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The Society

The Royal Astronomical Society of Canada is a national society of 5000+ members with headquarters in Toronto. Most members belong to one of 29 Centres located in cities across the country. The Society is unique in accepting both professional and amateur astronomers as members. The RASC is highly regarded internationally and many RASC members have received distinctions for their activities. Members of the Halifax Centre of the RASC have traditionally been very active in the local community and also in the national society.

The Centre

The Halifax Centre was started in 1955. The Centre has about 180 members, most of them in Nova Scotia. The Centre's objectives (PDF) and Bylaws bylaws (PDF) were updated in 2019.

Position Descriptions

Updated Jan. 15, 2019

Honorary President






National Rep

Nova Notes Editor

Observing Chair

Outreach Chair


SCO Manager


Minutes of Board meetings 2015 to present.


Policy Documents

Updated Jan. 15, 2019

Introduction to Policies

Board of Directors Terms of Reference


Signing Authority

Speaker Reimbursement

Centre Privacy Policy


Benefits of Membership

Membership is open to anyone interested in astronomy. Benefits include:

  • Observer's Handbook (annual)
  • National journal: The Journal (6/year)
  • SkyNews, the Canadian Magazine of Astronomy and Stargazing (6/year)
  • Centre newsletter: Nova Notes (5/year)
  • Borrowing from the Halifax Centre's Library
  • Borrowing of Centre-owned telescopes
  • Access to and use of the Saint Croix Observatory (near Windsor)
Becoming a member

How to join the Halifax Centre of the RASC.

Email Discussion List

Members of the Halifax Centre are invited to join our email discussion list. This is by far the best way to keep up to date with late-breaking astronomical news and gatherings of fellow observers at the Saint Croix Observatory.