David Dunlap Observatory donated to the RASC Toronto Centre

The RASC Toronto Centre has announced that Canada’s largest optical telescope is being donated to the dedicated amateur astronomers who’ve looked after it for the last six years.

It’s a great outcome for the David Dunlap Observatory – which is 80 years old this year.

Please see the announcement on for more information.


Randy Attwood

Executive Director

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Legendary lunar and planetary observer Walter Haas (1917-2015)

Legendary lunar and planetary observer Walter Haas (1917-2015) died on 2015 April 6. Haas was renowned for the skill, integrity, and intelligence he brought to the serious observation of solar-system objects. He also possessed effective organizational and leadership skills, which bore fruit in the founding and sustaining of the Association of Lunar and Planetary Observers (ALPO, 1947-), one of the outstanding organizations fostering meaningful amateur solar-system work.

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RASC President James Edgar meets Prime Minister to announce funding for TMT

RASC President James Edgar attends historic meeting to announce funding for Canada's participation in 30 meter telescope project!

See the RASC Facebook page with the details and picture here.

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RASC Southern California Space and Science Tour

Join the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada on our adventure to Southern California to enjoy the culture and climate and visit the observatories!

We will have an opportunity to visit the California Space Museum, where the space shuttle Endeavour is exhibited. We will visit the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, from where many famous space exploration missions such as Voyager, Viking and Curiosity have been controlled. Then the piece de resistance will be to visit the two observatories in the Southern California mountains: Mount Wilson and Palomar.

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Election of Directors

2015 Board of Directors Election

Nominations Deadline: 2015 May 15

Campaign Period: 2014 May 20 - 2015 Jun 19

Election Period: 2015 Jun 20 - 2015 Jun 30

Participation on the RASC Board of Directors is a leadership experience that provides rich opportunity for personal and astronomical growth!

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Chris Gainor's team wins NASA contract for Hubble History

The Hubble Space Telescope (HST) is one of the most significant and longest-lived of the currently active space probes. Beyond its rich sceince harvest, its images have captured the international public's imagination like no other space telescope. In its influence on public perception it is arguably the Apollo of our age.

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Summer / Co-op Job Placement Available

The RASC Board of Directors has approved in principle (subject to budget approval) the engagement of a Co-op student for the summer of 2015. The Society is seeking a Website Architect and Developer who will spearhead an initaitive to update and improve all of the Society's web properties (, and A key responsibility will be to ensure that the Society's existing website is successfully migrated to the Drupal 7 platform.

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2015 Award winners announced!

The RASC Board of Directors has accepted the 2015 report of the Awards Committee for nominations in the following categories:

Fellows: (recognizing exemplary long service and outstanding contributions to the Society)

  • Robert Dick (Ottawa)
  • David J. Lane (Halifax)
  • Dr. John Percy (Toronto)
  • Mary Lou Whitehorne (Halifax)

Service Awards: (recognizing 10 or more years of service to the Society)

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Annual Report (Centre Information Request)

Please submit your Centre's Activity/Financial reports here.

The deadline is February 15, 2015.


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See Halifax at the 2015 General Assembly

Visit the General Assembly page for information on this exciting annual event.

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