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Summer Students Start Work at the Society Office

Summer Student Start at Society Office


I am pleased to welcome the summer student to the RASC Society Office.

The Society obtained a grant through the federal Canada Summer Jobs program to hire the student for 9 weeks.

Katarina Holborough will work assisting with administrative duties, handling membership inquiries and publication sales.

Katarina will be using the coordinator@rasc.ca

Please join us in welcoming Katarina to the RASC Office!


Renata Koziol

Accounts Manager

eNews date: 
Friday, June 12, 2020
2 years 1 month ago
Create a Logo for CASTOR and Win!

Create a Logo for CASTOR and Win!

New deadline: March 1, 2019                       All Canadians are invited to enter.

Canadian astronomers have established themselves in space-based astronomy by using space telescopes such as Hubble and Chandra. In 2003 Canada’s MOST (Microvariability and Oscillations of Stars) space telescope was launched, and now Canada is a full partner in the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST).

Hubble and Chandra are nearing the end of their lifetimes, and JWST won’t have the long lifetime of Hubble, so Canadian astronomers are already looking at what comes after JWST. The National Aeronautics and Space Administration is developing WFIRST (Wide Field Infrared Survey Telescope) and the European Space Agency is building Euclid.

Since both WFIRST and Euclid will operate in the infrared like JWST, ultraviolet and visible light capabilities in space will be lost when Hubble ceases operations. Because of this problem, many Canadian astronomers are supporting a proposal for a new Canadian space telescope, CASTOR, the Cosmological Advanced Survey Telescope for Optical and ultraviolet Research.

CASTOR is planned to have a primary mirror of a metre in diameter inside a spacecraft weighing about 500 kg. Its camera is planned to have a similar resolution to Hubble, but it would be able to cover a much larger part of the sky than Hubble. 

CASTOR would provide unique data in the ultraviolet part of the spectrum to complement data from JWST, WFIRST and Euclid, assisting in the search for dark energy. It would also challenge and stimulate Canadian industry and Canadian science.

The Canadian Space Agency is conducting a study of CASTOR that Canadian astronomers hope will lead to approval of the mission. While CSA would lead CASTOR, other space agencies would be involved, including NASA and the Indian Space Research Organization, which would provide the launch vehicle.

Now Canadian astronomers are seeking a logo for CASTOR, whose name pays tribute in French to Canada’s national animal, the beaver.

All Canadians are invited to submit their designs for a CASTOR logo.

Entries can be sent before March 1, 2019, to: RASC National Office at 203-4920 Dundas St West, Toronto ON M9A 1B7 or at nationaloffice@rasc.ca

They will be judged by a panel of astronomers selected by mission scientists, RASC and FAAQ.

The winner will receive a prize of merchandise from Ingenium: Canada’s Museums of Science and Innovation.

The CASTOR website is at https://www.castormission.org

eNews date: 
Wednesday, December 19, 2018
eNews Tag: 
2 years 6 months ago
An open letter of congratulations to Dr Donna Strickland

Dear Dr Strickland

On behalf of the members of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada from across the country, I am delighted to offer my warmest congratulations to you on winning the 2018 Nobel Prize in Physics.

I know that this prize will inspire many Canadians, particularly women, to look at studies and careers in physics and related sciences such as astronomy. I also note that lasers are becoming an important tool for astronomers, for example in the form of adaptive optics.

I also wish you the best in your continuing scientific work. 


Christopher Gainor, Ph.D.
Royal Astronomical Society of Canada
250-655-6445     cgainor@shaw.ca


eNews date: 
Tuesday, October 2, 2018
2 years 8 months ago
Youth Outreach Coordinator Hired

I am pleased to announce that we have hired a new staff member at the RASC Society office: Jenna Hinds has been appointed Youth Outreach Coordinator.

Jenna has a BSc from Mount Allison in Marine Biology and a Masters of Science in Science Communication and Public Engagement from the University of Edinburgh.

She has worked at the Ontario Science Centre for the past 2.5 years as a planetarium host, giving live shows on various aspects of astronomy.

Jenna’s prime responsibility will be to engage young people across the country in astronomy programming. She will be working with Centres to assess existing youth programming and will review astronomy educational programs offered by external organizations across the country. The top five to ten youth activities and best practices will be determined and shared nationally. Activities and resources will be posted on our website.  

Creating a communications network with youth advocates in RASC Centres and other astronomy groups is an important planning component. In this way, Jenna will effectively share youth programming and resources with many groups serving children and youth. 

The anticipated outcome is that hundreds of young people across the country will be newly introduced to the excitement and wonder of astronomy and become fascinated with learning how to navigate the sky. It’s expected that many will join the RASC and that some youth will take their interest further and find future careers in science.  

We thank the Trottier Family Foundation for providing funding for this position for three years.

Please join me in welcoming Jenna to the RASC!  Starting October 15th, she can be reached at jenna.hinds@rasc.ca  and phone: (416) 924-7973 Ext 4 

J. Randy Attwood

Executive Director

Royal Astronomical Society of Canada

eNews date: 
Tuesday, October 2, 2018
2 years 8 months ago
New Youth Outreach Coordinator position announced

Recently the RASC successfully obtained a grant from the Trottier Foundation.

The grant is $75,000 a year for three years. The money is to be used to hire a Youth Outreach Coordinator.

The job was posted Friday on the Charity Village website



Attracting younger people to join the Society has long been a challenge.

This new hire will be responsible for developing and running youth programs across the country.

The goal is to reach more young people and introduce them to astronomy.


Our centres are actively running excellent outreach programs and reach thousands of young people each year.

This coordinator position is meant to support these volunteers and share resources across all 28 centres.

We hope Centres will participate in this program as it is meant to be a national effort.


The position includes the following activities:


  • Conduct an inventory of current youth astronomy programming, activities and resources
  • Assess and identify best practices and materials to be used in a national youth astronomy program
  • Recruit a youth committee for program development, promotion and implementation
  • Develop RASC astronomy youth programming, educational materials and web content
  • Establish connections and long term relationships with local communities, schools etc
  • Disseminate and promote youth programs and resources to centres, members and the general public
  • Deliver national youth programming
  • Monitor and evaluate impact/effectiveness of the youth program
  • Develop partnerships with other youth /astronomy / science organizations to achieve program goals
  • Assess and evaluate outcomes

We hope to set aside time at the GA in Toronto next June to run training sessions with those interested in running these programs at their centres.

I am very excited about this project – it is the first time the Society has obtained a grant to hire a skilled individual to develop a specific national astronomy education program.

Please let me know if you have any questions about this program or are interested in participating in it.


J. Randy Attwood

Executive Director

Royal Astronomical Society of Canada






eNews date: 
Monday, August 20, 2018
2 years 10 months ago


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