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TOTAL LUNAR ECLIPSE - APRIL 15 3:45 AM ET

Total lunar eclipse, Mars close approach tonight

Celestial event peaks at 3:45 a.m. ET April 15

Read the CBC interview with the RASC 1st Vice President, Colin Haig

http://www.cbc.ca/news/technology/total-lunar-eclipse-mars-close-approach-tonight-1.2607233

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Registration is now open for the 2014 GA

Join the RASC Victoria Centre this June 26th – June 29th, as we host the 2014 General Assembly.

The General Assembly is an exciting once-a-year event that brings together RASC members from coast-to-coast to participate in the Society's annual general meeting and discuss some of the world's great astronomical activities.

Attendees will have the opportunity to participate in an exciting line-up of events including:

-  wide-ranging scientific and cultural programs for your entire family;

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CALL FOR NOMINATIONS 2014 RASC BOARD OF DIRECTORS

In 2013, the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada made major changes to its governance structure to come into line with the provisions of the Canada Not for Profit Corporations Act. As of the Thunder Bay General Assembly in 2013, a board of directors is responsible for the running of the RASC, replacing the National Council.

Under our new By-Law, the RASC board over the past year has been made up of the executive and three board members selected in a special election last year. In 2014, the members get to choose the entire board of nine members in an election.

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Leo Enright's observational records go online

Leo Enright (1943-2009) was a prominent member of the RASC, whose many contributions furthered the RASC’s educational and public outreach goals.

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2014 RASC Award Winners

At the 2014 January 12 Society Board of Directors meeting, MOTION BOD14105 was Carried, which accepted the 2014 Awards Committee report. In the report, the Awards Committee recommended that the Board approve the following awards for presentation in 2014:

Service Award

1.    Jay Anderson, Winnipeg

2.    Susan Gagnon, Kingston

3.    Dave Gamble, Okanagan

4.    Dr. James Hesser, Victoria

5.    Greg Lisk, Belleville

6.    Chris Stevenson, St. John’s

7.    Mary Lou Whitehorne, Halifax

 

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Limited edition RASC t-shirt

The RASC has just launched a limited-run exclusive “vintage” t-shirt, featuring a centuries-old design from the Society’s rich archives. The striking image is an evocative invitation to an astronomical past which has shaped where we are today, and whose traces can still be seen in our science. The fascinating story behind the image can be found here.

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Ottawa Centre Meeting Live

Once again the Ottawa Centre will be streaming their monthly meeting live on Friday Dec 6 at 8 p.m. EST.  Just click on http://www.ustream.tv/channel/rascottawalive  Sign in with Facebook to chat live. Follow us on Twitter to get automatic notification.

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Anticipation rises as Comet ISON approaches the sun. Will Comet ISON become the comet of the century?

TORONTO, CANADA (November 15, 2013) – Will Comet ISON be the Comet of the Century???

The Royal Astronomical Society of Canada (RASC),  the astronomical and scientific communities are eagerly anticipating Comet ISON’s appearance on November 28th.

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Ten-year-old Canadian Boy Discovers a 600 Million Year-Old Supernova

Toronto, Canada (October 31, 2013) – The Royal Astronomical Society of Canada (RASC) is pleased to announce that young Canadian, Nathan Gray, age 10, has discovered a supernova in the field of the galaxy designated PGC 61330, which lies in the constellation of Draco (the dragon).

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Winner of the RASC Astrosketch Competition Announced!

The RASC astrosketcher community is pleased to announce that the winner of the 2013 Summer Solstice to Autumn Equinox Contest is Gerry Smerchanski of the Winnipeg Centre! Gerry's award winning work is a depiction of the lunar crater Gassendi in all its stark glory. It can be found, along with the other quality entries, here. We wish to extend out congratulations to Gerry, and our thanks to all who participated.

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