (JAC) Space Club. Fun-filled activities with multi-media, a Kahoot! quiz, story-telling and crafts using mini-marshmallows and toothpicks (or raw spaghetti) will inspire kids of all ages, and space-themed costumes can be displayed on Zoom!

We invite you to download Zoom to join our public events on your computer, tablet or cell phone - and feel free to share this invite.

Event starts at 6:30pm EDT

Join the Zoom Event Here! 

Zoom Meeting ID: 860 4645 4297

Passcode: Spooky

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RASC Toronto Centre: Halloween Virtual Star Party

Event Date: 
Saturday, October 31, 2020 - 20:30 to 22:00 EDT

Halloween Virtual Star Party

RASC Toronto Centre & Ontario Science Centre

Are you ready to be bewitched? Join us for spellbinding stargazing at our Halloween Virtual Star Party! For the first time since 1944, a full Moon will light the Halloween sky. Admire this rare Halloween Blue Moon and the stars around it, discover some of the scariest places in the universe—from black holes to the Tarantula Nebula—and ask us your deep-space questions. Plus, hear from ecologist Cylita Guy, PhD, about a nocturnal animal often associated with Halloween: the bat!

Check out the Facebook Event Page!

Event starts at 8:00 pm EDT 

Join the Event on Youtube Here!

 

 

 

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