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The Sky This Month - August 2017

The Long-Awaited Eclipse

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The Sky This Month - June 2017

Ursa Major

The great bear commonly known as the Big Dipper is a circumpolar constellation that never sets from Canadian locations. Its familiar four stars of the bowl and three stars of its handle are bright enough to be recognized at first glance. At this time of year, the Big Dipper is directly overhead and well placed to observe its celestial treasures.

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Candidate Statements 2017

Candidate Statements for the RASC Board of Directors are at http://www.rasc.ca/candidate-statements-2017

A short summary follows:
Each year the Term of three Directors of the Board ends, and this year Randy BoddamCharles Ennis, and Colin Haig see their three-year terms come to an end. All three Directors are eligible to stand for re-election, and both Charles Ennis and Colin Haig have elected to do so.

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The Sky This Month - May 2017

Corvus The Crow

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The Sky This Month - April 2017

A String of Galaxies

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The Sky This Month - March 2017


The star Capella is the most northern of the thirteen bright stars that help make up the winter sky. Referred to as the alpha star of the constellation Auriga, Capella brightly shines at magnitude zero and is the sixth brightest star in the night sky. Auriga is Latin meaning “charioteer” and consists of 657 square degrees of sky ranking it 21st in size. Capella is a yellow-white sun located 43 light-years away and possesses an extremely close companion which has been separated by the Hubble Space Telescope.

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The Sky this Month - February 2017

Hunting The Hare

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The Sky This Month - January 2017

The Winter Milky Way

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The Sky This Month - December 2016

Long Winter Nights

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The Sky This Month - November 2016


One of the most iconic asterisms in northern skies is the famous “W”. This is Cassiopeia the Queen. Mythology states she was extremely vain and with the help of King Cepheus, was about to sacrifice their daughter Andromeda to appease the god. But the tale is not bleak as she was saved by Perseus. The five bright stars that make up Cassiopeia can be seen at any time of year from Canadian soil as this is a circumpolar constellation.

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