Revised Vision, Mission, and Values Statements

At the 2015 February 9 Board of Director's meeting, revised Vision, Mission, and Values statements were approved. They now read:

The RASC Vision To be Canada's premiere organization of amateur and professional astronomers, promoting Astronomy to all.

The RASC Mission To enhance understanding of and inspire curiosity about the Universe, through public outreach, education, and support for astronomical research.

The RASC Values

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Observer's Handbook 1989

EDITOR’S COMMENTS

I am very pleased that once again this Handbook opens with a Foreword by Canada’s most distinguished astronomer, Dr. Helen Sawyer Hogg. Also, it is worthy of note that, 60 years ago, the name “Mr. P. Millman” is cited in the Editor’s comments for assisting with the preparation of The Observer’s Handbookfor 1929.

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Messier Recipient

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Observer's Handbook 1988

EDITOR’S COMMENTS

Although the casual user of this Handbook may have the impression that much of it remains the same from year to year, significant additions and/or revisions have been made to 162 of the 212 pages of this, the eightieth edition and the largest ever.

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Bulletin 2019 Jan

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The Sky This Month - January 2019

The Total Lunar Eclipse

The year 2018 ended with two great celestial events. We had the Geminid meteor shower that peaked on the night of December 13/14 as well as the great appearance of Comet 46/P Wirtanen. The comet was closest to the earth on December 16 and was near the Pleiades star cluster. Wirtanen is now moving towards Ursa Major and fading rapidly.

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Observer's Handbook 1987

EDITOR’S COMMENTS

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Observer's Handbook 1986

EDITOR’S COMMENTS

On behalf of The Royal Astronomical Society of Canada I wish to thank the twenty-four contributors, listed on the inside front cover, without whose support this Handbook would not exist. I particularly wish to acknowledge the many years that Gordon Taylor of the Royal Greenwich Observatory has provided predictions of occultations by asteroids and planets, and to welcome Dr. Robert Millis of Lowell Observatory who has taken over this section.

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Observer's Handbook 1985

EDITOR’S COMMENTS

The existence and usefulness of the Observer's Handbook owes much to the several people who voluntarily contribute their time and expertise (see the inside front cover). On behalf of The Royal Astronomical Society of Canada, I especially wish to acknowledge the past contributions of Yoshio Kubo (Total and Grazing Lunar Occultations) and John Galt (Radio Sources, and a contributor to this Handbook for 20 years), and welcome Akio Senda and Ken Tapping, respectively, who have taken over these sections.

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Observer's Handbook 1984

EDITOR’S COMMENTS

On behalf of The Royal Astronomical Society of Canada, I wish to thank the con­tributors to the 1984 observer’s handbook (see the inside front cover). In particular I wish to welcome Fred Espenak (Eclipses), Robert Garrison (The Brightest Stars), and William Herbst (Galactic Nebulae) as new contributors. The latter two replace Donald MacRae (David Dunlap Observatory) and René Racine (Canada-France- Hawaii Telescope) respectively, both of whom have provided valuable support to the handbook over several years.

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