Dedicated to the Advancement of Astronomy and Allied Sciences

The Halifax Centre of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada (RASC) is an active association of 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.

February 6, 2020 - RASC Member's Meeting 

In lieu of a face-to-face meeting, we are hosting Members' Meetings using Zoom. You do not require a Zoom account to join in but you are required to register for this meeting. Halifax Centre Members will be given priority for registration. The meeting is limited to 100 registrants - first come, first served. The meetings are being recorded and will become accessible via a link on this website. 

When: Saturday, February 6, 2020
Time: 1:00 PM Atlantic 
Topic: Halifax Centre Members Meeting 

Members' Meeting:

  • Welcome & Members' Photo Montage

Special Presentation: How I Fell into a Black Hole - my journey to becoming an astronomy columnist


  • Paul Heath -¬†Food for the Soul¬†
  • Wayne Harasimovitch - Fireside Chat with Uncle Wayne¬†(Book review: "Alien Oceans")
  • Dave Chapman will present the¬†What's up in February?
  • Judy Black - News from the Board
  • Astro-Chat.¬†Following the Members' Meeting, there will be 60¬†minutes in which members can stay online for¬†social time. An opportunity to catch up with each other, ask questions, etc. Join us! NOTE: This segment is informal and will not be recorded.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Heads Up! 2021 Meeting Dates & Events

Members' Meetings are usually held on the first Saturday of the month, unless it falls on a holiday weekend.

  • March 6 (Speaker - Dr. Luigi Gallo)
  • April¬†10 (Speaker - Adam Gonzalez, PhD student at SMU)
  • May 1
  • June 5

    Nova East Star Party: August 6-8 (New Moon: Aug 8)
     The Board of Directors will determine in April/May if this event should go forward based on the status of provincial restrictions related to the pandemic.

  • September 11 (Labour Day is Sept. 6)
  • October 2
  • November 6
  • December 4 (+ AGM)

 How Lunar Impact Craters are Formed (Paul Heath)


SCO Fundraising 

SCO Astrophoto Fundraiser

What's Up For Jan 2021 

The Sky Today at Sky News  

Read the Welcome Guide to Astronomy. (pdf)

Check out our Observing Aids, including the Clear Sky Chart, a sky map, and observing lists.

Visit our Dark Skies page.

Find out more About Us.

RASC eNews Service 


 Looking for a telescope? There is a local telescope supplier in Dartmouth. Atlantic Photo Supply has been a long-time supporter of our Nova East Star Party.


Halifax Centre Astroimaging Contest and People's Choice Award

Each year, Halifax Centre hosts this contest to acknowledge the significant works of astroimagers across Nova Scotia. Contest guidelines can be found on the Nova East website.   

New on our Halifax RASC YouTube Channel:

SCO opens with new guidelines during Covid-19.

Previous Meetings and Events...