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Asteroid 260235 Attwood

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Mon, 2012/07/09

The International Astronomical Union has confirmed the naming of Asteroid (260235) Attwood in honour of RASC Life Member Randy Attwood. Among his many accomplishments Randy is a Past President of both the Toronto and Mississauga Centres, a Past President of the Society, and winner of the Society's Service Award. He is currently editor of Space Quarterly magazine and Past President of the Mississauga Centre.

A passionate fan of space exploration he has given many presentations on the Canadian and American space programs particularly Apollo and the Space Shuttle.

AstroCASM Disaster - Banquet OK, Swap Meet postponed

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Wed, 2012/06/06

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
 

Transit of Venus Symposium

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Fri, 2012/05/11

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.

AstroCASM - Canadian Astro Swap Meet and Banquet

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Colin Haig
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Wed, 2012/04/11

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.

International Exposure for the January 2011: Supernova 2010lt discovered in galaxy UGC 3378 (Macedonian Translation available)

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Thu, 2012/04/05
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See the Transit of Venus from Hawaii with the Toronto RASC

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Ralph Chou, Toronto
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Mon, 2012/01/30

The transit of Venus occurs when Venus passes across the disk of the Sun. Since the invention of the telescope, only 6 transits have occurred, and the seventh will take place on 5 June 2012. This will be only the fourth transit since astronomical photography began, and the second in which digital imaging will be the rule.

Tribute to Cliff Carr

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Tony Horvatin, Toronto
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Sat, 2012/01/21

Members of the Society were saddened to learn of the passing of E. Cliffton Carr, Society Life Member and benefactor. A tribute to Mr. Carr was delivered at a meeting of the Toronto Centre on January 8, 2012. The text and photo tribute is now available on-line at toronto.rasc.ca/content/TributeCliffCarr.shtml.

David Levy Logbook Project Featured in Globe and Mail

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Dave Lane, Halifax
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Sat, 2012/01/21

Today's Globe and Mail features an article on the David Levy Logbook project by Ingrid Peritz entitled "A lifetime pressed to a telescope building an archive of epic discoveries". The article is an excellent summary of Mr. Levy's experiences along with his growth and development as an amateur astronomer.

Mr. Levy is a Life member of the Society and Honorary President of the Kingston Centre. To see the collection visit:

NEW** Moon Gazers' Guide / Guide D'Observation Lunaire is the ideal

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Deborah Thompson
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Thu, 2012/01/19

NEW**

Moon Gazers' Guide / Guide D'Observation Lunaire is the ideal tool to introduce you to the wonders of the night sky. Learn about the different moon phases and become familiar with prominent features on the lunar surface without a telescope or binoculars.

Now available in English and French in packages of 10 and 100. Order by visiting the RASC estore or calling 1-888-924-7272.

 

Canadian Comet Discovery: C/2008 T2 Cardinal

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Brenda M. Shaw, Toronto
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Tue, 2008/10/14

Rob Cardinal, an astronomer at the University of Calgary's Rothney Astrophysical Observatory, is the second Canadian observer to discover a comet using a Canadian telescope this decade. The discovery was made on 1 October 2008 with the observatory's 0.5m f/1.0 Baker-Nunn telescope. Cardinal was using this wide-field instrument to search for asteroids at the time of the discovery. Observatory director Phil Langill credits the local community's light-pollution abatement efforts for keeping the skies dark just 35 km outside of Calgary.

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