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The Board of Directors of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada (RASC) are pleased to announce that the RASC has purchased SkyNews Incorporated.

SkyNews Inc. has published SkyNews magazine since 1999.  SkyNews Inc. also owns SkyNews.ca and  publishes a monthly e-newsletter.  SkyNews is the Canadian magazine for amateur astronomers and is the only popular, English-language science magazine for adults published in Canada.

Scorpius and The Planet Saturn

The constellation Scorpius is a classic summer time pattern in the southern sky. This month it is well above the horizon when the sky is dark. A perfect silhouette of a scorpion is witnessed by its claws and the reddish star Antares; however we lose part of its tail from our latitude. But all is not lost as the pair of stinger stars finds its way above the horizon. As mentioned the jewel is Antares aka the heart of the Scorpion.

The office will be closed from July 1-6 due to staff attending the GA in Halifax. For any urgent matters, please leave a voicemail and we will get back to you as soon as possible.

Happy Canada Day! Have a safe and happy holiday!

Please note that the RASC Society Office will be closed on Wednesday June 24th due to building maintenance.

We will re-open Thursday June 25th.

Thank you for your understanding.

RASC Executive Director Randy Attwood appears on CTV Canada AM to talk about the reestablishment of communications with the Philae comet lander.

Watch the clip here!

Bootes Hunting Dog and Two Merging Planets

Portrayed in the sky as Canis Major and Canis Minor, Orion the Hunter is not the only one owning pets. Canes Venatici is associated to Bootes the Herdman and can be located high in the sky and below the handle of the Big Dipper. However unlike most of the constellations we encounter, Canes does not possess and asterism except for line connecting Cor Caroli to Chara and yet it is the 38th constellation in area with 465 square degrees of sky.

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