Northern Skies

The Sky This Month - November 2015

The Great Square

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The Sky This Month - October 2015

The Swan and the Fox

Step outside on these cool autumn nights about an hour after sunset on a clear night and look up. Cygnus the Swan is also known as the Northern Cross is well-positioned overhead and easily recognized. The faint glow of hundreds of millions of stars, too dim to be distinguished individually by the human eye, is seen along the long neck of the swan is the perfect guide when attempting to glimpse the galactic arms of our Milky Way Galaxy from light-polluted suburban skies.

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The Sky This Month - September 2015

Capricorn, Aquarius and a Lunar Eclipse

Moving eastward from the great Teapot of Sagittarius, we continue our voyage along the ecliptic to Capricornus – The Goat. It takes up 414 square degrees of sky, making it 40th in overall size. To date, five stars residing within the boundaries of Capricornus are parents to nine planets. The stars that define the asterism are of average brightness, running in the range of magnitude 2.8 to 4.5.

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The Sky This Month - July 2015

Scorpius and The Planet Saturn

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The Sky This Month - June 2015

Bootes Hunting Dog and Two Merging Planets

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The Sky This Month - May 2015

Leo The Lion

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The Sky This Month - April 2015

A (short) Total Lunar Eclipse

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The Messier Marathon

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.

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The Sky This Month - March 2015

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.

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The Sky This Month - Febuary 2015


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