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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Explore the Universe recipient

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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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RASC Sesquicentennial

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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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Asteroid (117390) Stephanegendron

Stephane Gendron (b. 1963) is Materials and Thermal Engineer at the Canadian Space Agency (CSA) and he acted as the CSA Thermal Engineer in the project OLA, a sophisticated Lidar instrument provided by CSA for the OSIRIS-REx Asteroid Sample Return Mission.

Orbit type: Main Belt 
Ref: MPC 107121


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Asteroid (345842) Alexparker

Alex H. Parker (b. 1987) is an American astronomer whose research on asteroids and trans-neptunian objects has contributed to the understanding of solar system formation and evolution. He is the co-discoverer of several minor planets.

His 2011 Ph.D. “Ultra-Wide Trans-Neptunian Binaries: Tracers of the Outer Solar System’s History” was completed at the University of Victoria, Advisor: Dr. JJ Kavelaars.

Ref: MPC 85915
Orbit type: Main Belt 

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The Sky This Month - October 2017


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