The RASC's 150th Anniversary
2018 is a banner year for the RASC—it marks the 150th year since the Society's inception. And that's reason enough for Canada's leading association of amateur and professional astronomers to celebrate the past and future course of astronomy in this country. A number of celebratory activities and events are under development to span 2018, and they will be announced during 2017. The activities will highlight active engagement in what we do now, reveal to Canadians what we aspire to do in the future, and show the roots of our astronomical advocacy and pursuits in a colourful and engaging past.
The 2018 working group is drawn from across our membership—Paul Delaney (Toronto Centre), Jim Hesser (Victoria Centre), Heather Laird (Calgary Centre), June MacDonald (NB Centre), Lauri Roche (Victoria Centre), and R.A. Rosenfeld (Unattached). We will also be reaching out to our partners in CASCA and the FAAQ to help us celebrate astronomy in Canada.
The first announcement is the unveiling of the RASC 2018 logo:
A full description of the symbolism and its various elements can be found here.
Its elements represent the observational work, discoveries, and education and public outreach of our professional and amateur members over the century and a half since our founding. The logo will feature on items which will be available from the RASC store throughout the year.
We look forward to your participation in RASC 2018 as we celebrate our history and future together!