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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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Monthly RASC meetings open to everyone!

RASC Events

RASC February Meeting

Friday 20th February 2015

7:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Special Visit by James Edgar, RASC President

Synthesis of Elements

Synthesis of Elements is a walk through the periodic table and a discussion on how elements are formed within stars.

James Edgar’s interest in astronomy began in the early 1970s when he and his family went into the dark of a Vancouver night to see Comet Kohoutek. Unfortunately, it didn’t present itself at naked-eye brightness—hardly even visible in binoculars! He was disappointed and so were his children. Ironically, from that missed sighting began his passion for astronomy.

James started by volunteering with the Vancouver Museum, going into schools, and talking to children about the Sun and the stars. In 1999, he bought his first telescope. One year later, his son bought him a membership in The Royal Astronomical Society of Canada (RASC) and as they say, the rest is history.

He has attended every General Assembly of the Society since 2001. He is passionate about passing on his interest in astronomy to everyone—adults and children alike. He is now National President of the RASC, production manager of the Society’s bi-monthly Journal, and assistant editor of the RASC Observer’s Handbook. He is an excellent proofreader.

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Quick Info

Read the Welcome Guide to Astronomy. (pdf)

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

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