The Sky This Month - May 2019

Eta Aquarid Meteor Shower

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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Asteroid (249300) Karenmortfield

Karen Mortfield (b. 1958) is a Canadian public affairs specialist. As a volunteer, she played a leadership role in the renaissance of the David Dunlap Observatory in Canada, working from 2009–2017 to repurpose the 80-year old Observatory as a space science campus.

Ref: MPC 112434
Orbit type: Main Belt 

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Asteroid (50719) Elizabethgriffin

Elizabeth Griffin (b. 1942) is a Canadian astronomer specializing in the spectroscopic study of binary stars. She has been a staunch advocate globally for the digitization and preservation of photographic plates and using legacy science data of all kinds.

Ref: MPC 112432
Orbit type: Main Belt 

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Messier Recipient

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The Sky This Month - April 2019

Corvus The Crow

Follow the handle of the Big Dipper as it arcs or bends to the star Arcturus in the constellation Bootes. Continue this imaginary curve to the first magnitude star Spica – alpha Virgo. At 250 light-years (ly) away, Spica shines 1,900 times more luminous than the Sun. It actually consists of two extremely hot B1 and B4 stars that are separated by a mere 0.12 astronomical units or 18 million kilometres.

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Bulletin 2019 Apr

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EtM recipient

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Observer's Calendar 2018

All photos in this unique Calendar were taken by members of The Royal Astronomical Society of Canada (RASC) who are astronomy enthusiasts. It was produced by volunteer members of The Royal Astronomical Society of Canada.

This Calendar includes comprehensive listings of astronomical data, such as lunar and planetary conjunctions, Sun and Moon rise and set times, eclipses, meteor showers, and Moon phases.

© 2017 The Royal Astronomical Society of Canada

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Observer's Calendar 2017

All photos in this unique Calendar were taken by members of The Royal Astronomical Society of Canada (RASC) who are astronomy enthusiasts. It was produced by volunteer members of The Royal Astronomical Society of Canada.

This Calendar includes comprehensive listings of astronomical data such as lunar and planetary conjunctions, Sun and Moon rise and set times, eclipses, meteor showers, and Moon phases.

© 2016 The Royal Astronomical Society of Canada

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Observer's Calendar 2016

All photos in this unique Calendar were taken by members of The Royal Astronomical Society of Canada (RASC) who are astronomy enthusiasts. It was produced by volunteer members of The Royal Astronomical Society of Canada.

This Calendar includes comprehensive listings of astronomical data such as lunar and planetary conjunctions, Sun and Moon rise and set times, eclipses, meteor showers, and Moon phases.

© 2015 The Royal Astronomical Society of Canada

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