RASC Explore the Universe Program
Local Certification Centres
Local Certification Centres offer the Explore the Universe Certificate directly through local observing committees. If your RASC Centre is a Local Certification Centre you may contact the person(s) named here to apply for your Explore the Universe Certificate. RASC Centres who would like information about how to become a Local Certification Centre are invited to scroll down this page for an overview.
Note that the Messier and Finest NGC Certificates are approved at the National level only.
|RASC Centre||Province||Contact Person|
|New Brunswick Centre||New Brunswick||Emma MacPhee|
|Centre Francophone de Montreal||Quebec||Hugues Lacombe|
|Toronto Centre||Ontario||Stu McNair|
|Mississauga Centre||Ontario||Jo VandenDool|
|Hamilton Centre||Ontario||Grant Maguire|
|Niagara Centre||Ontario||Glen Pidsadnick|
|London Centre||Ontario||Christopher Fleming|
|Thunder Bay||Ontario||Ted Bronson|
|Saskatoon Centre||Saskatchewan||Les Dickson|
|Prince George Centre||British Columbia||Brian Battersby|
|Okanagan Centre||British Columbia||Guy Mackie|
|Vancouver Centre||British Columbia||TBD|
Members of other Centres, unattached members or non-members can mail or fax their application to:
RASC Observing Committee Chair
c/o Royal Astronomical Society of CanadaAlan Whitman155 Devon DriveOkanagan Falls BC V0H 1R5
Fax: (416) 924-2911 or
E-mail agwhitman at vip.net
Local Certification Centre Information
Any RASC Centre with an active observing group or committee can become a Local Certification Centre. Centres must provide a local person who can review and approve applications for the Explore the Universe Certificate. A supply of blank certificates and a template file are provided that allows for certificates to be produced locally. This allows participating Centres to issue certificates more rapidly than is possible through the mail/fax-in program.
Sample Certificate Copies
We have posted a Sample Certificate (126kb) that you are welcome to view. Centres can request a sample certificate for presentation at Centre meetings, public displays or star nights. To request a sample certificate please contact the Observing Committee (see address above) and provide a mailing address and contact name.