Past Events

Planet Party

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September 12, 2020

September 12, 2020, 8:00 p.m. EDT (convert to your time zone) Even at home, you’re never alone – especially when the team at U of T Astronomy is involved! On Saturday, September 12, the Dunlap Institute and the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada (www.rasc.ca) are...

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The Astronomy of Shakespeare

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August 18, 2020

August 18, 2020, 7:00 p.m. EDT (convert to your time zone) Dr. Jeremy Webb “O, swear not by the moon, th’inconstant moon That monthly changes in her circled orb, Lest that thy love prove likewise variable” Throughout his work, Shakespeare makes consistent use of the...

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Misconceptions about the Universe: From Everyday Life to the Big Bang

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August 11, 2020

August 11, 2020, 7:00 p.m. EDT (convert to your time zone) Dr. John Percy Misconceptions are deeply-held beliefs which are incorrect.  People have misconceptions about the most basic of astronomical topics, such as the cause of the seasons.  In this profusely-illustrated, non-technical presentation, we will gently correct these “heavenly...

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What Dark Matter Isn’t

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August 04, 2020

August 4, 2020, 7:00 p.m. EDT (convert to your time zone) Harrison Winch Eighty-five percent of the matter in our universe is made up of a mysterious invisible substance scientists call “dark matter”. Although we know some of its basic properties, we have no idea...

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Cosmos From Your Couch: Ask Us Anything!

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July 28, 2020

July 28th, 2020, 7:00 p.m. EDT (convert to your time zone) Do you have a question for one of our astronomers? Our expert team will be live on Tuesday, July 28th at 7pm EDT for a “Cosmos From Your Couch” – Q and A edition!...

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Cosmic Dawn

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July 21, 2020

Dr. Patrick Breysse July 21sr, 2020, 7:00 p.m. EDT (convert to your time zone) Shortly after the big bang, the universe was a cold, dark place, barely recognizable to those of us used to seeing beautiful telescope images of a sky filled with brilliant lights. ...

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Peeking into the Invisible Universe with Radio Astronomy

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July 14, 2020

Vincent MacKay July 14th, 2020, 7:00 p.m. EDT (convert to your time zone) The colourful stars and galaxies that we can see with our eyes and traditional telescopes is only a small portion of the light coming from the sky. What constitutes that ‘invisible’ light...

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Toronto’s Astronomical Heritage

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July 07, 2020

Dr. John Percy  July 7th, 2020, 7:00 p.m. EDT (convert to your time zone) In this profusely-illustrated, non-technical presentation, you will learn how Toronto has become a “centre of the universe”  for Astronomical research, education, public outreach, and communication, in parallel with the growth of the city and...

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Gravitational Waves: Sirens of the Universe

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June 23, 2020

C.J. Woodford June 23rd, 2020, 7:00 p.m. EDT (convert to your time zone) Get an up-close and personal take on the several Gravitational Waves discoveries that have changed science for the better. Starting with the discovery of gravitational waves in 2015, the LIGO-VIRGO collaboration and...

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Wonder and Awe in Astronomy

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June 18, 2020

Dylan Jow June 18th, 2020, 7:00 p.m. EDT (convert to your time zone) The heavens have captured the imagination of all cultures and civilizations since the beginning of human history. Carried out in part by today’s modern astronomers, interpreting the stars is part of our...

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