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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.

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RASC March Meeting

The Halifax Centre will be holding its usual monthly meeting on Saturday, March 2.

NOTE: The March to May meetings of the Centre will be on the FIRST SATURDAY of the month in the AFTERNOON. We hope this will allow more people to participate.

The meeting will run from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM

We can all look forward to the exciting topics being presented this month:

-Paul Heath will inform us of upcoming exciting outreach events and read his latest instalment of Food for the Soul

-Paul Gray will provide What's Up? in the March skies

-Dave Chapman will provide What's Up with the Moon?

-Paul Heath's activity will surely engage us all!

-John Read will highlight books as part of his Librarian Report

-This month's instalment of the Observer's Handbook overview is by John Read with the focus on the Moon!

Although usually held at the end of the meeting, Social Time will be held at this point before the main presentation. As always, treats and beverages will be provided.

Special Event - Book Launch! John Read's new book, 50 Things to See on the Moon, will be officially introduced during the social time. Come join the celebration!

Our Special Presentation:

Mary Lou Whitehorne

Wolf-Rayet Stars: Truly Scary Monster Stars

They make the Sun look puny. They are among the most massive and luminous stars known. They have some unusual characteristics, and you really don't want to get close to one of them. This presentation will introduce you to the ferocious celestial monsters known as Wolf-Rayet stars. You may never look at stars in quite the same way again.

Following the meeting, members will be invited to go out for dinner. Paul will ask at the end of the meeting as to who is interested in going out for dinner and further socializing. Hope you will enjoy this new format on the Saturday afternoon. Looking forward to seeing one and all at the meeting.

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


Dates of future meetings are:

Saturday, April 6, 2019

Saturday, May 4, 2019

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