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RASC's Dave Chapman to be interviewed on CBC Radio

Attention all Nova Scotia members!

Tune in to CBC Radio 1 at 5:50 p.m. today to hear Stephanie Domet chat with RASC member and Observer's Handbook Editor Dave Chapman.

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The RASC's Dark Sky Preserve program continues to spread.

 

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Astronaut Chris Hadfield is a "phenomenon", says RASC Vice President Chris Gainor

 

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The RASC's Colin Haig to speak on asteroid 2012 DA14 on CTV News

 

The asteroid 2012 DA14 will make a record-setting approach to earth mid-afternoon on February 15th, 2013. Recently discovered by Spanish astronomers at the Astronomical Observatory of Mallorca, this 45 metre asteroid is the size of half a football field, and its 130,000+ tonnes will be speeding past Earth at 28,100 km/h. 

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RASC on Facebook

 

RASC's National Office has recently set up an official Facebook page!

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RASC Vice President Colin Haig Speaks to CTV About Asteroid Apophis

While there's little chance of a collison, astronomers around the world will be watching the skies tonight as asteroid Apophis (which caused a mild panic in 2004 after predictions of its possible impact) passes within 15 million kilometres of the Earth.

And this morning on CTV, RASC Vice President Colin Haig explained that while the asteroid is not expected to hit earth anytime soon, it could make contact in 2036.

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Sad news from Calgary Centre

Dick KnowlesThe Calgary Centre Council regrets to announce that the Calgary Centre has lost one of its long time members. Dick Lowndes passed away suddenly on Saturday, December 29 in Calgary. Dick and his wife Marg were regulars at almost all of Calgary Centre’s events. In addition to his regular volunteering at public outreach events, Dick was an active member of the Calgary Centre’s Council for years, including a role on the Executive as our Treasurer.

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Award Nominations

Do you know someone who has done outstanding work in the RASC? Do they qualify for one of the RASC’s national awards? A list of national awards is given below. Please look within your Centre, and among our unattached members, for those bright and shining stars that deserve recognition. Go to www.rasc.ca/rasc-awards to check the requirements for these national awards, think about the contributions of those hard working RASC members that you know, and nominate them for an award. Now is the time!

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All's Well That Ends Well

Many in the amateur astronomical world now know the story of how a young David Levy was nearly expelled from the Society 45 years ago. Familiarity with the tale is due in no small part to Dr. Levy's candid retelling of it, and the unexpectedly happy outcome of the event; he continued to observe, he became famous, and he refused to repudiate us. Now one of the prime surviving documents shaping that affair has gone online.

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Asteroid 260235 Attwood

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.

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