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.

September 12, 2020 - RASC September Meeting

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

When: September 12, 2020
Time: 1:00 PM Atlantic 
Topic: Halifax Centre - Members Meeting

Presentations for this Members' Meeting include:
  • Paul Heath -¬†Food for the Soul
  • Dave Chapman will present the¬†What's up?
  • Wayne Harasimovitch will provide insights on¬†books from our collection
  • Judy Black will give news from the Board and national RASC
  • The Observer's Handbook segment¬†"Solar Observing"¬†will be presented by David Hoskin

Special Guest: Nicole Mortillaro 

Details of the special presentation and how to be part of the webinar will be publicized in later August.  

March 22, 2020: Due to COVID-19, all future face-to-face meetings of  the Board of Directors and Members' Meetings are cancelled. Members will be notified when and how future meetings of Halifax Centre resume.

FORMER TIME: 1:00 - 4:30 PM
The Atrium, Room AT101
St. Marys University,
923 Robie Street,
Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
B3H 3C3     Campus Map
Click here for more information about this meeting and upcoming meeting dates & events

We frequently continue our get-together with supper at a local restaurant after the meeting. Come and join us!

Enjoying a meal after the meeting


What's Up for June 2020 

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 


The COVID-19 Edition!

Register now for the special online speaker series
Tuesdays at 7 PM ADT, August 4‚ÄďSeptember 8

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.

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