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The Hamilton Centre Banquet is still on, but at a new location - Burlington Holiday Inn on the South Service Road.

Unfortunately the Oakville Holiday Inn where we are hosting our Swap Meet and Banquet suffered a catastrophic electrical transformer failure. It actually exploded and took out several load bearing walls.

We've had to postpone the swap meet as we can't find a new venue in time.  The new banquet location is:

Holiday Inn Burlington Hotel & Conference Centre
3063 South Service Road, Burlington, ON L7N 3E9
 

The Great 2012 Venus Transit

Well that magical moment is almost upon us. The anticipation of witnessing the planet Venus crossing the face of the Sun has been the buzz in the astronomical community for the past few months. It was eight short years ago on the morning of June 8, 2004 that the Sun rose in the north east, sporting a huge black spot. From Ottawa, the transit was past the halfway point with Venus ready to exit an hour later.

First Durham Insurance is pleased to present The RASC Group Property and Auto insurance program, exclusively for members of The Royal Astronomical Society of Canada. As a RASC member you will have exclusive access to a wide range of home and auto insurance products, while saving up to 60%.

The Canada Wide Science Fair was just held in Charlottetown, PEI. The event was spread out from the arrival date of May 12, 2012 to the departure date of May 19, 2012 and had over 500 participants. The RASC "Award for Excellence in Astronomy"  for a Junior went to Patrick Fraser [13]  of Avon Maitland-Huron Perth, Ontario on "The Confinable Cosmos".

Watch RASC members Jay Pasachoff, Ralph Chou, and R.A. Rosenfeld talk about the upcoming transit of Venus on http://www.youtube.com/user/UTSIC/videos. These presentations were videoed at the recent symposium on the transit presented by the Dunlap Institute, UTSIC, the RASC, and other sponsors.

The RASC's transit of Venus website now features the web premier of a piece of new/old transit of Venus (ToV) music. Ever wondered where all the 17th-18th century ToV themed music is? There's some evidence that it might have been part of the casual improvisatory musical culture of the time. Wonder what that would sound like? The RASC Archivist has created an example based on the bass pattern of a dance from John Blow's Venus and Adonis (1683).

More Galaxies and A Daytime Planet

 

Celebrate Astronomy Day!

Saturday, April 28, 2012

Toronto, Canada (April 26, 2012) – Members of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada (RASC) and its 29 local RASC Centres will celebrate Astronomy Day this Saturday, April 28, 2012. Be on the lookout for telescopes and astronomers to pop up unexpectedly on street corners, in shopping malls and other public places, ready and eager to bring the universe down to Earth for everyone!

Don't Miss 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  

Prepare to be star struck as you discover the fascinating phenomena from the sky above. Get your hands on a space rock, take a giant leap to the moon, and learn the latest in space exploration. Hear how the stars and planets have played a part in the history of cultures around the world, and navigate the night sky in our mini-planetarium, as you join us for a weekend that’s out of this world!

Buy, sell or trade all things astronomy? An honored speaker and a great meal! Meet astronomers from all over. Get your tickets now for the Canadian Astronomy Swap Meet and Banquet at http://www.astrocasm.com before they are all gone.  June 9th, 2012 in Oakville, ON.  Hamilton Centre is bringing in Terrence Dickinson, and hosting this event, open to everyone.  Rent a table space and bring your astro-goodies that you want to sell, or come and browse commercial and individual sellers. Door prizes and friendship await you.

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