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.
October 3, 2020 - RASC September¬†Meeting
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 webinar. Halifax Centre Members will be given priority for registration. The webinar is limited to 100¬†registrants - first come, first served. The panellists' presentations¬†are being recorded and will¬†become accessible¬†via¬†a link on this¬†website.
When: October 3, 2020
Time: 1:00 PM Atlantic¬†
Topic: Halifax Centre - Members Meeting
Lauchie Scott - A Snapshot of DRDC Space Situational Awareness Research & Development
Lauchie is the principal investigator of the space object tracking mission on the NEOSSat micro satellite. He will discuss why the Canadian Forces cares about space, the sensors they use, objects they track, why they do this and some of the testing they do in orbit. He will also share a small bit of astronomy courtesy of the NEOSSat astronomy mission team at the Canadian Space Agency.¬†
Register in advance for this webinar:
Click here to register¬†
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.¬†
March 22, 2020: Due to COVID-19, all future face-to-face meetings of ¬†the Board of Directors and Members' Meetings are cancelled.¬†Members will be notified¬†when and how future¬†meetings of Halifax Centre resume.
We frequently continue our get-together with supper at a local restaurant after the meeting. Come and join us!
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.
2020 NOVA EAST
Register now for the special online speaker¬†series
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. ¬†¬†