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A Smorgasbord Of Galaxies

The sky above offers many types of objects to hunt and enjoy. We scan the night either visually, using star charts and then star hop with telescopes. Keen eyesight is a must for a successful hit. One can always click on a control pad of a computerized telescope what magically moves to the object’s programmed coordinates. No mater what mode you choose to seek out these sometimes hard to find objects, your labours will not be in vain. The celestial menu includes diffuse, emission or planetary nebulae, star clusters or even colourful double and multiple star systems. However these objects for the most part, belong to our Milky Way Galaxy and pretty well in the ‘stellar neighbourhood’.

Today, the International Dark-Sky Association announced their 2011 award winners. The RASC is pleased to note that Jennifer West of Winnipeg Centre was one of the awardees in the category "Student Award" under the Dark-Sky Defender banner. More information is available on the IDA website at www.darksky.org.

 

 

Today, the International Dark-Sky Association announce the 2011 award winners. Jennifer West of Winnipeg Centre was one of the awardees in the category "Student Award" under the Dark-Sky Defender banner. Go here for more information: www.darksky.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=443

Two New Benefits of RASC Membership

RASC members can now take advantage of special corporate rates with Delta Hotels and Resorts across Canada. Save 10% off Best Available Rate by visiting the Members Area of the RASC website.

As a RASC member you can save up to 25% on the lowest discountable rates, enjoy additional money saving offers and FREE enrolment in Budget Fastbreak. Earn AIR MILES reward miles at participating Budget locations in Canada and the U.S. Just use the special BCD code located in the RASC Members Area.

The Serpent Rises

If you have had the chance to read a mythological story or two as they relate to the night sky, you would agree some if not all are far fetched. They do make fine entertainment around the camp fire though. Some of these stories take into account two, three or more constellations. One such tale involves the mighty Hercules. Of course we know him as the strongest and most courageous of all. His brute strength not only helped him defeat Leo the Lion as well as Draco the Dragon, but he went on to his toughest challenge - Hydra the Water Serpent.

The Canadian Astronomical Society (CASCA) has announced that the 2011 winner of the Peter G. Martin Award for Mid-career Achievement by a CASCA member is Dr. Roberto Abraham (University of Toronto). Dr. Abraham is a member of the Toronto Centre and currently serves as their Honorary President. The complete story is on the Toronto Centre website.

Another of our Honorary Members has passed today. Leif Robinson, for many years Editor of Sky & Telescope magazine, died this morning. See the tribute from his colleagues at Sky & Telescope.

It is with great sadness we announce the passing of Brian Gerald Segal. Brian was a member of the RASC Halifax Centre and executive; he was the designer and layout artist of the RASC Journal, and worked on the Observer’s Calendar and other RASC advertising and promotions. Our deepest sympathies go to his wife Julia Redgrave, his family and friends.

Position Statement of The Royal Astronomical Society of Canada

On Green Laser Pointer Usage

The Royal Astronomical Society of Canada’s (RASC) mission is to encourage improved understanding of astronomy for all, through education, outreach, research, publication, partnership, enjoyment, and community. The RASC advocates the safe and responsible use of green laser pointers (GLPs).

A Dozen Bright Dots

There is something about cold winter nights that make the stars shine a bit brighter than usual. Could it be the lack of haze – the kind we experience on sultry July and August nights? Or could it be the fact we can only last for a short period of time in the extreme cold. These are all valid reasons but the fact of the matter is Orion the Hunter and its neighbouring constellations represent a dozen of the brightest stars in the winter sky.

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