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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The Sky This Month - September 2015

Capricorn, Aquarius and a Lunar Eclipse

Moving eastward from the great Teapot of Sagittarius, we continue our voyage along the ecliptic to Capricornus – The Goat. It takes up 414 square of sky making it 40th in overall size. To date five stars residing within the boundaries of Capricornus are parents to nine planets. The stars that define the asterism are of average brightness, running in the range of magnitude 2.8 to 4.5.

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Bulletin 2015 Sep

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Asteroid (13585) Justinsmith

Justin Erik Halld´or Smith (1972) is an American-Canadian philosopher, at present a professor in the Department of Philosophy and Sciences at Diderot University, Paris. His recent book Nature, Human Nature and Human Difference (2015) is a collection of philosophical essays.

Orbit Type: Main Belt

Reference: MPC 95310

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Messier Certificate Program

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Isabel Williamson Lunar Certificate

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Explore the Universe Certificate Recipient

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General Assembly

Since 1958, the RASC has gathered annually to meet, exchange the latest astronomical accomplishments of its members and celebrate the achievements of its award winners. The General Assembly or GA as it is known is an excellent opportunity for members of the RASC from across the country to gather and strengthen the bonds of community.

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Asteroid (345842) Alexparker

Alex H. Parker (b. 1987) is an American astronomer whose research on asteroids and trans-neptunian objects has contributed to the understanding of solar system formation and evolution. He is the co-discoverer of several minor planets. Alex Parker did his PhD at the University of Victoria supervised by NRC Herzberg's J.J. Kavelaars.

Orbit Type: Main Belt

Ref: MPC 85915

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Asteroid (31282) Nicoleticea

Nicole Sabina Ticea (b. 1998) was awarded second place in the 2014 Intel International Science and Engineering Fair for her medicine and health sciences project. She attends the York House School, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.

Orbit Type: Main Belt

Ref: MPC 94736

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