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The 2008 Society budget forecast was approved this past weekend by the Society's National Council. The budget was prepared by the Society's Finance Committee, National Office staff, with input from various committees. It was then reviewed and recommended for approval by the Board Pilot Committee.

Some highlights:

The Executive Committee regrets to announce the resignation of our National Treasurer, Alan Whitman. On Tuesday, 2007 November 20, Alan submitted his resignation as Treasurer of the Society, effective immediately. His resignation was sent to members of the Executive, Board Pilot, and Finance Committees, with the request that his reason for resigning be kept confidential and within the three aforementioned groups. We will respect his request.

Go to this site for either a PDF or MS Word document of yesterday's meeting minutes. www.rasc.ca/private/minutes/index.shtml. Remember that these are the unofficial version, having yet to receive acceptance by motion of National Council.

Check out the CAP Journal -  leading up to the International Year of Astronomy IYA 2009 www.capjournal.org Thanks to Peter Broughton for bringing this to our attention!

What a Comet !!!

The biggest story of the month is the unexpected outburst of 17P/Comet Holmes. This outburst occurred over a short 24 hour period starting October 23rd. By the 24th, the comet had increase its brightness from magnitude 17.5 to magnitude 2.5, that is an order of one million times. At the time of writing this article the comet halo is still growing but the inner portion is fading a bit. It is still a very impressive object.

On September 15, 2007 the RASC hosted a fall Astronomy Day. Seven Centres officially participated: le Centre francophone de Montreal, London Centre, Mississauga Centre, Montreal Centre, Prince George Centre, Quebec Centre and Toronto Centre.

Winnipeg Centre member Jay Anderson received the Winnipeg Centre Achievement Award earlier this month. The award recognizes Jay for his many achievements as an eclipse meteorologist, astrophotographer, and most recently as Editor of the Journal of the RASC.

Winnipeg Centre member Stan Runge received the Winnipeg Centre Service Award earlier this month. The award recognizes Stan for his many years of service to the Centre and to the Society.

Milky Way (North)

We have all enjoyed the long months of summer, especially the awe inspiring views of the Milky Way Galaxy. This mystical glow of millions of distant suns now stands directly overhead as the sky darkens and sets before the break of dawn. This is also your last chance to catch Scorpius, the planet Jupiter and Sagittarius in that order, located in south-west skies.

The 7th Annual Fall Astronomy Rendezvous will take place on November 17th this year and once again be located at Universite de Moncton. Held in conjunction with the Annual meeting of the New Brunswick Centre, the event is comprised of several talks, door prizes, raffle draw and swap session.

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