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NOVA 2017 Astronomy Course - Fairview Library (RASC Toronto Centre)
Fairview Library
Toronto, ON
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NOVA 2017 Astronomy Course - Fairview Library (RASC Toronto Centre)
The RASC (Royal Astronomical Society of Canada) Toronto Centre runs a program for adults and teenagers who are interested in astronomy. The NOVA program (New Observers to Visual Astronomy) is a free 6-week introductory course that is designed to show the novice astronomer the wonders of the night sky and how to enjoy them. No experience or telescope required.

We are excited to offer a lineup of expert presenters who will introduce you to visual observing, the solar system, stars, deep sky objects, black holes, telescopes, cosmology, and SO much more!

Dates: January 16 to February 27, 2017 from 6:15-8:15pm (six Mondays except for Feb. 20 due to holiday)

Location: Fairview Library, 35 Fairview Mall Drive, Toronto, M2J 4S4

Details: Accessible location. Free parking at the library. TTC subway access at at Don Mills station to the Fairview Mall. The library is immediately north of the mall.

NOVA will be six lessons, as follows:  

Week 1 (January 16): Introduction to RASC and Astronomy, overview of the course, astronomy history and "Canada in Space".

Week 2 (January 23): Sun, Earth, Moon, tides, eclipses, our Solar System, the Planets, meteor showers, and comets.

Week 3 (January 30): Stars, distances, magnitude, learning the night sky, constellations. planispheres, coordinate systems, astronomy (planetarium) software, with a brief demo of Stellarium.

Week 4 (February 6): Milky Way, deep sky objects, nebulae, star clusters, galaxy formation and types of galaxies. How to observe galaxies and galaxy clusters. Astro-sketching. Introduction to Messier and RASC observing programs.

Week 5 (February 13): Astronomy gear, binoculars, telescope types, selection and use, observing logs, equipment, observing sites, more drawing skills.

Week 6 (February 27): Cosmology, black holes, dark matter, universe formation, and an introduction to light pollution. Course wrap up.

During the course participants will be encouraged to pursue the RASC's Explore the Universe Observing Certificate to gain practical experience in locating and observing astronomical objects.

Class size is limited to approximately 50 participants. Recommended minimum age for participants is 12 years old. Children under 13 years old must be accompanied by an adult during each session.

We look forward to introducing and welcoming you to the wonderful world of astronomy and visual observing.


Fairview Library (View)
35 Fairview Mall Drive
Toronto, ON M2J 4S4

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Minimum Age: 12
Kid Friendly: Yes!
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


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