Category: Stargazing

See us at Polish Festival Sept. 14 and 15

Roncesvalles Polish Festival

Learn the latest news from Sorauren Park developments at the Wabash Building Society booth at the Roncesvalles Polish Festival

Come to the Roncesvalles Polish Festival this Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 14 and 15, and make sure to drop by the Wabash Building Society booth to learn about the latest developments at Sorauren Park.

We’ll have news on Sorauren Town Square construction, with Phase 1 expected to start only weeks away in mid-October. What encompasses Phase 1? Find out at the booth! Also learn more about the Metrolinx noise walls, join the winter rink team, find out about Sorauren Stargazers, and more.

We’ll be there both days from approximately 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. with maps, drawings, hand-outs and great conversation. Enjoy the Festival!

West side rink open after big dig-out

No task is too daunting... thanks shovellers. West side rink open after the big dump

No task is too daunting… thanks shovellers. West side rink open after the big dump

THIS STORY HAS BEEN UPDATED: The west side rink pad at the park is open for skating after a big shovel … thanks to the hardy volunteers of all ages! And thanks to Peter for lending the snowblower; sorry we used all the gas.

And big thanks to Parks, Forestry and Recreation for coming by with the plow later in the day to clear the east side!

Flooding tonight, Saturday, at 9 p.m. Special feature: Telescope for checking out the moons of Jupiter. Spectacularl sky today and tonight, carpe diem!

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Taking a bite out of the snow on the east side, before the gas ran out

Perseid meteor shower Aug. 11 from the park

Weather permitting, come watch for shooting stars from the park Aug. 11

UPDATED SUNDAY AUG. 12, 12:40 a.m.: Well, not perfect conditions for meteor viewing… lots of clouds and wet grass… but still managed to see more than half a dozen meteors, two brief viewings of the International Space Station on two separate orbits, a few satellites and plenty of airplanes puncturing the clouds. One excellent meteor left a trail of sparks through the sky and had a slight green tinge (oxygen??). Thanks to everyone who came out under uncertain skies, including the couple celebrating their sixth anniversary: a Perseid wedding!

UPDATED SAT. AUG. 11, 9:30 p.m.: Mixed skies and recent rainfall but the Big Dipper is out so we’ll give it a go, for 10 p.m.-ish by the dog park. With luck we’ll see the Space Station fly-over at 10:21 p.m. See other details below.

UPDATED SAT. AUG. 11, 8 p.m.: Blue skies in the west! If there are stars out by 9:30 p.m. we’ll be going to the park. Skywatching bonus: the International Space Station is scheduled to fly over Toronto in the north tonight at 10:21 p.m. We’ll be on the look-out for it. Since the ground will be wet, consider bringing a tarp upon which to place your camping pad. It will be cool, and there may be a few bugs out, prep accordingly. Fingers crossed. Watching from the slope in right-field by dog park, or possibly along the slope by the path on the east side (railway side) of the dog park. We’ll try to find the darkest location.

UPDATED SAT. AUG. 11 6:38 p.m.: The weather is looking unfavourable but we’ll continue to watch over the next few hours to see if there is any break. We’ll post another message before 10 p.m. Dance for clear skies!

The inaugural event of Sorauren Stargazers takes place Saturday night, Aug. 11 (weather permitting), as the Perseid meteor shower flashes across the night sky. You’re invited to gather at 10 p.m. in the baseball outfield (close to the dog park) to lie on the grassy slope and watch for meteors. Bring camping pads, blankets, pillows, reclining lawn chairs, refreshments, whatever will make you comfortable. No special gear required; it’s naked-eye viewing.

This is a bit of an experiment, as the park and city lights will make it harder to see faint meteors. Any clouds will also affect the experience. But the evening will be moonless till early in the morning so the chances are good. Satellite spotting is also a strong possibility. And stargazers will share sky knowledge: constellations, why meteor showers occur, and more. So tear the family away from glowing screens to watch the real glowing night sky. Clear skies!