Awards deadline

Awards Deadline

The Awards Committee needs your input -- now is the time to nominate that special person in your Centre, or that unsung hero, whoever it may be. Nominations will be accepted up to and including 2016 December 31. Don't hesitate, grab a pen and jot down the details about that special person -- what makes him or her deserving of nationwide recognition.

Send nominations by email to the RASC Awards Committee <awards@lists.rasc.ca>

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JRASC 2016 October

Inside this issue:

Lunar Exploration Part III
A New Year’s Conjunction
Structure and Formation of the Milky Way

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The Sky This Month - September 2016

Our Neighbouring Galaxy

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Volunteers Wanted - Information Technology Committee

The Information Technology is looking for volunteers to help out with a number of support and development projects that we have underway. We are looking for skilled individuals with a command of PHP and web technologies to assist with a number of projects including:

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Asteroid (22378) Gaherty

Geoff Gaherty (1941-2016) was an amateur astronomer who wrote about observing and won the Chant Medal of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada in 2008. Geoff earned a B.Sc. from McGill University in mathematics and physics in 1964, an M.A. from the University of Toronto in anthropology in 1966 and a Ph.D. from the University of Toronto also in anthropology in 1970. An obituary for Geoff is here. Name suggested by Robert and Peter Jedicke.

Orbit type: Main Belt
Ref: MPC 101206

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Asteroid (129973) Michaeldaly

Michael Daly (b. 1965) is a professor of planetary science at York University and is the lead scientist for the OSIRIS-REx Laser Altimeter. Prior to this, he was the lead engineer for the development of Phoenix MET, Canada’s first instruments to operate on the surface of Mars.

Orbit type: Main Belt

Ref: MPC 101211

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The Sky This Month - August 2016

Summer Time Treats part 2

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JRASC 2016 August

Inside this issue:

  • Sudbury’s “Vatican mirror”
  • When did Modern Astronomy Begin?
  • The 2016 GA Pictures
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Asteroid (229781) Arthurmcdonald

Arthur B. McDonald (b. 1943) is a Canadian physicist who received the 2015 Nobel Prize for Physics for his discovery of neutrino oscillations, showing that the neutrino has mass.

Orbit type: Main Belt 
MPC 100610

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Asteroid (21367) Edwardpleva

Edward Gustav Pleva (1912–2008) was a geography educator who taught for 39 years at Western University and was editor of The Canadian Oxford School Atlas. Name suggested by R. and P. Jedicke.

Orbit type: Main Belt 
MPC 100606

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