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Index Last Updated: Jul 20th, 2013 - 12:18:16

Observing : The Sky This Month
The Sky This Month - July, August 2013

Below is a document with Chris Vaughan's highlights and important dates from his Sky this Month presentation. There is lot's going on in the sky!

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Article Updated: Jul 15, 2013, 11:06


What's Up! : Special Events
Extreme Universe: Star Party and Science Jam - July 12 - PM

Note: this events is still looking for more RASC volunteers with and without telescopes. If you enjoy showing the night sky or talking about Astronomy, please reach out to Leslie Harvey.

Observe Saturn, Venus, the Moon and more through telescopes courtesy of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada.

Explore the solar system through displays and live demonstrations by Science Centre Hosts.

Entertain your brain at the Extreme Universe Science Slam!, where enthusiastic experts share their astronomical knowledge and compete for audience applause.

  • Ryan Marciniak, Astronomy in Action: Extreme stellar density in the Omega star cluster.
  • Lisa Esteves, University of Toronto: The most distant and faintest planets detected so far.
  • Randy Attwood, Earthshine Astronomy: Cosmic distance scales - the cell phone universe.
  • Jesse Rogerson & Lianne Manzer, York University: Gravity in the Extreme.

Join us under the stars for a live performance of XTRM UNIVRS, a live interactive electroacoustic and computer music performance with projected space-scapes.

‘XTRM UNIVRS’ explores our connection to the universe, from our physical connection to matter generated in the cores of stars, to the farthest reaches of our imagination lingering on the edges of infinity.’  
Artist, Campbell Foster

Date: Friday, July 12
Time: 9 pm to 11 pm
Fees: free, general public (RASC members and non-members)
Where: Ontario Science Centre, Teluscape, Outside the main entrance

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Article Updated: Jul 11, 2013, 12:02


Carr Observatory
Summer 2013 CAO Work Party Called July 13

The 2013 summer work party is a GO for Saturday July 13 as we continue to improve the E.C. Carr Astronomical Observatory.

Work weekends are a great opportunity for those members who haven't been to our observatory facility on Blue Mountain to come and check out what's available! It is also a very good opportunity to get to know some of your fellow members.

All members are welcome to lend a hand! Don't worry if you feel you don't have any skills that would be required; we'll make sure that there is something that you can do!

Free food! Excellent meals are provided to volunteers for all your hard work. Read on for more details...

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Article Updated: Jun 30, 2013, 16:00


What's Up! : Upcoming Meetings
Recreational Astronomy Night - Wednesday, July 3rd: 7:30 PM

This Meeting Night features contributions from various RASC members who provide short presentations regarding their projects and activities.

  • Chris Vaughan: The Sky This Month
  • Jim Chung: Making a Folded Open Truss 8.5-inch f/12 Refractor
  • Frank Dempsey: Summer and Autumn Weather Forecasting Tips for Amateur Astronomers
RASC Meeting Nights are held in the Imperial Oil Auditorium at the Ontario Science Centre. Free admission & parking after 6:00 PM.


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Article Updated: Jun 30, 2013, 15:46


What's Up! : Special Events
NYAA's Starfest 2013: Comet Tales! - August 8-11, 2013

Starfest 2013
Our friends from the North York Astronomical Association invite you to attend its annual star party, August 8-11, 2013.
Fishing through the cosmic sea can inspire some tall tales and some of the biggest tales are our tales of comets. And the thing that tells the tale of a comet is its tail. How big, how short, the first comet we ever saw, the biggest comet..."I swear, it was THAT big!!"...and the next big comet. This year is looking like the Year of the Comets with no less than three gracing our skies and either inspiring or set to create new amazing tales of comet tails slicing across the heavens! Join us at Starfest 2013 where we'll trade tales of comets past, present and future.

Starfest is Canada's largest annual amateur astronomy conference and star party attracting hundreds of astronomy enthusiasts from Ontario and neighbouring provinces and states. It has also been ranked among the top star parties in North America by Sky and Telescope magazine and as one of the world's top 10 star parties.

Starfest offers a variety of observing-oriented activities that address the needs and interests of experienced observers and astrophotographers, as well as those of people new to the hobby. Activities include observing sessions, a guided sky tour at night, formal and informal slide presentations, and commercial exhibits with vendors on-site to explain how their products work with hands on displays.

More information can be found at the NYAA website.

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Article Updated: Jun 30, 2013, 12:16



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