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Handbook cover The RASC 2014 Observer's Handbook was recognized by Orion's Top Ten Astronomy Books for Beginners List!

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RASC Executive Director Randy Attwood attended the 65th annual IAC meeting Sept 30th 2014. A presentation was made to members of various like-organizations such as The Canadian Space Society and The Planetary Society. In attendance was Canadian astronaut Jeremey Hanson.



A Month of Eclipses

This month we bid farewell to the constellation Scorpius and quite soon – Sagittarius. Both were the focal point of every star party this past summer. To witness the middle our home galaxy on a moonless night is beyond words. I hope you had the opportunity to see the beauty of the night and all it has to offer. But even though these two are sliding into the southwest skies, all is not lost.

The RASC Board of Directors is pleased to announce the hiring of Executive Director Randy Attwood of Toronto, effective 2014 September 2.

The Summer Triangle – part 2

We now continue our tour of the famous summer triangle. Half way between the Double-Double and Deneb is a dense magnitude 9.5 open cluster identified as NGC 6819. Pretty well any telescope will reveal about 30 stars but larger instruments are required to pick up the many fainter suns. NGC 6819 is located some 7,200 light years and thought to be around 2.3 billion years old.

This information comes from Stan Taylor of the Toronto Centre: 

The use of Green Lasers will be one of the issues discussed at the COPA flight 70 meeting 7:30 Thurs Sept 4 RCAFA 420 Wing, 1000 Stevenson Rd N, Oshawa, ON. RASC members are encouraged to attend.


The Summer Triangle – part 1

The night sky is a collection of patterns known as asterisms which, when connecting the dot (stars) takes on the shape of objects, people, and animals. The larger boundaries of each asterism make up the individual constellations. The summer triangle is the connection of three bright stars from three completely different asterisms. To the far left we have the star named Deneb or the tail of Cygnus the Swan.

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