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The Sky This Month - November 2013 - Featuring Comet ISON

What has been the buzz in the astronomical community for the past year is now in the home stretch. Discovered on Sept 21, 2012, Comet ISON was first though to be a daytime comet with an estimated magnitude -16, when it rounds the Sun at a very close distance on Nov 28. But recent observations now paint a slightly different picture. All comets are a bit of a mystery and seems to have a mind of their own - ISON is no different.

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Ottawa Centre Goes LIVE

On Friday November 1 at 8 p.m. Eastern, the Ottawa Centre plans to broadcast its monthly Centre meeting from the Canada Science and Technology Museum live via the internet. Our two hour meeting consists of a few speakers and a photo gallery of images. This is the Centre’s first try at a live broadcast and we hope it’s a smooth ride. I would be interested on hearing your feedback. Come join the Ottawa Centre in this new avenue of public outreach..

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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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The Sky This Month - October 2013

The Sea Goat

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Saint Mary’s University Supports Discover the Universe / À la découverte de l'Univers

The Beyond IYA (BIYA) committee is pleased to announce that our Discover the Universe / À la découverte de l'Univers online astronomy webinar program has been awarded a $3500 grant through the Saint Mary’s University SEEP (Student Employment Experience Program). This will enable the program to hire a SMU student on a part-time term basis to expand the reach and scope of the exisiting program, making it even more successful.

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Call for Nominations: RASC National Awards


Do you know someone who has done outstanding work in the RASC? Do they qualify for one of the RASC’s national awards? A list of national awards is given below. Please look within your Centre, and among our unattached members, for those bright and shining stars that deserve recognition. Go to www.rasc.ca/awards to check the requirements for these national awards, think about the contributions of those hard working RASC members that you know, and nominate them for an award. Now is the time! Nominations are due on 31 December 2013.

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International Occultation Timing Association Coming to Toronto - October 4-6, 2013

International Occultation Timing AssociationInterested in occultation astronomy? Plan now to attend the 31st Annual Meeting of the International Occultation Timing Association in Toronto from October 4-6th at the David Dunlap Observatory.

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Beaver Hills Dark Sky Preserve 1st Anniversary

The first anniversary celebration of the signing of the Beaver Hills Dark-Sky Preserve declaration was held in Central Alberta at Elk Island National Park, on September 2, 2007. Whereas the RASC Edmonton Centre did the majority of organizing for last year’s inaugural event: ‘Many Cultures, One Sky’; Parks Canada staff did most of the organizing for 2007. The event was well attended with several hundred guests, a lower key event compared to last year’s gate count of over 2,500!

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"Canada in Space" Published by Victoria Centre Member

Congratulations are in order for Chris Gainor, member of the Victoria Centre and former National Council representative who has recently published a new book entitled: Canada In Space: The People & Stories behind Canada's Role in the Exploration of Space.

Canada In Space follows the inventions and people that helped catapult Canada beyond Earth's skies. From the Avro Arrow and early Canadian inventions like the Alouette I to modern day shuttle missions with Canadian astronauts including Julie Payette, Chris Hadfield and Marc Garneau.

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Discover the Universe! Our popular astronomy workshops for teachers are back!

Discover the Universe

Our popular astronomy workshops for teachers are back!

Registration is now open for our workshops starting September 30th. All our programs are offered online, available in English and French, and best of all, completely free! The workshops for teachers, which last three weeks, cover the main astronomy concepts from grades 5 through 8 while providing ideas and resources to be used in class.

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