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.
October 3, 2020 - RASC October¬†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 500¬†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:
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.¬†
2020 RASC Halifax Centre¬†meetings:¬†
Future¬†meeting dates are:
We frequently continue our get-together with supper at a local restaurant after the meeting. Come and join us!
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.
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‚Äôs 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:
Details and confirmation of these events will be provided as they become known.
If there any questions about outreach, please contact our¬†Outreach Chair.