Author Archives: Mario Carr

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

Our incredible shrinking moon

By Mario Carr Our nearest celestial neighbour, the Moon, is shrinking as its interior cools. According to a recent analysis of moonquakes detected by the Apollo astronauts more than 50 years ago, the Moon is becoming smaller by about 50 … Continue reading

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April’s Lyrid meteor shower

By Mario Carr Start looking up to the heavens from mid April until the end of the month and you’ll see the Lyrid meteor shower. The best time to see the shower will be during its peak on the evening … Continue reading

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January’s red blood moon

By Mario Carr Don’t miss this year’s first and only total lunar eclipse, which begins during the late evening of January 20. Earth’s outer shadow will start to cross the surface of the Moon at 9:37 p.m. The total lunar … Continue reading

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December’s Geminids meteor shower

By Mario Carr The Geminds Meteor Shower will peak December 13 and 14. It’s often known as the best meteor shower of the year however frigid temperatures discourage many casual observers. It’s called the Geminids Meteor Shower because it looks … Continue reading

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Hamilton Amateur Astronomers scope clinic and calendar

By Mario Carr If you’re curious or new to the hobby of astronomy, you’ll want to attend the Hamilton Amateur Astronomers Scope Clinic on Friday November 16. Doors open at 6 p.m. at the Spectator Building 44 Frid Street, Hamilton … Continue reading

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Seeing Uranus with just binoculars

By Mario Carr On October 23, you could see distant planet Uranus with just a pair of binoculars when it’s at opposition. For most of the year, the planet is too distant and too dim to see with your naked … Continue reading

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Perseid meteor shower event sets record

By Mario Carr Interest in local astronomy is growing. On August 11, a staggering 919 people converged at Binbrook Conservation Area to take part in the Hamilton Amateur Astronomers Persieds Meteor Shower event. Skies were clear all day and it … Continue reading

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