About US

The Royal Astronomical Society of Canada (RASC) began as the Toronto Astronomical Club on December 1, 1868. The eight who gathered to share their interest were not professional astronomers, they were working-class citizens with a passion for astronomy.

One hundred and fifty-three years later, the RASC continues to serve Canadians who share that same passion for astronomy. With more than five thousand members and twenty-nine centres across the country, the organization supports people of all ages in their quest to learn more about the universe.

 

The Mississauga Centre of The Royal Astronomical Society of Canada started out as the Mississauga Astronomical Society in 2003. It became the Mississauga Centre in 2006. Membership is open to everyone interested in learning more about astronomy, space science and the workings of the Universe.

Meetings are held at the University of Toronto – Mississauga. We thank our partners at UTM for supporting our group since 2003.

Due to COVID-19, meetings are currently being held online.

Join as a member to receive valuable benefits, including our Observer’s Handbook, The RASC Journal, a subscription to the astronomy magazine SkyNews and invitations to special events. Mississauga Centre members can borrow a telescope from the Centre’s collection. The RASC wants everyone to enjoy astronomy.

To join, visit the National RASC website’s member signup page, and join as a member of the Mississauga Centre. You can join as a Regular Member, as a Youth Member (25 years or younger), or to include all the astronomers in your family, choose the Family membership option.

 

Current Council (as of February 2021)

Executive

President:
J. Randy Attwood - 2nd year of 2-year term
Vice-President:
Allan Connery - 2nd year of 2-year term
Secretary:
Swapna Shrivastava - 1st year of 3-year term
Treasurer:
Anil Mathur
Past President:
Steve Mallia
Honorary President:
Dr Ulrich (Ulli) Krull - 1st year of 4-year term

Council

Councillor:
Kirby Alguire - 1st year of 3-year term
Councillor:
Chris Malicki - 1st year of 3-year term
Councillor:
Leslie Strike - 3rd year of 3-year term
Councillor:
Betty Robinson - 3rd year of 3-year term
Councillor:
Keith Jarvie - 2nd year of 3-year term
Councillor:
Rob Neill - 2nd year of 3-year term
National Council Representative:
Vacant - 1st year of 3-year term

Committees

Membership Secretary:
John Marchese
Observing Committee Chair:
Jo VandenDool
Astrophotography Committee Chair:
Position Vacant
Awards Committee Chair:
Position Vacant