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New Award for Research in Astronomy and Astrophysics

The Herbert C. Pollock Award was established by the Dudley Observatory to honour the long service of Dr. Pollock as a member and past President of the Dudley Observatory Board of Trustees.

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Login to Members-Only Web Resources Revised

Find new instructions on how to access the private areas of the RASC's web services are here http://www.rasc.ca/loginfaq.shtml

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Minutes from NC094 now available on-line

The Minutes from National Council meeting NC094, 2009 November 21, as both PDF and html files, are now placed on the National Council Web site at http://www.rasc.ca/council/minutes

Bear in mind that these are not yet approved by National Council, so consider than portions may be changed after approval at the next National Council meeting.

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David Dunlap Observatory Postal Cover

Rick Stankiewicz of the Peterborough Astronomical Association is creating cover envelopes commemorating IYA2009 and the DDO. If you are interested, see Rick's details at www.peterboroughastronomy.com or contact him directly:

(705) 295-6158 Evening
(705) 755-1807 Day
stankiewiczr @ nexicom . net
RASC Member (Unattached)

"Stars Up! Lights Down! Support light pollution abatement in your community!"

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Thank you note from Geoff Munro - NSTW 2009

To my colleagues at The Royal Astronomical Society of Canada,

I wish to express my sincere appreciation of your participation in National Science and Technology Week (NSTW) 2009. Together, we made this year's NSTW a tremendous success. With over 200 organizations celebrating science and technology in a diverse variety of ways, we nearly tripled the number of participating organizations over last year.

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Public Speaker Programme Announcement

To all RASC members:

I am pleased to announce that the first round of funding for 2010 under the newly formed Public Speaker Programme (PSP) is now available.

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Public Speaker Programme Announcement

Go to http://www.rasc.ca/education/programs.shtml to find the important documents relating to the Public Speaker Programme—Programme outline, Application Procedure, and Application Form.

The first deadline of the year closed 2010 April 15.

Watch for the next advice late in June for the second-half of the year application period.

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DSP for Kejimkujik National Park

Light Pollution Abatement Committee (LPAC) Chair Rob Dick was honored to have the LPAC committee approve unanimously the Dark Sky Preserve (DSP) designation for Kejimkujik National Park in southern Nova Scotia.

Link to the CBC announcement and reader discussions.

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GA 2010 forum -- Future of the RASC

The GA 2010 open forum and panel discussion,

the future of the RASC in the 21st century"

is now a radio programme on Starizona's Let's Talk Stars, hosted by David & Wendee Levy (http://www.letstalkstars.com/).

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Green Laser Pointers - Smart Use

It's high summer, the season of star parties, and the chance to show the public the Summer Triangle brightly set in the Milky Way, the radiants of outstanding meteor displays, and brilliant planetary conjunctions with your GLPs. With a little care we can all insure that the public remembers the celestial sights, and not GLP operator ineptitude leading to memorable but unplanned law enforcement interventions at star parties. The GLP Committee has prepared a poster to remind Society members of best practice and inform the public about GLP safety.

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