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As you prepare to brave the cold, clear nights of fall and winter observing, why not consider measuring yourself against an artful and subtle observing quarry, Sirius B?

The RASC Sirius B Project Team is pleased to announce the launch of the Sirius B Observing Challenge website, which contains everything you need to pit yourself against this tough celestial entity. Venture where all too few observers have gone before!

The Big “W”

In astronomical and mythological terms, the Queen of the night belongs to Cassiopeia. Locating the Queen is as simple as looking up on these cool November nights and finding the five suns that form the distinctive letter ‘W’. These stars range in brightness from magnitude 2.5 to 3.4 and are circumpolar, meaning the constellation can be found all year round from our location as it circles some thirty degrees from the North Star – Polaris. Cassiopeia is ranked twenty-fifth in area.

The wait is over.

Whether you're an amateur stargazer or a professional astronomer, the 2013 Observer's Handbook and Calendar have something for everyone. Limited quantities of both products are available, so place your order today!

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Free PC Planetarium Software in every book!   

Brightest Comet in Human History?






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Call for Nominations for RASC National Awards

By Mary Lou Whitehorne, Awards Committee Chair

Will the world end in 2012? Of course not!

Find out just how ridiculous the claims of various snake oil salespeople who are promoting the end of the Mayan calendar by watching this entertaining review of the scientific evidence provided by Dame Jocelyn Bell Burnell at the 2012 RASC General Assembly courtesy of the Edmonton Centre.


Special December 2012 Issue of the Journal

This December, The Royal Astronomical Society of Canada will publish “The Environmental Impact of Light-pollution and its Abatement, as a special supplement to its internationally recognized periodical, the Journal.

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