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The Sky This Month - June 2015

Bootes Hunting Dog and Two Merging Planets

Portrayed in the sky as Canis Major and Canis Minor, Orion the Hunter is not the only one owning pets. Canes Venatici is associated to Bootes the Herdman and can be located high in the sky and below the handle of the Big Dipper. However unlike most of the constellations we encounter, Canes does not possess and asterism except for line connecting Cor Caroli to Chara and yet it is the 38th constellation in area with 465 square degrees of sky.

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The Sky This Month - May 2015

Leo The Lion

 

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The Great American Total Solar Eclipse Tour! Book Now!

The 2017 solar eclipse path crosses some of North America's most rugged and beautiful landscapes. The RASC is parternering with our sponsor MWT Associates Inc to bring you this incredible tour of the Grand Tetons and Yellowstone Park...

Join fellow RASC members from across the country and experience this remarkable astronomical event.

Mark Aug 14 - 23 2017 on your calendar and book your spot now!

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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 www.theDDO.ca 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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Canada Commits to TMT Funding

Canada has now become a full partner in the Thirty Metre Telescope (TMT). The TMT is one of the class of extremely large telescopes coming online in the near future, along with the European Extremely Large Telescope, and the Giant Magellan Telescope. These engines of discovery are designed to be highly productive scientific instruments to move our investigation of the universe to the next level.

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Our Light Pollution message makes headway

The RASC Dark Sky Preserve program and the efforts of Robert Dick and the Light Pollution Abatement Committee, of which he is the Chair, get a mention in this recent Canadian Press article.

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The Sky This Month - April 2015

A (short) Total Lunar Eclipse

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OH for rookies

Ottawa Centre member Paul Sadler has posted this excellent Newbie's Guide to the 2015 Oberver's Handbook on his blog. 

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