Mastering astrophotograhy

Award-winning astrophotographer Kerry-Ann Lecky Hepburn will reveal her secrets on taking great pictures of the night sky at the next meeting of the Hamilton Amateur Astronomers.

In her presentation called Capturing the Stars, Kerry-Ann will discuss her journey into the intense hobby, current projects and future goals. Her photographs have been featured in calendars, magazines and books such as Sky News, POW and NASA APOD.

The meeting will take place Friday, May 8 at the Spectator Building, 44 Frid St., Hamilton 7 p.m.-9 p.m. Free admission with door prizes and everyone is welcome. An optional food bank donation of non-perishable goods would be appreciated.

Here are May stargazer events. Most are listed in the Hamilton Amateur Astronomers calendar.

Planet watching

Mercury is well placed in the western evening twilight sky until May 21. Venus shines brightly, high in the western evening sky after sunset. Jupiter can be seen in the western evening sky moving eastward setting around midnight. Saturn is visible most of the night. Uranus and Neptune are in the eastern morning sky.

May 3 – This month’s Full Moon is called the Flower Moon.

May 4 — Saturn is close to the Moon in late evening sky.

May 5– The Eta Aquarid Meteor Shower peaks, unfortunately, under a bright moonlight sky.

May 6 — Mercury is at its greatest angle away from the glare of the Sun making it the best time of the year to see the planet.

May 19 – The thin crescent Moon is close to Mercury, low in the evening sky.

May 21 – Venus is close to the Moon in the evening sky.

May 22 – Saturn is at opposition and closest to the Earth for the entire year. You can see it all night rising in the east at sunset and setting in the west at sunrise.

May 23 – Jupiter is close to the Moon in the evening sky.

May 27 – If you have a telescope, you can see a double-shadow transit on Jupiter. Moons Ganymede and Io cast their dark shadows on the planet staring at 10:01 p.m. Around 11:45 p.m. the two shadows merge and the transit ends at 12:18 p.m.

For more information, see the Hamilton Amateur Astronomers website at http://www.amateurastronomy.org or call (905) 627-4323. The club offers a basic astronomy course for members.

Mario Carr is the club’s director of publicity and can be reached at mariocarr@cogeco.ca.

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About Mario Carr

Mario Carr has a Physics degree from McMaster University and hosts this blog. He is the director of public education for the Hamilton Amateur Astronomers and has helped to raise the profile of the group. He writes an astronomy column and appears 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 www.carrmarketinggroup.com or mariocarr@cogeco.ca.
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