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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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Registration for the 2015 Halifax General Assembly is now open!

There is lots of information on the registration site, but here is a quick overview.
Wednesday, July 1: Travel Day
Thursday, July 2: National Advisory Council/Board meeting; Downtown exploration via shuttle service for self-directed tours for those not at the meeting; National Advisory Council/Board Reception (evening)
Friday, July 3: Main Tour (Wine and Tides); Pub Night
Saturday, July 4: Paper Sessions; Northcott Lecture
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The Messier Marathon

Messier Marathon

As we peer up at the night sky, drinking in photons from celestial objects far, far, away, one easily takes on the relaxed position with no schedule. As the months goes by, we greet our favourite Messier object as they emerge from the dawn sky into the blackness of the night. This game is repeated throughout the year until we have recovered all 110 Messier objects. There is however a very tight window of opportunity where all Messiers can be found on a single night.

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RASC Southern California Space and Science Tour

Join the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada on our adventure to Southern California to enjoy the culture and climate and visit the observatories!

We will have an opportunity to visit the California Space Museum, where the space shuttle Endeavour is exhibited. We will visit the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, from where many famous space exploration missions such as Voyager, Viking and Curiosity have been controlled. Then the piece de resistance will be to visit the two observatories in the Southern California mountains: Mount Wilson and Palomar.

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