Pickering Public Library Receives an Astronomical Donation

The Royal Astronomical Society of Canada, Toronto Centre (RASC) and Durham Skies Astronomy will be donating an astronomical telescope to the Pickering Public Library (PPL). The unveiling will take place on Friday, September 6, 7:00 pm at Millennium Square, during RASC’s free public stargazing event.

RASC, Durham Skies and PPL invite everyone to join for the unveiling ceremony and free stargazing at the edge of Lake Ontario. The public can observe through different kinds of telescopes (including solar-filtered scopes) to get close-up looks at sunspots, craters on the Moon, and planets visible in the night sky. Attendees will be able to peer deep into space and try their hand at spotting faint star clusters and nebulae. The public can attend with their own telescopes and receive expert advice from RASC.

The astronomical telescope will be housed in PPL’s already extensive Maker Space and will be available to the public for borrowing as part of the Library’s Maker Space, Loanable Items.

The stargazing events typically draw several hundred people. In the event of inclement weather, the event will be relocated to an indoor venue at One the Esplanade. Please visit the RASC website for updates on the day of the event.

Members of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada, Toronto Centre (RASC) and Durham Skies Astronomy, Councillor Maurice Brenner and CEO of the Pickering Public Library, Kathy Williams will speak briefly and invite audience members to unveil the astronomical telescope.



Photo Credit: RASC

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