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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 Events

RASC May Meeting

Friday, May 13th 2016

7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.


The main presentation will be The Hitomi X-ray Observatory by Prof. Luigi Gallo, St. Mary's University

X-ray light is thousands of times more energetic than the visible light we see with our eyes. It is not only emitted from the most extreme environments in space, but most of the normal matter in the universe emits as these high-energy wavelengths. The Hitomi X-ray observatory (formerly Astro-H) is a Japanese-led mission with contributions from NASA, ESA, and the Canadian Space Agency. The observatory was launched from the Tenegashima Space Centre on February 16, 2016 with the objective of making the most precise measurements the X-ray universe. Only six weeks later, communication with the satellite was lost and the mission entered. During the presentation I will discuss the science, the observatory, Canada's involvement in Hitomi, and the current status of the mission.

As in the past, we will be treated to a number of recent images our members have taken, as well as announcements.

Following the meeting will refreshments and social time.

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

Dates of future meetings are:

Friday, June 17, 2016

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