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I hope many of you had a change to see and image Comet Lovejoy last month. As anticipated it was a naked eye object when seen under dark country skies. Using the finder chart and simple binoculars, it was even quicker. Lovejoy only has a gas tail that only revealed itself in long exposures.

The RASC Board of Directors has accepted the 2015 report of the Awards Committee for nominations in the following categories:

Fellows: (recognizing exemplary long service and outstanding contributions to the Society)

  • Robert Dick (Ottawa)
  • David J. Lane (Halifax)
  • Dr. John Percy (Toronto)
  • Mary Lou Whitehorne (Halifax)

Service Awards: (recognizing 10 or more years of service to the Society)

Please submit your Centre's Activity/Financial reports here.

The deadline is February 15, 2015.


Visit the General Assembly page for information on this exciting annual event.

Reviewer Tom Trusock, of the Cloudy Nights Web site, says about the 2015 Observer's Handbook "This book is the swiss army knife of reference books for amateur astronomy, and nearly as essential as a red flashlight and eyepieces. Just get one now and thank me later."

Acclaim for the Observer's Handbook continues to pour in, with popular reviews from Trusock, Gary Seronik, and David Eicher.

Icon Orion

I am sure some of you have received or bought your first pair of binoculars or telescope for Christmas. Although not essential to enjoy the night sky, they do allow you to locate and enjoy those hard to see objects. Teamed with a good set of star charts and a red filtered flashlight, one can learn the constellations and more so the brighter objects what adore the night sky.

The RASC Observer's Handbook 2015 made David Eicher's blog for Astronomy Magazine. See the full article here:

Observer's Handbook 2015 Review

The River Eridanus

Eridanus the River is a long but narrow constellation found at this time of year above the southern horizon or at least its top half as seen from Canada. Starting close to the celestial equator, the entire asterism stretches down almost sixty degrees. Unlike the brilliant suns of the constellation Orion to the left, Eridanus lacks any bring stars and only range in brightness from magnitude 3.2 to 5.0 except for magnitude 2.9 Cursa. They are however unique in their individual life stories.

Calgary Centre member Alan Dyer and his photo of Leonid meteors was featured on the NBC News site here:

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