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The Sky This Month - December 2015

A Long Awaited Comet,

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The Sky This Month - November 2015

The Great Square

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The Sky This Month - November 2015

The Great Square

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President's Corner

Read the President's Corner message excerpted from the October Journal at www.rasc.ca/presidents-corner

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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 and look up. Cygnus the Swan also known as the Northern Cross is well positioned overhead and easily recognized. The faint glow of the Milky Way is the collective glow of millions of stars too dim to be distinguished individually by the human eye. This stellar cloud of stars is perfectly positioned along the long neck of the swan which 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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RASC Centres host Lunar Eclipse Observing Events

During the upcoming Total Lunar Eclipse on Sunday September 27, various RASC centres will be running public observing sessions. If the weather cooperates, telescopes will be set up at various sites across the country to provide views of the eclipse to members of the public. RASC members will be there to operate the telescopes and answer questions about the eclipse.

Calgary - Calgary Centre has events at the Calgary Canoe Club, Glenbow Ranch Provincial Park , Elliston Park, AllStar Telescope and at the Vulcan Trek Centre.

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RASC member Jim Chung's book published by Springer!

 

Astro-Imaging Projects for Amateur Astronomers, Jim Chung's intelligent and attractively written guide to making and adapting imaging and observing gear, has recently appeared in Springer's Patrick Moore Practical Astronomy Series.

Those familiar with Jim's articles in the RASC's Journal will know of his genius for devising understandable and doable solutions which perform as well as their commercial counterparts, and at a fraction of the cost.

We congratulate Jim on the appearance of his book!

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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. This constellation takes up 414 square degrees of sky making it the 40th largest constellation. To date – nine planets have been found orbiting five stars in Capricorn. The stars that make up the asterism are of average brightness, running in the range of magnitude 2.8 to 4.5.

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