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.

December 5, 2020 - RASC December Meeting & AGM (Members only)

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 meeting. Halifax Centre Members will be given priority for registration. The meeting is limited to 100 registrants - first come, first served. The meetings are being recorded and will become accessible via a link on this website.

To allow for online voting, only Members and invited special guests will be sent an invitation to the Annual General Meeting (AGM) via our Centre's Announce List. A link to the Zoom meeting will not be provided to the public or RASC members from other Centres. The agenda for both the AGM and Members' meetings will be circulated prior to the meeting.

When: December 5, 2020
Time: 1:00 PM Atlantic 
Topic: Halifax Centre - AGM  & Members Meeting 

Annual General Meeting

  • Board Executive Reports¬†& Auditor
  • Appointed Position &¬†Committee Reports
  • Call for Nominations & Election of the Board of Directors.¬†The slate of nominations to the Board will be provided 10 days before the AGM; additional nominations can be made at the AGM.
Members' Meeting:
  • Members' Photo Montage
  • Special Presentation:¬†Paul Gray¬†
  • Paul Heath -¬†Food for the Soul¬†
  • Judy Black - News from the Board
  • Dave Chapman will present the¬†What's up in December?
  • Astro-Chat. Following the Members' Meeting, there will be 60¬†minutes in which members can stay online for¬†social time. An opportunity to catch up with each other, ask questions, etc. This is informal and this portion of the meeting will not be recorded.

 Heads Up! 2021 Meeting Dates

Members' Meetings are usually held on the first Saturday of the month, unless it falls on a holiday weekend.

  • January 9
  • February 6
  • March 6
  • April 3
  • May 1
  • June 5
  • September 11
  • October 2
  • November 6
  • December 4 (+ AGM)

 How Lunar Impact Craters are Formed (Paul Heath)


What's Up for Nov. 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 


 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.

Previous Meetings and Events...