RASC—Eyes on the Universe for 150 Years


2018 is a banner year for The Royal Astronomical Society of Canada (RASC), as it marks the 150th year since the Society's inception. That is 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 planned to span 2018, the first of which is set for Saturday January 27, 2018.  The public is invited to join the kick-off celebration for the birthday year with a cross-country Star Party, via the internet. 

The link is https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uN7IKkRwBK0 and will be live from 2 PM until 8 PM EST.

RASC Centres from across the country will be engaging in solar and lunar observing, mall exhibits and special presentations, delivering samplings of their activities with everyone via the internet link starting at 3 PM local time.  Interviews, birthday wishes and discussions of the upcoming activities for the year will be interspersed with the Centre offerings.  This is an excellent opportunity to see at a glance many of the RASC Centres and what the Society has done in the past and will do in the future.  A special welcome from the National President, Colin Haig, will happen shortly after 6 PM EST with the festivities concluding (online) around 8 PM EST.

For more information, please feel free to contact Randy Attwood, RASC Executive Director (execdir@rasc.ca or 416-924-7973)

For more information on the RASC see https://rasc.ca/

For more information on the RASC’s 150th anniversary see https://rasc.ca/2018


The Royal Astronomical Society of Canada is Canada’s national astronomy organization.  With a history dating back to 1868, the Society has nearly 5100 members in 29 centres or branches across the country. Members are active in observing the night sky, performing astronomical research and running educational public outreach sessions where members share their love of the night sky with fellow Canadians.

eNews date: 
Monday, January 22, 2018