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Dedicated to the Advancement of Astronomy and Allied Sciences

The Halifax Centre of the RASC is an active association of over 200 amateur and professional astronomers, united by their appreciation of the night sky and the wonders it contains. The Centre is located in the provincial capital city of Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, but many members live in several outlying communities, other provinces, and even other countries. The roots of the Centre date back to 1951 when, with the help of Father Burke-Gaffney of St. Mary's University, the Nova Scotia Astronomical Society was founded. The NSAS became the Halifax Centre of the RASC in January 1955. The RASC prides itself in educating the general public about astronomy. The public programs sponsored by Halifax Centre include: lectures, public star nights, and activities during special astronomical events.

All photos and drawings on this site were created by RASC Halifax members, who reserve all rights.


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RASC Events

RASC November Meeting

The Halifax Centre will be holding its usual monthly meeting on Friday, November 16.

Part 1: Imaging Workshop with Blair McDonald

Time: 7:00 - 7:45 PM

Blair McDonald will provide another 45-minute image processing sessions. Please bring your laptop and a few images you want to process.

Part 2: Members' Meeting

Time: 8:00 - 10:00 PM

How A Telescope Magnifies by Prof. Telescope (Dave Chapman)

In the first of (hopefully) a series on telescope optics, Prof. Telescope will astound you with his explanation of how a telescope REALLY works, including hands-on demonstrations. Trigger warning: there is math involved, but Prof. Telescope promises it will be at the absolute minimum necessary.

Roar of the Dragon! by Paul Gray

Each year Earth encounters a stream of meteroids left behind by comet 21P/Giacobini-Zinner. Most years the result is a minor meteor shower but on several occasions in the last century there have been outburst with zenith hourly rates in the hundreds to thousands of meteors seen visually. In 2018, several predictions were for a possible outburst and Nova Scotia was lucky to be clear for the best part of the evening and had a front row seat that rewarded those who went out to watch. This mini-talk will discuss a bit of the history of this meteor shower and what may be observed this year.

Atrium 101, Atrium Building, St. Mary's University

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Dates of future meetings are:

Friday, December 7, 2018 (tentative) Annual General Meeting

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