President's Message - February 2009

Website archive 1995-2013

Victoria Centre is part of the national Royal Astronomical Society of Canada, which is dedicated to bringing information about astronomy to the general public.

Advanced Search


Image Gallery
Online Articles
Observing Highlights




by John McDonald

IYA is off to a good start in Victoria after successful launches at the Malls on January 10 and the CU on the 17th. I understand we gave over 450 people a Galileo experience at the malls and there were more than 200 at the CU event. The comments I heard from visitors at Mayfair and the CU were quite positive. It was a good reminder that people really are interested in the sky. The best feedback of all is that we have attracted some new members. This augurs well for the potential growth of our Centre during the year. A big thank you to all of the RASC volunteers who pitched in to make both events work so well.

By the time you read this we will have had another event at the Hobby Show and the Bay Centre and Airport displays will be starting up soon. I have seen video displays that Gary Sedun and Eric Chisholm at HIA and CU are organizing for the Bay Centre and was impressed. Our Centre will also be featured. Joe Carr has put together some great material from our members for inclusion in the displays video

With more events on the way, the challenge will be to keep the momentum. If you have not yet volunteered please contact Sherry Buttnor (contact info) and let her know that you are interested in being part of the IYA team. It is fun and even if you don't have a lot of time to spare your help will be appreciated. I know that those who have already been involved had a good time sharing their love of astronomy.

Another opportunity to enjoy yourself during IYA showed up on my e-mail today. HIA and UVIC have joined together to form the Times Colonist 10K Team "International Year of Astronomy". They are asking us to join them for the run/walk on Sunday April 26th and I encourage you to do so. It is a great way to reach out to young people and have fun doing it. Early Bird registration is $30 at


� 2014 Royal Astronomical Society of Canada, Victoria Centre
All text and images are Copyright their respective owners
Victoria Centre adheres to our National Privacy Policy
Website: - Contact us

RASC Victoria Centre does not endorse nor is responsible for the content of external websites. External links will open in a new window.
Last updated: January 29, 2014

The Royal Astronomical Society of Canada is dedicated to the promotion of astronomy and its related sciences; we espouse the scientific method, and support dissemination of discoveries and theories based on that well-tested method.

Web hosting & email services provided by Matthew Watson