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Legendary lunar and planetary observer Walter Haas (1917-2015)

Legendary lunar and planetary observer Walter Haas (1917-2015) died on 2015 April 6. Haas was renowned for the skill, integrity, and intelligence he brought to the serious observation of solar-system objects. He also possessed effective organizational and leadership skills, which bore fruit in the founding and sustaining of the Association of Lunar and Planetary Observers (ALPO, 1947-), one of the outstanding organizations fostering meaningful amateur solar-system work. He was responsible for setting many observers on a life-long path of honing their observing ablities, and himself served an apprenticeship under William Henry Pickering, which gave him a filiation with the great observers of the 19th century. There was, however, nothing antique about the science he advocated.

Walter Haas had a long-standing relationship with both the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada, and the British Astronomical Association (BAA). His influential monograph "Does Anything Ever Happen on the Moon" appeared in the Journal of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada in 1942, and he published many other papers with the RASC in the 1930s-1940s.

Among other honours he won the Amateur Achievement Award of the Astronomical Society of the Pacific in 1994, and the International Astronomical Union named minor planet 3853 Haas (1981 WG1) in his honour.

Walter Haas can be heard talking with David H. Levy on Let's Talk Stars in 2005.

eNews date: 
Friday, April 10, 2015
6 years 2 months ago
RASC President James Edgar meets Prime Minister to announce funding for TMT

RASC President James Edgar attends historic meeting to announce funding for Canada's participation in 30 meter telescope project!

See the RASC Facebook page with the details and picture here.

eNews date: 
Wednesday, April 8, 2015
6 years 2 months ago
RASC Southern California Space and Science Tour

Join the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada on our adventure to Southern California to enjoy the culture and climate and visit the observatories!

We will have an opportunity to visit the California Space Museum, where the space shuttle Endeavour is exhibited. We will visit the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, from where many famous space exploration missions such as Voyager, Viking and Curiosity have been controlled. Then the piece de resistance will be to visit the two observatories in the Southern California mountains: Mount Wilson and Palomar.

This is a one of a kind tour and I hope you will join me next November for sunny California. See more details here!

*Pricing ($US) (land costs only)*
If deposited no later than 2015 MAY 1 - $2135 per person, double occupancy
$495 Single Supplement
If deposited 2015 MAY 2 or after - $2395 per person, double occupancy
$575 Single Supplement
First Deposit: $300 per person to reserve
If you are interested please contact MWT Associates in San Jose.
Email: tours@melitatrips.com
Phone: 408-279-5589
If you have any questions please contact Randy Attwood, Executive Director execdir@rasc.ca.
Phone: 888-924-7272


eNews date: 
Tuesday, March 17, 2015
6 years 3 months ago
Election of Directors

2015 Board of Directors Election

Nominations Deadline: 2015 May 15

Campaign Period: 2014 May 20 - 2015 Jun 19

Election Period: 2015 Jun 20 - 2015 Jun 30

Participation on the RASC Board of Directors is a leadership experience that provides rich opportunity for personal and astronomical growth!

  • Be part of our leadership team at The Royal Astronomical Society of Canada
  • The Nominating Committee is seeking at least three candidates to run for the Board of Directors
  • The President, 1st Vice-President, 2nd Vice-President, Secretary, and Treasurer will be drawn from the ranks of the Board, which will include the three members chosen in this election and six members who were elected in 2014 for terms expiring in 2016 and 2017.

The Nominating Committee can be reached through the Society Office at 888-924-7272 or by email at Chris Gainor

Here are the rules for candidate eligibility as set out in the RASC Policy Manual:

Candidate Eligibility

The Nominating Committee will ensure that candidates for the RASC Board of Directors meet the following criteria:

  1. be a member in good standing of the Society;
  2. meet the requirements for being a Board member as outlined by the Canada Not-for-Profit Corporations Act, and, specifically:
  3. be over the age of 18 at the time of the Annual General Meeting (this year, June 29);
  4. be an individual person (i.e. not a body corporate);
  5. be solvent (not bankrupt);
  6. have agreed to stand for election in writing;
  7. have the support in writing of at least 3 people, one of whom is a member of the Society;and
  8. have agreed to abide by the Society’s Directors and Officer’s Code of Conduct and indicated their willingness to sign the Society’s Board of Director’s agreement prior to assuming office.

Candidate's Statement

As part of the nomination process, candidates will be asked to provide a Candidate’s Statement, including:

  • their previous experience with councils and committees of the Society at both the National and Centre levels;
  • a suitable photograph in electronic format as well as contact information as required;
  • committee work and experience outside of the Society that may be relevant to the Society; and
  • their goals for the Society and how they would contribute to the Board if elected.

Anyone wishing to be a candidate should write or email the RASC Nominating Committee through its chair, Christopher Gainor. Each candidate should state that they understand the eligibility requirements and state that they meet those requirements. Candidates should agree to abide by the RASC Director's and Officers Code of Conduct. They should also indicate whether they intend to seek a position on the Executive, and if so, what position they are seeking. Candidates should also send a candidate's statement as set out above. The three supporters for each candidate should also write or email the committee. Candidates and their supporters must inform the Nominating Committee of their intention to run or support for a candidate by 4:00 p.m. Eastern Time on Friday, 2015 May 15.

Candidates' statements will be posted on the RASC website no later than 2015 May 15. Candidates can campaign from 2015 May 1 through 2015 June 19. All members of the RASC will be eligible to vote, and facilities to vote on line will be available as well as paper ballots on request from the Society Office.

The nominating committee will be pleased to answer questions from any member of the RASC about this election process.

The nominating committee will be pleased to answer questions from any member of the RASC about this election process.The Nominating Committee can be reached by mail through the Society Office of the RASC, 203 - 4920 Dundas Street W, Toronto ON M9A IB7 or by email at cgainor@shaw.ca

Christopher Gainor, Ph.D.
Chair, Norminating Committee RASC

eNews date: 
Saturday, March 7, 2015
6 years 3 months ago
Chris Gainor's team wins NASA contract for Hubble History

The Hubble Space Telescope (HST) is one of the most significant and longest-lived of the currently active space probes. Beyond its rich sceince harvest, its images have captured the international public's imagination like no other space telescope. In its influence on public perception it is arguably the Apollo of our age. NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center has awarded the contract for the creation of the official post-launch history of the HST and supporting HST historical archive to Foresight Science & Technology. The Foresight team will be lead by Canadian space historian and RASC Second Vice President Dr. Chris Gainor, and includes John D. Ruley, M.S., and Dr. Arendt Speser.

We congratulate Chris, and look forward to the HST history, and historical archive.

eNews date: 
Thursday, March 5, 2015
6 years 3 months ago


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