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The Sky This Month - August 2015

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Sat, 2015/08/01

Gliding Along The Teapot’s Steam

Undoubtedly the mega topic in the media and water cooler these days are the remarkable images beamed back from Pluto. The mission started on January 19, 2006 with the launch of the New Horizon spacecraft. Weighing 478 kg and about the size of a baby grand piano, the stage was set for its nine and a half year flight.

The Sky This Month - July 2015

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Scorpius and The Planet Saturn

The constellation Scorpius is a classic summer time pattern in the southern sky. This month it is well above the horizon when the sky is dark. A perfect silhouette of a scorpion is witnessed by its claws and the reddish star Antares; however we lose part of its tail from our latitude. But all is not lost as the pair of stinger stars finds its way above the horizon. As mentioned the jewel is Antares aka the heart of the Scorpion.

The Sky This Month - June 2015

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Mon, 2015/06/01

Bootes Hunting Dog and Two Merging Planets

Portrayed in the sky as Canis Major and Canis Minor, Orion the Hunter is not the only one owning pets. Canes Venatici is associated to Bootes the Herdman and can be located high in the sky and below the handle of the Big Dipper. However unlike most of the constellations we encounter, Canes does not possess and asterism except for line connecting Cor Caroli to Chara and yet it is the 38th constellation in area with 465 square degrees of sky.

The Sky This Month - May 2015

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Thu, 2015/04/30

Leo The Lion

 

The Sky This Month - April 2015

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Wed, 2015/04/01

A (short) Total Lunar Eclipse

The Messier Marathon

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Messier Marathon


As we peer up at the night sky, drinking in photons from celestial objects far, far, away, one easily takes on the relaxed position with no schedule. As the months goes by, we greet our favourite Messier object as they emerge from the dawn sky into the blackness of the night. This game is repeated throughout the year until we have recovered all 110 Messier objects. There is however a very tight window of opportunity where all Messiers can be found on a single night.

The Sky This Month - March 2015

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Sun, 2015/03/01

Orion’s K-9’s


As we finally leave winter behind this month and jump into spring, we cannot help but notice the days getting longer. As we tick our way through the calendar, our sun’s angle moves a bit farther north, rewarding us with more than three minutes of light per day. However for astronomers this translates into shorter and shorter nights. It is not until the month of June that we only begin observing at about 9:30 p.m. and later local time but for now, our observing window is still on our side.

The Sky This Month - Febuary 2015

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Sun, 2015/02/01

Auriga

I hope many of you had a change to see and image Comet Lovejoy last month. As anticipated it was a naked eye object when seen under dark country skies. Using the finder chart and simple binoculars, it was even quicker. Lovejoy only has a gas tail that only revealed itself in long exposures.

The Sky This Month - January 2015

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Thu, 2015/01/01

Icon Orion

I am sure some of you have received or bought your first pair of binoculars or telescope for Christmas. Although not essential to enjoy the night sky, they do allow you to locate and enjoy those hard to see objects. Teamed with a good set of star charts and a red filtered flashlight, one can learn the constellations and more so the brighter objects what adore the night sky.

The Sky This Month - December 2014

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Sun, 2014/11/30

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.

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