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The Royal Astronomical Society of Canada



The beginnings of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada go back to the middle of the nineteenth century. The Society was incorporated within the province of Ontario in 1890, received its Royal Charter from King Edward VII in 1903 (charter link here), and was federally incorporated in 1968. The National Office of the Society (containing the business office and library) is located at Ste. 203 - 4920 Dundas St. West, Toronto, ON, M9A 1B7, telephone (416) 924-7973 or 888-924-7272 from within Canada. E-mail | nationaloffice (at) rasc (dot) ca | Website: http://www.rasc.ca

The RASC consists of three employees, the Society's Executive-Director Randy Atwood, Office Administrator/Account Manager Renata Koziol and Marketing/Membership Coordinator Julia Neeser, plus more than 4,900 members. RASC members are from many countries and from all walks of life. Members receive the OBSERVER'S HANDBOOK (published in September for the next calendar year), and an electronic copy of the JOURNAL, which contains review articles, research papers on historical and contemporary topics, education notes, general notes of astronomical interest, book reviews, news items concerning the Society and its Centres, informal articles, and letters. Also included in the membership is Canada's popular bimonthly astronomy magazine SkyNews.

Membership fees are $80 per year including a $5 Okanagan Observatory surcharge, or $45.00 for persons under 21 years of age. To cover higher mailing costs, these figures are to be read as U.S. dollars for members outside of Canada. An applicant may affiliate with the Okanagan Centre or with one of the Centres of the Society across Canada, or join the Society directly as an unattached member (some Centres levy a surcharge above the regular membership fee).