Meetings of Halifax¬†Centre are from 1:00 PM to 4:30 PM on the FIRST SATURDAY of the month (except July and August).¬†There may be exceptions if the date falls on a holiday weekend.
In lieu of face-to-face meetings, we now host Members' Meetings using Zoom. All meetings and special sessions are recorded and are¬†accessible on the RASC Halifax¬†Centre YouTube¬†channel.
Time: 1:00 PM Atlantic (12:00 Noon, Eastern)
Pre-Registration for the meeting is required. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. The link to register is:
David Hoskin¬†-¬†C/2020 F3 (NEOWISE) - The Almost Great Comet of 2020
Discovery and observations of the brightest comet seen in Northern Hemisphere skies in nearly a quarter of a century.
Chris Young¬†(RASC Halifax Centre) - Astronomy¬†Lore
Chris is well known in Halifax circles for his knowledge of astronomy lore from numerous cultures. This is¬†his second¬†in the¬†series. Details will be posted soon.¬†
Paul Heath - Food for the Soul¬†
Dave Chapman will present the¬†What's up in¬†September¬†Skies?
Patrick Kelly¬†- News from the Board
Astro-Chat.¬†Following the Members' Meeting, there will be 60¬†minutes in which members and guests can stay online for¬†social time. An opportunity to catch up with each other, ask questions, etc. Join us! NOTE: This segment is informal and will not be recorded!
Members may be found observing at the St. 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.¬†
Members are advised to sign up to the email discussion list to keep up to date on gatherings of fellow observers.
For over 30¬†years, the RASC Halifax Centre and other local groups¬†have hosted the Nova East Star Party.¬†It¬†was originally established as the camping and observing weekend for the Halifax Centre and has grown to include participants from other astronomy clubs in the Atlantic region, and a number of attendees from the northeastern United States.
All participants come to enjoy dark skies on a weekend near the new Moon phase towards the end of summer. Nova East¬†is¬†held at Smiley's Provincial Park, near Windsor, Nova Scotia.¬†A limiting magnitude of +6 is the norm.¬†
Nova East registrants have access to all events, including all talks, workshops and presentations, three nights of observing (weather permitting!), the potluck BBQ, the astronomers' breakfasts and the door prizes draw. Nova East Registrants have onsite parking (if camping) or adjacent site parking (if not camping).
In 2019, the RASC Halifax Centre revised the structure and criteria of the astrophotography contest that had traditionally been part of Nova East. There are now 3 categories to enter favourite photos - Deep-Sky, Wide-Field and Solar System.¬†The 2019¬†winners¬†can be seen here.
One of Halifax Centre‚Äôs objectives is to stimulate interest and to promote and increase knowledge in astronomy and related sciences. Consequently, members of Halifax Centre are active in promoting astronomy education in Nova Scotia and are proud of the outreach events they hold every year.
The Centre participates in numerous activities throughout the year. For example, if there is an astronomical event, such as an eclipse, the Centre attempts to organize special public sessions for all to enjoy.¬†Every year, our Centre provides Galileo moments (instances of personal astronomical experience or discovery) to more than 4,000 Nova Scotians. It‚Äôs wonderful to hear ‚Äúoh, wow‚ÄĚ when someone looks up to see¬†something in our Universe for the first time.
Upcoming Outreach Events:
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Other Outreach events will be posted as they become known.
If there any questions about outreach or you would like to have your outreach event known, please contact our¬†Outreach Chair.