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Next Meeting

RASC may Meeting

The Halifax Centre will be holding its usual monthly meeting on Friday, May 12, 2017 at 7:30 PM. NOTE THAT THIS MEETING IS EARLY TO AVOID THE VICTORIA DAY WEEKEND!

Room AT101, Atrium Building, St. Mary's University(Map)

It is one you truly won't want to miss! Our speaker is the Archivist of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada, Randall Rosenfeld. He will be sure to educate and entertain. Come enjoy the music, and have an astronomically great time!

Music of the Spheres: Astronomers as Musicians& Musicians as Astronomers

The interrelationship between music and astronomy goes back at least as far as cosmologies of the 6th century BC, orderings of knowledge, and educational norms in the "west". Stronger in some periods than others, stranger in its details, and occasionally entertaining in its manifestations, the relationship has never entirely attenuated. This talk will introduce the theoretical underpinnings, the cultural practices, and some of the astronomers who made music, and the musicians who did astronomy. The talk will be illustrated with live musical examples.

Randall's CV:

R.A. Rosenfeld is the Archivist of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada, a position he has held since its creation in 2008. He was trained at the University of Toronto and the Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies as a palaeographer and codicologist, and researched and published on the tools and technologies of communication ca. 500-1500, as well as on historical performance practice (musicology) ca. 1100-1600. Since 2008, he has published over fifty articles on various astronomical artifacts (with a particular interest in the graphical records of observations and how they were made) in a variety of journals. He is a contributor to the second edition of Springer's Biographical Encyclopedia of Astronomers (2014). In 2012, he was the recipient of the RASC's Simon Newcomb Award, and the RASC's President's Award. He is one of the recipients of the American Astronomical Society's Historical Astronomy Division's 2017 Donald E. Osterbrock Book Prize. He was elected to the Canadian Astronomical Society/SociÈtÈ Canadienne d'Astronomie (CASCA); counterpart to the AAS), and the IAU named Asteroid 283990 Randallrosenfeld (2004 SG2) in his honour. He has twice placed second in the Annual Griffith Observer Writing Contest (2008 & 2013). He was the 2016 Peter Sim Memorial Lecturer (Calgary Centre, RASC). He is also a member of several professional early-music ensembles.

As always, there will be refreshments and a social time following the meeting.

Dates of future meetings are:

Starting again in September and TBA

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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 7:30 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)

May 26 (alt 27)

June 23 (alt 24)

July 21 (alt 22)

August 18 (alt 19) [TOTAL SOLAR ECLIPSE WEEKEND]

September 22 (alt 23) [KEJI DARK-SKY WEEKEND II]>

October 21 (alt 22) [SATURDAY TO AVOID MONTHLY MEETING]

November 18 (alt 19) [SATURDAY TO AVOID MONTHLY MEETING]

December 15 (alt 16)

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, Tony McGrath.

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