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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 November Meeting

The Halifax Centre will be holding its usual monthly meeting on Friday, November 17.


Starting with the November 17th meeting: at 7:00 PM Blair will provide a talk until 7:45 on astrophotography and at 8:00 the main meeting will begin.

Star Formation in Halifax Centre

The focus of the November Members' Meeting will be presentations from three of our youth members. You will be astounded at the knowledge level of these three!

Kathryn and Nathan Gray will present their adventures at Starmus IV held in Trondheim, Norway. Starmus IV was a 6-day festival that brought together Science, Art, Music and Space Exploration under one banner. From keynote speaker Stephen Hawking to the hands-on Virtual Reality displays to the city-wide program, Starmus IV was the largest and most exciting yet! Kathryn was invited to take part as a guest speaker so how could the Gray family not go!

Humans lead quite a comfortable life today on earth-but so were the dinosaurs 65 million years ago. Suspicious of another asteroid impact and deeply concerned for the survival of mankind, Ruining Zhang set out to the New Mexico desert this past summer and determined the orbit of the near-earth asteroid 2005 UP156. She would share her research experience at the Summer Science Program, a 39-day pre-college research program dating back to 1959, and discuss the science behind the orbit determination process, as well as reveal the final fate of UP156.

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


Dates of future meetings are:

Friday, Decewber 8, 2017

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