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The Sky This Month - April 2006

A Realm of Galaxies

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The Sky This Month - May 2006

Big Bear is Watching

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The Sky This Month - June 2006

Summer Nights

Warm weather is an obvious factor in luring people outdoors - be it the summer cottage, Provincial Parks or the favourite campsite. No words can describe the sense of awe and amazement as you lay under a moonless canopy of stars, far from city lights and the veil of light pollution. From dashing meteors and the passing of high orbit satellites to the rising of the majestic Milky Way and the pastels of the Northern Lights, the mystical sky intrigues everyone. The sky is definitely alive.

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The Sky This Month - August - 2010

Planets on Parade

On any given night, most of our solar system planets can be seen visually without optical aid or adored in the eyepiece of a telescope. It is a treat to be shared with friends, neighbours and at public star parties. After all, many people are surprised they are able to see our family of planets. The ancient Greeks called them the “wanderers”. The five visible planets that can be glimpsed naked eye are Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn. Uranus Neptune and Pluto were only found with telescopes a few thousand years later.

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The Sky This Month - November 2013

Long-Awaited Comet ISON

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The Sky This Month - February 2015

Auriga

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The Sky This Month - August 2015

Gliding Along The Teapot’s Steam

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The Sky This Month - April 2017

A String of Galaxies

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The Sky This Month - July 2017

Groups of Stars

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The Sky This Month - May 2019

Eta Aquarid Meteors

The month of May month begins with the May 4 new moon and will provide dark sky conditions to enjoy the annual Eta Aquarid meteor shower. The entire shower takes place from April 19 to May 28 with the peak occurring on the morning of May 5. The parent comet 1P/Halley which also produces the Orionid meteor shower in October will produce about 40 meteors per hour and vapourize in the atmosphere at 67 km/sec.

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