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RASC Publications

Since 1890, the RASC has published noted astronomical periodicals, references, and other materials of interest to astronomers:


Journal of the RASC

The Journal is the bi-monthly magazine of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada. It welcomes articles on Canadian astronomers and current activities of the RASC and its Centres, research and review papers by professional and amateur astronomers, and articles of a historical, biographical, or educational nature of general interest to the astronomical community. Now in its 107th year of publication!

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Observer's Handbook

Published continuously since 1907, the RASC Observer's Handbook is a unique annual compendium of astronomical information and highlights for the coming year. Rigorously researched and developed for advanced amateurs and professionals, the Handbook is a must-have resource. Peter Calamai, a science columnist of the Toronto Star, features the 2009 Observer's Handbook in his 2008 November 23 column. He describes it with words like "Celestial Success," "bestseller," "indispensable," and "no other guide is as comprehensive but accessible." Order online here or go to the Handbook page to download the order forms (for mail or fax). Note: most earlier editions are available - contact the National Office.

Observer's Calendar*

The award-winning RASC Observer's Calendar is back for 2015! Featuring 12 spectacular astro-images taken by amateur astronomers, along with unequalled astronomical information, including lunar phases and librations, sunrise and sunset times, astronomical events such as meteor showers, occultations, and much, much more! Makes an outstanding gift. Order online here or go to the Calendar page to download the order forms (for mail or fax).

The Bulletin

The Bulletin is a monthly e-newsletter that is sent to all members of the Society with a valid e-mail address on file as a benefit of membership.


Skyways--and the French version, Explorons l'astronomie, the RASC's Astronomy Handbook for Teachers was written specifically for Canadian educators and meets the astronomy learning outcomes outlined in the Common Framework of Science Learning Outcomes (the "Pan-Canadian Protocol"). The book contains instructions for hands-on activities on a wide-range of topics including Seasons, Stars, and the Solar System. Go here to download the order forms (for mail or fax). Buy now at the RASC eStore.

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Our Printed History

The Royal Astronomical Society of Canada has been involved with the sharing of astronomical information with our members and the public throughout its history. Not every publication produced by the Society is still in print however but, through the magic of digital technology, these publications can find new audiences today. More...

RASC Publications