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Thunder Bay Centre Names an Exoplanet



Thunder Bay Amateur Astronomers Name a Planet

Members of the Thunder Bay Centre of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada (RASC)  have officially named a planetary system.  They join over a dozen other astronomy groups from around the world who entered the International  Astronomical Union’s (IAU) NameExoWorld contest, and had their entry obtain the most votes on-line.

A list of 20 potential star systems, known to have at least one planet orbiting the star were chosen by the IAU for the contest.  The local astronomers chose a star in the constellation Andromeda that has only one planet  (about five times heavier than Jupiter).  The star is visible to the naked eye from late summer to early winter.  Prior to the contest, the star was called 14 Andromedae, and the planet was known as 14 Andromedae b.  Now thanks to the Centre’s winning entry, the star can officially be called Veritate, and the planet can be called Spe.

Veritate and Spe are Latin words for Truth and Hope.  From the Centre’s submission to the IAU:

The human race is driven by an innate need to explore the worlds around us and world beyond. We seek scientific knowledge as well as existential enlightenment to help us define and understand our place in the Universe. To the end, we have selected the themes of Truth and Hope, for it is these we seek when we explore the universe and discover new worlds. And with these discoveries of new worlds, perhaps we will find new truths and hope for our ultimate quest of finding out: why are we here? We have turned to the Latin language as one of the founding languages of human civilization to help us in our naming process.


As an additional honour the local center will also get to choose the name of a minor planet within our solar system.  Thoughts at this time are that they will name it after the local centre – RASCThunderBay.

For more information please contact Maureen Nadin, Chair of ExoWorld Naming Committee for RASC Thunder Bay Centre at mnadin@shaw.ca or 807-628-3510.   Also please see IAU news release here…




eNews date: 
Tuesday, December 15, 2015
5 years 6 months ago
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Friday, September 25, 2015
5 years 8 months ago
RASC member Jim Chung's book published by Springer!


Astro-Imaging Projects for Amateur Astronomers, Jim Chung's intelligent and attractively written guide to making and adapting imaging and observing gear, has recently appeared in Springer's Patrick Moore Practical Astronomy Series.

Those familiar with Jim's articles in the RASC's Journal will know of his genius for devising understandable and doable solutions which perform as well as their commercial counterparts, and at a fraction of the cost.

We congratulate Jim on the appearance of his book!

eNews date: 
Friday, September 4, 2015
5 years 9 months ago
New RASC Website Now On-line

On behalf of the Webteam and the IT Committee I'm pleased to inform you that our new website is now up and running. We've successfully migrated a great deal of content from our old CMS version to the latest and greatest. While there is still some work to be done we are ready to "go public" with our new site. Here are the highlights:

  • Responsive - the new site uses a responsive theme which dynamically adjusts based on the device that you are using to view the site with. This should lead to a much nicer experience for our phone and tablet users.
  • Support Tickets - in addition to our regular channels of phone calls, emails and faxes we are now offering a handy support ticket system at http://rasc.ca/ticket/. The system allows you to include upload pictures of issues or content that you would like added to the website. You will receive an automatic tracking number to help you follow-up and it will help to ensure that issues do not get lost.
  • RASC Speaker's Directory - a new service, the RASC Speaker's Directory is a publicly searchable index of qualified RASC members who are willing and able to deliver astronomy talks to people across the country.
  • Revised eNews Feature - The RASC eNews feature is back. Our RSS feed is available for you at https://rasc.ca/rasc-enews-feed and you can use it for your personal news feed or publish it on your website.
  • New National Calendar - The RASC now offers a national calendar service which can be published on your Centre website and includes information on RASC and astronomy events from across the country. Look for more information on this service in the next few weeks.
  • New Member Page - The new member page includes handy quick links for common things like renewing your membership, updating your profile as well as creating your own astronomy blog entries.

Next Steps

During the next few weeks we will be continuing to clean up the site and dealing with issues identified to date. So far over 100 QA issues have been identified by our volunteer contributors and closed by members of the webteam. There are another 50 or so left to clean up - hopefully you won't notice them. Here are the additional initiatives that we will be working on this year:

  • Update to secure.rasc.ca - Now that our main website has been given a responsive theme we will be working to revise the secure.rasc.ca site as well as to move towards true single sign-on between the two properties.
  • New GA Site - The General Assembly site will be integrated into our overall website at a new URL - events.rasc.ca - later this year.
  • New Centre Sites - The Society's new Centre website program will be launched shortly giving participating Centres a full-featured local website with minimal cost, central support and local content.
  • New Mailing List and Community Services - Our venerable mailing list software "Mailman" is due for an upgrade or replacement. We'll be looking at these options in the near future including creating more inclusive RASC communities at the national level.

We hope that you enjoy your new experience at rasc.ca and we look forward to your (gentle) feedback. Please use our new support ticket system to let us know if you spot any issues.


Clear skies,


Denis Grey

RASC Webteam

eNews date: 
Tuesday, August 11, 2015
5 years 10 months ago
Ann & Sandy Cross Conservation Area to Become Canada's First Nocturnal Preserve!

The RASC is pleased to designate Canada's first Nocturnal Preserve, located in Alberta. Please see the Media Release for more information!

eNews date: 
Thursday, July 23, 2015
5 years 10 months ago


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