Find out just how ridiculous the claims of various snake oil salespeople who are promoting the end of the Mayan calendar by watching this entertaining review of the scientific evidence provided by Dame Jocelyn Bell Burnell at the 2012 RASC General Assembly courtesy of the Edmonton Centre.
Many in the amateur astronomical world now know the story of how a young David Levy was nearly expelled from the Society 45 years ago. Familiarity with the tale is due in no small part to Dr. Levy's candid retelling of it, and the unexpectedly happy outcome of the event; he continued to observe, he became famous, and he refused to repudiate us. Now one of the prime surviving documents shaping that affair has gone online.
This December, The Royal Astronomical Society of Canada will publish “The Environmental Impact of Light-pollution and its Abatement, as a special supplement to its internationally recognized periodical, the Journal.
With star party season now in full swing many observers are in search of galaxies, nebula and perhaps a comet of their own. But don’t forget to take a look at Comet Petriew this August as it peaks in brightness around mid-month marking the 2nd anniversary of it's discovery. Recently we caught up with Vance at his observatory: Vance Petriew Interview (YouTube video).
Carol Lakomiak, veteran observer, BBC Sky at Night magazine's astrosketching columnist, and astrophotographer, shares her advice on how to draw what you observe through easy to follow tutorials of proven effectiveness! Our Observer's Handbook editor has used Carol's tutorials, and he won a lunar imaging contest after doing so. Carol's tutorials on lunar sketching and solar and DSO sketching now have a new home at rasc.ca.
The International Astronomical Union has confirmed the naming of Asteroid (260235) Attwood in honour of RASC Life Member Randy Attwood. Among his many accomplishments Randy is a Past President of both the Toronto and Mississauga Centres, a Past President of the Society, and winner of the Society's Service Award. He is currently editor of Space Quarterly magazine and Past President of the Mississauga Centre.