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NOVA Fall 2019 Astronomy Course - Yorkville Library (RASC Toronto Centre)
Yorkville Library
Toronto, ON
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NOVA Fall 2019 Astronomy Course - Yorkville Library (RASC Toronto Centre)
The Royal Astronomical Society of Canada (RASC) Toronto Centre runs a program for adults and teenagers who are interested in astronomy. The NOVA (New Observers to Visual Astronomy) program 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: October 15 to November 19, 2019 from 6:15-8:00pm (six consecutive Tuesdays)

Location: Yorkville Library Branch, 22 Yorkville Avenue, Toronto
Details: TTC-friendly and accessible location

NOVA will be six lessons, as follows:  

Week 1 (Tuesday, October 15): Introduction to RASC and Astronomy, overview of the course, astronomy history, and "Canada in Space".

Week 2 (Tuesday, October 22): Sun, Earth, Moon, tides, eclipses, our Solar System, the Planets, meteor showers, and comets.

Week 3 (Tuesday, October 29): 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, November 5): Stars, distances, magnitude, learning the night sky, constellations. planispheres, coordinate systems, astronomy (planetarium) software, with a brief demo of Stellarium.

Week 5 (Tuesday, November 12): Astronomy gear, binoculars, telescope types, selection and use, observing logs, equipment, observing sites, and more drawing skills.

Week 6 (Tuesday, November 19): A trip to a black hole, cosmology, urban astronomy, and 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!


Yorkville Library (View)
22 Yorkville Avenue
Toronto, ON M4W 1L4


Education > Classes

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


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