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Hamilton Centre Annual Banquet

Hamilton Centre's banquet is fast approaching! You can still purchase tickets or reserve seats to be paid at the door by contacting Centre President John Williamson (john DOT williamson AT sympatico DOT ca).

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Paper Session Information for Calgary GA

In addition to all the usual events at a GA, this year's Astronomy Roundup will have five 1/2-day paper sessions presented by more than 35 professional and amateur astronomers.

The Friday paper session kicks off with a talk from Dr. Jaymie Matthews on the MOST satellite and what it teaches us about variable stars. The afternoon will continue with more talks about observing variable stars and ends with brief teaser presentations describing the poster papers that are available for viewing throughout the weekend.

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Introducing International Year of Astronomy

The International Year of Astronomy 2009 (IYA2009) will be a global celebration of astronomy and its contributions to society and culture, stimulating worldwide interest not only in astronomy, but in science in general, with a particular slant towards young people. IYA2009 will mark Galileo Galilei’s first use of the telescope for astronomical observations, and will portray astronomy as a peaceful global scientific endeavour that unites astronomers in an international, multicultural family of scientists working together to find answers to some of the most fundamental questions that humanity has ever asked.

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Halifax Centre Announces Astronomy Week Activities

The Halifax Centre will celebrate International Astronomy Week by presenting talks at the Halifax Public Library as follows:

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Space Symposium at the University of Toronto

The University of Toronto Astronomy and Space Exploration Society presents their Fourth Annual Symposium: Expanding Canada's Frontiers: The Search for Life

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Bulletin de la Coalition pour l'astronomie canadienne

Le Bulletin de la Coalition pour l'astronomie canadienne est maintenant disponible grâce de CASCA. Cette numéro souligne des nouvelles concernant le radio télescope international du 21ième siècle (le Square Kilometre Array ou SKA), le Télescope de trente mètres et le grand réseau millimétrique de l’Atacama (Atacama Large Millimeter Array, ALMA). Téléchargez votre copie du http://www.casca.ca/media/Astronomy%20News%20FR%20NOV%202006.pdf.

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National Council Minutes

The Minutes from National Council Meeting NC064 (2006-11-04) are now available on-line in the Members' Section of the RASC Web Page. Go to www.rasc.ca/private/minutes/index.shtml. Note that these minutes are unofficial until formally adopted by National Council.

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2008 GA needs a home!

No proposals have been received for the 2008 General Assembly. The Annual Meeting is required by the Bylaws, but the paper sessions, tours, and social events which have become a part of the "GA Experience" are hosted by a local Centre. Unless a Centre steps forward to host the 2008 GA, the event may be cancelled.

Any Centre with the interest in hosting this event should contact Scott Young at sdy @ mts.net as soon as possible.

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Minutes from GA now available

The Minutes from National Council meetings NC062 and NC063, plus the Annual Meeting, all from the Ottawa General Assembly (May 19 to 21) are now available on the Members' Section of the RASC Web site.

This is history in action!

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10th Annual Star Night at Pinery Provincial Park

Saturday, July 29, was the tenth annual star night at the Pinery Provincial Park, located on the Lake Huron shore about 70km northwest of London. With 1000 campsites, Pinery is one of the largest of Ontario's overnight parks. 18 RASC London Centre members participated and there were 13 telescopes set up. A crowd of about 700 sat on the benches in the park Amphitheatre to hear RASC London Centre president Dave McCarter give an illustrated talk called "Tour the Summer Milky Way."

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