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The River Eridanus

Eridanus the River is a long but narrow constellation found at this time of year above the southern horizon or at least its top half as seen from Canada. Starting close to the celestial equator, the entire asterism stretches down almost sixty degrees. Unlike the brilliant suns of the constellation Orion to the left, Eridanus lacks any bring stars and only range in brightness from magnitude 3.2 to 5.0 except for magnitude 2.9 Cursa. They are however unique in their individual life stories.

Calgary Centre member Alan Dyer and his photo of Leonid meteors was featured on the NBC News site here:

http://www.nbcnews.com/science/space/leonid-meteors-get-caught-camera-it-wasnt-easy-n251336

Please join us online tonight from 8 to 10 p.m. eastern time as we stream our monthly meeting over the Internet. Tonight's agenda includes:

The Lizard And The King

Breaking news: Not one but two supernovas have been discovered on consecutive days. First we have a magnitude 13.9 explosion occurring in the spiral galaxy NGC 4080 that was discovered on Oct 28. Located 49 million light years in the constellation Coma Berenices, this magnitude 13.7 galaxy is located at R.A. 12h 40m 52s, Dec. +26d 59m 47s.

Handbook cover The RASC 2014 Observer's Handbook was recognized by Orion's Top Ten Astronomy Books for Beginners List!

From the article:

RASC Executive Director Randy Attwood attended the 65th annual IAC meeting Sept 30th 2014. A presentation was made to members of various like-organizations such as The Canadian Space Society and The Planetary Society. In attendance was Canadian astronaut Jeremey Hanson.

http://www.iac2014.org/

 

 

A Month of Eclipses

This month we bid farewell to the constellation Scorpius and quite soon – Sagittarius. Both were the focal point of every star party this past summer. To witness the middle our home galaxy on a moonless night is beyond words. I hope you had the opportunity to see the beauty of the night and all it has to offer. But even though these two are sliding into the southwest skies, all is not lost.

The RASC Board of Directors is pleased to announce the hiring of Executive Director Randy Attwood of Toronto, effective 2014 September 2.
                   

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