Who is RASC Ottawa?

We at RASC Ottawa seek to inspire your interest and fostering your knowledge of astronomy. Whether you’re a seasoned observer or just beginning to explore the wonders of the cosmos, we have something for everyone. Our vibrant community of members shares a passion for all things astronomical, and we are here to support and guide you on your astronomical journey.

We are one of 30 branches of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada, serving our membership in Ottawa and surrounding areas. We are all volunteers who share a passion for astronomy, the night sky, asking questions and solving conundrums. Our members’ interests include astro-imaging, constructing instruments and hardware, space technology, planetary science, cosmology, the history of science, and on and on and on. Many of our members are involved in education and public outreach.

Our Guide for New Members gives you a comprehensive overview of the facilities and benefits your membership at RASC Ottawa can provide.

Our Meetings

One of our key ways to engage members and the public is through our monthly meetings. These gatherings are free and open to the public, providing a platform for expert presenters to share their knowledge and insights on various astronomical topics. From the latest discoveries in space exploration to the fascinating science behind celestial phenomena, our meetings offer a wealth of information that will ignite your curiosity and expand your understanding of the universe. Can’t make it person? Well, heck: we Zoom each meeting and record them for your perusal.
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Presenter Nathalie Oulette
Our Star parties

In addition to our monthly meetings, we host free public star parties during the summer months. These events are an excellent opportunity for both children and adults to gaze at the night sky through telescopes and learn from experienced astronomers. Whether it’s observing distant galaxies, tracking the movements of planets, or spotting a dazzling meteor shower, our star parties create unforgettable experiences that bring the magic of the cosmos closer to home.
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Bring binoculars
Our Telescope and Information libraries

Eager to explore astronomy further? 

RASC Ottawa members can use our free telescope, book and DVD loan libraries. These unique resources mean members can borrow telescopes, accessories, books and informative videos at no cost to help you delve deeper into your own celestial explorations. Want to “drive before you buy” – before you pay up for a telescope, binoculars or an upgrade? Want to read up on the pros and cons of different systems? Our libraries can help ease your indecision.

Whether you want to study the Moon’s craters, observe the rings of Saturn, or search for distant nebulae, our libraries of telescopes and information help equip you with the tools you need to embark on your personal stargazing adventures.

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Our members' observatory

A major part of our commitment to fostering a strong astronomical community means offering member access to our very own observatory in a dark-sky site convenient to western Ottawa. This facility  – the Fred Lossing Observatory aka FLO – provides a dedicated space for our members to conduct observations, engage in research projects, and share their expertise. The observatory serves as a hub of collaboration, where astronomers of all levels can come together to learn, inspire, and push the boundaries of astronomical knowledge.

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What truly sets the RASC Ottawa apart is our warm and welcoming community. Our dedicated members are passionate about astronomy and always eager to lend a helping hand to novices who are just starting their journey. Whether you have questions about telescopes, need assistance with astrophotography, or simply want to connect with like-minded individuals who share your fascination for the cosmos, our community is here to support you.

We invite you to join us at the RASC Ottawa Centre and embark on an incredible journey of discovery. Whether you’re a seasoned astronomer or a curious novice, we have a range of programs, events, and resources to engage and inspire you. Together, let’s explore the wonders of the universe and unravel the mysteries that lie beyond our Earthly confines. Welcome to our astronomical family!

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