Past Events

RASCTC Speakers Night: Misconceptions of the Big Bang

Ontario Science Centre
Toronto

October 29, 2014

The Big Bang theory is one of the crowning achievements of modern science. The basic premise–that the Universe began expanding about 14 billion years ago from a very hot, dense state–has been independently verified many times over. And yet there is widespread confusion and uncertainty about what the theory...

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New Ways to Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence

McLennan Physical Laboratory Building
255 Huron Street
Toronto

October 23, 2014

How common is life in the Universe? Is there intelligent life beyond our planet? These are some of the most profound questions humans have ever posed. And for over 50 years, astronomers have been attempting to answer them by conducting the Search for ExtraTerrestrial Intelligence...

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Explore the Universe: Life in the Cosmos

David Dunlap Observatory
Toronto

October 18, 2014

For thousands of years, people have wondered whether, in the vastness of the Cosmos, life exists anywhere other than on Earth. With the recent discoveries of hundreds of potentially habitable planets orbiting stars other than our Sun, we are tantalizingly close to answering this question....

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TPL Thought Exchange: Searching for Earth 2

Leaside Public Library
165 McRae Drive
Toronto

October 02, 2014

The existence of other worlds like our own has fired the imagination of humankind for centuries. Join us as Dr. Duy Cuong Nguyen describes the exciting discovery of hundreds of exoplanets–planets beyond our Solar System–and talks about the search for another life-bearing planet like Earth....

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TPL Thought Exchange: Exploring our Solar System

Goldhawk Park Public Library
295 Alton Towers Circle
Toronto

September 25, 2014

From comets and asteroids, to Jupiter and Saturn, our Solar System is an exciting and fascinating place. Join Dr. Rachel Friesen as she speaks about how the use of telescopes, satellites and rovers has revealed so much about our amazing Universe. This Toronto Public Library...

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Astronomy on Tap TO

Supermarket Bar
268 Augusta Avenue
Toronto

September 24, 2014

Have a thirst for a different kind of astronomy event? Then join us on Wednesday, September 24th, for the first ever Astronomy on Tap TO—a brand new event for anyone interested in learning about astronomy over a pint or cocktail. You’ll hear short talks presented...

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Science Literacy Week: Misconceptions About the Big Bang

Gerstein Library, U of T
9 King's College Circle
Toronto

September 23, 2014

The Big Bang Theory is one of the crowning achievements of modern science. The basic premise–that the universe began expanding about 14 billion years ago from a very hot, dense state–has been independently verified many times over. And yet there is widespread confusion and uncertainty...

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TPL Thought Exchange: The Life Cycle of Stars

Yorkville Public Library
22 Yorkville Avenue
Toronto

September 22, 2014

Using the latest images from space telescopes such as Hubble, Spitzer, and Herschel, Dr. Michael Reid tells the story of how stars are born, live and die–a cycle that has been playing out for nearly 14 billion years. Stars form shrouded in clouds of gas and...

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The Intricate Dance of Star and Planet Formation

McLennan Physical Laboratory Building
60 St. George Street
Toronto

July 03, 2014

The birth of stars is a complex and dynamic process, one that leads eventually to the formation of planets and possibly life. Yet we still know very little about the way in which the Universe turns a massive cloud of gas and dust into a...

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TPL Thought Exchange: Misconceptions about the Big Bang

Beaches Public Library
2161 Queen Street East
Toronto

June 04, 2014

There are many misconceptions about the Big Bang and the formation of the universe, as it is often portrayed in misleading ways. The Dunlap Institute’s Michael Reid addresses some of these issues and clears up some of the confusion. This Toronto Public Library Thought Exchange...

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