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NOVA Fall 2019 Astronomy Course Pickering Central Public Library (RASC Toronto Centre)
Pickering Central Public Library
Pickering, ON
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NOVA Fall 2019 Astronomy Course Pickering Central Public 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 2 to November 6, from 7:00 pm to 8:50 pm (six consecutive Wednesdays)

Location: *The Auditorium of the Pickering Central Public Library, 1 The Esplanade South, Pickering

Details: Free parking and fully accessible location



NOVA will be six lessons, as follows:  

Week 1 (October 2): Introduction to RASC and Astronomy, overview of the course, astronomy history, "Canada in Space", how stars move nightly/monthly, and how to use Star Finders.

Week 2 (October 9): Sun, Earth, Moon, tides, eclipses, our Solar System, the Planets, meteor showers, and comets.

Week 3 (October 16): Astronomy gear, binoculars, telescope types, selection and use, observing logs, equipment, observing sites, and drawing skills.

Week 4 (October 23): 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 (October 30): Stars, distances, magnitude, learning the night sky, constellations, coordinate systems, astronomy (planetarium) software, with a brief demo of Stellarium.

Week 6 (November 6): Cosmology, black holes, dark matter, universe formation, and an introduction to light pollution and urban astronomy. 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 13 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!


Pickering Central Public Library (View)
1 The Esplanade South
Pickering, ON L1V 6K7


Education > Classes

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


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