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NOVA Spring 2018 Astronomy Course - Fort York Library (RASC Toronto Centre)
Fort York Library
Toronto, ON
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Apr 03, 2018 6:15 PM

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NOVA Spring 2018 Astronomy Course - Fort York 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: April 3 to May 8, 2018 from 6:15-8:00pm (six consecutive Tuesdays)

Location: Fort York Library Branch, 190 Fort York Boulevard, Toronto
Details: accessible location

NOVA will be six lessons, as follows:  

Week 1 (Tuesday, April 3): Introduction to RASC and Astronomy, overview of the course, astronomy history and "Canada in Space".

Week 2 (Tuesday, April 10): Sun, Earth, Moon, tides, eclipses, our Solar System, the Planets, meteor showers, and comets.

Week 3 (Tuesday, April 17): 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 4 (Tuesday, April 24): Stars, distances, magnitude, learning the night sky, constellations. planispheres, coordinate systems, astronomy (planetarium) software, with a brief demo of Stellarium.

Week 5 (Tuesday, May 1): Astronomy gear, binoculars, telescope types, selection and use, observing logs, equipment, observing sites, more drawing skills.

Week 6 (Tuesday, May 8): 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!


Fort York Library (View)
190 Fort York Boulevard
Toronto, ON M5V 0E6

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


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