NEWS for observing season 2016
OBSERVING EVENTS START 1 APRIL
PLEASE SEE SCHEDULE
The Sun - To see the Sun in real time click HERE to visit the website of the SOHO spacecraft, the Solar and Heliospheric Observatory, a project of international collaboration between NASA and ESA to study the Sun. If you see any sunspots on the image, we will see them too. We will also see with special telescope the grainy structure of the Sun chromosphere and the prominences and filaments, if some are in progress. If you click on ''HOW IT WORKS'' button you can see how the Sun looks when observed with special telescope - the grainy structure, two sunspots close to each other, two prominences on the right edge of the Sun and four filaments. Filament is in fact prominence which we see over the Sun disc.
The Moon - In June we will observe the Moon in the evenings starting from 8 June when it is thin crescent low over the western horizon until 19 May when it is one day before Full Moon and is low over the southeastern horizon. See June schedule.
Planet Mercury - In April we will observe Mercury during the evening about ten days before and after 18 April. It will be low over the western horizon. Do not miss this chance to see the planet and how it changes its phase from 70% to thin crescent of 10% and at the same time its disc size getting 70% bigger because the distance Mercury - Earth is changing from 166 million km to only 98 million km in this 20-days period! Also will get six times dimmer at the end of this 20-days period because every day less area of its disc is illuminated from the Sun! See April schedule.
Next chance to see planet Mercury on the evening sky will be in August, but that chance will not be as good as this one and maybe even we will not be able to see the planet at all.
Planet Jupiter - We will observe Jupiter during the evenings starting 1 April until 31 July. In April it is high on the southern sky, in May it is also high on the southern sky, in June it is on the western sky and in July low over the western horizon and will set shortly after the Sun sets and finally by the end of July will be lost in the Sun glare. See schedule. Do not miss the chance to see the planet, its cloud bands, its Great Red Spot and its satellites. We will try to follow Jupiter even in August because on 27 August is rare event when Venus and Jupiter will be extremely close apparently on the sky.
Next chance to see Jupiter on the evening sky will be starting from March 2017.
We will observe Jupiter at daytime starting 15 May until 31 July as soon as it climbs high enough over the east horizon. In May we can observe it after 4.00 pm, in June after 2.00 pm and in July after 12.30 pm. See schedule.
Planet Mars - We will observe Mars during the evenings starting 1 June until 31 August. On 1 June rises about 20.00 pm, so about 21.30 pm will be enough high over the southeastern horizon to be observed. That day it is about 75 millions km away from the Earth, its disc size is about 19 arc seconds and its disc is 99% illuminated. When we observe it through a telescope with about 200 magnification on that day, it will appear in a telescope as it is only about 375,000 km away from us, the same distance as our Moon. We will see how planet Mars will look if it is on the sky at the same distance as our Moon. Because in reality Mars diameter is about twice the Moon diameter, Mars should appear in a telescope twice larger than we see the Moon with naked eyes. Lets check!
During the evenings in July Mars will be low on the southern sky. During the evenings in August will be low over the southwestern sky. During the month of August Mars and Saturn will be very close apparently on the sky. On 31 August Mars is about 135 million km away from the Earth, its disc diameter is 10 arc seconds and it is 85% illuminated.
Planet Saturn - We will observe Saturn during the evenings starting 1 July until 31 August. In July it will be low on the southeastern sky, and in August low on the southwestern sky. On 1 July is 1,370,000,000 km away from the Earth, with disc size around 18 arc seconds and 100% illuminated. On 31 August is 1,490,000,000 km away from the Earth, with disc size around 17 arc seconds and 100% illuminated. Do not miss the chance to see planet Saturn, its satellite Titan (the biggest satellite in the solar system) and Saturn's ring system which is currently highly inclined towards our sight of view and is beautiful sight in a telescope.
We will observe Saturn at daytime in August starting from 6.00 pm, in September starting from 4.00 pm and October starting from 2.30 pm as soon as it rises high enough over the southeastern horizon.
Planet Venus - We will observe Venus in the evenings starting 1 October. It is visible on the evening sky even in September but too low over the southwestern horizon.
Planet Uranus - We will observe Uranus in the evenings staring 1 October after 21.00 pm when it climbs high enough over the eastern horizon. That day its visual magnitude is 6.0, it is 100% illuminated and 2,840,000,000 km away from the Earth and its angular diameter on the sky is 3.6 arc seconds.
We will try to find it on the sky at daytime in June before 2.00 pm when it is low on the west sky over the horizon.
Planet Neptune - We will observe Neptune in the evenings starting 1 September after 10.00 pm when it climbs high enough on the eastern sky and in October after 8.00 pm when it climbs high enough on the southeastern sky. On 1 September its visual magnitude is 7.7, its disc size is around 2.5 arc seconds, it is 100% illuminated and 4,300,000,000 km away from the Earth.
To see which celestial objects we will observe during the season and to learn more about them, scroll down or up on this page and click on Celestial Objects button on the bottom menu or on top image. Once on Celestial Objects page, go with the mouse over the button with the name of the constellation (for example ORION) and click on that button. In new page will appear all objects we will observe in that constellation and some interesting things about them.
Location in the east GTA for 2016 observing season will be the big parking lot and the grassy area behind Macedonian Church "St. Nedela" in Ajax, located at 485 Bayly Street West. This location will serve the public from the east GTA and will be used for daytime Sun and planets observing from city location and for evening Moon, planets and interesting single and double stars observing from city location.
Location in the west GTA for 2016 observing season will be the parking lot at the Queensway Baptist Church in Etobicoke, located at 950 Islington Avenue. This location will serve the public from the west GTA and will be used for daytime Sun and planets observing from city location and for evening Moon, planets and interesting single and double stars observing from city location.
Dark location far from the city for 2016 observing season will be from a place located on a large private property on 7th Line (Hwy 88 west of Hwy 400), a bit north of Tottenham, Ontario. It will serve the public from all GTA and will be used for evening sky observing from dark location far from the city. Will be observed the so-called deep-sky celestial objects - nebulae, star clusters and galaxies which can not be seen from inside the cities because of the light pollution.
FEBRUARY 2016 - New sky observing season for 2016 in Toronto, Ontario has arrived! Sky Observing offers daytime observing of the Sun and planets from city locations (every day), evening observing of the Moon, planets and interesting single stars, double and multiple star systems from city locations (every evening) and evening observing of star clusters, nebulae, galaxies and other interesting deep-sky objects from dark locations outside of the city (on every moonless evening). Please see the complete schedule and if you decide to attend some of the sky observing events I am looking forward to see you and your family. Sky Observing events are place where you can both observe and learn a lot of things about all objects on the sky - in our Solar System: the Sun, the Moon, the planets and asteroids, the objects in our own galaxy Milky Way - single stars, double stars and multiple star systems, all types of nebulae - diffuse, planetary, reflection, dark, all types of clusters of stars - open and globular star clusters, and the other objects which make our known universe - all different types of galaxies, galaxy clusters and quasars. And also some other objects which can appear on the sky like comet or supernova event. From 1st April until 31st October we will observe and learn about not just all the most interesting celestial objects which can be seen on the sky during the year but much more - about giant stars, supergiant stars, young stars, evolved stars, red giants, carbon stars, dwarf stars, red dwarfs, sunlike stars, star clouds, starbirth regions. Also on the observing events you will learn about everything important you should know to gain complete knowledge about the universe - our Sun, planets, their formation, their apparent movement on the sky and their real movement around the Sun, the stars - their formation, evolution, type, size, age, movement and processes inside the stars, about the starforming regions in our galaxy, how the neutron stars and black holes are formed, about the clusters of stars, about the galaxies, and galaxy clusters.