Wednesday, 12 July 2017 13:38

Stargazing meetings at Trek Center officially over

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The Royal Astronomical Society of Canada (RASC) Calgary will not be hosting anymore astronomy sessions at the Trek Center in Vulcan.
New policy changes from the Vulcan Tourism board requiring $200 per night plus a list of stringent rules made it impossible for the volunteer-based organization to comply.

Since 2010, The RASC and Vulcan Tourism staff hosted thousands of visitors to the town for Friday monthly meetings, special events such as eclipses and annual celebration like Spock Days.
While there were several regular attendees locally, most visitors were outsiders from as far as Australia.
The RASC Calgary is rich in activity and the fastest growing of the 29 Canadian chapters, expected to become No. 1 long held by Toronto. With more than 5,000 memberships coast to coast and as far north as Whitehorse, Yukon, its outreach since our nation’s inception is beyond the founder’s comprehension.
Started on Dec. 1, 1868 as “The Toronto Astronomical Club” as a simple meeting in a city of population 44,000 back then, it today boasts members all over the world including famed broadcaster, author Dr. David M. Levy (
Annual memberships start from $50 and include joining our country and province’s largest, most active astronomy group (available online at:
As a member, you will receive the annual Observer’s Handbook, the Journal magazine, subscription to SkyNews magazine, astronomy resources, member discounts and more. And yes, they make great gifts.
Will there be more Vulcan meetings? Stay tuned for a fall announcement.
In the meantime, check out the Calgary centre’s calendar online at: 2017.htm.
It includes weekend Milky Way nights July 20-23 and Aug. 17-20 at the Rothney Observatory from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m.
Thanks for seven great years and we’ll be back. Keep your feet on the ground and reaching for the sky.
Neel Roberts, Vulcan

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