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Montreal Planetarium Closes October 11th - New Planetarium to Open in 2013

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Tue, 2011/10/11

The Montréal Planetarium, located on rue Saint-Jacques, will be closing on October 11 to allow the current team to plan and produce the programming for the new Rio Tinto Alcan Planetarium, which is slated to open in spring 2013. So families and astronomy buffs still have a few days left to visit this Space for Life, which presents the starry sky this month and multimedia shows for all ages. For the past 45 years, the Montréal Planetarium has been explaining and making the fascinating universe of astronomy and space exploration accessible to everyone.

Life Member and Society Benefactor E. Clifton Carr

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Sun, 2011/10/30

E. Cliffton (Cliff) Carr, a Life Member of, and major benefactor to, the RASC's Toronto Centre passed away unexpectedly on October 27, 2011. Mr. Carr made a substantial donation to the Toronto Centre that led to the founding of the Carr Astronomical Observatory (CAO) near Thornbury, Ontario and will be greatly missed by his many friends in the Society.

David Thompson Observatory Construction Begins in Thunder Bay

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Thu, 2011/11/03

Construction of the David Thompson Observatory at Fort William Historical Park here in Thunder Bay has begun. When complete the 15' Automated ProDome will house a 20" Planewave CDK, on a Planewave Ascention HR mount. The secondary scope is a 5" TMB Refractor. The facility is 100% owned by the Ontario Government.

Toronto Centre Member Receives Mid-Career Award

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Mon, 2011/03/14

The Canadian Astronomical Society (CASCA) has announced that the 2011 winner of the Peter G. Martin Award for Mid-career Achievement by a CASCA member is Dr. Roberto Abraham (University of Toronto). Dr. Abraham is a member of the Toronto Centre and currently serves as their Honorary President. The complete story is on the Toronto Centre website.

Hamilton Centre Member Receives McNeil Medal from RSC

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Mon, 2011/09/12

Dr. Doug Welch, a member of the Hamilton Centre and astronomy professor at McMaster University, has been awarded the McNeil Medal by the Royal Society of Canada.

Dominion Astrophysical Observatory Named Historic Site

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Fri, 2011/07/29

On a 230-metre mountain just north of Victoria, the Dominion Astrophysical Observatory (DAO)’s 1.8 metre reflecting telescope has probed the night skies for 92 years. It’s apt now that Parks Canada should designate the observatory as a national historic site to recognize its importance to Canadian astronomy’s development.

75th Anniversary of the David Dunlap Observatory

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Tue, 2011/05/31

This past weekend the Toronto Centre celebrated the 75th anniversary of the David Dunlap Observatory with a special birthday event at Canada's largest optical observatory. A special anniversary podcast was recorded and posted at  356daysofastronomy.org.

New iPhone App for Clear Sky Charts

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Thu, 2011/10/06

Mississauga Centre member Brian Gibson has published a new iPhone app that allows iPhone users to access the Clear Sky Charts on their iPhone.

Call for Nominations for RASC National Awards

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Dave Lane, Halifax
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Sun, 2011/10/16

The RASC sponsors several annual national awards that recognize achievement or service by our members. These awards include:

Prominent Members to Receive Service Awards

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Sat, 2007/06/02

Two well-known members of the Society - Dr. Rajiv Gupta (Unattached) and Bruce McCurdy (Edmonton) will receive the Society's Service Award in 2007 in recognition of their exemplary efforts on behalf of the Society. These awards will be presented at the Society's General Assembly in Calgary later this month.

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