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The Summer Triangle – part 1

The night sky is a collection of patterns known as asterisms which, when connecting the dot (stars) takes on the shape of objects, people, and animals. The larger boundaries of each asterism make up the individual constellations. The summer triangle is the connection of three bright stars from three completely different asterisms. To the far left we have the star named Deneb or the tail of Cygnus the Swan.

The Executive Director manages the daily operations of The Royal Astronomical Society of Canada. This includes activities related to our charitable mandate, publications, and member service. Our current ED, Deborah Thompson has served us well, and has chosen to take a leadership role at another not-for-profit organization in a few weeks’ time. We wish her the best and thank her for nearly four years of service.

The Mighty Hercules

As the sky finally darkens well after 10 p.m. on these summer nights, plan to hunt down some great objects in the constellation Hercules. The mythological son of Zeus is positioned directly overhead and well placed for observing and photography. At first glance, the asterism stars range from magnitude 2.2 to 4.4 and looks like a crooked letter H with its left side kicked in mid way up. These main stars reside from 35 to 408 light years from us. Hercules is the fifth largest constellation in area with 1,225 square degrees of sky.

Live from the 2014 General Assembly

The 2014 Plaskett Medal Lecture

Friday, June 27, 2014

 

The information below comes from the RASC President, Glenn Hawley. Please take the time to read it before the Annual Meeting.
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To the RASC Membership
 
In this year of transition from our previous governance model, we on the Executive recognized early on that there would be some wrinkles to smooth out—many items and processes were considered in re-writing the By-Law, plus we introduced a completely new Policy Manual, and some circumstances just couldn’t be foreseen.

Libra the scales

Breaking News - M106 now sports a faint supernova. The Type II supernova designated 2014bc was first picked up in April by the Katzman Automatic Imaging Telescope (KAIT) as part of the Lick Observatory Supernova Search. The exploded star was estimated to only be 15th magnitude at the time it was first imaged but has brightened a bit to magnitude 13.5.

Colin Haig, 1st Vice President of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada, was interviewed May 23 on CTV News Channel about the new meteor shower tonight!

Please click on this link for the interview:
http://www.ctvnews.ca/video?clipId=368755

 



 

 

Toronto, Canada (May 6, 2014) – Members of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada (RASC) and its 29 local RASC Centres will celebrate International Astronomy Day this Saturday, May 10, 2014. Be on the lookout for telescopes and astronomers to pop up unexpectedly on street corners, in shopping malls and other public places, ready and eager to bring the universe down to Earth for everyone!

Planning An Observing Session Plus A Surprise Shower !!!

Observing the night sky comes in two flavours. The first is the spur of the moment feeling of grabbing binoculars or a small scope as we fly out the door. Here we spend about 20 minutes looking at our favourite Messier or NGC objects as well as the moon or planets thus satisfying our need to observe photons. The other more involved task is planning a lengthily observing session either in the backyard or an out of town expedition. Lunar and planetary observing and photography do not need dark country skies.

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