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Revised Vision, Mission, and Values Statements

At the 2015 February 9 Board of Director's meeting, revised Vision, Mission, and Values statements were approved. They now read:

The RASC Vision To be Canada's premiere organization of amateur and professional astronomers, promoting Astronomy to all.

The RASC Mission To enhance understanding of and inspire curiosity about the Universe, through public outreach, education, and support for astronomical research.

The RASC Values

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New Personal Logins - Your Login ID May Have Changed!

As part of the launch of the new RASC website, some member login names are being changed from a five-digit member ID to a personal name made up of the member's initials and last name. This will affect all members who have not changed their default login ID to a personal ID. To find out how to change your login you can check out a new video or visit https://secure.rasc.ca.

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Imaging the Night Sky with SkyNews

People love beautiful photos — and the September/October 2021 issue of SkyNews is stacked with them. 
For the past year, we’ve been collecting our readers’ best astrophotos for our Photo of the Week contest. Our judges have been pouring over hundreds of submissions in a variety of categories. They have now picked the Photos of the Year, plus the Best of the Best — all to be showcased in our September/October 2021 special issue focused on astrophotography.

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Telescope for Isaac

Telescope for Isaac
The RASC and Sky-Watcher come together to grant a sick child his wish.  

 

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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

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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).

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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. 

 

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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.

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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

https://charityvillage.com/app/job-listings/714d3ff1-25a2-e811-80d3-14187768272a?search=true

 

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

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2018 Elections Update

!!! 2018 ELECTIONS UPDATE !!!

Craig Levine, our Society’s Past President, has advised that he will be ending his 3 year Director’s term 1 year early at the General Assembly in Calgary. Craig has served on the Board of Directors for 4 years now, including a term as President, after 6 busy years on National Council. On behalf of the Society and all of its Members, we wish Craig all the best and thank him for 10 years of service at the Society level of the RASC.

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