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The Sky This Month - June 2018

Bootes And Serpens

This month the constellation Bootes is high in the sky and just past the meridian. Its prominent star called Arcturus is 37 light years (ly) away and shines at zero magnitude. Simply follow the stars in the Big Dipper’s handle as it arcs down to Arcturus. This spectral class K0 supergiant shines 113 times brighter than our Sun measure 26 solar diameters across or one quarter the size of the orbit of Mercury.

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2018 Elections Update

!!! 2018 ELECTIONS UPDATE !!!

Craig Levine, our Society’s Past President, has advised that he will be ending his 3 year Director’s term 1 year early at the General Assembly in Calgary. Craig has served on the Board of Directors for 4 years now, including a term as President, after 6 busy years on National Council. On behalf of the Society and all of its Members, we wish Craig all the best and thank him for 10 years of service at the Society level of the RASC.

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Open House Highlights

Over 50 people attended the RASC Archive History Centre Open House on Saturday May 12.

Local Member of Parliament James Maloney attended and announced that the RASC would receive funding for two summer students this year. The students will carry our various administrative assignments to enhance fundraising and RASC Centre public outreach activities.

The new RASC Archive History Centre.

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The Sky This Month - May 2018

A Time For Galaxies

The most abundant celestial objects to hunt are galaxies. Of the estimated two trillion galaxies that make up the known universe, the average telescope has the ability to see only a small tiny of this number. The New General Catalogue (NGC) contains 7,840 objects with more that 80% being galaxies. Mind you, the catalogue encompasses both north and south hemispheres.

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New Archive History Centre Open House

RASC Archive Open House: Join Us!

Who? RASC Members and their guests.

When? Saturday May 12, 2018

Where? 4920 Dundas St W, Unit 203

Time? 1:00pm to 4:00pm

Note: Guests are welcome to drop-in and stay for any length of time!

 

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The Sky This Month - April 2018

Hydra

Hydra is the largest constellation in the night sky measuring 104 arc minutes in length and takes up 1,303 square degrees in area. This constellation is dotted with numerous galaxies, nebulae and star clusters

Few bright stars brighter than magnitude 2.16 populate Hydra. The star Alphard translates from the Arabic meaning “the solitary one”. Is located 177 light years from us and is pale orange in colour. If Alphard replaced our Sun, the star’s edge would reach half way to the planet Mercury. Alphard is some 40 times larger than the Sun.

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The Sky This Month - March 2018

Moving into Spring,

One of the fainter constellations located in the sky this time of year is Cancer the Crab. Consisting of six moderately bright stars, one would have a difficult time searching for it in highly lit suburban skies. A great aid is first locating the main stars of Gemini the Twins namely Castor and Pollux off to the Crab’s right. Under country skies on a moonless night, the Cancer is easier to find along with its premiere object – M44, the Beehive Cluster.

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Open Letter to the Honourable Marc Garneau regarding the use of Green Laser Pointers

This letter was sent to the Honourable Marc Garneau, Minster Transport regarding the safe use of Green Laser Pointers.

Randy Attwood

Executive Director

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The Sky This Month - February 2018

Lepus the Hare

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RASC Sesquicentennial Celebration Kickoff

RASC—Eyes on the Universe for 150 Years

 

2018 is a banner year for The Royal Astronomical Society of Canada (RASC), as it marks the 150th year since the Society's inception. That is reason enough for Canada's leading association of amateur and professional astronomers to celebrate the past and future course of astronomy in this country.

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