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The Sky This Month - February 2014

The Winter Milky Way Part 2

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Halifax to Get New Science Centre and Planetarium

A new home for Halifax’s Discovery Centre complete with an Immersive Dome Theatre, the first of its kind that can be used to immerse the viewers into environments from under the ocean to among the stars is to be built on the Halifax waterfront.

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Canada's Oldest Scientific Society Begins 165TH Year of Free Public Science Talks

The Royal Canadian Institute for the Advancement of Science (RCI) has kicked off 2014 with a bang.


The RCI is hosting two upcoming lectures in partnership with the RASC Toronto and the RASC Mississauga Centres.


Here are the details:



Date/Time: February 9, 3 pm

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2014 RASC Award Winners

At the 2014 January 12 Society Board of Directors meeting, MOTION BOD14105 was Carried, which accepted the 2014 Awards Committee report. In the report, the Awards Committee recommended that the Board approve the following awards for presentation in 2014:

Service Award

1.    Jay Anderson, Winnipeg

2.    Susan Gagnon, Kingston

3.    Dave Gamble, Okanagan

4.    Dr. James Hesser, Victoria

5.    Greg Lisk, Belleville

6.    Chris Stevenson, St. John’s

7.    Mary Lou Whitehorne, Halifax


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The Sky This Month - January 2014

The Winter Milky Way - Part 1

When someone utters the words Milky Way, we immediately associate the grand veil seen overhead during warm, mosquito ridden summer nights. At that time of year it is quite easy to trace out the collective glow of millions of suns stretching from the famous W of Cassiopeia the Queen in the north to Sagittarius the Archer in the south. To experience this marvellous sight under dark country skies is beyond words. Resting above the southern horizon is the nucleus or heart of our home galaxy.

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Limited edition RASC t-shirt

The RASC has just launched a limited-run exclusive “vintage” t-shirt, featuring a centuries-old design from the Society’s rich archives. The striking image is an evocative invitation to an astronomical past which has shaped where we are today, and whose traces can still be seen in our science. The fascinating story behind the image can be found here.

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Ottawa Centre Meeting Live

Once again the Ottawa Centre will be streaming their monthly meeting live on Friday Dec 6 at 8 p.m. EST.  Just click on http://www.ustream.tv/channel/rascottawalive  Sign in with Facebook to chat live. Follow us on Twitter to get automatic notification.

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The Sky This Month - December 2013

Comet ISON’S Last Gasp

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Anticipation rises as Comet ISON approaches the sun. Will Comet ISON become the comet of the century?

TORONTO, CANADA (November 15, 2013) – Will Comet ISON be the Comet of the Century???

The Royal Astronomical Society of Canada (RASC),  the astronomical and scientific communities are eagerly anticipating Comet ISON’s appearance on November 28th.

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Will ISON be the Comet of the Century?

Have you been hearing about Comet ISON on the news lately? How can you track what may be the comet of the century? Here is a guide from The Royal Astronomical Society of Canada including resource links to help you learn more and keep you up-to-date about Comet ISON.



Amateur astronomers Vitali Nevski and Artyom Novichonok spotted the comet in photographs taken by an ISON telescope in September 2012. The comet appeared unusually bright relative to its distance indicating that its nucleus may be between 1km and 10km across.

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