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 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.

Two meteor showers in October

By Mario Carr Two minor meteor showers will grace our skies this month. The Draconid meteor shower peaks Sunday, Oct. 8 and is best seen just after sunset. The shower appears to be coming from the Draco constellation. The Orionid … Continue reading

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Jupiter and Venus dominate the night sky

By Mario Carr Jupiter and Venus will outshine all the other planets and stars in the heavens for the next few months. Bright Venus can be seen as the “morning star” just before sunrise in the eastern dawn sky. If … Continue reading

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The May Eta Aquarids Meteor Shower

By Mario Carr The Eta Aquarids Meteor Shower peaks May 5 and is best seen lying on a lounge chair in a dark location away from city lights after midnight. The Southern Hemisphere of the Earth will have the best … Continue reading

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Telescope clinic helps keep your eyes on the skies

By Mario Carr As the nights become longer there is more time to enjoy the wonders of night sky with your telescope. If you’re not sure how to use it, or plan to buy one as a gift, the Hamilton … Continue reading

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Binbrook Perseids meteor shower night

By Mario Carr Don’t miss Hamilton Amateur Astronomers free Perseids Meteor shower night at Binbrook Conservation Area on Friday, August 12. Located at 5050 Harrison Rd, Binbrook, the park will waive its gate fees from 8 p.m-11 p.m. The event … Continue reading

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Calling all amateur astronomers

After travelling almost three billion kilometres at 26.9km per second, Juno will arrive at Jupiter on July 4. NASA is asking all amateur astronomers to upload their images of Jupiter at missionjuno.swri.edu/junocam. You can even vote for the best location … Continue reading

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June’s rare summer solstice full moon

By Mario Carr This year, you can see a rare full moon during the shortest night of the year on June 20 when the summer solstice occurs. The last time this happened was back in 1986 and if you want … Continue reading

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