The beginnings of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada go back to the middle of the nineteenth century with the founding of the Toronto Astronomical Club in 1868. The Society was incorporated within the province of Ontario in 1890, and in 1903 received permission to style itself the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada from elements of the Canadian government (Undersecretary of State Sir Joseph Pope, and Ontario High Court Justice W.R. Meredith.) The Society was federally incorporated in 1968. Today, the RASC has 29 centres and over 4,500 members world-wide.
The National Office of the Society is located at 203-4920 Dundas St W, Toronto ON M9A 1B7, telephone (416) 924-7973. The business office and national library are housed there.
The RASC is devoted to the advancement of astronomy and allied sciences, and its members are from many countries and from all walks of life. Members receive the publications of the Society: the Observer's Handbook (published annually in November); the bimonthly 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; and the Society's Annual Report. The membership year begins October 1, and members receive the publications of the Society for the following calendar year. An applicant may affiliate with one of the Centres of the Society across Canada, or may join the Society directly as an unattached member.
More information about the national society can be found on rasc.ca.
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