Journey to the universe in October

English: The Hubble Space Telescope (HST) begi...By Mario Carr

Do you know the difference between the Super Bowl and a Super Nova?

If you’re not sure, then you should come out to the October 12 meeting of the Hamilton Amateur Astronomers for a special introductory astronomy seminar geared for beginners.

The club’s past chair and observing director John Gauvreau will take you on A tour of the Universe where you will journey to planets, stars and to the farthest reaches of space.

In his richly illustrated talk designed to give the whole family an introduction to the wonders of the universe, you will see the latest images from Curiosity on Mars, the Hubble Space Telescope and more.

John taught astronomy for 20 years at Mohawk College and has spoken at schools, museums and conservation areas.

The two hour meeting begins at 7:30 p.m., Spectator building, 44 Frid St., Hamilton. Free admission with door prizes. An optional donation of non-perishable goods will be collected for local food banks.

Here are October stargazing events. Most are listed in the Hamilton Amateur Astronomers calendar.

Planet watching

Mercury is visible in the southwest near mid-month around evening twilight. Venus can be seen in the east during morning twilight. Mars and Saturn can be seen low in the southwest during sunset. Mars sets early and Saturn is lost in the evening twilight by mid-month.

Jupiter rises in the north eastern sky around 9 p.m. and is visible all night. Uranus rises in the east shortly after sunset. Neptune is in the southeast at sunset and sets in the west about 1 a.m.

Oct. 3 – Venus is close to Regulus in the eastern morning sky.

Oct. 4 – The moon is close to Jupiter and Aldebran

Oct. 7 – For the next two weeks there will be a moonless sky and it will be a good time to see the Milky Way.

Oct. 8 – Quarter Moon and the Draconid Meteor Shower peaks. You could see 5-10 meteors per hour.

Oct. 12 – The crescent moon is below Venus in the morning sky.

Oct. 13 – Sunlight reflecting off dust particles in the solar system called the Zodiacal light can be seen for the next two weeks from a dark location before morning twilight.

Oct. 18 – The crescent moon groups with Mars and Antares low in the southwest evening sky.

Oct. 21-22 – The Orionid Meteor shower peaks. From a dark location after midnight you could see 20 meteors per hour. Some are visible Oct. 17-25.

Oct. 21 – Quarter moon.

Oct. 29 – The full moon is called the Hunter’s Moon.

For more information, please see the Hamilton Amateur Astronomers web site at or call (905) 627-4323.

Mario Carr is the club’s director of public education and appears on CHCH-TV to talk about the night sky. He can be reached at


About Mario Carr

Mario Carr has a Physics degree from McMaster University and hosts this blog. He is the director of publicity for the Hamilton Amateur Astronomers and has helped to raise the profile of the group. He writes an astronomy column and appeared on CHCH-TV to talk about the night sky. Mario is the founder of the Carr Marketing Group in Burlington, Ontario and can help with your marketing, communications, publicity and public relations needs. He can be reached at or
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