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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 Events

RASC April Meeting

The Halifax Centre will be holding its usual monthly meeting on Friday, April 20.

NOTE THE NEW TIME!

Part 1: Imaging Workshop with Blair McDonald

Time: 7:00 - 7:45 PM

Join Blair McDonald will provide another 45-minute image-processing session with the focus on noise reduction. Please bring your laptop and a few images you want to process.

Part 2: Members' Meeting

Time: 8:00 - 10:00 PM

Title: Three Years of Outreach in 30 Minutes by Dr. Rob Thacker.

Over the past three years I've had the chance to host, as well as co-host, a number of different science-themed radio shows. I'll reflect on what I've learned about the public's view of science and astronomy in particular. I'll give a few thoughts on how I've tried to connect with people plus lots of juicy gossip about the local news media and what it's like to receive hate mail!

Dr. Thacker, is the Canadian Astronomical Society (CASCA) winner ofthe 2018 Qilak Award. The Qilak award was developed jointly by the Beyond International Year of Astronomy group (a collaboration of CASCA, the Fédération des astronomes amateurs du Québec and the RASC). Established in 2011, these awards are given, one by each of the sponsoring organizations, with a common purpose and evaluation criteria. The Qilak Award recognizes individual Canadian residents, or teams of residents, who have made an outstanding contribution either to the public understanding and appreciation of astronomy in Canada, or to informal astronomy education in Canada.

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

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Dates of future meetings are:

Friday, May 11, 2018

No meetings in June, July and August.

Friday, September 21, 2018

Friday, October 19, 2018 (tentative)

Friday, November 16, 2018

Friday, December 7, 2018 (tentative) Annual General Meeting

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