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Canada's Largest Observatory to be Redeveloped

Canada's largest optical telescope, the 74" reflector at the David Dunlap Observatory is to be closed and its lands redeveloped as part of a plan announced on September 10th by the University of Toronto.

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Fall Astronomy Day 2007 Report

On September 15, 2007 the RASC hosted a fall Astronomy Day. Seven Centres officially participated: le Centre francophone de Montreal, London Centre, Mississauga Centre, Montreal Centre, Prince George Centre, Quebec Centre and Toronto Centre.

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Mars Mission Concept Proposals Receive Funding

LONGUEUIL, QC, April 24 /CNW Telbec/ - When a mission to Mars is being developed, mission planners must consider many factors. Space technology advances, scientific needs and objectives, how to deal with distance, communications delays, and landing through the thin Martian atmosphere-all this must converge into a useful, workable mission concept. Canadian companies and researchers are part of an international drive to respond to these and other challenges.

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International Dark Sky Symposium at Mont Megantic - Update

You are cordially invited to the International Dark Sky Association Symposium at the ASTROLab at Mont-Mégantic Provincial Park sponsored by IDA-Quebec. RASC Light Pollution Abatement Chair Robert Dick will be a featured speaker at this event. The RASC will be delivering a paper outlining the evolution of the RASC LPA program and will also be involved with media promotion of this international event. Note that if any Centres wish to contribute their experiences to the RASC program, they are encouraged to contact the LPA Committee Chair prior to August 15th so it can be included in the paper presentation.

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Lineup for Astronomy Rendezvous 2007

The 7th Annual Fall Astronomy Rendezvous will take place on November 17th this year and once again be located at Universite de Moncton. Held in conjunction with the Annual meeting of the New Brunswick Centre, the event is comprised of several talks, door prizes, raffle draw and swap session.

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Three Centres to Receive Grants from Centre Projects Fund

The trustees of the Centre Projects Fund announced at the RASC General Assembly the award of three grants totalling $2,034 to the Hamilton, New Brunswick and Winnipeg Centres in support of their public outreach and member services.

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RASC Members Elected to Board Pilot Committee

At the National Council meeting held in Calgary, AB on June 28th, seven members of the Society were elected to the Board Pilot Committee. These members will join the National Executive in setting strategic direction and priorities for the Society for a one-year trial period beginning June 29, 2007.

Here is the list of the new appointees to the committee:

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The Sky This Month - July 2007

The Archer’s Many Targets

As the starry sky slowly changes from night to night, we have a small observing window when scrutinizing the lower most constellations. Opposed to the Big Dipper that is seen all year round, Sagittarius the Archer appears low in the south skies for a few hours per night. With so many interesting open and globular cluster to hunt down, we definitely have our work cut out.

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Alan Dyer to Receive Simon Newcomb Award

Alan Dyer, a long-time member of the Calgary Centre and noted astronomy author has been selected as the recipient of the Simon Newcomb Award in 2007. This award will be presented at the General Assembly in Calgary later in June.

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CHU Shortwave Signal to Continue

Canada's time-signal station, CHU, is now making the following brief announcement during even-numbered minutes: "CHU has been licensed to continue broadcasting on 7.335 MHz." (The same message is heard in French during odd-numbered minutes.) To those who made known your concerns to the National Research Council regarding the possible loss of this valuable transmission—on a frequency best heard at night, when astronomers dabble in their "occult phenomena"—the effort appears to have succeeded.

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