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The Sky This Month - February 2018

Lepus the Hare

Located directly below the constellation Orion is Lepus the Hare. Its brighter stars shine between magnitudes 2.5 and 3.7. Lepus takes up only 290 square degrees of sky ranking it 51st in overall area. The brightest star of the asterism is named Arneb, an F class supergiant star located 2,200 light years away. The massive star measures 75 solar masses and 36,000 times brighter than our Sun. If it took the place of our Sun, Arneb would extend to about the orbit of Mercury.

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RASC Sesquicentennial Celebration Kickoff

RASC—Eyes on the Universe for 150 Years


2018 is a banner year for The Royal Astronomical Society of Canada (RASC), as it marks the 150th year since the Society's inception. That is reason enough for Canada's leading association of amateur and professional astronomers to celebrate the past and future course of astronomy in this country.

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The Sky This Month - January 2018

Canis Major

Most of the constellations we see can be located from moderate light polluted skies. If you are new to astronomy, this is a good way to study the constellations which are highlighted for the most part by bright stars. Once you move to the dark countryside on a moonless night, standing under two thousand stars can be overwhelming.

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Asteroid (16972) Neish

Catherine D. Neish (b. 1981) is a professor at the University of Western Ontario who studies Titan, the Moon and Venus using orbital radar. Previously known by the moniker Katie Dot, she is an avid scuba diver, a champion for social justice, and mother to Penelope.

Reference: MPC 107739

Orbit type: Main Belt 

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The Sky This Month - December 2017

Taurus the Bull

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Annual Report 2016 - extended

The extended version includes the following:

  • President’s Message
  • Executive Director's Report
  • Secretary’s Message
  • Treasurer’s Report
  • Auditor’s Report
  • Balance Sheet/Statement of Changes in Net Assets
  • Statement of Revenue, Expenditure
  • Notes to the Financial Statements
  • Annual Meeting Minutes—2016
  • Centre Financial Reports for Fiscal 2016
  • 2016 Centre Activity Reports
  • 2016 Award Winners
  • 2017 Centre Addresses and Executives
  • 2017 National Council
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