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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.

All photos and drawings on this site were created by RASC Halifax members, who reserve all rights.


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RASC April Meeting

The Halifax Centre will be holding its usual monthly meeting on Friday, April 21, 2017 at 7:30 PM.

Room AT101, Atrium Building, St. Mary's University(Map)

We have two very exciting speakers this month - a young student and an experienced Air Navigator.

Ruining Zhang

Computational Cosmology: The Bridge Between Theoretical and Observational Research on Cosmos Evolution

Computers have become the new means of astronomical observation. Gazing into a computer may be less fun and less Romantic than gazing through a telescope, but this new way to "observe" allows us to travel almost 14 billion years back in time, and become the spectators of the new-born universe ourselves. During the past March Break, Ruining Zhang, a youth member of the Halifax Centre, had a 2-week internship at the division of Galaxy and Cosmology of the National Astronomical Observatories of China (NAOC). She will begin by introducing the basics and the importance of computational cosmology. She will then share her internship stories and the projects she has been doing, as well as talking about her understanding of what it is like to conduct scientific research.

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Laura Mclarnon

Space Medicine

There has been a lot of talk about a manned mission to Mars within the next 20 years. Human space exploration has many obstacles to overcome, many of which were discovered and overcome during the Mercury, Gemini and Apollo missions. The International Space Station has allowed research into the long-term effects of microgravity on the human body. The purpose of Laura's presentation is to look back on the history of space medicine from the earliest flight and the step-by-step approach NASA took to successfully land a human on the moon. She will attempt to introduce the physiological factors with an extrapolation for a Mars mission. Laura has a BSc (biology) and MSc (Astronomy). Originally from Montreal, she joined the Royal Canadian Air Force in 1989 and has enjoyed a 27-year career as an Air Navigator on the CP140 Aurora flying out of 14 Wing Greenwood.

As always, there will be refreshments and a social time following the meeting.

Dates of future meetings are:

Friday, May 12, 2017

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