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Total lunar eclipse, Mars close approach tonight

Celestial event peaks at 3:45 a.m. ET April 15

Read the CBC interview with the RASC 1st Vice President, Colin Haig

http://www.cbc.ca/news/technology/total-lunar-eclipse-mars-close-approach-tonight-1.2607233

Red Planet, Red Moon

The mighty lion makes itself visible as it climbs the sky on these April nights. The outline of the familiar beast is quite recognizable as related to the Big Dipper. The Dipper stars form a pot with a handle and if you were to drill a hole in the celestial pot, water would pour onto the back of Leo. The Lion’s front half is portrayed by a sickle or backwards question mark starting from the bright star Regulus. This star is about five times the size of our sun and about 160 times brighter.

Join the RASC Victoria Centre this June 26th – June 29th, as we host the 2014 General Assembly.

The General Assembly is an exciting once-a-year event that brings together RASC members from coast-to-coast to participate in the Society's annual general meeting and discuss some of the world's great astronomical activities.

Attendees will have the opportunity to participate in an exciting line-up of events including:

-  wide-ranging scientific and cultural programs for your entire family;

In 2013, the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada made major changes to its governance structure to come into line with the provisions of the Canada Not for Profit Corporations Act. As of the Thunder Bay General Assembly in 2013, a board of directors is responsible for the running of the RASC, replacing the National Council.

Under our new By-Law, the RASC board over the past year has been made up of the executive and three board members selected in a special election last year. In 2014, the members get to choose the entire board of nine members in an election.

The Ottawa Centre is extremely happy to announce a very special night. Join us online on Friday March 7 at 8 p.m. EST as our special guest speakers will be:

Dr. Sarah Symons, McMaster University with her talk entitled “Astronomical Maps and Tables from Ancient Egyptian Tombs and Temples”  and

Pictures of Other Worlds: Directly Imaging Extrasolar Planets

Dr. Bruce Macintosh (Stanford University and the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in California) will speak on directly imaging extrasolar planets.

Once again the Ottawa Centre will be broadcasting its monthly meeting from the Canada Science and Technology Museum on Friday Feb 7, 2014 beginning at 8 p.m. EST. Click on www.ustream.tv/channel/rascottawalive and log in to chat online during the two hour meeting. Here is the agenda: http://ottawa-rasc.ca/wiki/index.php?title=About-Monthly_Meetings Hope you enjoy the show.


Clear skies,


Gary Boyle

Leo Enright (1943-2009) was a prominent member of the RASC, whose many contributions furthered the RASC’s educational and public outreach goals.

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