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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.

Saint Mary's University

Atrium Building, Room AT101 (Map)

Upcoming meetings:

  • March 20, 2015--Dr David Turner "The Eyes are Still Good Detectors!"

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About Monthly Meetings

Regular meetings open to everyone. Note that we have recently changed meeting rooms! They are held at Saint Mary's University in Room AT101 (Atrium Building). Meetings are held monthly (except July and August) beginning at 8:00 PM, normally on the third Friday.

A typical meeting consists of one or more feature talks. The main talks cover a variety of topics ranging from astronomical stamps to the latest advances in the space sciences. Shorter talks also cover a variety of topics such as: "what's up in the current sky", the latest astrophotographs by club members, or the unveiling of a new telescope.

Observing Night at Saint Croix Observatory

Members may be found observing at the Saint Croix Observatory on almost every clear, dark night. Once a month, we encourage members and their guests to congregate at SCO, at which time new members are particularly welcome. Upcoming Observing Nights are:

Upcoming Observing Nights

(weather permitting, alternate is following evening)

Members are advised to sign up to the email discussion list to keep up to date on gatherings of fellow observers. For more information, contact the Observing Chair, Alex LeCreux alecreux_AT_eastlink.ca.

Library Talks

For Jan-Feb 2015, see Astronomy Nova Scotia.