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RASC eNews

Has your centre been doing outreach events? We’d love to have your information for future fund raising efforts. Now you can go online and report your numbers quickly and easily. It only takes a minute. Go to www.rasc.ca and click the link on the lower left hand side of our home page.

RASC member Tim Doucette is in the news again! Tim, a noted astrophotographer and visual observer, is legally blind. That, however, does not stop him from doing quality astronomy, and encouraging others to do the same through the RASC.

RASC members will be saddened to learn that one of our most distinguished contributors to the Observer's Handbook has recently passed away.

It is with sadness that we report the demise of RASC Honorary Member and distinguished planetary scientist, Audouin Dollfus. He was 85.

President Mary Lou Whitehorne gives clear and compelling reasons for supporting science, outreach, and education in the talk she gave at the Freericton GA in early July.

On Friday, Oct 15, from 3-4:00pm Eastern Time, astronomer Dr. Thomas Statler will give a remote, live tour of a modern astronomical telescope at the MDM Observatory in Arizona. This tour will give viewers an insight into practical astronomy, including how astronomers operate the telescope and how Dr. Statler's team is using it to study near-Earth asteroids.

Giddy Up Pegasus

Other than the familiar circle, a square is one of the easiest shapes to recognize. After all, it consists of four equal length sides with its corner measuring perfect 90-degree angles. If I were to ask you to point out a nonagon in the night sky, not knowing it is a nine-sided polygon with 140 degree inside angles, you would never find it. However, you would have better luck with the common square.

It is that time again - 2011 Observer's Calendars are now in stock and ready to ship! For more info and ordering info is here.

The 2011 Handbook should be shipping mid to late October, pre-orders are now accepting.

Funding available to support science and/or technology internships! Opportunity to invest in future of natural resources sector

(Ottawa, Ontario) – Now is your chance to gain exposure to bright young science and technology grads, while ensuring the future health of the natural resources sector – all while benefiting from internship funding support.  It’s all part of the Canadian Association of Science Centres (CASC) Science Interns Outreach Project* and runs until March 2011. The program provides an opportunity to recent graduates in science or engineering to gain meaningful work experience within their field of studies.

Many of us would like to do our little part for the Centre/Society or the hobby in general but where do we find the time??? Or we don't want to feel obligated to commit to a year term (or 2 years!!! or implied... indefinitely if no one else puts their hand up?)... try out the latest I heard while driving to a customer site and listening to Spark on CBC (http://www.cbc.ca/spark/category/episodes/  - select September 10th and scroll down to the article "Micro-volunteering").

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