The Royal Astronomical Society of Canada, with its headquarters in Toronto, is a national society of 5000+ members that began in 1868 with only 8 members. Most members belong to one of 29 Centres located across the country. The Society is unique in accepting both professional and amateur astronomers as members. The organization supports men, women and youth with a passion for astronomy and in their quest to learn more about our universe.

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.

Numerous Halifax Centre members have been acknowledged for their service. Some have received the Society's highest honour of Fellow of the RASC.