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AstroCASM Disaster - Banquet OK, Swap Meet postponed

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

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Transit of Venus Symposium

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

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AstroCASM - Canadian Astro Swap Meet and Banquet

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

Supernova 2010lt discovered in galaxy UGC 3378 l
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See the Transit of Venus from Hawaii with the Toronto RASC

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.

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Tribute to Cliff Carr

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

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David Levy Logbook Project Featured in Globe and Mail

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:

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


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.


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Canadian Comet Discovery: C/2008 T2 Cardinal

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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A New Book on Variable Stars by a Former RASC President

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:

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