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The Sky This Month - April 2016

Gemini Twins

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Dr. Jim Hesser honoured with the NRC Schneider Medal

Dr. Jim Hesser, long-time RASC member and past Honorary President, has been awarded the National Research Council's 2015 W.G. Schneider Medal for his inspiring decades-long contribution to the pursuit of excellence in Canadian government astronomy, both as a productive researcher, and as the Director of the Dominion Astrophysical Observatory for nearly three decades (1986-2014). The award also recognizes Jim’s committed advocacy of astronomy as a integral part of our broader cultural life, both here and abroad.

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New headquarters

The Society is moving! But, not far. Our new office entrance is about 15 metres away from the previous door. Same address, and a much larger space. There is a much more spacious area for the archives and library, plus ample room for the boardroom table. It is a great improvement.

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President's Corner

President's Corner

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The Sky This Month - March 2016

Sky This Month – March, 2016
By: Gary Boyle, Ottawa

Hunting The Hare

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CTV News Interview with Colin Haig; NASA study about space travel health effects on astronauts

NASA is studying two twin astronauts, Scott and Mark Kelly on how space travel affects the physical health of astronauts. Scott Kelly returned to Earth this week after being in space for 340 days. That's the longest US space mission on record: Check out this latest interview on CTV News from Colin Haig, Director of Communications.

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2016 Board Election

The RASC Nominating Committee is seeking at least three candidates to run for the Board of Directors. Members of the Society Executive (President, 1st Vice-President, 2nd Vice-President, National Secretary, and Treasurer) will be drawn from the ranks of the new Board; candidates for Board positions should indicate if they wish to serve on the Executive and the position he or she wishes to fill.

Here are the rules for candidate eligibility as set out in the RASC Policy Manual:

Candidate Eligibility 

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Dr. Chris Gainor to edit Quest

Dr. Chris Gainor, the First Vice President of the RASC, will become editor of the prestigious quarterly Quest: the History of Spaceflight starting with issue 23, 2. Quest is the premier refeered periodical publication for the history of  all aspects of spaceflight.

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The Sky This Month - February 2016

Orion Battles the Bull,

The night sky is a collection of mythological stories derived millennia ago. None are more vividly portrayed than Orion the Hunter squaring off with Taurus the Bull. With his shield and club draw in defensive mode, Orion seems ready for the fierce battle with an outcome we will never know.   

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RASC General Assembly / AstroCats

This May the RASC will hold it's General Assembly in London alongside AstroCATS!

Please click here for more information!

 

 

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