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About RASC - Belleville

The Belleville Astronomy Club

The Belleville Astronomy Club was founded in 1990 by a few classmates of a general interest astronomy course at Loyalist College. Soon, the small club caught the attention of local astronomy enthusiasts and back-yard star-gazers.

The club quickly began doing demonstrations and public events to help the community to foster interest in astronomy, and to the youth of the area. Membership grew and continues to grow today. The club began distributing a monthly news letter, started up a website, and has strong relationships with local schools and guides/scouts organizations.

Befriending the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada's Kingston Centre, in 2000 members from both clubs held the first "Dark Sky Night Observing Session" - DSNOS, which later became the annual Fall n Stars star party.

With more than 30 active members, in July 2003, the Belleville Astronomy officially became the Belleville Centre of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada. With the backing and resources of the RASC, we're now able to further our efforts to the community.

The Royal Astronomical Society of Canada

The beginnings of "The Royal Astronomical Society of Canada" (RASC) 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, and was federally incorporated in 1968.

Today we are 29 Centres across Canada with over 4900 members worldwide.

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