Ottawa RASC Meetings

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Public Astronomy Meetings ... Fascinating topics, Fascinating people

If you love Astronomy then you have come to the right place! Every month the Ottawa Centre of the RASC hosts a free astronomy meeting that is open to everyone.  Each meeting is packed with interesting speakers addressing a range of astronomy topics well suited to the amateur astronomer and enthusiast.

Do you have an interest in astronomy but don't know where to start?   Come to our meetings. They are a great place to get connected to the amateur astronomy community in Ottawa and start your journey of learning and discovery.

Already deeply in to astronomy? Perfect - you will find many like-minded people with your level of experience who share your passion for the night sky.

Meeting Features

  • At least two interesting speakers!
  • The Sky this Month - a 10 minute overview of interesting things in the night sky in the coming month.
  • 10 Minute Astronomy - A short review of current astronomy news.
  • Member photos - come enjoy the beautiful gallery of astronomy images taken by our members.
  • Door Prize - each month we hold a draw and give away several astronomy-themed prizes to lucky winners. The draw is open to everyone and is free.
  • Announcements on free public outreach and recreational astronomy events in Ottawa.

Meeting Schedule

Meetings are scheduled each month typically, but not always, on the first Friday of every month. The meetings run from 8 to 10 pm.


  • Jan 9 (2nd Friday of the month)
  • Feb 6
  • Mar 6
  • Apr 10 (2nd Friday of the month)
  • May 1
  • June 5
  • July 3.

Meeting Agendas

Friday January 9: 

1. Polar Alignment Re-visited

There is a stigma associated with polar alignment that persists for a long time for people new to stargazing with telescopes. Ottawa Centre member Rick Wagner reviews the various methods of polar alignment and offers his insights from many years of observing and imaging.

Polar alignment.jpg

2. FLO

How well do you know FLO? That’s right –Fred Lossing Observatory, the Ottawa RASC’s observatory for members. This highly popular center resource has much to offer for both new and old members and remains a valuable Centre asset. New Ottawa RASC President Gordon Webster, a frequent user of FLO, will provide an overview of FLO and all it has to offer including a glimpse in to the future of FLO.

Fred Lossing Observatory Newtonian Telescope

Friday February 6 : 

1. Historical Figures in Astronomy

Johannes Hevelius (1611-1687) is a lesser known Polish astronomer who, like Tycho Brahe, built his own private observatory with state of the art equipment. He measured the positions of 1564 stars and studied the Moon, comets and the sun. His story is another fascinating one in the world of astronomy. Ottawa RASC member Carmen Rush is back with another talk in her series on historical figures in astronomy. Join Carmen as she presents another spellbinding account of the scientists that helped advance modern astronomy.

Johannes Hevelius

2. Next Generation Satellite Technologies Details to be announced shortly.

Meeting Location and Admission

Our meetings are held in the main auditorium of the Canada Aviation and Space Museumlocated here. There is a $3 parking fee in the museum #2 lot.

Please remember to use Parking Lot #2

Other Information

  • Did you miss a meeting? Perhaps you can't attend because of another commitment? No problem - our meetings are now broadcast live over the Internet and also recorded. Click here to watch current and previously recorded meetings!
  • Members are invited to deliver presentations on subjects of interest at the meetings. A presenter's guide is available here.
  • The Helen Sawyer Hogg observatory is located on the grounds of the Canada Science and Technology Museum, and contains a classic 15-inch refracting telescope. The observatory and telescope are open to the public after some of the meetings (weather permitting).

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