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The Sky This Month - May 2016

Leo Major, Virgo and The Mercury Transit

According to mythology, the Nemean Lion named Leo had a reputation of terrorizing and preying upon people to satisfy its appetite. This man-eating beast was indestructible as weapons comprised of bronze, stone and even iron could not penetrate its skin. But the lion was no match for the mighty Hercules who strangled Leo and placed him in the night sky to show off his conquest.

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2016 Board Election Cancelled

To all Members, regarding the Board of Directors election, the campaign period has ended. As noted previously, there are 3 Director's positions open for election with 4 Candidates standing for election.

Karen Finstad, our dedicated and diligent Secretary, having completed 2 years of her 3 year term, has advised that due to urgent family matters, she cannot complete her term and will be stepping down as of the 2016 General Assembly.

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The Sky This Month - April 2016

Gemini Twins

After a long cold winter, we now get to enjoy some spring observing. Gemini the Twins in one of Ptolemy’s 48 original constellations and in fact the word Gemini comes from the Latin meaning “twins”. Dominated by the stars Castor and Pollux, Gemini’s outlines twin figures. Mythology states Pollux is the son of the mighty Zeus whereas Castor was a mere mortal. As the story goes, they were placed in the sky to be together for all time. Although the two stars might appear close in brightness, they physical properties are quite different.

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Dr. Jim Hesser honoured with the NRC Schneider Medal

Dr. Jim Hesser, long-time RASC member and past Honorary President, has been awarded the National Research Council's 2015 W.G. Schneider Medal for his inspiring decades-long contribution to the pursuit of excellence in Canadian government astronomy, both as a productive researcher, and as the Director of the Dominion Astrophysical Observatory for nearly three decades (1986-2014). The award also recognizes Jim’s committed advocacy of astronomy as a integral part of our broader cultural life, both here and abroad.

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New headquarters

The Society is moving! But, not far. Our new office entrance is about 15 metres away from the previous door. Same address, and a much larger space. There is a much more spacious area for the archives and library, plus ample room for the boardroom table. It is a great improvement.

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President's Corner

President's Corner

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The Sky This Month - March 2016

Sky This Month – March, 2016
By: Gary Boyle, Ottawa

Hunting The Hare

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CTV News Interview with Colin Haig; NASA study about space travel health effects on astronauts

NASA is studying two twin astronauts, Scott and Mark Kelly on how space travel affects the physical health of astronauts. Scott Kelly returned to Earth this week after being in space for 340 days. That's the longest US space mission on record: Check out this latest interview on CTV News from Colin Haig, Director of Communications.

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2016 Board Election

The RASC Nominating Committee is seeking at least three candidates to run for the Board of Directors. Members of the Society Executive (President, 1st Vice-President, 2nd Vice-President, National Secretary, and Treasurer) will be drawn from the ranks of the new Board; candidates for Board positions should indicate if they wish to serve on the Executive and the position he or she wishes to fill.

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

Candidate Eligibility 

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Dr. Chris Gainor to edit Quest

Dr. Chris Gainor, the First Vice President of the RASC, will become editor of the prestigious quarterly Quest: the History of Spaceflight starting with issue 23, 2. Quest is the premier refeered periodical publication for the history of  all aspects of spaceflight.

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