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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.

A New Book on Variable Stars by a Former RASC President

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Brenda M. Shaw, Toronto
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Sun, 2007/06/17

The astronomical community welcomes a new book on variable stars by the RASC's most esteemed expert on the subject, Dr. John Percy. Understanding Variable Stars (ISBN 9780521232531) was published this spring by Cambridge University Press. In Dr. Percy's own words:

Hamilton Centre Annual Banquet

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Brenda M. Shaw, Toronto
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Thu, 2007/05/24

Hamilton Centre's banquet is fast approaching! You can still purchase tickets or reserve seats to be paid at the door by contacting Centre President John Williamson (john DOT williamson AT sympatico DOT ca).

10th Annual Star Night at Pinery Provincial Park

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Peter Jedicke, London
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Sun, 2006/07/30

Saturday, July 29, was the tenth annual star night at the Pinery Provincial Park, located on the Lake Huron shore about 70km northwest of London. With 1000 campsites, Pinery is one of the largest of Ontario's overnight parks. 18 RASC London Centre members participated and there were 13 telescopes set up. A crowd of about 700 sat on the benches in the park Amphitheatre to hear RASC London Centre president Dave McCarter give an illustrated talk called "Tour the Summer Milky Way."

Supernova Hunters featured on CBC Radio

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Paul Gray, Moncton
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Thu, 2006/06/15

On June 18th David Lane (Halifax) and Paul Gray (Moncton) will be the topic of a special feature on CBC Radio's Maritime Magazine. Taped during the past month the separate interviews have been assembled into a segment about their 10 years of supernova hunting failures and successes.

Spruce Woods Star Party - September 1-4, 2006

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Ron Berard, Winnipeg
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Wed, 2006/07/26

Come Party under the stars with the members of RASC Winnipeg Centre, at the 2nd Annual Spruce Woods Summer Star Party, Labour Day long weekend, September 1 - 4. Early Registration ends on August 15th, so save a few dollars and sign up now.

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