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See the Transit of Venus from Hawaii with the Toronto RASC

The transit of Venus occurs when Venus passes across the disk of the Sun. Since the invention of the telescope, only 6 transits have occurred, and the seventh will take place on 5 June 2012. This will be only the fourth transit since astronomical photography began, and the second in which digital imaging will be the rule.

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Tribute to Cliff Carr

Members of the Society were saddened to learn of the passing of E. Cliffton Carr, Society Life Member and benefactor. A tribute to Mr. Carr was delivered at a meeting of the Toronto Centre on January 8, 2012. The text and photo tribute is now available on-line at toronto.rasc.ca/content/TributeCliffCarr.shtml.

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David Levy Logbook Project Featured in Globe and Mail

Today's Globe and Mail features an article on the David Levy Logbook project by Ingrid Peritz entitled "A lifetime pressed to a telescope building an archive of epic discoveries". The article is an excellent summary of Mr. Levy's experiences along with his growth and development as an amateur astronomer.

Mr. Levy is a Life member of the Society and Honorary President of the Kingston Centre. To see the collection visit:

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NEW** Moon Gazers' Guide / Guide D'Observation Lunaire is the ideal


Moon Gazers' Guide / Guide D'Observation Lunaire is the ideal tool to introduce you to the wonders of the night sky. Learn about the different moon phases and become familiar with prominent features on the lunar surface without a telescope or binoculars.

Now available in English and French in packages of 10 and 100. Order by visiting the RASC estore or calling 1-888-924-7272.


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RASC Archive Project

The RASC Historical Committee is looking for help in preparing a detailed finding aid for the RASC Archives.

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Flash Motions from GA 2010 on-line

The flash motions from National Council meetings NC102 and 103, plus the motions from the Annual Meeting, are now on-line at http://www.rasc.ca/private/minutes/index.shtml

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February Journal On-line

Members on dial-up Internet will be pleased to know that a new version of Adobe software allows us to substantially reduce the file size of this and subsequent Journals. All back issues in the 2007 and 2008 archives have already been reduced, and others will receive the same size reduction soon.

See below for highlights of the current issue.

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December 2008 Journal on-line!

The December 2008 issue of the Journal has gone to the printers, and here is the link to the on-line version in the Members'-Only part of the Web site, http://www.rasc.ca/jrasc/backissues

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Canadian Comet Discovery: C/2008 T2 Cardinal

Rob Cardinal, an astronomer at the University of Calgary's Rothney Astrophysical Observatory, is the second Canadian observer to discover a comet using a Canadian telescope this decade. The discovery was made on 1 October 2008 with the observatory's 0.5m f/1.0 Baker-Nunn telescope. Cardinal was using this wide-field instrument to search for asteroids at the time of the discovery. Observatory director Phil Langill credits the local community's light-pollution abatement efforts for keeping the skies dark just 35 km outside of Calgary.

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Regina Centre joins with RSO

Here's how it came to be, in the words of Regina Centre President, Alden Foraie:

When discussing how to kick off the fall observing season combined with a public-observing session, Regina Centre Secretary, Shane Ludtke, mentioned that the Regina Symphony Orchestra (RSO) was having its season-opening concert in a few weeks with a show entitled “Out Of This World” that would end with Holst’s symphony, The Planets.

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