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Meetings of Halifax Centre are from 1:00 PM to 4:30 PM on the FIRST SATURDAY of the month (except July and August). There may be exceptions if the date falls on a holiday weekend.

In lieu of face-to-face meetings, we now host Members' Meetings using Zoom. All meetings and special sessions are recorded and are accessible on the RASC Halifax Centre YouTube channel.

June 5, 2021 - RASC Members' Meeting

Time: 1:00 PM Atlantic (12:00 Noon, Eastern)

Pre-Registration for the meeting is required. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. The link to register is:

https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJwsdOGsqjwtE9VyVXaHTuZNtFi01eNEmylv

Special Presentation:
Leslie Sage (Astronomy Editor for Nature magazine) - My Life with Nature

In mid-July 1993, Lesley Sage flew to London to start his new job as the astronomy editor of Nature. He spent almost six months in London, then relocated to the Washington DC office, where he has been for the past 27 years. He is also a senior visiting research scientist in the department of astronomy at the University of Maryland. He will talk about some of the highlights of his time at Nature, which include handling papers that won Nobel Prizes in 2019 and 2020. Feel free to ask him about some of the lowlights.

Special Presentation:
Chris Young (RASC Halifax Centre) - Astronomy Lore
Chris is well known in Halifax circles for his knowledge of astronomy lore from numerous cultures. This will be his first in a series. Details will be posted soon. 

Paul Heath - Outreach/Inreach, Food for the Soul 
Members' Question Period
Dave Chapman will present the What's up in June Skies?
Judy Black - News from the Board

Astro-Chat. 
Following the Members' Meeting, there will be 60 minutes in which members and guests can stay online for social time. An opportunity to catch up with each other, ask questions, etc. Join us! NOTE: This segment is informal and will not be recorded!


Heads Up! 2021 Meeting Dates & Events

Members' Meetings are usually held on the first Saturday of the month, unless it falls on a holiday weekend.
 
June 5: Leslie Sage, Nature magazine's astronomy editor
Chris Young (Astronomy Lore)

2021 Nova East Star Party: August 6-8: Cancelled as an on-site event

September 11 (Labour Day is Sept. 6): David Hoskin (Comet NEOWISE)
Chris Young (Astronomy Lore)
 
October 2
 
November 6: Chris Young (Astronomy Lore)
 
December 4 (+ AGM): Dr. Phil Groff, RASC Executive Director

 

Members may be found observing at the St. Croix Observatory on almost every clear, dark night. Once a month, we encourage members and their guests to congregate at SCO, at which time new members are particularly welcome. 

Members are advised to sign up to the email discussion list to keep up to date on gatherings of fellow observers.

The viewing field at Nova East

For over 30 years, the RASC Halifax Centre and other local groups have hosted the Nova East Star Party. It was originally established as the camping and observing weekend for the Halifax Centre and has grown to include participants from other astronomy clubs in the Atlantic region, and a number of attendees from the northeastern United States.

All participants come to enjoy dark skies on a weekend near the new Moon phase towards the end of summer. Nova East is held at Smiley's Provincial Park, near Windsor, Nova Scotia. A limiting magnitude of +6 is the norm. 

Nova East registrants have access to all events, including all talks, workshops and presentations, three nights of observing (weather permitting!), the potluck BBQ, the astronomers' breakfasts and the door prizes draw. Nova East Registrants have onsite parking (if camping) or adjacent site parking (if not camping).

In 2019, the RASC Halifax Centre revised the structure and criteria of the astrophotography contest that had traditionally been part of Nova East. There are now 3 categories to enter favourite photos - Deep-Sky, Wide-Field and Solar System. The 2019 winners can be seen here.

 

One of Halifax Centre’s objectives is to stimulate interest and to promote and increase knowledge in astronomy and related sciences. Consequently, members of Halifax Centre are active in promoting astronomy education in Nova Scotia and are proud of the outreach events they hold every year.

The Centre participates in numerous activities throughout the year. For example, if there is an astronomical event, such as an eclipse, the Centre attempts to organize special public sessions for all to enjoy.¬†Every year, our Centre provides Galileo moments (instances of personal astronomical experience or discovery) to more than 4,000 Nova Scotians. It‚Äôs wonderful to hear ‚Äúoh, wow‚ÄĚ when someone looks up to see¬†something in our Universe for the first time.

Upcoming Outreach Events:

Images Plus Mask Tools
RASC Halifax Centre's Blair Macdonald will walk members through how to generate and use masks using Images Plus. This 4th Images Plus session will be recorded. Come learn with Blair in this interactive session.
 
When:  Saturday, April 17, 2021 
Time:   08:00 PM Atlantic 
 
Register in advance for this session. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

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Other Outreach events will be posted as they become known.
If there any questions about outreach or you would like to have your outreach event known, please contact our Outreach Chair.