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Light Pollution and Earth Hour 2012

Light Pollution and Earth Hour 2012
 

Toronto, Canada (March 30, 2012) – The Royal Astronomical Society of Canada promotes Earth Hour as it fits naturally with the Society’s message of preserving the nocturnal environment. Light pollution permeates the nocturnal environment and has a direct effect on the night sky - reducing the visibility of stars for young and old.

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The Sky This Month - April 2012

 

Teaching Tools In The Sky

It is comforting to know that some people other than backyard astronomers still take the time to look up on a clear night and ponder many questions. After all, the twinkling sky was nightly entertainment for many early civilizations. But even at this stage of technology where satellite TV with its bazillion channels, smart phones, iPads and the internet, observing those distant points of lights high above is not a thing of the past.

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Winners of the 2012 Inaugural RASC Astrosketchers' Contest!

We are pleased to announce the winners of the Inaugural RASC Astrosketchers' Contest:

Alexander Massey (Sydney, Au.), for his drawing of Aristarchus, Herodotus et Vallis Schroteri,

and

Gordon Webster (Ottawa), for his drawing of Jupiter Europa Shadow Transit.

Congratulations to both Alex and Gordon!

The quality of all the entries was very high.

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The Sky This Month - March 2012

When Beacons Meet

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Space Weekend May 5 & 6 at the Royal Ontario Museum

Space Weekend at the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto

  • Saturday, May 5, 11:00 am to 4:00 pm
  • Sunday, May 6, 11:00 am to 4:00 pm  
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Inaugural RASC Astroketchers' Contest!

The entries for the first RASC Astrosketchers' Contest have now been received, and they are of stellar quality!

Images can be viewed at the gallery: /.

The judging period runs from now till 2012 March 18 inclusive. For details visit the site.

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Nova Scotia Wilderness Resort seeks Staff Astronomer

Nova Scotia Wilderness Resort seeks staff astronomer for Night Outings and Sky Safaris May – November, 2012 (min. 3 month commitment) Trout Point Lodge (www.troutpoint.com) has a position for someone with enthusiasm and knowledge about the night sky.

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The Sky This Month - February 2012

Winter Wonderland

It is great to see our parent star - the Sun making the news once again. It started with an active region labeled sunspot 1402 and the M-9 solar flare that blasted off the sun’s surface on January 22nd at 10:59 p.m. EST. From that point on, the explosion and expected grand aurora displays was talk on TV, radio and water coolers around the world. An astronomical event like this is a good catalyst on motivating people to learn more about the night sky.

 

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See the Transit of Venus from Hawaii with the Toronto RASC

The transit of Venus occurs when Venus passes across the disk of the Sun. Since the invention of the telescope, only 6 transits have occurred, and the seventh will take place on 5 June 2012. This will be only the fourth transit since astronomical photography began, and the second in which digital imaging will be the rule.

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Tribute to Cliff Carr

Members of the Society were saddened to learn of the passing of E. Cliffton Carr, Society Life Member and benefactor. A tribute to Mr. Carr was delivered at a meeting of the Toronto Centre on January 8, 2012. The text and photo tribute is now available on-line at toronto.rasc.ca/content/TributeCliffCarr.shtml.

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